Photo by: Jaysen Turner

About Lily

Born in Taiwan, Lily grew up in the multi-cultural city of Houston, Texas with a strong Persian influence from a close family friend. She began studying Middle Eastern dance in Austin, Texas and quickly sought out instructors all over the US and abroad. Lily continues her dance education with many distinguished dancers.

Although Lily started dance lessons at a very young age, she grew up studying music and playing classical instruments like the piano, flute, bassoon, and percussion. Lily's unique style is a reflection of her understanding of rhythm, music composition, and dance movement. She is known for her artistry as well as her precise technique and dynamic stage presence.

In 2003, Lily relocated from Austin to central London, where she met Hannah and formed the first tribal fusion bellydance group in London, TribalKinesis. While living in London, Lily studied bellydance intensively with Serena Ramzy and traveled throughout Europe and Asia.

In 2007, after living in New Zealand for a year, Lily returned to Austin, Texas, where she is the director of her student troupe "Rakataka" and a member of the duet "Sabayette" (previously part of the larger group called "Sabaya Bellydance Collective").

Lily's performance experience ranges from festivals, nightclubs, large stage productions, haflahs, to family parties. Having taught belly dance workshops in Paris, London, Tokyo, New Zealand, Taiwan, and throughout Texas, and having studied the dance all over the world, Lily continues to share her knowledge through private classes, weekly classes, and workshops.


  • Suhaila Salimpour Format Level 2
  • Jamila Salimpour Format Level 1
  • Rachel Brice's 8 Elements Level 2
  • Hatha Yoga

Teaching Highlights:

  • Gulf Coast Raks (2018)
  • Austin Belly Dance Convention (2017, 2016, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)
  • Texas Coastal Bend Bellydance Association (2017)
  • 3rd Coast Tribal Festival (2013)
  • 2 Workshops at Shimmy by the Sea in Corpus Christi, Texas (2012)
  • Workshop at BellyFusions in Paris, France (2010)
  • Workshops hosted by Firewater in London, UK (2009)
  • 7 Workshops at the MEDANZ Festival in New Zealand (2009)
  • 3 Workshops sponsored by Arabesque Bellydance in Taipei, Taiwan (2008)
  • Workshops in Christchurch, New Zealand (2007)
  • Workshops in Auckland, New Zealand (2006)
  • Workshop in Tokyo, Japan (2006)
  • Brixton Art Space in London (2006)

    [Last update: 8 Jan 2018]