Lubna Emam (Egypt)
Lubna Emam from Cairo, Egypt started to dance oriental dance only nine years old in the Egyptian Kaomeya School troupe. She has been traveling all the world most of her life, performing with the Kaomeya Troupe and other groups. Lubna has also been working with the famous belly dancer Nagwa Fuad.
When she some years ago returned back to Egypt, she stopped performing and started to teach Oriental Dance for Egyptian dancers and foreign dancers. Now she is traveling everywhere in the world Teaching Classical Oriental Dances and Egyptian Folklore Dances. Lubna has a very distinct style with very powerful “heavy” movements, she is especially appreciated for her interpretation of the Saiidi Style.
Mercedes Nieto (Hungary)
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 since 1997. She was as well 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 and performing in Egypt continuosly – Mercedes created her own style, which is dynamic and floating, delicate and sensual, mysterious, still sincere and natural.
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 cathegory 2004, 1st place group category with Art of Orient group 2004, two times 1st place with her troup: the Nymph Oriental Dance Company, 3 times the best choreographer’s prize. She won audience choice award of the MEDINA competition in USA, 2004; she won prizes as solo dancer and her troop gained the 1st place in group dance category in Egypt (Cairo, Nile Group Festivals and previously at Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festivals 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 over 15 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.
Meantime her name is becoming more and more known: she was teaching and dancing in workshops and performances abroad: Egypt, USA, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, Hong Kong, Qatar, Dubai, Mexico, Argentina, Guatemala, China, Cuba, Morocco, Spain, England, Italy, Ireland, France, Germany, Greece, Sweden, Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Guadeloupe, Vietnam, Taiwan, etc. She is a guest performer on the Nile Group Festival’s Opening and Closing Gala Shows in Cairo with a live music show with orchestra since June 2010, and now she is one of the first European regular masterteachers of this World famous festival. Mercedes is the founder and choreographer of the well known international oriental dance troup: The Nymph Oriental Dance Company, having international tours around the world and performing in festivals and dance theatre events as well with them, as well as performing on significant Middle-Eastern events such as weddings of the royal family of Qatar and a famous haute couture TV show in Morocco. Mercedes is also the main organizer of the CAIRO! Festival Budapest, a yearly organized growing oriental dance festival in Budapest, Hungary, which is now the biggest festival in Central-Europe and beyond, it’s unique in the country and for the international audience as well because of its special atmosphere.
The choreographies of Mercedes are professionally a real challenge for her students, as she does not keep anything for herself, she loves to share and she is guided by a whole transmission independent on whether it is about her own modern ideas or traditional styles. She believes oriental dance is not only the finest way to connect a woman with her inner self, connect traditions and innovations, through what one can experience the whole mistery of life and feminity, but oriental dance also deserves a better place among other professional stage art forms. So technically her requirements are quite high, the emphasis are on presenting the variegation of the bellydance through the personal message of the dancer. As she believes there is no dance without real emotions especially no oriental dance.
Gulden Fatkulla (Kazakhstan)
Professional belly dancer, choreographer, leader of the ESHTA Oriental Dance Group. Wonderful star of Kazakhstan, fantastically talented, kind and inspiring.
Guan & Rita (China)
Hailed as one of China’s most popular and meticulous choreographer, Guan combines his diverse works with a distinct, creative style. Refreshing to watch, Guan has produced over 180 original works. They are practiced and learnt by countless artistes.
In his workshops, Guan emphasizes on posture control, practical Egyptian-styled moves, and proper expression of dance emotions.
Guan is the recipient of countless awards for his choreography works and championship performances, from top dance institutes in China to international festivals in France.