Martina started dancing at a young age. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap and modern. However, her journey in dance happened upon bellydance seven years ago and she quickly discovered she had found her passion. Martina has been fortunate to have had lovely teachers guide her. She has trained with Rachel Brice, , Kami Liddle, Mardi Love, Zoe Jakes, Heather Stants , Unmata, Samantha Hasthorpe, and her current teacher Suhaila Salimpour. She is proud to say she is level 2 certified in the Suhaila Salimpour format and will be working towards her level 3 certification in 2013.
In 2004 Martina became the founder and creative director Bellyfringe Bellydance. Bellyfringe Bellydance consists of quality classes, workshops, and live stage productions. Her past credits of peformance troupes were Turquoise, Lazuline, and Ginger Blue. She is proud to be a contributing member of teh Vancouver based fusion troupe, Scarlet Lux.
Martina has taught a full and intensive workshop schedule — teaching at many major festivals in Europe. Her fast paced skills are highly sought, with meticulous detail to technique and drilling. Not only is Martina a busy dancer, choreographer, and teacher; she is also a respected host, promoter, and sponsor. In 2005 she started presenting a yearly show featuring her students and guest performers called Midsummer Bellies. A fast favorite and popular show within Vancouver. By 2006 Martina began hosting big name performers like Ariellah, Kami Liddle, Samantha Emmanuel (Hasthorpe), Solace, and her mentor and teacher Suhaila Salimpour.
Martina currently resides in Ulm, Germany, she is super exited to announce by January 2013 her new home will be located in beautiful San Diego, California. At the moment Martina teaches classes in Ulm at the TanzOase studio.
Martina is preparing a busy schedule for 2012/13, performing and teaching workshops in Europe, the USA and Canada. Please contact Martina if you’re interested in booking Martina for performances and workshops near you!
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