ABOUT ME

Mariana is a belly dancer who enjoys the artistic expression that belly dance provides, drawing inspiration from Romani, Flamenco, Bollywood and Latin dance styles to deliver a passionate and energetic performance. 

 

 

Currently, she is a member of Karavans and Khan El Khalili Dance Troupe a middle eastern folkoric troupe under the direction of Seattle's legendary Mish Mish.

 


Past Troupes:

Award winning Blue Lotus Dance Company, Willowmoon and Jewels of Fire under the direction of Nalini.

Culture Shakti Dance a Bollywood troupe under the direction of Katrina Ji.

Awards

La Danse Oriental 2017 - 3rd Place CD Professional

La Danse Oriental 2015 - 1st Place Alternative Fusion (Bellywood)

 

Nach Meri Jaan 2015 - First Place Bollywood Troupe with Blue Lotus

La Danse Oriental 2014 - 2nd Place Themed Alternative Fusion (Bellywood)

 

Belly Dancer USA 2012 - 1st Place People's Choice Alternative Music (Bellywood)

Belly Dancer USA 2012 - 2nd Place Seven Veils
 

La Danse Orietnal 2012 - 3rd Place Horizon

 

Credentials

Mariana has studied and continues to study Oriental, Bollywood and Flamenco Dance.  Her training takes her across the globe and she also travels to training held across the US to study with masters in Oriental dance such as Randa Kamal, Mohammed Shahin, Nourhan Sharif, Karim Nagi, Suhaila Salimpour, Vanessa of Cairo, Sharhazad, Aziza and many more! Some notable training experiences are:

May 2018:

Advance Level Lebanese Orientale Dance & Advance Flamenco Study

Jerez de La Frontera & Conil de la Frontera, Spain

May 2018:

Raks Madrid

Live Arabic Orchestra Training

Madrid, Spain

April 2018:

10 day study/tour in Cairo

Cairo, Egypt

January 2017:

Andalusi Dance & Music Winter Intensive

Nesma Dance

Malaga, Spain

May 2015 & May 2016:

Advance Level Lebanese Orientale Dance & Advance Flamenco Study

Escuela Tarab Al Andalus

Jerez De La Frontera, Spain

 

October 2013 & October 2014

Flamenco Intensive Study with Mercedes Ruiz

Jerez De La Frontera, Spain

 

June 2014

Tamallyn Dallal Teacher Training & Intensive 
 

Other related modalities of training:

YogaFit Instructor Training 2011
BodyJam Instructor Training 2011
Zumba Instructor Training 2011

Les Mills Tone Instructor Certification 2019

PiYo Instructor Certification 2019

Les Mills BodyFlow Instructor Certification 2020

Repetoire

Belly dance 
Belly dance stylization incorporating the use of veil, zills, sword, candelabra, double veils, fan veils, cane, dance on drum, isis wings and tambourine.
Bollywood
Bollywood music and moves. 
Spanish Oriental Fusion
Incorporates elements of flamenco with bellydance through the use of the following props or stylizations: flamenco fans,  shawl, flamenco turns,and skirt work.

Continuing Education
I'm always looking to improve and be inspired.  I take workshops and intensives on a regular basis to keep an updated tool box of dance moves, choreography and conditioning.   I'm working on completing my NCSF personal trainer certification in Summer 2020