Nicole Maria Dance
Nicole Maria is a multi-award-winning dancer based out of Oakland, California. She has been studying, teaching, and performing contemporary and traditional forms of Arabic dance for over a decade. In 2019, she was a featured soloist in the prestigious San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, representing Egyptian Raqs Sharqi.
Nicole teaches and performs as a solo dancer and in several dance companies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently co-director, choreographer, and solo dancer of Asheq Collective (a multi-award winning modern Oriental belly dance company),
Shahrzad Dance Company (Contemporary Persian Ballet), and Tsiftetelli Delights (Balkan Fusion). She has performed and studied with some of the biggest names in the belly dance world including Dina, Tito Seif, Sadie, Lebanese Simon, Aziza, Rachel Brice, Colleena Shakti, Mira Betz, Kami Liddle, and Jill Parker. Nicole currently performs five nights a week throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
With a degree in Cultural Anthropology and World Music from San Francisco State University, Nicole has always been interested in the intersection of culture and dance and the study of dance in its sociocultural context. As a performer, she is interested in portraying both contemporary and traditional forms of Middle Eastern and Central Asian dance as well as dances from Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans.
"Nicole dances from her heart and will have the entire audience
fully captivated until the very last note! Her performance elevated our entire party. We highly recommend her for your next celebration!"
- Private Client
2019 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival