Valerick for the Gilded Serpent

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Puerto Rico and Miami

Valerick Molinary started ballet, jazz and acrobatics at nine years old. From the moment she took her first belly dance class with her mentor Sandra Barreras at thirteen, Valerick became fully dedicated to the study of Oriental dance. At fifteen, she took her first workshop with Yousry Sharif in Puerto Rico, changing her Oriental dance perspective. She has been mostly focused on Egyptian style and travels annually to New York to participate at Nourhan Sharif events. In 2007 she spent six months taking classes in Madrid where she studied with Samara el Hayat. After her stay, she traveled to Morocco and Tunisia as part of the "Encounter of Moorish Studies" with the University of Puerto Rico. She also got the opportunity to study with outstanding Egyptian teachers such as Mahmoud Reda, Tito, Lubna, Hassan Affifi and Nervein.

While completing her BA with a major on Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Puerto Rico in 2009, she studied modern dance with the acclaimed choreographer Petra Bravo. In September of that same year, Valerick won the Professional Competition of the Miami Belly Dance Convention. In 2010 she received the second place in the Rakstar Professional competition produced by Virginia Mendez and the People's Choice Award. A year later she won the title "Queen of Raks Sharki" by Little Egypt having as judges Aida Nour, Khaled Mahmoud, Asi Haskal and Randa Kamel.

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