Ramona is a seasoned, energetic, and versatile professional bellydancer. Performances are adaptable, and appropriate for many occasions such as festivals, themed events, and private parties. Ramona can be booked solo, or with the company of seasoned musicians. Specialty shows offer engagements and weddings, birthdays, cultural events, and ‘Mardi Gras’ events a unique flavor. Ramona also offers Diva Parties, with her team consisting of a henna artist and mystic reader, for entertaining groups of women. Little Darling Diva Parties for children delight the younger audience!
I've had the pleasure of seeing Ramona belly dance on several occasions, as she seems to dance her way up and down Vancouver Island - by coincidence, I've even watched her dance at restaurants in Vancouver. I like how she interacts with the people and brings them into her performances - my wife and children love it!
If you see her name on the entertainment list, I highly recommend going to the show.
Response from Ramona:
Hi Adrian. Thanks so much for your considerate review. Hope to cross paths with you and your family again. All the best!
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What to Expect
Ramona will attend your event adorned in an authentic and exquisite belly dance costume carefully selected for your theme. Ramona executes her performance with grace and versatility - improvising and interacting with audience members as appropriate and providing a lively energy burst to any event. Ramona is available for solo performances or with live professional musical accompaniment (based upon availability). Other options include specialty themes (birthdays, engagements, holidays) and the use of 'props' such as swords, 'wings', finger cymbals, canes, candelabra (shammadan), peacock fans, and more. Audience members are left with the sense of vitality, excitement, mystery and wonderment.
Ramona has an extensive background in dance, having begun her studies in classical ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary types of dance. She operated her own dance school for a few years into her early twenties, all the while continuing her own path. She’s studied and performed alongside with renowned artists and companies, such as KIDCO from Victoria, Constantine Darling, Lynda Raino, Santa Alois, at York University with Fanny Guryhab, Les Ballet Jazz, The Danny Grossman Company, and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. As an adult, she studied theatre and obtained a diploma in acting, having performed and participated in wide range of productions. She also choreographed large-scale community theatre musicals, such as The Wizard of Oz and West Side Story. During this exploratory and creative time, she also immersed herself in studies of contact improvisation, scene analysis, theatre history, stage make-up, voice, production, mask making, and European clowning.
Shortly after, Ramona moved to Vancouver Island and continued to study bellydance with Lynette Harper and other well respected dance artists; such as Sarita Mileta, Magdy El Leisy, Yousry Sharif, Dalia Carella, Suhaila Salimpour, Hadia, Yasmina Ramzy, Jalilah, Ragia Hassan, Sharon Kihara from Bellydance Superstars, and many more. A couple of years into her studies, she began to perform at local festivals, restaurants, and resorts.
More recently, Ramona has continued performing for luxury hotels and resorts, such as the Empress Hotel, Westin Bayshore, Hotel Vancouver, and regularly appears at Festivals, restaurants for ‘Greek Nights’, private parties, theatre productions, and offers specialty ‘Diva Party’ packages for all ages and abilities. For a couple of years, she toured with Pavlo, Master of the Mediterranean Guitar, and his ensemble. During this time, she was also a feature performer with Maharaja Cruises on Carnival Cruise Lines.
Ramona's unique flare and musicality, charismatic connection with the audience and superior dance skills make her a stellar addition to any fitting event!
Influences & Inspiration
Ramona's classical and more contemporary, life-long experience in dance studies and performance heavily influences her expression of belly dance today, making her execution edgy, stylized and unique. Notable influences through performances and instruction of renowned Middle Eastern Dance artists, include Suhaila Salimpour, Badia Star (Brenda Bell), Sarita Mileta, Dalia Carella, and various Bellydance Superstar dancers.
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