The Alluring Mariana
Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Mariana is an award winning belly dancer and performing veteran, with 18 years of Western dance training and 7 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. Since that first class with Najia, Mariana has focused her training on developing Egyptian technique- preserving its authenticity as well as taking it to new heights.
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 is also a dance teacher, offering beginner belly dance classes in PA (see the "classes" tab for more info).
Mariana strongly believes that she will always be a student and currently studies with master Egyptian instructors, currently training weekly with Faten Salama to further her knowledge and technique.