About Karla Marie

Karla Marie 

has been teaching Belly Dance in New Orleans since 2008. Classically trained in Ballet and Jazz, she began her belly dance studies in 2005 at MidEastern Dance Exchange in South Beach under the direction of Tamalyn Dallal and Bozenka. 

It is there that she fell in love with this art form and has been dancing ever since, training with World Renowned Masters such as Tamalyn Dallal, Amani of Lebanon, Lubna Emam, Aida Nour, Mounir Malaeb, Sadie, Lebanese Simon, Amar Gamal, Suhaila Salimpour, Francois Rahme, Mohamed El Sayed, Yamil Anuum, Isaam Houshan, among others, and performing at local events as well as at national events such as the Houston Oriental Dance Festival. Karla Marie continues her belly dance studies and serves as instructor of Middle Eastern Dance and performer in her local community.

Her love of belly dance and the passion of her teachers allows her to pass this love on to her students many of whom make up her troupe- Shimmy Shakti. Karla Marie's troupe has been performing for 6 years and has grown to over 20 members strong.

When she is not dancing, she enjoys time with her beautiful boys, ages 5, 15, and 21 who keep her very busy, her husband who doubles up as photographer and videographer for each and every performance, and a career in Communications, Public Relations, and Business Development, as well as managing her booming Photography business.  Life is good. 

Karla Marie
Instructor/Choreographer/Troupe Leader and Director:
Facebook: BellyDanceNewOrleans

Classes offered:
- Belly Dance Intensive
- Belly Dance Goddess Hour
- Technique Thursdays
- Sunset Shimmies at the Park
- Latin Fusion Dance
- Couples Latin Dance
- Prenatal Belly Dance
- Private Dance Lessons
for individuals/partners/groups available:
Customized instruction for special occasion, event, wedding, or just for fun

"Growing up in Latin America, in an International environment where we traveled a lot, I was exposed to different countries and cultures. I experienced urban, as well as, rural traditions. I enjoy incorporating native and modern variations in my dancing style. That, paired with my love of belly dancing, makes for a sensual, more fluid, and richer approach to typical dances. Art is my passion and dancing is just a another way of expressing myself. I dance because I have to. As Rumi best expressed it 'Dancing is not raising your feet painlessly, Like a speck of dust blown around in the wind. Dancing is when you rise above worlds, Tearing your heart into pieces and giving up your soul.--Rumi' "

-karla marie

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