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Dancer Rena on Bastet’s Cultural Flow with Carmen Garson

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Born and raised in New York City of Dominican heritage, Rena embraces and is influenced by all styles of music and dance. She is a first generation Hispanic-American, proud of both her Latin roots as well as having been born in the United States. She grew up knowing that dancing was naturally in her blood and credits her parents with her ability to learn and adapt to any dance form.  This is evident in Rena's passion and discipline for Oriental Dance.  Within a relatively short amount of time, she absorbed the technique and emotion unique to this art form as well as having gained respect from instructors and dance colleagues alike.

Rena has been studying and performing Middle Eastern Dance since 2002 when she began training with Miami-based Oriental Dance Artist, Virginia.   Rena initially incorporated belly dance into her workout routine as part of her health and fitness regimen.  Within days, she fell in love with the art form and decided she not only wanted to reap the physical benefits from it, but was also interested in performing and educating others.  Rena's performance style is American Cabaret Style, with elements of Egyptian, Lebanese, Turkish, Latin, Brazilian, Flamenco and West African dances.  She has been commended by both her mentors and colleagues for her precise hip and abdominal work, expressive hand and arm movements and overall passionate delivery.