Lia Ridley teaches the Gypsy style of Belly Dance, offering students an opportunity to move closer to their feelings and a format through which to voice them. She was introduced to this dance form at age 5, in her hometown of Dej in the province of Transylvania, Romania. She observed the Gypsies and was deeply inspired by their spirited dancing and the freedom they exhibited. Women of the Middle East have enjoyed this joyous, expressive, cultural art form for centuries. Lia performs periodically with her troupe, Divine Gypsies, teaches a credited Belly Dance class at Metropolitan State College, and is currently an English Language Acquisition facilitator in the Denver Public Schools.