My Story

I would like every human being to dance, not to become a dancer but to dance.

Rudolf Nureyev

Raqs Sharqi , literally translated as Dances of the Orient has ancient roots: originally dance was meant as a form of celebration, rite and prayer.

However, despite its cultural bonds with the Middle East, anybody can open up to the language of Raqs Sharqi by tuning in to our heartbeat and the joy of the body moving.

These movements are healthy and natural, respect our anatomy and are wonderful for women of all ages.

The movements are wonderful for women of all ages natural and available to all body forms, backgrounds and all ages.

Dance yoga and non-violent communication

I love to build a relationship of connection, inclusion and mutual trust with my students, where everybody feels welcome and can open up to the experience of movement as a path of joy, growth and healing. With several years of diverse artistic experiences, I have shaped my unique way of working and dancing.

Raqs Sharqi, ignited a flame in my heart and soul, thanks to the extraordinary encounter with the great avant-garde artist Suraya Hilal, and her company of outstanding musicians who were living between London, Cairo and Alexandria. The force of their art still inspires me to this very day.

During the years 1989/1992, I was part of her pioneering project called “The Dance Theater of Egypt” to present Raqs Sharqi on the concert stage, with a full Arab orchestra ( The Layali El Sharq Ensemble).

Since then, I have been collaborating with several major artists and musicians:

  • Guy Shalom and the Baladi Blues Ensemble (UK),
  • Centre Culturel Arabe (Brussels)
  • Al- Andalous Academy ( Brussels)
  • Master musician Sattar Al Saadi ( Teacher of Arabic music at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam ) and his ensemble of Sufi musicians ( NL)
  • Thor, Contemporary Dance, Brussels
  • BlpusC, LAKTheater, NL

Next to my journey as a dancer, I completed a Master of Arts degree in philosophy and become a trainer based on Non-violent communication in short NVC, (Marshal Rosenberg method with certified NVC trainer Yoram Mosenzon at Connecting2life, Amsterdam). I am also a qualified Do-In Yoga teacher and lifestyle coach based on Do-In Yoga (Do-In Academy, by Lilian Kluivers).

Dance, yoga and NVC contribute to a life based on empathy, harmony and authenticity. NVC is the art of maintaining a respectful and honest dialogue and improves your relationships in your family and at work.

If you wish to remain connected, please follow us here or on Facebook :

For Dance projects: you can follow us through Raqs Sharqi Project Facebook or click on the youtube video on the Home age and you can subscribe to my channel

For NVC projects, you can follow us on Wespeakpeace

We will be delighted to hear from you.

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