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Gina is an award-winning Oriental dance instructor, choreographer, and performer based in Pensacola, Florida. Dancing since the age of nine, Gina has a strong background in ballet, jazz, modern, and musical theatre dance. She received her BFA in Dance and Theatre Arts from East Carolina University.
In August of 2000, Gina was introduced to Oriental Dance after going to an audition in Las Vegas for what she thought was character work at the Aladdin Hotel & Casino . She got the job, and was told her role would be one of the “Jewels”, a troupe of Oriental dancers. The gig launched her formal training in this ancient dance art. She has since studied with notable American, South American, Arabic, and European Oriental dancers. She is inspired by these artists as well as by her own ballet and jazz background.
Gina’s awards in the Oriental Dance world include the following Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition honors: Champion of Champions 2010, Champion Drum Solo 2010, and 2nd Runner Up Fusion 2010. She also placed 3rd in the 2007 East Coast Belly Dance Classic competition.
Get in touch with Gina on Facebook (Oriental Dance by Gina @ginaraqs) or visit her blog.
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