Cristina | New York Professional Belly Dancer

Biography

 

Her Story

Cristina began studying the art of Belly Dance at the age of 16 in New York City. Since then, she has become one of the Tri-State area’s most sought after belly dance artists.

Cristina has honed her craft and experience performing at various types of event including everything from traditional Arab weddings, to corporate parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, birthdays, family functions, staged productions, to nightclubs & restaurants. Cristina brings a dynamic combination of youth, grace, fluidity, powerful technique, natural musicality, and presence to every performance, which has brought her recognition and accolades among audiences and peers. However, it is her passion, dedication, and love for Oriental Dance that are her most admirable traits as a dancer.

Training & Inspiration

She has studied under several of New York’s most well known instructors in the field, among them Rayhana, Jehan Kamal, Yousry Sharif, Azza Amon, Gamila El Masri and the late Serena Wilson. She has taken intensive workshops and classes with international master teachers such as Tamalyn Dallal, Diana Tarkhan, Zahra Zuhair, Amar Gamal, Karim Nagi, Bozenka, Shareen El Safy, Tito, Faten Salama, and Mohamed Shahin, among others. Always looking to grow as a dancer, Cristina travels yearly to study with the world’s most renowned artists in Oriental Dance such as Dina, Randa Kamel, Nagwa Fouad, Dandash, Aida Nour, Raqia Hassan, and Dr. Mo Gedawi.

The Performer

Cristina can be seen performing weekly at several Arabic nightclubs as well as weddings and parties, collaborating with the Area’s top Middle Eastern musicians. Performance highlights and clients include: Elle Magazine, Bergdorf Goodman, Whitney Port (star of MTV‘s “The City“) Fashion Launch Party, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Party, Singer/Actress Adrienne Bailon‘s birthday party, Mary J. Blige 40th birthday party, Wagner College, and Queens Council on The Arts. Cristina has shared the stage with Lebanese pop star Myriam Fares at The Venetian in Las Vegas, and performed by invitation in Galas for Egyptian superstar dancers Dina in Chicago, and Randa Kamel in Washington D.C. She has performed for diplomats and dignitaries of the Arab world, Saudi Arabian royalty, and has been featured on Fox Good Day New York, MTV, Arabic, Indian, Latin American, and local television. She was also cast along several of New York’s top belly dancers in the feature film Sex and the City 2. Celebrities Cristina has had the privilege of performing for include: NFL star Warren Sapp, Ivanka Trump, Courtney Love, cast of MTV‘s “The City”, Tommy Hilfiger, Marcus Schenkenberg , Nigel Barker, Mario Cantone to name a few; Celebrities from the Arab world include Egyptian actors Tayseer Fahmy, Kareem Abdel Aziz, Sherif Mounir, pop stars Ehab Tawfic, Simon Hadchiti, George AlRassi among others.

In addition to her work as a soloist, Cristina is an active member of the dance company Temple of Jehan led by bellydance extraordinaire Jehan Kamal. She can be seen in the DVD “Bellydance with Fan Veils-Instructional & Performance” produced by Jehan, and (as a member of the Temple of Jehan) has performed in the stage and theater productions:

Tradition, Myth and Fantasy” (American Globe Theater, NYC)

The Goddess Blues” (The Cutting Room, NYC)

The Secret Garden” (Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, NYC)

Aside from her thriving career as a belly dancer, Cristina holds a BA in Marketing from Berkeley College.