In 2021 Danish Open Bellydance offers 25 workshops with 16 amaizing teachers, where 2 are free! 
Workshops are held Thursday, Friday, Saturday &
Sunday 11-14 November 2021.

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 headline of each workshop indicate the availability of the workshop right now.
Red: Fully booked
Orange: Limited space
Green: OK availability

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Thursday 11 November

Workshop 1  – Jasirah, Poland 16
Time: 15.30-17.30
Level: Open level
Theme: Essence of Mahraganat
Description: In this workshop you will find out what is Mahraganat, where it comes from, why we use certain movements and gestures during the dance and you will learn few cool, energetic and uplifting combinations that you can use in your Mahraganat choreographies or improvisations. Buzzwords are origin, style, movements and combinations

Workshop 2 – Annah, Sweden
Time: 15.30-17.30
Level: Intermediate and up
Theme: Grounded & Elegant in Raqs Sharki Annah DOB 2018 Sidepose Black bg v2_Photo_ThomasBuchberg
Description: One of the things Annah is known for is her grounded & juicy hipwork, and in this workshop she shares some of her well-proven tips & techniques to keep you grounded – and elegant!  This workshop focuses on Egyptian-style Raqs Sharqi, and how to stay grounded while keeping elegant and graceful body lines, flowing & extended arms, and dancing both in relevée and on flat feet. Technique for hipwork, shimmies & travelling, put together in a mini choreo to a beautiful mejanse piece. Bring a veil for the introduction part!

Workshop 3 – Hanan, Sweden Hanna_Dance-24_Photo_Filip Jedraszak
Time: 15.30-17.30
Level: Intermediate/advanced
Theme: Lyrical song
Description: The workshop will contain a lyrical choreography with lots of modern elements. Practicing spinning technique and working on our core and balance. We will work with the lyrics of the song and try to communicate them with our movements, creating our own story.

Friday 12 November

Workshop 4 – Rachel, USA/Italy
IMG_9057Time: 10.00-12.00
Theme: Samba fusion
Description: Be a belly-sambista in this dance workshop: This class is a potpourri of bellydance and samba no pe’ (samba on the foot). Tap into your inner Carnival Passista with beautiful combinations that include international style ballroom samba steps. Culminating in a fun, fusion choreography to a medley of songs; such as Raqset El Darabouka Samba (Khader Ahmad) and Samba Vocalizado (Luciano Perrone) among others.

Yallah! & Vamos!

Note: Class will be high energy and fast paced. Small Jumping required. Dancing barefoot is suggested. Socks, ballet slippers etc are fine.

Workshop 5 – Luna, Mexico 391A0766
Time: 10.00-12.00
Level: Open level
Theme: Dancing Your Heart Out
Description: Dancing is often an expression of joy, but it can also be a cathartic means of expression and communication. In this class, we explore the depths of possibility with dance as communication, storytelling or activism. The workshop is inspired by Luna’s piece, “Strong”.

Workshop 6 – Laura Zaray, Finland Kopio_ DSC_4948s_Photo_Lemonlense Photography
Time: 10.00-12.00
Level: Open, from beginners to professionals
Theme: Creating contrasts in dance
Description: How to create fascinating improvisation and choreography, find musicality in your whole body and invent your own style? This workshop is diving into movement qualities, musical nuances and various exercises to improve your dancing skills and understanding of movement.


Workshop 7 – Jillina, USA 0H7A1894
Time: 12.30-14.30
Level: Open level
Theme: Combinations 4.0
Description: From the Fast and Furious to Smooth Sensual. This workshop gives practical combinations to use in your own choreographies or improvisation. Useful ideas on musical interpretation and lots of technique. This combination class is suitable for newer dancers since there is not a lot of choreography, but also challenges advanced dancers as Jillina will put layers on the moves.

SOLD OUT: Workshop 8 – Laura Zaray, Finland Kopio_ DSC_4948s_Photo_Lemonlense Photography
Time: 12.30-14.30
Level: Open, from beginners to professionals
Theme: Beautiful arms, lines & fluid movement   
Description: Workshop based on technique, improvisation and technical sequences which aim to bring out your feminine, continuosly fluid movement. We learn how to use our breathing as a tool in dance while finding the power and relaxation of inhale and exhale. Perfect workshop for those who wish to improve the control of their body and add that extra touch into their movements.

Workshop 9 – Marie Møller Jensen, Denmark DSC_5345
Time: 12.30-14.30
Level: Open level
Theme: Cue the music!
Description: Do you find Arabic music overwhelming and struggle to improvise or come up with coherent choreographies? In this workshop, we’ll take our cues from the music – in other words, we’ll focus on aspects of the music (instruments and their sound texture, harmony and polyphony, solos and full orchestras) and translate them into dance! We’ll break down main features and link these to simple movement patterns. We’ll build up slowly and the workshop will include lots of listening but also dance drills consisting of short combos and improvisation. All levels welcome!


Workshop 10 – Jasirah, Poland 16
Time: 15.00-17.00
Level: Open level
Theme: All about Taksim
Description: How to improvise not only to accordion? In this workshop you will get the knowledge how we interpret each instrument of Arabic music. Jasirah’s special exercises will show you how to boost your creativity, open your mind to live music, how to get confidence to dance without choreography and not feel stressed, boring or unconfident.

Workshop 11 – Kathreen Derouet, Czech Republic 20200215-DSC_4046-Edit
Time: 15.00-17.00
Level: Open level
Theme: Oriental playground
Description: New ideas and inspiration that comprehensively develop dance skills and occupy your body and mind! Technique, dance combinations, creation, improvisation, coordination, layering of movements, tips & tricks and most importantly a lot of fun.

Workshop 12 – Headmistress Ann, Denmark MissAnn_AE8A1955 - low res_Photo_JesperKoefoed_Fritlagt
Time: 15.00-17.00
Level: Open level
Theme: Free burlesque class
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. Headmistress 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!

Please bring boa and gloves if you have at home 😉

Workshop 13 – Maizena, Denmark Maizena
Tid: 17.00-18.00
Niveau: Begynder
Tema: Introduktion til mavedans – GRATIS workshop
Beskrivelse:  Kom og sæt dine hofter og mavemuskler max på prøve. Mavedans er udfordrende og sjovt. Inviter din veninde, søster, mor eller din bedstemor deltag i en helt gratis sjov og spændende time i selskab med Maizena. Hun vil vise dig mavedansens inspirerende univers. Undervisning på dansk.

Tilmelding: Se flere info nederst på siden. OBS på at denne workshop er gratis 🙂

Saturday 13 November

SOLD OUT: Workshop 14 – Jillina, USA feat. Khader Ahmad, Germany/Libanon0H7A1894
Time: 10.00-12.00
Level: Open level
Theme: Live drum solo!
Description: Featuring Khader Ahmed. Learn tips and tricks on how to work with a live drummer! We will explore intricate hip technique, various types of shimmies as well as challenge you on isolation technique. Get insights on communicating with musicians as well as valuable ideas to creating a dynamic drum solo!

Workshop 15 – Kathreen Derouet, Czech Republic 20200215-DSC_4046-Edit
Time: 10.00-12.00
Level: Intermediate
Theme: Lyrical modern song
Description: Let your emotions flow accompanied by modern romantic oriental music!

Dance technique, emotional choreography and expressions.
Endless flow.

Workshop 16 – Siri Ydstie, Norway DSCF0727-Edit2
Time: 10.00-12.00
Level: Open level, no prior experience required, but it will be helpful to know the basics, or more, of Bellydance.
Theme: Hula-hula / Ori Tahiti
Description: In this workshop you will learn the basic movements and steps of Ori Tahiti, the dance form often referred to as “hula-hula”. We will look at how this dance form differs from Hawaian Hula and also look at differences and similarities between Ori Tahiti and bellydance. You will learn two mini-choreographies in two different styles of Tahitian dance; the Aparima and the O’tea.
Join us and sway your hips to the rhythms of the South Pacific, this workshop is guaranteed to put a smile ion you face.


SOLD OUT! Workshop 17 – Bilal Irshed, Denmark/PalestineS4
Time: 12.30-14.30
Level: Open level
Theme: Introduction to Arabic music theory and performance art
Description: Arabic music is known for the great repertoire of music-scales Maqamat and for its lively and also complex rhythmical patterns Awzan. Through this workshop the participants will be introduced to themost significant features and aspects within the Arabic music tradition.

Maqamat (music scales), Awzan (rhythmical patterns), different music forms, Taqasim (improvisation) and music instruments. The workshop will include a theoretical part but also a part with a live demonstration, in order to explain and show these different aspects.

The workshop will be instructed/moderated by the Palestinian/Danish Oud Player and music composer Bilal Irshed.

Please note: The workshop will mainly be theoretical and listening to music – We recommend that you bring warm socks and a sweater.

MaizenaWorkshop 18 – Maizena, Denmark
Time: 12.30-14.30
Level: Intermediate/advanced
Theme: BellyFusion
Description: Let’s have some fun! We will do a cheeky choreography to the hit “Ya Habibi” by Mohamed Ramadan & Gims. Like the music we will mix the Oriental style with various western styles by adding elements from hip-hop, funk, jazz and more into the Oriental dance and yes, we will be breaking a couple of rules on the way.

Workshop 19 – Rachel Reynolds, USA/ItalyIMG_9069
Time: 12.30-14.30
Level: Open level
Theme: Flying Fan Voi
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 Bellydance elements. This unique prop is versatile for both oriental and fusion artists.

Example video:

Note: 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 20 – Luna, Mexico 391A0766
Time: 15.00-17.00
Level: Open level
Theme: The Body Eclectic
Description: Luna’s eclectic background in synchronized swimming, street dance, contemporary and belly dance has influenced her approach to using her body in response to music. In this workshop, experience Luna’s favorite training techniques, transitions and ways of combining different dance styles in order to create original movement pathways. Pops, locks, shimmies, and waves will all go hand in hand. Challenge yourself, and your dance, to develop combinations for something truly unique and magical.

Workshop 21 – Noura, Denmark noura-rc3b8d-req
Time: 15.00-17.00
Level: Beginner/intermediate
Theme: Percussion for dancers
Description: Let’s play! Challenge your sense of rhythm and become a better dancer. The arguments for attending rhythm courses are manifold. As a dancer, you will have the great advantage of knowing the most used rhythms and thereby be able to use them better in your dance. Especially by improvisations. If you teach belly dancing, you can incorporate the understanding of rhythm in your teaching and thereby better communicate certain moods and accentuations in the music, out to your students.

Note: You are welcome to bring your own drum, saggat or frame drum. We will also have different instruments you can borrow.

Workshop 22 – Jasirah, Poland 16
Time: 15.00-17.00
Level: Intermediate/advanced
Theme: Golden era choreography with veil
Description: Delicate, feminine, vintage choreography full of soft, elegant but flirtatious movements inspired with graceful golden era dancers.

Come and dance with Jasirah.

NOTE: Please bring a veil at this workshop. 

Sunday 14 November

Workshop 23 – Sabah Saeed, USA Sabah Pink Veil
Time: 10.00-12.00
Level: Open level
Theme: Where Ballet and Belly Dance Collide
Description: Whether you have ballet training or not this class is a fun reminder of some elements that can be seen in both ballet and belly dance technqiue such as fluid and graceful arms and transitions, precise turns, and grounded, strong legs and feet.  There are also moments where these two styles of dance move in very different.  Come explore where ballet and belly dance collide in this fun workshop full of combinations and techniques focusing on the best of both worlds.  You do not need any previous ballet training to join this class, although seasoned dancers are always welcome to join in the fun!

Workshop 24 – Jillina, USA 0H7A1894
Time: 10.00-12.00
Level: Open level
Theme: Sharqi ala Jillina
Description: Raqs Sharqi in Jillina’s is unique style. This choreography is full of exciting steps beautifully blended with expression and technique. Move to various tempos and explore the rich instrumentation. This is a unique choreography to add to your vocabulary.

Workshop 25 – Kathreen Derouet, Czech Republic 20200215-DSC_4046-Edit
Time: 10.00-12.00
Level: Open level
Theme: Improve your dance 
Description: Classical oriental dance style combos in details. Technique, combinations, emotions and flow.

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)
Seven workshops DKK 2.000 (€270)
Eight workshops DKK 2.280 (€300)

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)
Seven workshops DKK 2.280 (€305)
Eight workshops DKK 2.550 (€ 340)

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

Please fill out the application here to register for our workshops.

  • 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 please see cancallation policy.
  • 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.
  • If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

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