Meet our Dance Educators

Meet our Dance Educators

Lisa Botalico

Flamenco Dance

Lisa is Director of Lisa Botalico Fiesta Flamenca and Assistant Director/Principal Dancer of Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre also toured the USA as Artistic Director/Principal Dancer of La Compañía Folklorica Latina for National Theatre of the Performing Arts. She was featured on NJN’s Images/Imagenes, including the Emmy Award winning documentary, The Spanish Guitar. Lisa has performed throughout NJ, including NJPAC, Community Theatre, Crossroads Theatre and George Street Playhouse. Lisa’s photo was included in 100 Years of Flamenco in NYC at NYC’s Library for the Performing Arts Lincoln Center. She was Arts Council of Princeton’s Fall 2014 Artist in Residence.

Kim Leary

Belly Dance

Kim has been involved in the multi-cultural music and dance genre since 1989 and has performed at numerous venues such as Lincoln Center, The Ohio Theatre (SOHO), CAMI Hall (NYC), DanceSpace (NYC), FIT (NYC), The Evolving Arts Theatre (NYC), The Black Box Theatre (NJ), as well as at many colleges, universities, and festivals as a soloist and with her own dance company, and with SaZ Dance Theatre, Jamila Salimpour’s Bal Anat and Dalia Carella’s DNA Project. Kim holds certifications in Training & Development, Multiple Intelligences and the Arts and BA degree from Kean University. She is a certified dancer in the Salimpour School of Dance, Berkeley, CA. Kim is a recipient of Dance New Jersey 2010 Educators in Dance Scholarship and was voted New Jersey’s Favorite Belly Dance Teacher in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2014. She has taught a variety of workshop topics at many festivals and events nationally. Her acclaimed dance company, Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble has performed at festivals and theatres nationally and their performances have been partially supported by funds from the NJ State Council on the Arts.