Lazuli Dance Company is a belly dance troupe based in Baltimore, MD. Lazuli is directed by Mariza and performs at community events such as haflas, festivals, and other dance recitals.
Lazuli's mission is to bring joy to audiences with exciting and fun choreography, inspired by classic techniques and contemporary aesthetics. Lazuli's members are passionate and dedicated to spreading appreciation for all things belly dance!
Lazuli holds auditions from time to time. Please like our Facebook page to keep updated on our events! Click here to visit our Facebook page.
Mariza is the director of the Lazuli Dance Company and a well-respected belly dance artist in the Baltimore/DC area. She has been studying Middle Eastern dance since 2004 and teaches classes downtown. Please visit marizadance.com for more information.
Aliceanna first began belly dancing in 2008 as a junior in high school. Since then, she founded the Rising Tigress belly dance club at Towson University, her alma mater, and ran it from its inception until she graduated three years later. After graduating, Aliceanna joined Baltimore-based Lazuli Dance Company in 2013 and has been dancing with the troupe ever since.
Aliceanna has studied primarily under the tutelage of Baltimore-based dancers Mariza, Isabel and Ouranitsa, serving as a teaching assistant for Isabel. She has also taken workshops with Rachel Brice, Karim Nagi, Silvia Salamanca, Suhaila Salimpour and several others. She is also certified in Suhaila Level 1 in the Salimpour School of Dance. Her style is an ever-evolving mixture of Egyptian, oriental fusion and tribal fusion.
With Lazuli, Aliceanna has performed in a variety of shows, including Art of the Belly in Ocean City, All Seasons Hafla in Towson, Rakkasah East in Somerset, New Jersey, Baltimore EcoFest, the Dangerous Curves belly dance convention and other haflas in the Baltimore area.
As a soloist, Aliceanna has performed at Art of the Belly, the Rising Tigress belly dance show, the Charm City Shimmy hafla, the Meridian Dance Company hafla and Baltimore EcoFest. She frequently creates new choreographies for her troupe and also loves to improvise. She has experience dancing with zills, fan veils, sword and cane.
Aliceanna plans to continue studying belly dance for the rest of her life and aims to become a professional dancer.
Aurora has been a member of the Lazuli Dance Company since 2014. She has performed in events in the Baltimore-Washington area including Art of the Belly, Raqs Rendezvous, the Maryland Bellydance Convention, and Dangerous Curves Bellydance Convention. Aurora began her studies with Mariza in 2012.
Emily first became interested in Middle Eastern dance when her high school history teacher held an informal class at Friends School of Baltimore. After one practice session, Emily was hooked, and went on to become one of the original members of the Middle Eastern Dance club at Friends, performing at assemblies and school-run “coffee house” nights. She continued to practice on her own during college, and after graduating in 2010, began to seek out teachers in the Baltimore area to further instruct her. She was introduced to Mariza through mutual friends, and after taking several classes with her, ultimately decided to audition for Lazuli Belly Dance Ensemble in 2013. Since joining, she has performed in several haflas, festivals, and conventions with a variety of props including sword, veil, cane, and fan veils. Emily’s favorite prop is the sword, and she especially enjoys playing the zills!
Emily is very excited to be a part of the new Lazuli Dance Company, and looks forward to performing with her troupe and continuing her education in Middle Eastern dance!
Nuri has been a member of Lazuli since 2014. As part of Lazuli, she has performed at festivals such as Art of the Belly and the Maryland Bellydance Convention, as well as numerous local showcases. She is admired for her sultry, playful style. She loves finger cymbals!
Surayyah is a Maryland native who caught the bellydance bug in 2009 and started taking classes through the Montgomery County Recreation Department. She's joined the ranks of tattooed librarian bellydancers and performed at local haflas with different troupes and props. She has taken workshops with Mahin, Yasmin, Karolina Lux, and Karim Nagi. Surayyah joined Lazuli in 2013.
Victoria became hooked on belly dancing in 2008 after her friends talked her into trying out their high school belly dance club. Since then, she has studied with local instructors, Ouranitsa, Isabel, and Mariza.
She currently lives in Columbia and dances with Baltimore-based troupe, Lazuli Dance Company, performing with them at regional events, including the Art of the Belly, Raqs Rendezvous, and Dangerous Curves Belly Dance Convention.