The Art of Belly Dance


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Valerie is a passionate performer and teacher of belly dance, a timeless art of self expression and a celebration of femininity. She is based in the New York/New Jersey area and is specializes in fun, lively, interactive performances. She has been studying and performing belly dance since 2001 with various teachers including Serena, Jenna and Aszmara. She began teaching belly dance classes in 2006 and currently performs in and around Montclair, NJ and New York City.

She has performed in productions with Venus Uprising (see a video from the Tarot Fantasy Belly Dance performance), Scott Wilson, as well as other ensembles. She is currently performing with Shazadi Dance Project.

Accolades from Valerie's Classes & Performances

"I was blown away by her beauty, grace and power. Valerie has a groundedness, precision and awareness of her movements that make an impact. She dances with her heart."

"The best belly dance class I've ever taken!"

"She could melt the ice off a frozen windshield."


Available for: birthday parties, anniversaries, bridal showers, corporate & non–profit events, children's parties, sweet 15/16s, teaching engagements and private & group classes for individuals, children & women's groups.

Valerie also works at a website design, development and hosting company,, plays clarinet with various chamber ensembles and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. How does she do it all?  Read her article featured in the June 2010 issue of New York Resident: "Tranquility in Midtown Manhattan".


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Workshops & Performances

Beginner Bellydance Class: 4-Week Series

Dates*: Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018
Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Fee: $89 for 4-week series / $25 for drop-ins
Location: ZURA Montclair
18 Lackawanna Plaza
Montclair NJ 07042
REGISTER ONLINE or Call the Studio to Reserve Your Spot: 973-233-0414

FREE Introductory class on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 7:30pm at ZURA! SIGN UP ONLINE

This fun and unique class will give you a solid foundation in the basic techniques of belly dance, as well as the confidence and skills to express yourself and experience your sensuality, fun and playfulness. You will build strength, flexibility, coordination and gracefulness and get a great cardiovascular workout, all in a friendly, safe and supportive environment. Regardless of age or body type, anyone drawn to dance & movement can enjoy this class. Please wear comfortable clothing, similar to what you'd wear for a yoga class (hip scarves will also be available to borrow). SPECIAL BONUS: Participants in full class series will receive 15% off at MishMish for a “Ladies Night Out”.


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