Mercedes Nieto

Mercedes Nieto – Hungary’s Shining Star

Mercedes Nieto was born in the heart of Europe, Budapest, to a hungarian-spanish family. She is dancing and deepening her knowledge of the oriental dance for 12 years. At the same time she was studying flamenco, afro dance and jazz ballet. Up to these days she still involves herself in improving and developing her classical ballet and contemporary dance knowledge. Merging these with the traditional and contemporary Egyptian dance forms -learning in Egypt continuosly- Mercedes created her own style, which is dynamic and floating, delicate and sensual, mysterious, still sincere and natural and it has thousands of followers Worldwide.

At the early years of her career she won several prices on different professional belly dance competitions: National Hungarian Raks Sharqi Contest: People’s Choice Award 2003, 1st place in professional solo category 2004, 1st place group category with Art of Orient group 2004, two times 1st place with her troupe: the Nymph Oriental Dance Company, 3 times the best choreographer prize. She won audience prize of the MEDINA competition in USA, 2004; she won prizes as solo dancer and her group gained the 1st place in group dance category in Egypt (Cairo, Nile Group Festivals and previously at Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival as well). Mercedes is choreographing dance-theatrical performances, is a leading teacher and star guest of several festivals all over in Hungary, Europe and the World. She has her own dance school for the past 13 years.

Already during her fist visit to Cairo she was invited for dance auditions, after she appeared in Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel, on the Nile Pharaoh Cruising Restaurant, and later on the cruising restaurant Nile Maxim, which were all important experiences for her.

Meantime her name was becoming more and more known: she was teaching and dancing in workshops and performances all around the World: Egypt, USA, Japan, Malaysia, China, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Morocco, Spain, England, Italy, France, Germany, Greece, Sweden, Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, etc, more than 40 countries of the World.

She was a guest performer on the Nile Group Festival’s Opening Gala Show in Cairo with a live music show with orchestra in June 2010 and on the festival’s Closing Gala Show in June 2011 as well, and now she is one of the first regular European master teachers of this World famous festival.

Mercedes is the founder and choreographer of the internationally well known oriental dance troupe: The Nymph Oriental Dance Company, having international tours and performing in festivals and dance theater events as well around the world. Mercedes is also the main organizer of the CAIRO! Festival Budapest, a yearly organized growing oriental dance festival in Budapest, Hungary, which is unique in the country and the biggest in Central-Europe, and it’s unforgettable for the international audience as well because of its lovely atmosphere. The festival now welcomes participants from more than 30 countries Worldwide. The choreographies for Mercedes’ students are professionally real challenge, as Mercedes does not keep anything for herself, she loves to give and she is guided by whole transmission independent on whether it is about her own modern ideas or traditional styles. Technically her requirements are quite high, the emphasis are on presenting the variegation of the belly dance through the personal message of the dancer. As she believes there is no dance without real emotions – especially no oriental dance.

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