Teachers & judges 2019

Teachers and judges 2019
These are the following teachers and judges who have been invited for the Danish Open Bellydance festival 2019. Please visit the competition page for further information about who will be judging the different competitions and please visit our workshop page for full information on workshops topics and timetable.


Sadie from USA. We all know her! As one of the most sought-after performers and teachers of Oriental Dance, Sadie captivates audiences and inspires fans around the world.  Sadie is an inspiration and icon to her students and fans around the world and serves to empower people through the captivating art of Oriental Dance (Bellydance).

She has produced dozens of bestselling instructional videos. She has represented the art of Oriental Dance in front of millions of viewers on the hit show “America’s Got Talent” and now she is visiting Denmark to give workshops for the first time.

dsc_3375 final-12David Abraham from Argentina graduated from the Arabian Dance School (ADS) Master Amir Thaleb in 2011.
Owner of an exceptional charisma and overwhelming personality. Creator of a unique, innovative, bold and edgy style. He knows how to captivate and dazzle the audience with his impeccable traditional technique. His oriental art is sublime and masterful, his Derbake technique has the power to fascinate and enchant everyone.
At the age of only 25 years, he has managed to carve a prestigious and unblemished career; he travels all around the country giving seminars.
Winner of more than 20 gold medals in competitions.
He also visited and shared his teachings in several countries around the world and we are looking forward to be seeing David for the first time at Danish Open Bellydance in our 2019 edition.

IMG_9563Yasmina of Cairo (UK/Egypt) has been involved in the world of oriental dance for nearly thirty years, beginning her performing career in the Arab nightclubs of London, then dancing in many countries around the Middle East before settling in Cairo in 1995. There she danced daily with her orchestra for more than eight years, appearing at many venues and dancing at hundreds of weddings, at the same time starting her international teaching career.

Yasmina performs in festivals and teaches workshops worldwide.  She has toured internationallywith her orchestra, choreographed theatre shows in several countries, and produced seven music CD’s in Cairo, loved by dancers everywhere. Still based in Cairo Yasmina hosts dancers and dance groups from around the world on belly dance holidays, teaches and performs at parties and events, and also works as a dance photographer making other dancers look glamorous.

meLena Helt from Sweden will for the second time be a teacher and judge at Danish Open Bellydance. Lena was also a part of the festival in 2018 as a Jallabina workshop teacher and performer in the Gala Show. In 2019 Lena will both be judging competitions, give workshops and perform.
Lena has danced all her life, starting with jazz and rhythmic gymnastics as a girl, she first saw belly dance at age 15. Lena fell in love with the dance and moved to Egypt, where she lived for 12 years. She has learnt the dance from great stars as Zuheir Zaki and Mahmoud Reda and worked as a folkloric dancer in Egypt with her husband at the big 5-star hotels in Cairo. After moving back to Sweden, she started her dance school in Stockholm where most of the creme de la creme of Sweden’s dancers and teachers have studied. Lena is in high demand in Europe and she has toured in Chile. She is also the artistic leader of Sheherazade, her award-winning troupe that has toured Europe and won the Bellydancer of the world 2008.
Lena introduced the shaabi style to Scandinavia and she is known as the Shabiyya of Sweden.

Laately Lena has, along with her daughter Amina introduced Jallabina to us.

2-IMG_2634Shalymar from Germany is deeply in love with Arabic music and dance. Shalymar is known as an authentic bellydancer who preserves traditions and folklore bringing in modern moves and her own ideas at the same time. This results in her special style of sensuality and elegance.

Shalymar runs her own dancing school in Berlin “Hayal” and is performing and teaching internationally and has been part of Jillinas Bellydance Evolution Team since 2010.

In 2013 she founded award winning Hayalina Dance Ensemble.

In 2015 she received Halima-award for her work.


goddes of the sea_anna_barner_foto_mathilde_vesterherupAnna 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.


guy schalom 1Guy Schalom from the UK is mentor and coach to hundreds of dancers the world over. He is internationally recognised for teaching musicality and culture like no one else.  He can usually be found teaching at the highest music institutes in England but when he has the time he also travels to dance festivals around the world to teach and perform with his many groups. As everyone who has studied with him knows, after one of his classes you begin to hear, feel and dance to your music in a whole new way.

He is the founder of LondonLive – the biggest live music festival for Arabic dancers in Europe, he is course director of the Real Music Academy live music dance development programme and is bandleader of the all-acoustic Egyptian dance band the Baladi Blues Ensemble (with whom he will appear at Danish Open Bellydance).

Guy has appeared on more than 400 CD recordings and has produced 10 in his own name (you can even hear the latest, “TEN” in-flight when you next fly British Airways).

His aim, both for dancers and music students around the world, is to help more people appreciate, enjoy and master the rich and diverse world of music and dance!


EmanZaki 1Eman Zaki from Egypt. We are very proud to announce that the Danish Open Bellydance festival 2019 can not only welcome Eman Zaki in the bazar area with her famous costumes but also as a workshop teacher.

This is very special to us and we take it as a great cadeau to us as organizers that Eman has agreed to come and join us.

Eman’s mother, Samira Zad, was a dancer in Cairo from 1846-1955. She taught Eman and was a very strict teacher, insisting that she learn ballet, tap and jazz dance while they were in the USA during the 1980s. Most of the dancers in the past were accomplished in more than one discipline and this is why Samira pushed Eman to learn.

dscf0674-edit2 (1)Siri Ydstie from Norway is a professional bellydancer based in Oslo where she runs Oslo Bellydance Studio.

She also organizes the yearly festival “1001 Nights” and is the leader and choreographer for the dance troupe “Bellystars”.

In additon to bellydance, Siri also teaches and performs Ori Tahiti – dance from Tahiti, as well as Zumba and Yoga.

Siri has been a part of the festival from the very beginning in 2012 participating as soloist and with her group.

http://www.oslomagedans.com  and www.oslohula.com

26993958_10156834761598812_2388097688066400627_n_fritlagtSuzzane Sofia Potempa from Denmark has had Music been part of her life since childhood. Nevertheless, she trained as a nurse, and she has continued to further her education in physical exercise and health.

When she started bellydancing in 1986, it was like finding her place in life with the dance and music from the Middle East. She loves the feeling of playing music with her body, communicating the dance’s culture and teaching the dance’s diverse and beautiful movements. She has organized larger and smaller cultural events with dance and music since 1995, e.g. in Pumpehuset and in VerdensKulturCentret. For a period of 8 years, she would live in Crete over the summer where she taught and performed dance.

In her everyday life, Suzzane experiences Middle Eastern culture. Since 1997 she has worked with “health, physical exercise and integration” for immigrant and refugee women. The results she has achieved are so unique that they have been used in research at the University of Copenhagen and in the Nordic countries. Suzzane’s dance school “School of Oriental Dance” in Copenhagen celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016.

Suzanne will be teaching our free beginners class.

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