Mina has been a student of dance and theatre since childhood. She studied ballet in her early years and had her first love affair with ethnic dance while in extensive programs such as Bharatanatyam (Classical East Indian dance) with Katherine Kunhiraman and Katakali with K.P Kunhiraman. In 1994 she began her study in Middle Eastern Dance and has since become an award-winning performer.
Mina studied with reknowned middle eastern dance instructor Isvari, whom she calls her mentor. Isvari taught classical Egyptian as well as the Folkloric and Fusion styles of the art form. From Isvari, Mina developed a deep appreciation not only for the classical styles of Middle Eastern dance, but also for the many different styles that can be found throughout that region, such as Tunisian and Turkish, as well as African. You can see these influences throughout the style Mina portrays though her performances and those of her students.
Mina has studied percussion in order to deepen her connection to the music in her dance. Through this study, she learned to perform to and interpret live music — a true test of the art form which has allowed Mina to develop an impressive resume of performances with some of Northern California’s best percussionists.
Mina has competed in many different competitions as a solo dancer as well as with her Troupe Dalloua Dance Company. She has judged the ”A Night in Casablanca” belly dance competition hosted by Sirens in Serenity.
Through her classical training and love of the dance, Mina has developed a unique style which combines these classical dance styles with a variety of modern theatrical styles. Her unique style and grace have charmed audiences throughout Northern California and can be seen performing though out the Bay area and Sacramento as well as from time to time out of the state. Please check the performance schedule for more information or contact her through Dalloua Dance Company.