Born with an intense passion for dance, young Catarina Branco tried different styles – Ballet, Hip Hop, Burlesque, Bollywood, Salsa, Tango, etc.  However, only when she found a dance that mesmerized her from head to toe, did she really committed entirely to one style of dance. That style was naturally Oriental Dance.

In 2010, after a year of passionate learning with a local teacher, Catarina joined a prestigious dance academy in Lisbon Dançalivre where she found her master Sara Naadirah. Since then, Catarina Branco has worked hard to keep learning and growing. Throughout her career, the dancer has attended several workshops of renowned dancers around the world and participated in several international competitions, achieving all this at the same time that she studied to become a Manager, having graduated from her Master in International Management in June 2015.

In 2016, Catarina was distingished as Young Revelation in the field of Dance by the City Hall of Setúbal and in 2017 became the first portuguese dancer to join the renowned Oriental Dance Company Bellydance Evolution, directed by the famous dancer Jillina Carlano. Currently, Catarina is the most awarded Oriental Dancer in the country in professional solo , with a total of 13 national and international awards.

Catarina Branco wishes to keep improving and spreading this ancient art, through her teaching and performances, always with the intent of a dignifying and contributing to the increase of the community of practitioners.

 

PRIZES

Master Category

  • 1st Place in Oriental Dance Weekend 2017 | Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2nd Place in Bellyquality Festival 2017 | Madrid, Spain

Professional Category

  • 2nd Place in Roma Egyptian Passion 2018 | Rome, Italy
  • 1st Place in International Summer Bellydance 2017 | Leiden, Netherlands
  • 1st Place in Oriental Dance Weekend 2017 | Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1st Place in Valencia Dance Festival 2016 | Valencia, Spain
  • 3rd Place in International Summer Belllydance 2016 | Leiden, Netherlands
  • 1st Place in Bellyquality Festival 2016 | Madrid, Spain
  • 2nd Place in Noite de Estrelas 2015 | Lisbon, Portugal
  • 3rd Place in Habibi Festival 2015 | Pamplona, Spain
  • 1st Place in Pyramid Awards 2014 | Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1st Place in Miss Bellydance Ireland 2014 | Dublin, Ireland
  • 2nd Place in East Fest Lisbon 2013 | Lisbon, Portugal

Amateur Category

  • 2nd Place in Revelação Dançattitude 2013 | Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1st Place in East Fest Lisbon 2011 | Lisbon, Portugal

Group Category

  • 1st Place in Bellyquality Festival 2017 | Madrid, Portugal
  • 1st Place in Oriental Dance Weekend 2016 | Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1st Place in Noite de Estrelas 2015 | Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2nd Place in Prémios Grupo Dançattitude 2013 | Lisbon, Portugal
  • 3rd Place in Prémios Grupo Dançattitude 2013 | Lisbon, Portugal