Press & Praise
Possessing a strong background in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and Broadway dance, Ouranitsa picked up the art of Middle Eastern dance quickly and fell head over heels in 2005. At that time Ouranitsa began studying both at Friends School's Middle Eastern Dance Club and Egyptian Sun. She has expanded her study of the artform under Piper (of the Daughters of Rhea), Shems, and Lotus Niraja. In 2010 she joined the professional Barakaat Middle Eastern Dance Company as a founding member.
Professionally, Ouranitsa has performed in and around Baltimore as a featured solo artist and as part of her two troupes. She helps manage both troupes by assisting with the organizational logistics of Egyptian Sun and serving as treasurer for Barakaat.
Ouranitsa is also a gifted teacher and choreographer. She is currently the resident instructor for the beginner class of Egyptian Sun and the Towson University Belly Dance Club.
A recent graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, Ouranitsa is known for her high energy, charismatic interpretations of belly dance and her obsessions with Bollywood and the Turkish pop singer Tarkan. Her Egyptian Sun troupemates mark her as the troupe’s resident super spinner and her fellow Barakaat dancers celebrate her as spontaneous singer extraordinaire. Ouranitsa is honored to work with the creative, funny, and inspiring ladies of both troupes.