Cienna has been Dancing for 37 years, beginning with Ballet, Tap and Jazz. Followed her Mediterranean heritage into Belly Dance at the age of 18, thanks to a serendipitous casting as a Belly Dancer in a college production of “Man of La Mancha”, she found a home like no other in the world of Belly Dance.  With award winning performances in both Florida and New York, Cienna brings a level of Joy and passion within dance that is contagious for her audience, and strives to impart the beauty of all women, at every size, shape and age. With a Masters degree in Education, Teaching is at the core and heart of Cienna’s practice. Utilizing the scaffolding of techniques to break down core movements, layering and drills, students become confident in their ability at every level of skill.

Kirah is a multi-award winning, professional belly dancer in the Long Island, NY area. She is recognized by her peers and clients for her fun, playful, and expressive style. Kirah's diverse dance background has allowed her to create pieces that display her versatility.

She began her belly dance studies in 2009 and specializes in American Cabaret, although she is inspired by and continues to explore the diversity of styles that Middle Eastern dance has to offer. 

Joining us all the way from South Africa, Jizelle has been training in  pole, gymnastics, cheer, and ariel arts for over a decade. A passionate competitor and fitness practitioner, Jizelle brings her love for pole right to our own backyard. Training with Jizelle is fun, comprehensive and challenging, and teaching this art with passion and compassion, with a mind for fitness and self-empowerment makes her one of the best new instructors on Long Island.

Sarah Schmitt

Instructor/Troupe Captain/ Costume Mistress

Sarah Schmitt has been a part of Tribal Dance Long Island for 5 years. Having come up through the ranks as a top student and performer, not to mentions so much skill with a needle and thread, Sarah is an integral part of the TDLI Family. With her gentle and nurturing nature and skill at breaking down technique, Sarah is a wonderful addition to our family of instructors.


Instructor-American Cabaret Belly Dance

Jeff Webb

Middle Eastern and African Percussion Instructor

Gerard Laskowski, known a "The Ugly Duckling" of TDLI is an important member of the TDLI Tribe. With expertise in Sound, Audio and Stage management. He is the Resident Dance Herder, Security and the voice of support and encouragement to the Art form he loves and the students and staff who find their way to TDLI.

Christine "Teeny"  Beaudrie

Pole/ Ariel Instructor

​   Teeny  is an accomplished dancer, aerialist, musician and performer!

Teeny is a top notch instructors specializing in aerial, pole and sensual arts. Teeny  brings passion, enthusiasm and joy to every class and performance. With over a decade of intense training, performance art and passion, Teeny brings a unique sensual skill to her classroom, making her classes, fun, challenging and very empowering.

Jizelle Van Zyl

Pole Instructor

Gerard Laskowski

Stage / Studio Manager

Jeff Webb has been a professional drummer since 1969. Jeff began his studies with famed Jazz Drummer Al Miller in 1964, and then pursued a career as a rock and roll and jazz drummer. For many years, Jeff played djembe (a traditional African drum) with several West African dance companies, all the while maintaining a separate interest and practice in Middle-Eastern Percussion. He took his first “Derbakki” classes with Musicians Billy Woods and Daveed Korup, and than later with Karim Nagi and Raquy Danziger. Jeff then studied with famed Syrian drummer Amir Naoum who became his mentor. For over two decades, Jeff has played for Belly Dancers all over the New York and Tri-State area

Cienna Rizza

Owner / Instructor