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About Me

Mariana is a dance and fitness professional.


She is known for her cheerful personality and her engaging and dynamic performances.  She brings her positive attitude to her teaching and personal training as well.


Mariana has been a lifelong athlete.  She's been a rock and alpine climbing instructor, a Level I Ski Instructor, completed several triathlons, including a half-ironman and has climbed several of the Northwest's highest peaks, such as Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Mt. Olympus and countless other lesser known peaks.

Female Mountaineer

Climbing Mt. Rainier

In 2008 she was training for the Seattle To Portland (STP) Bicycle Ride when she was struck by a car on her bike. The injuries led to her no longer being able to pursue her love of mountaineering and long distance cycling.  Struggling with hip mobility from the accident, a friend suggested she try bellydance.


 Mariana has passionately pursued her love for bellydance.  Mariana has traveled across the US, North Africa, the Levant region, Turkey and Greece to train and perform.  

Giza Pyramid

Giza Pyramids, Egypt

Performing in Madrid, Spain

Camel Riding, Morocco

Mariana's drive for self-improvement and excellence has motivated her to compete in several Bellydance competitions over the years having won and placed in the following:


  • Bellydancer USA 2022 3rd Place Live Music Professional

  • La Danse Orientale 2017 - 2nd Place Professional Choreography

  • La Danse Orientale 2015 - 1st Place Alternative Fusion

  • La Danse Orientale 2014 - 2nd Place Themed Alternative Fusion

  • Belly Dancer USA 2012 - 1st Place People's Choice Alternative Music 

  • Belly Dancer USA 2012 - 2nd Place Seven Veils

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More than just dance

Mariana is a certified Personal Trainer and Pilates instructor. She offers 1:1 and group training. To learn more click here.

Watch my Full Length Interview with RaqsTalks! Where I talk about dance, personal training, travel and so much more!

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