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. 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, before transitioning to regularly study classic American Cabaret and Folkloric with her mentor Donna Barrett of Hudson, NY. Presently, she studies with Willow, of Woodstock, NY. She has workshopped with Aszmara, Ranya Renee, Leila Haddad, Petite Jamilla, Heather Stants, Suhaila Salimpour, Puela Lunaris, and more!

While her style is varied and she greatly enjoys the opportunity to stretch the art form, her heart and soul remain deeply inspired by the beautiful and emotional classic music of the Middle East and North Africa.

In early 2018 Amanda earned her Group Fitness Instructor Certification from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). She is one of only a few instructors in all of Upstate NY licensed to teach Doonya: The Bollywood Workout.

Her classes are a safe and positive space to be oneself, find joy in movement, experience the music of the world,  and support one another on this unique and special journey.

Amanda is based in the Kingston, NY area, where she is consistently inspired by the beauty of the Catskill Mountain region, and the amazing belly dance community in the Hudson Valley.

Classes & Events

Check back soon for announcements, or follow me on FB & IG @safirdance!

Spring Party @ The Garden House Restaurant – Rosendale, NY
Saturday March 24, 2018 – 7:30 to 9:30PM 
$20 Buffet + $10 Cover for the showGrand buffet featuring The Garden House’s exquisite Arabian cuisine and classic cabaret belly dance show!
Blue Plate Annual Benefit Party @ Blue Plate Restaurant – Chatham, NY
January 13, 2018 – 5PM to MidnightBelly 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!