Lucia’s Academy of Dance


Performance Coaching

Lucia is one of the preferred performers and house dancers in San Diego clubs, restaurants and at special-private and family events, since 2002.  She is respected for her knowledge and experience in presenting authentic, culturally appropriate shows.  Most of San Diego’s current elite performers have been through Lucia’s dance training program.  Many hold well respected positions in restaurants and clubs through San Diego County and are frequently hired for family events and festivities.

Being one of the long standing dance teachers and performers in San Diego County, Lucia has become a driving force and innovator, setting trends and fashions for the dance in San Diego.

Offering group classes every Saturday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and private classes or performance coaching for students who have aspirations to enrich and learn various dance styles, choreography, perform as a professional dancer or in dance competitions. Group classes emphasize technique and choreography with performance opportunities. (see flyer)


Taksim Workshop
Saturday, June 26
12:30pm to 2pm PST 
Discover a new you! A rare opportunity to study with International Recognized Artist Meg York. With mesmerizing melodies and percussion patterns, you will gain insight for YOUR dance experience: musicality, communication, cultural context, and performance.
This special workshop offers instruction with Lucia Herlinda and Meg’s musical accompaniment. Each student receives personalized instruction and an opportunity to enrich your dance to live music.
Don’t miss this opportunity – there will be limited students.
Contact Lucia Herlinda to sign up. See

Dance Specialties & Technique:

Egyptian Style – Oriental (Belly dance) and Folkloric Classical Egyptian is very controlled, elegant, refined, and often includes some ballet. Egyptian dance has a large Russian ballet influence that began in the 1920s. Muscular control is emphasized and movements are small and mostly set in the body. Most dancers in Egypt tend to wear a more conservative style of costume due in part to a law passed in 1955 that required dancers to cover their stomachs. The costumes are made with rhinestones, appliqués, and crystals; fringe is used sparingly these days. The stomach can be covered with any fabric, such as lace or stretch material, but the most popular fabric is made from netting, called the body stocking. When I danced in Egypt, I made some of my body stockings out of lace and others with net. I had many different ones to go with all my costumes. Dancers are typically bare foot while dancing and most do not use zills. (excerpts from Sohaila’s workbook; Near and Middle Eastern Dance Workbook
Khalijee – Iraqi, Saudi  Khalleeji in Arabic means “from the Gulf.” This is the dance of the Persian Gulf countries and Saudi Arabia. In the Gulf countries this folkloric dance is called Raks Nai’sh; it is traditionally performed in pairs or as a group, because in these countries it is mostly danced in private at women’s gatherings.
Lebanese – Oriental This dance combines the Egyptian and Turkish style. Lebanese dancers use larger movements that are influenced by ballet. They use the stage more, with many traveling movements and dramatic elements. Costumes tend to be more revealing than Egyptian style, with shorter skirts. Dancers normally wear high-heeled shoes and typically do not use zills.
Dabke – The Debke is a Near and Middle Eastern folk dance and has traditionally played an important part in village life. Its name comes from the root dbk verb, which literally means “to stamp the foot.” There are many variations throughout Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, and Kurdistan, but is not danced in Egypt. Guests participate at weddings, parties, and nightclubs, and professional troupes perform at folk festivals.
Persian Dance – Classical, Bandari, Baba Karam, Azeri Since 2007, Lucia has studied and performed Persian Dance with notable professionals including Farima Berenji, Azi Farsoudi and Ava Dance directors with emphasis in Classical Persian, Azeri, Bandari, Baba Karam, Kurdish Dabke and more. Lucia has performed annually with Ms. Farsoudi’s ensemble Gheesu Dance at the House of Iran for Nowruz and been televised (watch here) at shows in various venues.  Lucia and ensemble are available for booking for Persian Dance for your special event.
Samba –  is a Brazilian musical genre and dance style dance style, with its roots in Africa via the West African slave trade and African religious traditions, particularly of Angola and the Congo, through the samba de roda genre of the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, from which it derived. Although there were various forms of samba in Brazil with popular rhythms originated from drumming, samba as a music genre has its origins in Rio de Janeiro, the former capital of Brazil.
Latin and Flamenco Fusion – Since 2007, Lucia has studied and performed Flamenco Dance, Flamenco-Arabic Fusion Dance, Latin and Samba with notable professionals from Spain, Brazil and Mexico. The Samba and Latin dances are theatrical – with colorful headdresses and lively music and dance.  The Flamenco and Flamenco-Arabic Fusion Dance are performances with a dynamic Andalusia style which will add a special flare to your special event. Lucia and ensemble are available for booking for your special event.
Props – Shamadan, Isis wings, cane, veil, zills, sword, candle tray, drum, fan veil, stick, Many props are used in Middle Eastern dance, and every prop has its origins in traditional Middle Eastern life. When used in dance, you’ll notice that there are particular movements associated with using that prop—movements that illustrate how it was traditionally used, movements that assist with showcasing the prop, or movements that gracefully (and unobtrusively) help control it. (excerpts from Sohaila’s Near and Middle Eastern Dance workbook)
Choreography –  A solid framework for your dance. Learn how to choreograph – movement and communication, inspired by music, and create your personal signature moves and techniques.