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Erika Ochoa

Middle Eastern Belly Dance

Erika Ochoa is a contemporary artist of Middle Eastern dance, specializing in Egyptian-style dance. She has been dancing professionally in the Chicago-land area for the past fourteen years and has expanded her education broadly, studying with various well-respected and recognized Egyptian dancers and choreographers such as Yousry Sharif, Randa Kamel, Mahmoud Reda, Farida Fahmy, Lubna, Aida Nour, Tito and more, Having Samara of NYC as her main influence and inspiration. Erika has completed the teacher’s training certification program under Hadia’s method. Erika holds a degree in Fashion Design and produces her own line of dance clothes and costuming, seen in her shows and productions. She shares her skills with her students at Pineapple Dance Studio, her private studio in Forest Park, IL, and at the Old Town School of Folk Music, where she teaches regularly. She is the producer of Baladina Egyptian Dance Theatre and has produced a number of shows in the past three years that have received critical acclaim in the Chicago Tribune and other media sources. She can be seen in festivals and many other dance show events.” To see her full bio you may go to www.erikadance.com

Started at the Old Town School in July of 2004