Alana Mari

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Alana Mari

Available for Hire as soloist
Dancer Profile

Dancer. Arabic Language Learner. Teacher. Info sharer. Door opener.

Special interest in improvisational flow, rhythm, and dancing with feeling.

Current focus in Levantine and Egyptian Sharqi styles through an American learner’s lens.

Has a lot of technical and American fusion dance training, including years of performance experience in choreography and the favorite, solo improvisation.

Centering groove, ease, quality simplicity, and expression in class and performance.

For several reasons she specially enjoys teaching beginners and those new or returning to Arab dance. Alana is an enthusiastic proponent for adaptation for bodies needs and abilities in class and has experienced return to dance after life changing injury.

She also enjoys coaching and encouraging new professionals (and aspiring professionals) on finding relaxed technique, the inner work of performance and ease, and finding joy in dance despite pressures and competition.
Alana endeavors from her white, midwestern American cultural background to be a good guest in the dance, and to move in a respectful, responsible, and ethical way in performing and leading classes in Arab dance forms. She hopes to help to model this for new dancers and learners.

Background & Experience: Undergrad in Global Studies: Cultural Analysis, Mideast Region & Arabic Language focus U of M (2018). She has some travel and learning abroad experience (Lebanon and Jordan 2023, Jordan 2017). Performed in Ensemble with Black Isles (2015-2020) Studied at the Cassandra School diligently (2o11-2020), Performed at Mediterranean Cruise and Ansaris as a dinner show soloist (2016-2020).

Birthdate

11/14

Soloist Profile

Yes, you can hire me to dance at your party! I love dancing for celebrations, connecting with party people, leading raqs sharqi mini-lessons and encouraging guests to dance and have a great time together. Specialist in Raqs Sharqi and loves playing finger cymbals.
Contact: alanamaribellydance@gmail.com

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Performer Experience

Yes, you can hire me to dance at your party! I love dancing for celebrations, connecting with party people, leading raqs sharqi mini-lessons and encouraging guests to dance and have a great time together. Specialist in Raqs Sharqi and loves playing finger cymbals.
Contact: alanamaribellydance@gmail.com