Teachers 2020

Teachers 2020
These are the following teachers and judges who have been invited for the Danish Open Bellydance festival 2020. Please  visit our workshop page for full information on workshops topics and timetable. All workshops are ONLINE.

20181215-750_8421-EditMercedes Nieto from Hungray will be joining us for the second time at the Danish Open Bellydance festival. We are so delighted to see her again. Mercedes is an internationally acclaimed oriental dance artist from a Hungarian-Spanish family, based in Budapest, Hungary. World famous for her delicate, elegant, yet passionate dance style, which is innovative and unique.

She is a master teacher and regular performer of the Nile Group Festivals in Cairo, Egypt; the artistic director and choreographer of the Nymph Oriental Dance Company (a well-known European professional oriental dance company); the creator and main organizer of one of the biggest annual international oriental dance festivals in Europe, the “CAIRO! Festival Budapest”; producer of new oriental dance music albums „Enti ya Amar” and „Layali el Hob” played by excellent Egyptian musicians in Cairo; meanwhile leading her own dance school in Budapest for over 15 years.

For more information about her work:

1RAO_9589Kathreen Derouet from Czech Republic will be joining us at Danish Open Bellydance for the first time in 2020! Kathreen is one of the most popular oriental dance artists in the Czech Republic and a beloved teacher and choreographer. Her elegant and emotional dance style has fascinated dancers all over the world and she has been travelling the globe for more than 20 years. Her students adore her way of teaching, which is full of important details, expressions, feelings and connections between body and soul.

She has won numerous international competitions and she has been an art director of LET’S DANCE PRAGUE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL since 2012. She has performed in Jillina’s project BELLYDANCE EVOLUTION and is a (HE)ART BELLYDANCE founder and the author of the unique feature fairy tale performance DREAMS COME TRUE.

Kathreen will be judging competitions and teaching two workshops during the Danish Open Bellydance festival. You can also look forward to enjoying Kathreen on stage in the Gala show on Friday.


image00001Kareem Gad from Egypt/France is an Egyptian international master teacher, co-founder and co-director of Bellmasry dance company based in Paris, France. Since childhood, his curiosity about the art led him to discover and study the art of singing, music, poetry, percussion, acting and dance. Furthermore, Kareem has a BA in the history of the civilizations of the ancient and modern Near East in order to expand his knowledge about the Egyptian folkloric heritage and oriental dance (history, music, dance).

Kareem has worked for several years in Cairo, both as a solo dancer and choreographer for several institutions but also as a teacher at both Ahlan wa Sahlan and Nile Group festivals. Kareem is known for his subtle technique and mesmerizing choreographies in all Egyptian dance styles, from folklore to raqs sharqi.

Kareem will be joining us at Danish Open Bellydance for the first time where he will be teaching three workshops, perform in the gala show and judge the competitions.


1 duże druk CMYKSuraiya Ibrahim from Poland will be with us at Danish Open Bellydance festival for the second time. Suraiya is a famous Polish oriental artist and multi award winner who has enriched the dance community as both an international performer and a teacher for over a decade. Her dedication to the art of oriental dance, knowledge, teaching and performing skills have already been appreciated in over 40 countries on 5 continents!

Suraiya is well known for her technique, stage charisma and artistic interpretations of Oriental dance. Suraiya is also a frequent member of juries at international competitions (juror in 25 countries including World Cup, European Cup and Bellydancer of the World Contest). She owns the Arabic Dance Academy and Artistic Agency “Suraiya” and she is a founder and artistic director of Egyptian Fever Festival and Desert Roses Group. Suraiya is also a show and DVD producer.

Apart of dancing, Suraiya is also a certified fitness and Pilates instructor and Master of International Relations and Diplomacy.

IMG_9074Rachel Reynolds from USA/Italy is both dancer and actress. She has danced professionally in Los Angeles for the past 13 years, including touring with Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution since 2014 in ensemble and solo roles. She was an assistant contributing choreographer to the show “Fantasm” and to the newest production of “The Jungle Book”.

In 2018, she performed with Mario Kirlis’s band in Argentina at the opening gala show of Tucuman Bellydance Festival, and was also invited by Egyptian master teacher Ahmed Refaat to represent Italy at the World Competition “Jin Xiu Cup” in Yinchuan, China.

She has taught workshops in both Europe and USA – her fondest memory was being invited to teach her signature Fan Voi workshop in Costa Rica for Expo Bellydance 2016.

She is an accomplished fusion dancer, winning fusion competitions in Denmark (Danish Open 2019), Poland, Ireland, France, and Germany.

Aside from dance, Rachel is a black belt in Wushu/Kung Fu and has worked as a fight choreographer in movies in Hollywood. She is also a professional figure skater, toured the US with “Holiday Ice Spectacular” and has won the U.S. Adult National Championship in 2017. She holds a Diploma in Flute from the Colburn School of Music of Los Angeles and has recently started studying tabla.

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Anna Barner from Denmark – Belly dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, organizer, author and much more… Anna Barner has dedicated her life to Oriental Dance. She works full time as a performer and teacher from her base in Denmark. Her focus is to teach the Scandinavians about Oriental Dance. During the last 25 years, she has taught numerous workshops in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland and performed in countless events, shows and festivals.

Anna’s engagement and rewording teaching is well known and recognized, as well as her extensive knowledge and experience within her field. This has resulted in several publications including two books.

Anna Barner was the first winner of the Raks Sharqi Contest in Berlin in 2004. She is also five-time winner of different Scandinavian Belly Dance contest, last in 2016 at Danish Open Belly Dance Fusion.

Every summer Anna organizes a large training camp in Denmark for belly dancers. Giving an annual opportunity for Scandinavian women to train, learn, network and socialize.


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