Maria Palacio - Owner
Valerie Walelia Kapuakaimi Hostos found her love of dance at a young age and grew up with music and movement playing a big part of her life. She enjoyed Latin dance and even won a few Hustle and Salsa competitions in the early 80s. Wanting her children to know their latin heritage, she enrolled with her youngest daughter in a group begin performing the folkloric dances from Puerto Rico. Soon they were performing in a three state area and on ETV. In 1996, with her daughter was no longer being interested in dance, she decided to take a belly dance workshop and has been hooked ever since. After the Bellydance troupe she cofounded, Flores de Mukhmal, broke up, she began taking classes with Alegria Dance studio and has studied tribal fusion, ATS, and Rays Sharqi. She is an understudy with Serpentine Bellydance Company, and also studies Hula with Halau Alohalani in Columbia, SC.