About Marina

Marina Salonga is a seasoned professional performance artist who started her training and performance experience at 6 years of age. Marina has received extensive formal and informal training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, swing, highland, salsa, flamenco, belly dance, tango, hawaiian, tahitian, modern, contemporary, classical middle eastern, african and axis syllabus. Marina has also trained in the circus arts, including tissu, trapeze, hoop, hand balancing, chinese acrobatics, and object manipulation including poi, hula-hoop and staff.

Marina’s diverse training and experience gives her a unique perspective on the intricacies of rhythm, movement, kinesthetics and performance. Studying under internationally acclaimed talent such as Alexandra King, Lu Yi, and Keith Barefoot, Marina’s training has carried her from television shows, to corporate events, to festivals- entertaining audiences ranging from a just a few people, up to crowds of 120,000.

Marina has developed an impressive career as a member of over fifteen successful professional performance companies, with specializations ranging from hand to hand and aerial acts in The Great American Circus, to fire performance with Zen Arts and Cirque du Soleil, to theatre and acrobatics with Theatre Motus. Marina has also enriched her perspective as an artist with strong directing experience, running a successful 60-show production for Cirque Polynesian in California, as well as personal artistic coaching for other professional performers. Marina’s work has taken her around the globe, including shows in Disneyland, Las Vegas, California, the Philippines, Alaska, Guam, Saipan, Hawaii, Dubai and Australia.

As an instructor, Marina began teaching belly dancing and fire dancing in 2006, eventually progressing to aerial tissu in Santa Cruz, California. Marina has taught hundreds of classes and workshops from advanced one-on-one professional coaching, to workshops of over fifty students.  In 2013, she opened her own school for object manipulation, and in 2014 expanded it to include other circus instruction.

Now based in Montreal, Marina continues to be inspired by new projects. In 2017, she’ll be working on the creative team for a new show for Theatre Motus, and developing a new hand to hand act for summer shows in Quebec City.