Zarina, Rock & Metal dancer, teacher and promoter

Hi, my name is Zarina and I am a rock-music lover and a dancer too, so why not to join both worlds? For years, I have learned several dance styles (mainly belly dance, tribal fusion, contemporary dance and theater) and studied the rock-metal music nuances with the help of some musicians (special greetings to Pepe Herrero, Matt de Vallejo and my cousin Luis Ullán!).  Combining everything, I started in 2012 my dance lessons in Rockland,  amazing rehearsal studios for rock musicians. My dance lessons are always based on rock&metal music. Since then, I have collaborated with some music bands that are part of the scene in several occasions, taking part of their music videos or live shows.

Rock & Metal Dance project

In Autumn 2015, I launched my Rock & Metal Dance project (Danza Rock & Metal, also in Spanish), which tries to contribute to raise the foundations that will allow the metal dance growth and consolidation. This project is articulated around three main axes related to artistic creation, the visibility of dancers and choreographers and sociological research, respectively. In a complementary way, I began to collaborate with the musical director Pepe Herrero in various ways to give an artistic response to many of the music and scenic questions that I found as an attempt to provide feedback to music and dance in the best possible way.

In 2017, I became the artistic and choreographic director of the metal symphonic band Stravaganzza, creating a full show for the band´s concerts in which took part a cast of ten dancers. Since then, I have been touring around Spain in the best venues and the most important festivals of the country, like Viña Rock or Leyendas del Rock.

Stravaganzza´s show in Madrid (Sept 2017)

As a teacher, I currently teach workshops from time to time at Morgan East & West dance center (Madrid) and I´am preparing the launch of an online course on the fundamentals of this style as well.

Why Rock&Metal Dance Studio

So far, few dancers have been interested in rock-metal music. Our little dance community in Rockland Madrid have been a good starting point but it is time to contact with rock-metal lovers around the world and build with you a strong dance community.

Now I offer all my knowledge and the results of my own research in an online course, accesible by anyone in any part of the world. Click here if you want more information.

In my Rock & Metal Dance Studio you will find:

  • Dance videos: learn the steps that I use in my choreographies.
  • Choreographies: I teach you my own choreographies, so you can dance them too in your shows.
  • Costumes and make-up videos, so you can dress up like a rock dance star!
  • PDFS: everything that you should know about rock-metal dance and music.
  • Worksheets and exercises that will help you to understand the lessons and organize your own work.
  • Final project: you will create a final project with all the elements involved in a rock-metal choreography and I will send to you my feedback.

You can choose between the professional program and the leisure program, depending on your goals and budget! Both programs will receive a certification if you complete them.

My background

Apart from dancing to rock-metal music, in recent years I have developed some creations in the framework of the Gothic Dance, a new concept that tries to transfer the aesthetics and music styles associated with gothic imagery to dance. Dramatic, intimate o tragic performances, in which feelings of nostalgia, disappointment, sadness, nobility, loneliness, despair and passion prevails and are inspired by times and trends associated mainly to the nineteenth century. Since 2006, I am part of Farah Diva´s Dance Company as a dancer and a writer. Since 2013, I am also part of Excalibur Dance Company, an important dance fussion company based on Madrid directed by the well-known dancer Morgana.

My most outstanding art project not related to Rock & Metal has been the conception and direction of the show “The Rhythm of Memory” (2009), a dance-theater work in nostalgic style regarding the impact of dance in human memory.