Special Guest Stars - 2018 Belly Dance Masters Shows
Saturday Spectacular Special Guests - August 4, 2018
Oceans Ballroom - Doubletree Orlando at Sea World
10100 International Drive, Orlando, FL. 32821
Show Start - 7:30 p.m.
JENNIFER, "The Colombian Fire", began her belly dance journey in mid-2007 under the guidance of Jolie of Elements of Dance in Sanford. A musician her entire life, she moved to Orlando in 2006 to begin college. Coming from being the captain of a state championship band where she played alongside 150+ musicians each day to a town where she knew no one, she decided to look for a new hobby to keep her in shape and meet others. Bellydance became her passion, and now over ten years later, it is an integral part of her identity and life.
In the past ten years, Jennifer has gone on to compete and win in many of the largest competitions in the United States and internationally, including the coveted Bellydancer of the World Competition where she was a triple crown winner. She has gone on to judge at competitions, teach worldwide, wrote a book, and performs regularly at weddings and special events across Florida.
Her style is best characterized as being strong, emotional, creative and abdominal heavy, To learn more about her, please visit BellydanceByJennifer.com.
VALERICK MOLINARY is an award winning artist known for her unique and elegant style, which flows seamlessly while having that touch of sassiness resonant of her native Puerto Rico. She has taught and performed at international festivals across four continents. For over 15 years Valerick has dedicated herself to the in-depth study of Arab dances and folklore, traveling to study at diverse Arab countries such as Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco. She has a BA in Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature, the influence of which can be seeing in her creative and poetic approach to choreography, dance teaching and production. Since 2015 she organizes the Lebanese Love Affair, an annual event in Miami dedicated to providing a platform for dancers to study directly from renowned and dedicated Arab dance artists, all in a big celebration of love for Raks Sharki and the countries that gave birth to it.
To know more about Valerick, see www,valerickmolinary.com.
SAMITE began her studies in Southern California with the UCSB Middle East Ensemble studying maqam and violin as well as traditional folkloric dances from the Middle East and Asia. As she traveled north, she encountered Amy Sigil and began study that has spanned the last 15 years. An accomplished performer and instructor, SamiTe' is Sigil Certified in the UNMATA Hot Pot Improvisational Tribal Style format. In recent years, SamiTe's love of Indian music, dance and culture have led to an interest in Bharatnatyam Indian Classical Dance that she continues to study with Thessaly Chance Tracy. SamiTe' is based out of Palm Harbor, FL and teaches classes in her home studio as well as Hip Expressions Dance Studio where she is also a member of the professional performance company Samba Syndicate. Go to www.samiterocks.com to learn more about Samite.
JESENIA started her dance journey by learning the many Folkloric and Afrocentric dance of her native country, Puerto Rico. She began pursuing Middle Eastern dance from a very young age and she enjoys exploring the parallels between Puerto Rican and Middle Eastern dance, and uses the history of the two cultures to create passionate and dynamic performances.
Jesenia has become known in the local hip hop community of Orlando, for combining visual art and performative art, to bring awareness to cultural and political topics. She has been a podcast guest for the show, Creative Misfits, and will be featured in an upcoming Feminist Magazine.
Jesenia is currently working on a visual series that will combine digital, studio, and performative art to display the role the immigrant plays in America’s growth. To learn more about Jesenia, check for updates at https://bellydancerjesenia.weebly.com.
NAJMAH NOUR seamlessly combines traditional and modern in her Flamenco Arabe dance form. She fuses elements of Contemporary, Middle eastern, Flamenco and Ladino dances to help her embody a unique style that is a historical and abstract presentation of art and integration whirling to life.
To know more about Najmah, click here!
GAIA is a second-generation dancer, her mother learned the art in the 70's in Syracusse, New York, and it was through her that this passion for Belly Dance was instilled in Gaia. Since childhood Gaia has trained not only in Belly Dance, but also in ballet, modern dance and Latin American folk dance.
In 2000 she began to devote her life entirely to Belly Dance and in 2006 she founded one of the largest schools of Belly Dance in her country, the Academy Aidah Manaar. Since 2007 she has been a member of the International Dance Council CID - UNESCO and always she has continually worked to always raise the quality of her Middle Eastern Dance Program, which has been a bridge for the professional development of dancers in Costa Rica.
In 2010, Gaia's Troupe, won first place in the category of Professional Belly Dance Troupe at Belly Dance Masters in Orlando, Florida. In 2014, they won the award for Best Choreography for Gaia's Troupe in the first championship of Arabic Dance in Costa Rica.
Gaia has been invited to teach at many programs in the Americas. She is renowned for her unique innovative style, and music interpretation, which won her in 2015, the Belly Dance Fusion Champion at Belly Dancer of the Universe in Los Angeles, California. She was also the winner of the Pro Tribal / Alternative /Fusion Star Soloist, plus the Pro Cabaret Solo Star and Photographer's Choice at Yaa Halla Y'all 2015.
Currently Gaia, conducts workshops and certifications outside and inside her her country of Costa Rica. She has developed and launched the first site for online classes for Belly Dance in Central America and is an Certified Instructor in Zumba Fitness. Her main objective is to share her passion of Belly Dance with students everywhere she travels to teach and perform.