Middle Eastern Dancer, Instructor & Choreographer
















"Marlena Shaw of Reflections Dance and Fitness Studio in Anaheim, an area steeped in Middle Eastern culture, is the go-to person in Orange County for lessons in authentic Middle Eastern dance. Shaw was born and raised in Southern California, but her Egyptian clients swear she was raised on the Nile. 'Its the highest form of compliment, as a Middle Eastern belly dancer, to have clients that know the art form appreciate your work'

An excerpt from an article in magazine - May 2008 issue.


I totally enjoy your class.  You are a beautiful dancer and a generous instructor.  I absolutely had a wonderful time last night.  What a great experience!!
I really appreciate the confidence you placed in me when you asked me to dance with you.  I am and would be honored to dance with you again... Thank you again for your
confidence in me.

All the best,


I have not had as much fun in a dance class as I do in yours.  Thank you so much!  Each class is a nice surprise and so very cool that you have us thinking on our own. That is a major help to me and I am sure the rest think the same.  Scary, but so fun!  Keep up the great work. I think you are on the right path and
I am glad to be a part of it.

Thanks again,


Thank you again, your performance really
kicked it up a notch !!!



Your optimism is contagious!  You danced beautifully and you did a wonderful job.
You should be proud of yourself.

Love, Donna



Thank you for making bellydancing so much fun.  I think you are an awesome dancer and really enjoy learning from you.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for being so patient with me, especially when my body won't do what it is supposed to do.

Thanks again,

Marlena danced at our wedding reception on April 24, 2005 and her dancing made the evening very special.  My husband is Italian/Egyptian and this was a surprise for him. He was thrilled to have Marlena dance dressed in a beautiful red Egyptian costume.  She sparkled as she danced with graceful, pulsating movements, and a winning smile that enchanted everyone.  It was an unforgettable evening that will always remain in our hearts as an Egyptian Rhapsody performed by Marlena.

Thank you, Asja and Gamal (Gino)