Mariana is Philadelphia's Most in Demand, Premier Award Winning Professional Belly Dancer, and Gigmasters Best of 2016 AND 2017! While based in Philadelphia, Mariana performs weekly for clients all over PA, NJ and DE. Located further away? No problem! Mariana's clients are her top priority, ensuring that your event is the most elegant and successful. Every performance is customized to fit all of your specifications. Contact Mariana today to see what packages are available to meet your needs. Se habla español también.
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, including (to name a few): Fez, Casablanca, Marrakesh, CousCous, Norma's, Aladdin's, and 3alamodak. She has also performed at over 100 private events as well as for universities, and celebrities. Past events including 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 instructors, to continue to hone and perfect the Egyptian 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).