Amanda MariaAmanda’s love of belly dance began immediately after her first class in 2008. Never before had she experienced such a welcoming and positive movement environment full of women of all ages, shapes, and sizes. The music of faraway lands spoke to her soul and hasn’t stopped since.

She first trained in the improvisational group format of American Tribal Style (ATS) belly dance, and has since gone on to study both improvisational and choreographed forms of American Cabaret, Folkloric, Tribal Fusion, and Suhaila/Jamila Salimpour techniques and stylings. Additionally, she dabbles in expressive North Indian dance forms such as Odissi, Bhangra, and Giddha.

Amanda performs for special events as she is moved to artistically, and employs the use of specific stylings/props/instruments as appropriate alongside her musical accompaniment, audience, and venue. She especially enjoys improvisational solo dance with live musicians, and choreographing lively group numbers for the stage.

Her mission as a teacher is to help every student discover and nurture her inner artist and feminine spirit through dance. Her class is a safe artistic space to be oneself, have fun, learn, and support one another on this unique and special journey.

Classes & Events

Belly Dance Seminar @ Shout Out Saugerties
Friday October 20, 2017 – 6 to 7PM 

If you’ve ever been curious to learn more about the graceful and feminine art of Belly Dance, here’s your chance! Join local instructors/performers Ashley & Amanda for a mini-lecture, performance, and belly dance basics lesson. This event will take place in a casual setting and run for about an hour- dancewear not required.


Beginner Bellydance – 5 Week Series starts February 21st, 2017!

Empowered Body Studio in Catskill, NY
8 West Bridge Street (Ste 2)- entrance & parking in the back of the Mountain T-Shirts building, across from Cone-E-Island Ice Cream.

Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30PM
Feb 21st – March 21st
$60/5-class series

No prior dance experience necessary!

Please call Kim @ Empowered Body to register and reserve your spot: (518) 965-7791

About the class: We will learn/review basic belly dance movement, muscle isolations, and traditional musical context while toning our bodies and having fun! Please wear soft stretchy clothing that allows you to move freely (yoga pants, fitted top, a hip sash if it makes you feel lovely! etc.). Belly dance is a grounded and earthy dance normally done barefoot, though please feel free to wear flat dance shoes with a soft suede sole if you prefer (no street shoes).

About “Safir”

Safir means “Sapphire” in several different languages around the world. It’s a lesser known fact that sapphire gems can be found in almost every color under the sun. All of them are stunning.

Like every dancer I have ever met, each variety of sapphire is unique and beautiful in its own way. This metaphor not only wonderfully represents my sisters in dance, but also serves as a reminder that we are all on a journey to find our own artist, and that we will each shine in different yet equally-beautiful ways.


Questions about a class, workshop, or performance? I’d love to hear from you!