Daughters of Rhea (Melinda Pavlata,
is a second-generation belly dancer and aerial
circus artist, entertainer and teacher. Melina grew up
performing nightly in Greek tavernas under the Acropolis at the shimmying hip
of her legendary mother, Rhea of Greece, and danced with her
sister Piper (Belly Dancer of the Year 2000) in the hotspot Arabic
clubs of Athens in the 80s. Melina is invited to teach and
perform Daughters of Rhea style belly dance as well as her "Wild Hips, Gypsy Heart" workshops worldwide: from Singapore to Taiwan, New Zealand to Kripalu
Center of Yoga and Health. Melina
has appeared on the hit reality MTV show "Made", been
featured on Chronicle TV and the documentary So Much, So Fast, and
was hired as an entertainer for an elegant Bridezilla wedding. She is a world-class artist who
takes the art of belly dance to new heights of elegance,
creativity and entertainment. Ever engaged in new creative
and collaborative ventures, Melina loves to blend
'vintage-oriental' belly dance with European-style circus arts.
Inspired by the "point-to-point" balancing circus acts of Europe,
Melina is the only belly dancer in the world to balance a sword on
the tip of a dagger clutched in her jaws in while belly dancing
and descending into a full split. She has balanced a tray of
lit candles on her head while dancing since the age of seven, and
she is always inventing new ways to amaze, delight and - hopefully
- inspire her audience. Melina loves to teach and perform
and uses her passion for dance to promote positivity in the
Melina at Byblos with the Ed Melikian Ensemble! Wonderful photos
by Alice Gebura.
aerialist and circus
performer, Melina has toured in the U.S. and around
the globe with The Pickle Family Circus, Circus Flora
and The Wallenda Family Circus, and has performed for corporate
events and at nightclubs, fairs and festivals with her own show,
Her family circus, co-founded with 5th-generation Czech circus
star husband Sacha Pavlata, features European-style circus
artistry in an intimate one-ring setting. Our inspiring,
daring and elegant acts include aerial silks, cloud swing, lyra
(aerial hoop), unicycle, sword on dagger balance, high wire,
trapeze, juggling, clowning, Spanish web and more. Visit
Cirque Passion or call
781 893 2491 for more info or to book our circus show or
When she is not on performance tours or traveling to teach
for special workshops, Melina
regularly takes the stage at the lovely
Karoun Restaurant in
Newtonville, MA. Located on the corner of Washington and
Walnut Streets, Karoun's
features delicious Mediterranean-style dining, live international
music on Friday and Saturday nights,
and a beautiful large dance floor where you can spin about with your
date or shimmy it up on your own!
Call Karoun's for dinner reservations:617 964 3400. When you
call, verify who is on the schedule to dance that evening, and
make sure to ask about the Karoun's table minimums or prix fixe
requirements for the evening you are planning to attend. The
belly dance show begins at 9:00 p.m. I recommend making dinner
reservations for 8 p.m. I highly recommend Karoun's as a
special evening out or for a big family celebration!
Melina in the News!
Greatest of Ease" - Boston Globe article by Taryn Plumb: October
Moody Street Circus, Kids Learn how to Take a Leap" by Jim Walker:
Wicked Local Waltham October 14 2011.
VENUES / EVENTS WHERE MELINA HAS PERFORMED
Wayland's 375th Anniversary Gala Show with Moody Street Circus
Intercontinental Hotel (Wedding Event)
The Taj (Wedding Event)
The Plaza (Wedding Event)
The Four Seasons (Gala Holiday Party and Wedding Event)
Moody Street Circus
(Melina's studio shows)
Shimmies for a Cure ...
10th Anniversary of UWisconsin's Belly Dancing Society presented
Melina Workshops and Performance
Gypsy Hearts Melina
workshop and Show
at the Courtyard Marriott,
2200 Southwood Drive, in Nashua, New Hampshire on Sunday
March 20th, 2011.
Presented by NH NBDA / NH Bellydance - MA Northshore Chapter NBDA
& Heather Peckham Emerson
George and Jasmin Present:
Melina belly dance workshops and live show in Athens, Greece
Melina's Cirque Passion European circus tent up in Nyack, NY
Circus and Belly Dance Shows
Circus Extravaganza Collaboration with Amazing Grace Circus!
Pickle Family Circus, S.F. CA
(childhood circus shows with father Phil Marsh and step-mom Cecil
Circus Flora, St Louis, MO.
(Company Member: Dancer, Choreographer, Juggler, Aerialist)
Wallenda Family Circus, Taiwan
(Aerial Trapeze Duet with Sacha Pavlata)
Cirque Rocks! New Zealand
(Platform Wallenda when the Flying Wallendas performed their high wire 7
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.
"Wild Hips, Gypsy Heart: Belly Dance as Self-Empowerment"
Annual Retreat since 2008
Melina with John de Kadt -- Dance and Rhythm Concert at Omega
Melina, Piper and Rhea at BellyPalooza,
The Daughters of Rhea Belly Dance Festival and Show in Baltimore, MD
Seminars, Shopping and SHOW
TRIBAL PURA Show in Cambridge YMCA Theatre
Wedding Performances at the StateRoom, the Four Seasons, The Taj,
the Ritz, the
Plaza, Red Lion Inn, Hyatt Harborside, the Intercontinental.
Melina performance with HuDost
in evening concert at Kripalu
Melina and Sacha present Cirque Passion
Aerial Circus & Belly Dance Show
Featured at Roxy's Anniversary Gala Bash
MELINA IN SINGAPORE
Seminars and Gala Show with Melina, Rhea of Greece and Sacha
Seminars and show at
Victoria Theatre, Singapore
Produced and Sponsored by
Melina in Bellybeat Dance Company Production, "Fantasy" at Green Street
Melina in MassRaqs 2011 Show at Boston
Saturday May 16th, 2009
Melina's sister Piper Hunt, PhD in Boston area
Call 508.822.6449 for times and information on how to register
Ancient Art Studios in
Studio Rhea in Plaka
Melina and her Daughters of Rhea Arabian Nights Ensemble
Melina performs and teaches fun demo belly dance classes at gala
events and private functions like weddings, bridal showers, grand
openings, batmitzvahs, barmitzvahs, birthday parties etc.
You can book her solo or with her beautiful team of professional
Daughters of Rhea dancers.
Melina's artful and entertaining belly dance show
~ World-famous sword and dagger act balancing act
~ Tray of burning candles balancing act
~ Ancient Goddess dance on mobile candle holders
~ Spinning golden Isis wings
~ Drum Solo
~ Dramatic Taqsim floorwork
~ Turkish Karsilama
~ Finger Cymbals
~ Tambourine dance
CIRCUS FUSION BELLY DANCE ACTS INCLUDE:
~ Aerial fusion dance on Lyra (suspended aerial hoop)
~ Trapeze Duet with Sacha Pavlata of
~ Juggling clown turns into elegant belly dancer act
~ Vaudevillian dance comedy act with Sara Cabral
~ Aerial Silks Dance
Call 781 588-3628 for rates, booking info and availability.
Photos Below: MELINA THEN (age 7, belly dancing at the
Athens by Night Taverna in Plaka, Athens, Greece) AND NOW (dancing
the featured belly dancer on the television show Bridezilla as
well as MTV's hit show "MADE", and she appeared as herself in
the Award-winning documentary So, Much, So Fast. Melina also
owns her own European-style family circus
Cirque Passion puts up its elegant little tent for circus and
dance shows in the
context of festivals, museum and theatre shows, circuses,
nonprofit & corporate galas, birthday celebrations, weddings,
elegant holiday parties, anniversaries and corporate events.
Melina, Sara and Panayiota
dances like a Poem"
-Cleopatra of Athens
"Beautiful and entertaining. outrageously so."
-Four Seasons Hotel
Melina's Cirque Passion
circus tent or engage her circus aerial show entertainment for upscale & unique elegant weddings
clips of Melina's World-Class
Belly Dancing in Athens on YouTube! Watch her
ONE OF A KIND
sword and dagger act!
Melina's Daughters of Rhea Blog
to book her and the Boston Daughters of Rhea dancers for an
elegant belly dance or
circus arts show.
Melina's incredible sword balance on dagger act now Via Streaming
January 2007 TV performance and interview on "To The Pointe" with
host Cinda Hill.
dancing at karoun restaurant. photo by roger gordy.