Sahara Dance

Our Faculty

Lasha Nazira

Lasha Nazira

Lasha began her dance training in Odissi, a Classical Indian dance form, with the distinguished professors of the Bijou School of New Delhi India, followed by the Kathmandu Model Dance School.

Inspired by the passionate drama and intricate story lines of classical Indian dance, she draws from this ancient vocabulary to tell new stories. Influenced by a myriad of different dances and cultures, Lasha has developed a one-of-a-kind style. Boldly ornate, captivatingly sensual, and undeniably witty, she seamlessly weaves the traditional with the contemporary to create performances that are both mystical and relatable.

Lasha studied belly dance primarily with Bellyqueen’s charismatic Sandralis. Additionally, she has trained with such world-renowned teachers as Kaeshi Chai, Amar Gamal, and Jillina of Belly Dance Superstars.

Specializing in props including swords, fans, and veils, Lasha has taught and performed in cities across the globe including Barcelona, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Boston, Providence, and New York. She has performed alongside such talents as Lil Mama, Akim Funk Buddha, Billi Shakes, and BeatBox Guitar. Her dance repertoire consists of Odissi, Belly Dance, Bollywood, Indian folk, and Swing.

With a degree in Mathematical Economics from Brown University, Lasha combines her passion for dance with business know-how to serve as both a performer and Executive Director of The Kandake, a socially-minded dance company that tells modern stories and explores contemporary issues through the medium of traditional and folkloric dance styles.

When not dancing, Lasha works on international development, social enterprise, and women’s issues.