About Serpentine Studios
Since September 2011 we have been known for our approachable, fun, and fabulous movement classes. We offer top-quality instruction in various styles of bellydance taught by Atlantic Canada's most experienced artists, as well as circus arts, hula hoop, burlesque, flexibility, and fitness classes.
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Meet Our Founders
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.
Resident Dance Companies
Ranging from student dance troupes to professional dance companies, our passionate performers are available for a range of performances from community events, to festivals, to staged presentations. Contact us to find out more!
Serpentine Dance Company
A professional bellydance group, Laura Selenzi, Monique Ryan and Tina Afsana are Serpentine Dance Company, a dynamic partnership exploring the traditional roots as well as the evolving modern potential of bellydance.
Laura’s background in Fine Art and years of experience in Egyptian and fusion style bellydance, combined with Monique’s training in Circus Arts, Hula Hoop and Fusion Dance; and Tina’s years of Egyptian dance training and contemporary dance experience result in a theatrical, skilled and compelling style.
Hire these dancers as soloists, a duet, or a trio for your finest events.