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
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 email@example.com.
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