As an artist-in-residence in various schools throughout the state, her arts-in-education training is from Union County's CATALYST Initiative, Artsgenesis, and the Kennedy Center (DC) through the New Brunswick Cultural Center. Kim holds a certification in Training & Development as well as in Multiple Intelligences and the Arts from Kean University. She is a Level 2 Certified Dancer and has been training in the Suhaila Salimpour Format since 2000. In 2008 Kim became certified Level One in the Jamila Salimpour Dance Format and earned a Level One Certification in Sahra Saeeda's Journey Through Egypt Program. Kim received a dance scholarship award from Dance New Jersey and was voted New Jersey's Favorite Belly Dance Teacher in 2008.
Kim has studied dance for most of her life and has received extensive training in jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, Middle Eastern, Turkish and Afro-Caribbean dance. Kim has spent a significant amount of time with dance masters such as Tasha, Elena Lentini, Roberta Koch and Azsmara of SaZ Dance Theatre, Sabah Nissan, Dalia Carella, Artemis Mourat, Suhaila Salimpour, Jamila Salimpour and Richard Gonzalez all of whom have had great influence on her dance.
Philosophy: “Strong foundation of dance movement, belly dance technique, musical understanding and the creative process are the things that drive me. Applying all of this to any and all stylizations is my philosophy. My hope is that each time you see me dance you learn another facet of what is going on creatively for me at that particular moment. And for my students, that each explores their own path and has their own voice with a strong base and ongoing process of growth to support that.” - Kim Leary (Alexia)