A little bit about Lilya
     Choreographer and Director of Rhumpas and the Wild Things, an eclectic and spirited dance/drum troupe, Lilya is “an artist of uncommon diversity.” Dancing since childhood, Lilya’s professional dance and teaching career began in 1998. She is a certified fitness trainer, holds an M.S. in Educational Psychology, M.F.A. in Writing, Expressive Arts, Certificate of Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts Therapy: Coaching, Consulting, Training, and more.  Dance and "dance therapy" has taken her to Canada, Scotland, Switzerland and throughout the U.S.
Some of Lilya’s teaching and performance venues:

Lilya’s dance is influenced by the internationally recognized dancer/ choreographer, Richard Gonzalez. She has studied with the acclaimed Cutumba! of Santiago, Cuba, Elena Mosley's Kuumba, and other renowned dancers and drummers.  Lilya’s Middle Eastern dance training is cabaret, folkloric, ATS, and Rom styles as taught by ElainaMoroccoNourhanAszmaraTayyar AkdenizDalia Carella, and Kajira. Lilya's classes are always earthy and joyous. 
Come and try a class!  "It's never just a dance class!"  Ellen

Hope to see you soon!
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Kuumba Dance & Drum/Operation Unite
P.O. Box 1305. Hudson, NY 12534. 518-828-3612. 518-851-3161. [email protected].


  • Survivors of Sexual Assault
  • Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury 
  • Developmentally delayed 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Physical rehabilitation 
  • Arts in Education programs
  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Hudson Black Arts Festival
  • Troy Arts Center
  • Albany's First Night
  • Hats Off

  • Women Recovering from Drug and Alcohol use
  • Domestic Violence Programs
  • Women Survivors of Cancer
  • Dance Flurry
  • Caffe Lena's
  • Jay St. Kids Festival
  • Moon & River Cafe
  • RPI
  • Schenectady County Community College
  • Women Veterans
The European Graduate School 
Dancer/Choreographer : Anna Helprin
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