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About

People's Choice Belly Dancer of the Universe, 2010

Nominated as Fire Hooper of the Year by Hooping.org, 2012

First Place in "Best of the Mixed Arts" at ABurlyQ, 2015

This versatile, vivacious, vaudevillian vixen, Valentina dazzles audiences around the world with her unique vision of circus dance fusion. Sharing her magic in both performance and workshops is her passion and drive. Valentina is a second generation belly dancer who was raised in the Los Angeles underground art scene by her mother, Leela, a successful theatrical belly dance icon. Valentina now blends belly dance with hooping, fire, burlesque and hoop juggling. Her ability to seamlessly combine these art forms gives her a provocative style unlike any other. She is the leader of The Hoop Unit, the Vaudeville Vixens, one half of Twisted Orbit, a hoop fabricator and an event producer.

Suhaila Salimpour Level 1 Certified
YTT 200hr Certified with CorePower Yoga


Events of interest that Valentina has had the honor to teach and/or perform at:

  • The European Juggling Convention - Almere, 2016
  • Heart & Hoop Dance - Holland
  • The New York Burlesque Festival
  • The Arizona Burlesque Festival - Tucson, AZ
  • The Burlesque Hall of Fame - Las Vegas, NV
  • The Singapore Grand Prix
  • Swhoop - Bristol, UK
  • The San Diego Zoo - San Diego, CA
  • Nicaragua tour with Performers Without Borders
  • Rendez-v'Hoop Convention - Paris, France
  • Ursino Buskers Festival - Catania, Sicily
  • Belly Fusions Festival - Paris, France
  • Hoop Convergence - Carborro, NC
  • Hoop Camp - Santa Cruz, CA
  • Fire Drums - Northern California
  • Viva Dallas Burlesque: Cirque du Burlesque - Dallas, Texas
  • Stars of the Orient - Reims, France
  • New Orleans Burlesque Festival
  • Burning Man - Black Rock City, Nevada
  • Return to Roots Gathering - Pennsylvania
  • Bustout Burlesque - New Orleans, LA
  • Spin Summit - Colorado
  • Fantasia Belly Dance Festival - London, UK
  • Brighton Flow Fest - UK
  • Hubba Hubba Revue - San Francisco, CA
  • Fishnet Follies Burlesque Revue - San Francisco, CA
  • Cairo Caravan - Long Beach, CA
  • Under the Spinfluence - Wellington, NZ
  • Objectify - Australia
  • Bobbie Burlesque Presents - Los Angeles, CA
  • Mac Cosmetics - Los Angeles, CA
  • Flow Storm - Texas
  • Flame Festival - Georgia
  • Kinetic Flow Festival - Ohio
  • Fern St Circus - San Diego, CA
  • Colorado Burlesque Festival - Denver, CO
  • San Diego International Fringe Festival - Show Producer
  • Hollywood Burlesque Festival - Hollywood, CA
  • ABurlyQ - Albuquerque, NM