BEATA & HORACIO BIOGRAPHIES
Born in Berlin, Germany, Beata Cifuentes started dancing at the tender age of six. Already as a child she attended her weekly ballet lessons with great persistance. Her decision to interrupt medical studies as well as an intensive three-year course at Berlin’s Academy for Performing Arts led her to discovering oriental dance. She was fascinated by arabic music when she heard a tune by the legendary Um Kalthoum-this was the start of a life-long passion for oriental dancing. After serious research, studies and travels to the Middle East Beata Cifuentes founded the first-of-its-kind school for oriental dance in Berlin. She currantly co-directs the Dance Academy Cifuentes in Berlin, performs and teaches internationally, and is an inspiration to bellydancers world-wide.
Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Horacio Cifuentes started dancing at age five. He began with Flamenco at the Academy of Maestro Realito in Seville, Spain and he also danced with the Ballet Folclorico Nacional de Colombia. He followed with classical ballet in Poland, and was later awarded a scholarship to the prestigious American Ballet Theatre School in New York. He eventually joined the San Francisco Ballet where he was featured as soloist in various classical and contemporary ballets. He discovered oriental dance at Magana Baptiste’s Royal Bellydancing Academy in San Francisco where he also studied yoga with the great master Walt Baptiste who awarded him the title of Practical Yoga Teacher for the Health. Together with his wife, Beata, Horacio travels the world performing and teaching and is considered to be one of the finest male bellydancers of today.
BEATA & HORACIO CIFUENTES
Since joining forces privately as well as professionally Beata & Horacio Cifuentes have researched and studied oriental dance (belly dance) extensivelly through numerous trips to the Middle East and private coaching with some of the most significant bellydance masters of our time such as: Magana Baptiste, Bert Balladine, Ibrahim Farrah, Ibrahim Akef and many others. They have produced a series of music CDs, which is treasured by bellydancers and lovers of oriental dance world-wide. Each summer they present an international festival in Berlin, Germany, where they reside and co-direct their dance academy. They have taught and performed at oriental dance festivals in all five continents and have been featured in various television shows. They have also performed as guest stars at the Berlin Opera. Through their magnetic presence, creative energy and technical skill, Beata & Horacio are considered to be a leading force in the world of oriental dancing.