Welcome to

Alegria Dance Studio

Natural Blur Backdrop


Maria Palacio- Owner and Artistic Director

Maria is the owner, instructor and artistic director of Alegria Dance Studio. Born in Madrid Spain, she moved to South Carolina in her late teens. Maria studied dance as a kid and as an adult, found her love for middle eastern dance. For the past 20+ years, she has studied with multiple teachers, traveling across the USA to learn from her mentors. Maria studies various styles including folkloric styles of Egypt, traditional middle eastern dance and it’s more modern forms. In 2008, she opened her studio in Columbia. She became Columbia’s first certified American Tribal Style Bellydance instructor and Sister Studio. She has earned several certifications and continues to pursue her studies. Maria is certified Level II in the Salimpour Format of Bellydance. Maria is also working on her 8 Elements of Bellydance certification with Rachel Brice. From 2017 until 2021, Maria taught middle eastern dance at the University of South Carolina. In October of 2020, she opened her studio in West Columbia. In the past few years, the studio has grown to offer Flamenco, Ballet, Contemporary, Hula and Yoga along with traditional and modern fusion bellydance.

Our Classes

for everybody

Register for classes through our Punchpass website. Click here to register today!


Bellydance for Kids - 3:45

Flamenco for Kids - 4:25PM

Flamenco - Adults - 5PM

Level III Bellydance - 6PM

Level II Bellydance - 7PM

Level I Bellydance (Fundamentals) - 8PM


Restorative Yoga - 5:15PM

Modern Fusion Style Bellydance - Datura® Style - 6:15PM

American Fusion Bellydance - ATS® Style - 7:15PM

ATS Manton/Fan - 8:15PM


Ballet for Kids - 4:00PM

Hip Hop for Kids - 4:45PM

Fundamentals of Fusion Bellydance - 5:30PM

Ballet for Adults - 6:30

Contemporary Dance - 7:30PM


Flamenco - 6:15PM


Hula - 4:00PM

Move It Fitness Class - 5:30PM

Shadow Me - Movement Dance Class - 6:30PM

Alegria Team


Check out our upcoming events, shows and specialty workshops.

Get in Touch

We are located at

1125 B Avenue, West Columbia, SC, 29169

Email Address


Phone Number

(803) 386 9623