The Alluring Mariana
Born in Bogota, Colombia, Mariana is an award winning Middle Eastern dance artist and performing veteran, with 20 years of Western dance training and 9 years training in raqs sharqi (belly dance). Mariana's passion for dance started from childhood. Classically trained in ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, Latin Ballroom, and Flamenco, she took her passion for dance with her through grade school and college performing in countless recitals and shows.While continuing to dance at college, she discovered the art of belly dance (raqs sharqi). Since that first class with Najia, Mariana has focused her training on developing Egyptian dance technique, with a focus on their ethnic and regional dances. She dedicates her personal study of technique and nuance to preserving their authenticity in performance. She also has started expanding her dance knowledge and practice to include more of a presentation of dances from North Africa, the Gulf region and the Levant.
Since 2010, Mariana has been performing professionally in all over PA, DE, and NJ. She has performed in restaurants, night clubs, hookah lounges, as well as countless private events including weddings, quinceaneras, holiday parties, anniversaries, baptisms, corporate events, and birthday parties (Interested in booking Mariana? Click the 'booking' tab above)
In June 2013, Mariana won 1st place in Jewels of the Orient Competition in their Rising Start Tribal/Fusion Category.
Mariana strongly believes that she will always be a student and currently studies with master Egyptian instructors as often as she can.