David of Scandinavia is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher who regularly tours the world. He is Norwegian by birth, but his roots are in East India. He currently lives in San Diego, USA, but he often visits Europe and his homeland Norway. Ever since childhood, David has danced and performed Punjabi folk dances. Today, he is especially known in oriental dance for his precise technique, his artistic approach, impeccable interpretation, and his musicality. In his work as a dancer and teacher, he combines his training in dance and music as well as his linguistic and cultural research. Having performed and taught workshops all over the world, he first visited Finland in the spring of 2013 in Turku.
David acts as a trainer in several oriental dance training programmes, including the one at his own DaVid of Scandinavia Dance Academy, and he is the author of articles and study material published in international magazines and on various websites. In addition to all this, David regularly coaches dancers and dance groups for shows and competitions, and he also choreographs for them. He also acts as a jury member in international competitions. David has studied oriental dance under numerous international teachers, and he is well known as a skilled dancer especially in classical, saidi, balady, shaaby, and khaleegy styles.
Outi is in internationally acclaimed teacher and performer who, since 2005, has performed in Cairo, Egypt, with her own orchestra. Her performance experience in Egyptian venues is evident in her teaching, and she is known for her skill in teaching Egyptian style to non-Egyptian dancers. She tours the world as well as gives classes both for groups and private students in Finland.
As a child, Teija first started dance classes in classical ballet, and she later studied also jazz dance. In the 1990s, she intensely trained oriental dance, which she also started teaching after a few years of training. Her career as a flamenco dancer started in 1997, and she is currently a member of Duende Flamenco Group. In 2009, Teija became a licenced Dance Rumbita® and Rumbita Fuerte® instructor. At the same time, she also started teaching Bollywood dance, and currently she mainly instructs in Rumbita and Bollywood in and around the city of Turku. In her work as a choreographer, she utilizes her wide experience in various dance styles, and she actively performs with both her Bollywood students and Duende Flamenco Group.
Laura Zaray in a young, professional dancer who has won international acclaim. At the age of 13, she began her oriental dance studies and has since then studied under top teachers both in Finland and abroad. For a while, Laura taught weekly classes in Vantaa and Helsinki, and she has also produced several popular Hafla dance shows as well as three festivals under the same title. She is also the winner of several oriental dance competitions. Currently, Laura divides her energy between her Finnish private students and her visits to international dance festivals where she performs and gives workshops.
Laura is a versatile dancer and teacher and her repertoire extends from folk dances and Mahmoud Reda -style to modern oriental. Dance technique is important, but approaching dance with an open heart and soul is highly significant for her.
Pirjo has acted as a teacher and choreographer since 1995, and she was the first Finnish oriental dance teacher to graduate from the teacher training programme organised by Seitsemän Hunnun Tanssi ry. Her history in dance is versatile, and she is well able to utilize this in her oriental dance choreography work. As the Artistic Director of Yasmine ry., she has, for nearly ten years, been the principal organizer of Yasmine's gorgeous dance shows. In Pirjo's classes, dancers will learn good technique and, at the same time, they will be able to hugely enjoy the work!
Peppina is a widely experienced, encouraging, and thorough teacher as well as an innovative choreographer. During her continuous studies in several different dance styles and techniques, she has gained perspective into dance and dance instruction; her workshops have been enjoyed in Egypt, Germany, Sweden and Norway, and she has been invited to perform, for example, in Egypt and China as well as Cyprus and several other European countries.
During her 20-year-career as a teacher, Hannele has coached dancers from the East to the West and the South to the North, making some side trips also abroad. In addition to her practical training during her teaching career, she has also studied pedagogy; these studies produced a research work into oriental dance and its teaching.
In her work as a teacher, Hannele considers her students as individuals, while she also thinks the group is important to learning. She takes dance studies seriously, but in her classes the students dance with a smile on their lips and a joy of learning and experiencing in their hearts!
Amanda Nousiainen is a dancer and dance teacher from Turku. She has been training oriental dance for over ten years, but after having found American Tribal Style® and Tribal Fusion style in 2007, she has started to methodically train with top teachers. In dancers, Amanda highly values great ability of expression as well as strong dance technique, and her speciality is Salinpour technique, of which she has a Level 1 Certificate. Amanda has also graduated from ATS® General Skills training.
Anu is a versatile dancer and choreographer, who is not afraid to sometimes mix the beloved Egyptian style with influences from other dances and dance styles. From her home base at her own Moon Dance Studio in Turku, she likes to visit other Finnish towns and also Cities abroad. Dance is her life, and she also greatly enjoys co-operation with other dancers and dance groups – working together opens wonderful opportunities and new ways to dance!
Heli, who in addition to her career as a dancer, teacher and choreographer, also acts as a physiotherapist and culture producer, is well known as a fountain of interesting dance shows and choreographies. Her creativity and skilled direction are especially evident in the design and production of large-scale projects, such as, five different dance theatre productions in 2003–2012 in collaboration with Farah ry., whose Artistic Director she also is.
As a teacher, Heli is both encouraging and demanding. For her, excellent dance technique is important, so that the muscles work and are strained correctly; however, it is also important to remember the joy of dance.
Inka Vilén is an oriental dance teacher, performer and choreographer from Tuuri, Southern Ostrobothnia.
Inka graduated from the oriental dance teacher training programme in 2005, and in addition to oriental dance, she also teaches disco oriental dance and Rumbita® (licence acquired in 2011) at her own Studio Khimaira. Every so often she also teaches elsewhere in Finland.
As a teacher, Inka is known for her lively energy, but she is also an eager advocate for technique, interpretation and realization. Her choreographies spring from the music – no wonder, as dance is as much listening as movement and emotion for her.
Inka is also known as the Editor of Ishtar Magazine as well as an active member of various dance associations; for example, she has acted as the Chair in Tanssiyhdistys Sahara ry. since the foundation of the association. She has been a member of the organizing team for several dance festivals, dance events, and shows and this has been done in co-operation with her close associates as well as various organizers all over Finland.
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