Mariana was outstanding! Professional, talented and overall a wonderful addition to my husband's 40th birthday party. Communication was open from the beginning. All requests were granted and she made the night memorable! Can't wait to work with her again and happy to recommend her services to anyone! Thank you, Marina!
Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Mariana has over 25 years of dance experience and expertise. Originally, Mariana was classically trained in Western dance forms including Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, as well as Flamenco and Latin ballroom. She credits these dance beginnings to leading her to Middle Eastern dance (raqs sharqi) and what has now become a deep love for the art form.
Mariana has and continues to perform at all the top restaurants, hookah lounges and nightclubs in and around the city, including (to name a few): Fez, Casablanca, Marrakesh, CousCous, Norma's, Aladdin's, and Alamodak. She has also performed at over 100 private events including events for universities, and celebrities. Past events include: wedding receptions, mehndi celebrations, quinceaneras, anniversary, birthday, retirement, theme and bachelorette parties, family reunions, baptisms/christenings, and holiday celebrations.
Mariana is a consummate professional, and regularly and exclusively trains with top Egyptian and Middle Eastern/North African instructors, to continue to hone and perfect specifically, the dance aesthetic and technique. Therefore, you are always guaranteed an authentic performance. Mariana's performances include her mastery of veil, candle tray balancing, sword balancing, cane (assaya) dance, impressive Isis wing dances (*now with LED lights!), the playing of finger cymbals (zils), powerful dancing to drum (doumbek), and the use of fan veils/ feather fans. For examples, please see her videos above, or view them on her website (please select: 'media' tab).