In 2020 Danish Open Bellydance offers 18 workshops with great teachers, including two FREE BEGINNERS CLASSES. 
Workshops are held Friday, Saturday & 
Sunday 6-8 November 2020.

Workshops and COVID-19 precautions: Due to COVID-19 the number of workshop participants will be lower this year than normal. Number of participants is set accordingly to the size of the room and existing guidelines in Denmark. Follow the availability of each workshop below (colours red, orange and green). The workshop studio will be cleaned after each workshop by our support staff. It is required that all workshop participants wear shoes or socks while dancing. All must use hand disinfection before entering and leaving the room. If you feel sick, have a fever ect. please do stay at home… (as always). 

Please note that ALL workshops will be taught in English
– Description of each event can be seen below. A Facebook event for both the festival and each workshop will be available for more information.

– General information, how to register and prices are found at the bottom of the page.
– The colours indicate the availability of the workshops right now.
Red: Fully booked.
Orange: Limited space.
Green: OK availability

FRIDAY 6 November:

Workshop 1 – Mercedes Nieto, Hungary 
Time: 13.00 – 15.00 20181215-750_8421-Edit
Level: Open level
Theme: Hearing, feeling & storytelling
Description: In this workshop you will get the change to work on refined musicality, techniques and combinations with various approaches to be more connected to the music as well as your own story in the dance.

Workshop 2 – Marie Møller Jensen, Denmark
Time: 13.00 – 15.00 DSC_5174
Level: Open level
Theme: Baladi basics and beyond
Description: This workshop will focus on baladi technique and musical interpretation. We’ll get geeky with hip work and grounding but also explore the wonderful accordion, the quintessential baladi instrument! Get ready for juicy moves and combos and to explore some of the many facets of baladi music.

We are sure you will enjoy it!

Workshop 3 – Kareem Gad, France/Egypt
Time: 15.30 – 17.30 image00001
Level: Good intermediate to professional
Theme: Intensive Techniques
Description: This workshop covers Kareem’s favorite isolation’s, subtle waist movements and tips for stage usage.

Workshop 4 – Rachel Reynolds , USA/Italy
Time: 15.30 – 17.30
Level: Open Level
Theme: Flying Fan Voi IMG_9074
Description: This one-of-a-kind workshop will take your traditional Fan Veils and transform them into a whole new prop to delight your audiences. Fan Voi is a combination of Fan Veils and Poi.  The workshop will cover Fan technique and Poi spinning, how to link and transition smoothly between moves, and combinations that incorporate belly dance elements. This unique prop is versatile for both oriental and fusion artists. Prior experience with double props, flags or spinning tools is a plus. Prop required for class. Rachel will bring some already made. If possible, bring your fan veils: you can turn them into fan voi! Equipment cost €2.

New Silk Fan Voi will be available for rent or purchase.

Workshop 5 – FREE Burlesque Workshop with Miss Ann, Denmark
Time: 15.15 – 17.00 AE8A1955 - low res_Photo_JesperKoefoed
Level: Open level – Everybody is welcome
Theme: Introduction to Burlesque
Description: Learn the art of tease and get in touch with your sensual and feminine self! Burlesque is about having fun, enjoying your own body and shimmy your chest while adding a wink and a smile! This free burlesque workshop will be all about you and the sensuality that we can put into dancing burlesque.

Miss Anne has been teaching burlesque for over 10 years and will guide you through a sensual choreography and give you tips on how to Burlesque!

To secure a spot for the free burlesque class, please sign up by sending us an e-mail at – remember to include your name, mobile number and e-mail address.

– GRATIS WORKSHOP! goddes of the sea_anna_barner_foto_mathilde_vesterherupwith Anna Barner, Denmark
Time: 17.00 – 18.00 – Come and join us –  Show up at the venue foyer at 16.45/ Kom og vær med – Mød op i Glostrup hallens foyer kl. 16.45
Everybody is welcome/Alle er velkomne
Level: Beginner/Begynder
Theme: Introduction to Oriental Belly dance/Introduktion til mavedans
Description (Dansk, se længere nede)If you have never tried belly dance before and you are curious about how you can control your muscles and make your hips move – then this workshop is just the right one for you!
Belly dance is great exercise and you gain a strong body and learn how to move in an elegant and feminine way.
Everybody is welcome to join us for this introductory class.
Bring your friends, your sister, your mother or even your grandmother for a fun and exciting lesson before you go in and enjoy the competition and show.

To secure a spot for the free beginners’ class, please sign up by sending us an e-mail at – remember to include your name, mobile number and e-mail address.

Kom og sæt dine hofter og mavemuskler max på prøve. Mavedans er udfordrende, sjovt og et hit i byen!
Tag din veninde, søster, mor eller din bedstemor under armen og kom til en helt gratis sjov og spændende time, inden du skal ind og underholdes af de professionelle dansere til årets Danish Open Bellydance.
Tilmelding: Send en mail til, eller mød op på dagen. Mødetid kl. 16.45 i Glostrup Hallens foyer.
Efterfølgende kan du/I opleve en af Nordeuropas største festivaler i mavedans med konkurrencer, shows, workshops og bazar.
Køb billetter til konkurrencer og shows via

SATURDAY 9 November

Workshop 7 – Mercedes Nieto, Hungary
Time: 10.00 – 12.00 20181215-750_8421-Edit
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Theme: Understanding Tarab
Description: Learn more about Tarab through a new version of a lyrical classical oriental music and a detailed choreography. You can say Tarab is one of Mercedes trademarks…

Workshop 8 – Bilal Irshed, Libanon/Denmark – featuring Noura, Denmark
10.00-12.00 DSC_9399S4
Level: Open level
Introduction to Arabic music – theory and performance art
Arabic music is known for its great repertoire of music scales (maqamat) and also for its lively and complex rhythmical patterns (awzan). In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the most significant features and aspects within the Arabic music tradition including maqamat (music scales), awzan (rhythmical patterns), music forms, taqasim (improvisation) and traditional music instruments.

The workshop will feature a live demonstration of these different aspects. In addition, the workshop will include parts where the participants can join in and try to dance and clap to different rhythmical patterns and also sing to different melodies. The workshop will also focus on improvisation.

The workshop will be moderated by Palestinian/Danish oud player and composer Bilal Irshed and one of the Danish Open Bellydance organizers, Noura (Regitze Rugholm).

Please note: the workshop will change between listening and dancing – we recommend that you bring warm socks and a sweater.

Workshop 9 – Kathreen Derouet, Czech republic
10.00 – 12.00 1RAO_9589
Oriental inspiration – Kathreen’s style combination
Description: Discover the magic of Kathreen’s unique and creative combinations that will vibrate with musicality and with your heart and soul. Tips and tricks for dance technique, details, feelings and expressions!


Workshop 10 – Suraiya Ibrahim, Poland
Time: 12.30 – 14.30 1 duże druk CMYK
Level: Open level
Theme: The art of the improvisation
Description: Discover the secrets of correct and variated improvisation.

Learn the interpretation of various Arabic instruments, rhythms and general tips that will help you feel comfortable while improvising.

Workshop 11 – Kareem Gad, France/Egypt
Time: 12.30 – 14.30 image00001
Level:Good intermediate to professional
Theme: Oriental Classic yet romantic
Description: In this workshops, Kareem will teach technique, musical precision and long choreographic combinations in a romantic, classical style.

Workshop 12 – Mercedes Nieto, Hungray
Time: 12.30 – 14.30 20181215-750_8421-Edit
Level: Open level 
Theme: Flow!
Powerful and expressive oriental dance technique & combinations for stage – with different music and styles.


Workshop 13 – Kareem Gad, France/Egypt
15.00 – 17.00 image00001
Good intermediate to professional
Theme: Kareem’s signature “Spicy Shaabi”
Description: This workshop covers body language, gestures, technique and choreography in Kareem’s signature spicy Egyptian style.

Workshop 14 –  Suraiya Ibrahim, Poland – featuring Khader Ahmad, Germany 
Time: 15.00 – 17.00 37177671_782820968775037_8860053688064933888_n1 duże druk CMYK
Level: Open level
Theme: Live drum solo – Choreography
Description: Learn Suraiya’s exciting choreography to one of Khaders’s amazing drum solo compositions. Workshop will also include some tips on how to improvise to live drumming!

Workshop 15 – Noura, Denmark
15.00 – 17.00 DSC_9399
Level: Open level
Beginners percussion for dancers
Let’s take it from the beginning – and learn some of the most typical Arabic rhythms we use in your dance. We will work our way though the percussion language using drums (frame drums, darbuka, req) and finger cymbals (saggat/zill). This will be a hands on workshop. Dancers who need to refresh their percussion memory are also very welcome.

SUNDAY 8 November

Workshop 16 – Suraiya Ibrahim, Poland
Time: 10.00 – 12.00 1 duże druk CMYK
Level: Open level
Theme: Precision Lab
Description: Definition, conscious muscle usage, precision. We will focus on hips, belly and chest moves that will allow you to polish your general technique and take it to the next level.

Workshop 17Kathreen Derouet, Czech republic
Time: 10.00 – 12.00 1RAO_9589
Level: Advanced
Theme: Magic veil intro
Let yourself be carried away on the waves of silk accompanied by dynamic oriental music that inspires you to create your own classic mejanse style.

Many tips and tricks for creating and interpreting your entrance for the stage and dazzling your audience!

Workshop 18 – Rachel Reynolds, Italy/USA
Time: 10.00 – 12.00 IMG_9074
Level: Open level
Theme: Samba fusion
Who hasn’t dreamt of being a gorgeous Carioca dancing to the beat, dressed like an exotic bird of paradise? Well, day-dream no more!  Come be a belly-sambista in Rachels workshop: this class is a potpourri of belly dance and samba no pe’ (samba on the foot).

Tap into your inner Carnival passista with beautiful combos that also include international style ballroom samba steps.  Culminating in a fun, fusion choreography to a medley of songs; such as Raqset El Darabouka Samba, Sambuka and Hip hip, chin chin, among others.

Class will be high energy and fast paced. Some small jumping required. Suggestion is to dance barefoot, no high heeled shoes or samba shoes (for now) other type of flat shoes or ballet-slippers, socks, etc is fine. Bring water, a towel and your smile!

Yallah! & Vamos!


All workshops are held at our venue or close by:
Glostrup Hallen, Stadionvej 88, 2600 Glostrup.

Prices before 1 October – Early bird:
One workshop DKK 350 (€50)
Two workshops DKK 665 (€90)
Three workshops DKK 965 (€130)
Four workshops DKK 1245 (€165)
Five workshops DKK 1500 (€200)
Six workshops DKK 1750 (€235)

After 1 October
One workshop DKK 400,- (€55)
Two workshops DKK 760,- (€100)
Three workshops DKK 1100,- (€150)
Four workshops DKK 1420,- (€190)
Five workshops DKK 1720 (€230)
Six workshops DKK 2000 (€270)

On-the-door sale – NO discount
Price per workshop with a duration of two hours DKK 400 (€55)

MobilePay and cash DKK is accepted on-the door – If you wish to pay with Euro we only accept notes and the right amount of money – no change.

Registration for workshops 

Workshop application form 2020 (PDF)

Please fill out the application form above to register for workshops. You can write directly in the pdf. Remember to save the pdf after you have written your choices.

  • After we have received your application, we will send you a confirmation e-mail including an invoice with your order. Please note that you are NOT signed up until you have confirmation from the organizers and have paid the invoice.
  • Please, do NOT make the payment before you have the confirmation and an invoice from the organizers
  • Payment is non-refundable. Should you be unable to participate you may choose to transfer your place at the workshop to a third party remember to advice us via e-mail so we can chance the festival pas.
  • In case of cancellation by the organizers you will receive a full refund.
  • By sending the form you confirm that you have understood and accepted our general information including payment and cancellation policy.
  • All participants will receive an e-mail with practical information approximately one week before the festival.
  • The registration form must be sent to:
  • If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

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