About Serpentine Entertainment

With over 20 years in the business of entertainment and event production, Serpentine Studios Entertainment Agency is your one-stop-shop for world class dancers, circus artists, musicians, and unique entertainers.

Gathering the best of talent from all over the Atlantic provinces, we have been showcasing the artistry of local and international performing artists since 2007. We pride ourselves and our team on being reliable, professional, and prepared for any challenge.

Our clients include CBC, Opera Nova Scotia, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Porsche of Halifax, The Lebanese Chamber of Commerce, Casino Nova Scotia, Alderney Landing, and The Halifax International Buskers Festival, to name a few.
LED Wings Duo

About Serpentine Studios

Founded in September 2011 by Laura Selenzi and Monique Ryan, Serpentine Studios earned a reputation for approachable, fun, and empowering movement classes as well as entertaining events and stage productions.

Offering expert instruction in various styles of bellydance as well as circus arts, burlesque, flexibility, and fitness classes, the studio was a community hub for over 9 years before pivoting to focus on their growing entertainment agency.

Serpentine Studios is now run by Laura Selenzi and focuses on performance art and entertainment. Laura continues to offer bellydance classes in various locations in Dartmouth and Halifax.

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Meet Our Founders

Founders Monique Ryan and Laura Selenzi

Laura Selenzi and Monique Ryan spent years dreaming Serpentine Studios into reality, envisioning a safe space where people come to explore movement, discover bellydance, and join a vibrant and supportive community. With over 20 years of training each, Monique’s fusion dance and circus arts background and Laura’s classic Egyptian bellydance and manual therapy background combine to create a unique and hypnotic style that has delighted students and audiences across Canada since 2003.

​After years of Cabaret Serpentine working together to produce popular annual shows, classes, workshops, and bringing international bellydance luminaries to the Maritimes, the duo realized their goal of opening Serpentine Studios as of 2011 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The studio is now celebrating its 8th year as a driving force in Halifax’s creative dance and movement scene.

groups we represent:

Serpentine Entertainment Agency brings together a multitude of thrilling groups, each with their own unique skill set and style. Below are a few of the groups under our umbrella.

Serpentine Dance Company

A professional bellydance collective associated with Serpentine Studios, Laura Selenzi, Monique Ryan and Tina Afsana are Serpentine Dance Company, a dynamic trio exploring the traditional roots as well as the evolving modern potential of bellydance. 

Laura’s years of experience in Egyptian and fusion bellydance, combined with Monique’s training in circus arts and world fusion dance; and Tina’s years of Egyptian and contemporary dance experience result in an elevated theatrical, skilled and compelling style.

Hire these dancers as soloists, a duet, or a trio for your finest events.

Interstellar Circus Arts

An acrobatic duo comprised of established circus artists Amanda Hobbs and Taylor Zupiter. Cumulatively these artists have decades of experience in the living arts including partner acrobatics, aerial arts, dance, and flow arts. This duo brings a high degree of passion, enthusiasm and professionalism to all they do. 

LEGacy Circus

LEGacy Circus is a multidisciplinary rollercoaster of emotions and story telling.
Erin, a professional acrobat and aerialist, is a double below knee amputee who uses various leg attachments on floor and in air. Vanessa is a professional acrobat and aerialist who experiments in these fields using stilts.
Combining the use of leg attachments, mobility aids, traditional and non-traditional circus apparatuses, this duo share their story of “what if we tried this?” while sharing laughter, tears, gasps and awe with each other and their audiences alike.

Luminosity Circus

This multi-talented local circus troupe is comprised of aerialists, fire, and flow artists. Sure to impress any audience, these artists manipulate props such as poi, hoop, fans, double staves, contact staff, fire eating, and even fire breathing. Co-owned by Mizz Anthrope and Kid Cinder.

Jugglin' Bubblers

The Jugglin’ Bubblers are a bubbly duo based out of Halifax Nova Scotia. With a passion for juggling, hat manipulation and bubble art, they bring a playful and light hearted performance perfect for young and old alike.

Artists we represent:

Our passionate performers are available for a range of performances from roaming ambient acts to full staged presentations. We love working with so many talented and dedicated artists all over Canada. Below are just a Few of our featured artists!

Laura Selenzi

Owner of Serpentine Studios, Laura Selenzi has been presenting, teaching, and studying movement since 1998, focusing on Bellydance and circus arts. She has presented over 14 stage productions here in Halifax, helping to shape the public perception of what bellydance is and can be. Through hard work and a lot of passion, she has become the leading bellydance artist and instructor in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Monique Ryan

Monique‘s performance repertoire includes bellydance, hula hoop, partner acrobatics, and fire props. Monique has had the honour of winning “Best Dancer” and “Best Choreographer” in The Coast newspaper’s Readers Choice Awards.
Halifax’s original Fusion bellydance and Hula Hoop instructor, Monique is a popular teacher and performer in the Atlantic provinces.

Kristin Langille

Kristin is a graduate of the programme d’instructeur at ecole nationale de cirque (ENC 2016). Graduate UMFK Teaching Program (2009), and Acting Program at Dal. She has been a performer as well as the Head of Aerials for Halifax Circus school for 8 years, and is also an instructor at  Studio in Essence. Currently booking solo and doubles aerial acts (Silks, Trapeze, Aerial Hoop), Fire Performance and Acrobatics. Kristin is also a professional stage, film and TV actor and a full member of ACTRA and EQUITY.

Vanessa Furlong

Vanessa specializes in clown and acrobatic stilt movement, as well as duo aerial dance. She is the co-founder of LEGacy Circus, is a circus and physical theatre artist based in Halifax Nova Scotia. Vanessa received a degree in theatre and music performance from Bishops University and has developed a unique approach to adaptive and mindful coaching and performance for the last two decades.
Influenced by her work with non-verbal communicators, she was drawn to how this affected her own approach to teaching, creating, and performing.

Anastasia Burinskaya

Anastasia is a professional contemporary circus artist who specializes in aerial acts, hula hoops and fire. She grew up in a circus family in Belarus and has been performing and competing since she was four years old as a circus artist, acrobat and rhythmic gymnast.