Mariza is a belly dance artist in the Baltimore and Ellicott City, MD areas. She is half of the award-winning duo Io and the director of Lazuli Dance Company. She produces the All Seasons Hafla, a quarterly community belly dance show. She can be seen dancing around the Baltimore area.
A dance showcase featuring Lazuli Dance Company members and wonderful guests!
Mariza is a belly dance artist and instructor based in Ellicott City, MD. She is known for her playful, humorous style, musicality, and zill skills (finger cymbals).
Mariza started studying Middle Eastern dance in 2004, taking both Egyptian Cabaret (with Alexandra) and American Tribal Style (with Joy Rayman of Fire in the Belly) in Charlottesville, VA. She acted as president of the University of Virginia Belly Dance Club and established their first performance troupe.
In 2008 she began studying with Shems and later became a founding member of Shems' dance company, Barakaat, in 2010. Mariza was a major choreographic contributor to Barakaat during her time as a member.
Mariza founded the Lazuli Dance Company in 2011. Lazuli is a semi-professional dance troupe that performs at local haflas, showcases, and festivals such as Rakkasah and Art of the Belly.
Mariza performs with her dance partner Aliceanna as Io, an award-winning duo.
Mariza has performed at weddings, festivals, corporate events, community shows (called haflas). She organizes the All Seasons Hafla, a quarterly community belly dance show in Baltimore, and her own somewhat-annual dance showcase, the Shimmytastic Boogaloo.