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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:

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