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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.   One day 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 became a member of Delirium Tribal, a tribal bellydance troupe in Columbia, SC.  A few years afterwards, Maria pursued here solo career.  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 instructors.



FCBD® General Skills – 2011
FCBD® 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

Workshops with the following instructors:10433890_740870419309863_7578705801280106373_n

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

Alegria Dance Studio   
@ Emerald Ballroom
1333 Omarest Dr
Columbia, SC 29210

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 info@mariapalacio.com.

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6 Responses to About

  1. Laura Belen

    I’m coming to Columbia for the summer (will be arriving on July 3), and am wondering, is there a beginner’s or tribal beginner’s course I can enroll in that will be starting around that time?
    Thank you!

  2. Jeanette Hidalgo

    I took belly dancing for one semester in college, and I loved it. Now that I have moved here to SC I want to keep practicing, is there a way I can go to your studio or can you send me information on how to sign up for your next beginner class if you have any. Thank you….

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