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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.   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

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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