About

Lamia Barbara is an internationally touring dancer,
yogini and teacher based in Palermo, Italy.

Her academic and personal research focuses on the connections between the choreutic expression of traditional art forms, mythology, ritual practices and Goddess religions.
Passionate researcher in the path of dance and yoga with over 15 years of extensive training, teaching and performing all over the world, Lamia’s vision of dance aims towards grounded practice and soulful expression, in the exploration of a corporeal poetic language which allows us to experience beauty, freedom and connection.

Lamia’s journey into dance and yoga began as a teenager, exploring several art forms in the ongoing research of the connection between poetry and body expression. Her various training includes oriental dance, ballet, contemporary dance, butoh theater-dance and martial arts.
Lamia’s continuous education into yoga was and still is the red thread that connects all these art forms together in her practice. The intensive years of training were supported by a theoretical and philosophical research into Indian artistic tradition and yoga philosophy that led her to discover Bhāratanāṭyam (classical dance from South India).
Lamia deeply committed to the study of this dance form and completed her degree in Bhāratanāṭyam, with maximum score cum laude, at the Conservatory of Vicenza under the direction of her teacher Nuria Sala Grau. Beside the extensive dance training, her academic formation at the Conservatory also includes Indian music and singing, Sanskrit and many historical, philosophical and theoretical studies. Her dedication also led her to travel to India on a year basis to undergo intensive training with some of India’s greatest masters of this art form and dig deeper into yoga practice and philosophy. She’s currently studying with the IITA (International Institute of Tamil Arts), connected with the university of Chennai in India, with the curriculum dedicated to Bhāratanāṭyam dance.

“To dance is like falling in love, and to fall in love requires indeed an act of falling: of letting go, a leap of faith towards a greater intelligence. An intentional “surrender”. 

Lamia Barbara

Lamia is also an internationally renowned Fusion Bellydance performer and teacher, touring in over 20 countries around the world. Her love for MENHAT inspired and Indian dances led her to create her characteristic signature style for Indian Fusion Bellydance.

Rooted in her traditional studies, Lamia’s holistic approach to dance explores the history, philosophy, theory and technique of dance and music with an emphasis on the ethic of experimental fused dances.
Taking inspiration from her studies in dance and yoga, Lamia’s unique teaching and performing style blends eastern and western elements, tradition and modern expression, searching for that sacredness of the body that belongs to every dance.