Maria Palacio starting dancing at a young age with ballet and jazz. Over time her passion for dance grew into other styles includin flamenco, traditional latin dances and more, performing at local latin festivals in South Carolina. In 2003 she saw a flyer offering bellydance classes at a local gym. She started taking classes and was soon hooked. She studied traditional oriental dance “raq sharqi”, American Tribal Style® (ATS®) and tribal fusion. She soon became a valuable member of Delirium Tribal in 2005 performing around the Southeastern states and a founding member of Alternacirque until it dissolved in 2014. Maria also pursued here solo career, performing all over the US and teaching workshops throughout the southeast. She is known for combining her spanish heritage and flamenco flare into her bellydance style. She continues her dance education through workshops / intensives and private lessons with various master instructors. Maria is a certified ATS instructor since 2011, providing lesson all over SC and GA while maintaining her studies with master ATS instructors. She also continues her studies in Egyptian raqs sharqi and folkloric styles, wanted to provided her students information, history and dance from where it all came from.
FCBD® ATS General Skills – 2011
FCBD® ATS Teacher Training – 2011
ATS® Continuing Education Hours – 2014 (12), 2015 (30), 2016 (20)
Journey Through Egypt I & II
JtE Sa’idi Intensive Certificate – April, 2015
Suhaila Salimpor Technique Level I plus 20 hours Continuing Education
Jamila Salimpour Technique Level I
Mira Betz Weeklong Intensive – August, 2015
Rayna Renee, Bozenka, Amy – Umata, Mira Betz, Moria, Devi – Ghwazee Caravan, Amani Jabril, Yasmine, Lebanese Simon, Aziza of Canada and more!
Maria is also the director of Serpentine Bellydance Company and Eastern Jewels
Columbia’s first dance studio dedicated to the art of Raqs Sharqi (Bellydance) and other world dances. From Tribal fusion to ATS® or traditional, spanish fusion to Flamenco, you choose your style. Also available for private, group and workshops lessons. Send Maria an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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