Come shimmy with Maria ~ Professional Middle Eastern and Greek Dance Artist, Snake Charmer, Instructor, and Owner of Gimme Shimmy® Maria performs all over Central Florida. Her classes are concentrated west of Orlando in Minneola, FL!
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IN THE NEWS.......
9/1/13 The September issue of "Orlando-The City's Magazine" features a full page color photo and article about Maria, entitled "The Story of a....Snake Charmer" ! Click here to see the article!
Photo by Roberto Gonzalez of Orlando Magazine
4/7/13 Maria achieved a very prestigious certification in the field of Middle Eastern Dance- Level 1 SSBD Certification in the Suhaila Salimpour School of Dance! She had the opportunity to once again study with her mentor Suhaila, perform in a show and this year, test for the certification. History was made, as this was the first time Suhaila offered the certification program in the State of Florida.
for more information on the Salimpour Legacy and the impact that Suhaila and her mother Jamila have had on the art of Belly Dance in the United States and around the world!
"Gimme Shimmy," wows youngsters as she handles a snake during a recent"Igor's Lab" activity at the Cooper Memorial Library. Details on the "Snake Charming" page!
Belly Dance classes for fun and fitness! Click on the "Class Schedule" page for current locations and times!
has studied with the top Middle Eastern Dance Artists and Instructors in the industry
such as world famous Suhaila Salimpour, Sadie (Raks Sharki style), Rachel Brice (Tribal Fusion Style), Nourhan Sharif (Raks Sharki and Saedy styles), Nesma Al-Andalus (Oriental Style), Mohamed Kazafy (Saedy style), Dalia Carella (Gypsy/Roma style) , Jaya Vaswani (Bollywood), , 2011, 2012 and 2013 Bellydance Masters Intensive workshop with Nadia Nikishenko of Russia, Mia Sha'uri, Karen Barbee, Oud Master
Naser Musa, and Master Percussionist Miguel Crespo.
She is continuously training in the Suhaila Salimpour and Jamila Salimpour programs, and achieved a Certification in Level 1 SSBD in April 2013. She is working towards the Jamila Salimpour Level 1 Certification in April of 2014.
Maria also has training in a variety of dance styles such as Polynesian,
Flamenco, Brazilian Samba, Colombian, Salsa, Caribbean and more through
years of instructor certifications and workshops.