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Teachers

Local Teachers

Reyhan Tuzsuz
Reyhan Tuzsuz
Reyhan, once a housewife but an extraordinary Romani dancer living in Istanbul is now very famous among dancers who are determined to learn this dance from a real Romani woman. More ...
Serap Su
Serap Su
Serap Su was born in Istanbul, Turkey, started to perform folkloric dance in 1980. In 1990 she became dance instructor in various school and public education centers. More ...
Gul Nihal
Gul Nihal
Gul Nihal’s love for Oriental Belly Dance started from her childhood and this passion has led her to learn other styles such as Turkish folk dance, flamenko, modern dance and she created her unique style which has been loved in the belly dance community. More ...
Bahar Sarah
Bahar Sarah
Bahar Sarah was born in Germany and lived in Zurich until 2000. She has studied acting and modern dance in EFAS Movie Schools and Zurich Acting Academy. More ...
Serkan Polat
Serkan Polat
Born in 1975, Serkan has had a lifetime love for dancing since young ages. Starting his dance career as a young dancer in primary school, he has now performed more than 1000 stage performances in more than 60 countries. More ...
Gigi Dilsah
Gigi Dilsah
Gigi Dilsah is a passionate dancer and a compassionate teacher. She began her dance training early in ballet. As she grew up in a conservative family in Istanbul, she was discouraged to study bellydance until after she moved to the states. More ...
Dalia Carella
Dalia Carella
Dalia Carella is a world renowned Master Teacher of both Danse Orientale Belly Dance, Turkish Roman/Dunyavi Roma Dance and Spanish/Arabic Fusion Dance (El Mundo) on the Near/Middle Eastern and Tribal Dance circuits. More ...

International Teachers

Ozgen
Ozgen
Ozgen is an internationally acclaimed Turkish dancer, teacher, choreographer and director. Specialising in Turkish Oriental and Romany (Gypsy) dance, Ozgen is regularly invited to give workshops in Britain and abroad. More ...
Artemis Mourat
Artemis Mourat
Artemis has been dancing, teaching and researching dance history in the United States and abroad for her entire adult life. Artemis is of Greek and Turkish descent. More ...
Bozenka
Bozenka
Meaning “touched by God,” the name Bozenka suits this performer, whose gift for the art of belly dancing transcends her Cuban-Czech heritage, as she enthralls audiences and inspires performers throughout the world. More ...
Alper Akcay
Alper Akçay
Alper Akçay was born in Istanbul, in 1977. He completed his postgraduate degree in Visual Communication Design, from Bilgi University, Istanbul. Since 2003, he works interdisciplinary as a visual and performing artist, both in Turkey and abroad. More ...


Local Teachers

Our teachers who live in Turkey and available for private and group classes throughout the year:

Reyhan Tuzsuz

Reyhan Tuzsuz

Reyhan, once a housewife but an extraordinary Romani dancer living in Istanbul is now very famous among dancers who are determined to learn this dance from a real Romani woman. Her dance style is strong, natural, real and beautiful.

She accepts students from all around the world during the year and she also travels abroad to spread her skills around. Even though with limited English, she is able to teach her students not only the technique but also the feeling of this fabulous dance. Reyhan teaches by doing.

Each of her lessons include a dynamic movement vocabulary, presented with positive energy and laughter

Reyhan Tuzsuz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeOShVKgPN8


Serap Su

Serap Su was born in Istanbul, Turkey, started to perform folkloric dance in 1980. In 1990 she became dance instructor in various school and public education centers. She first got acquainted with belly dancing in 1995. She received lessons from famous dancers like Nesrin Topkapi and Sema Yildiz and performed in the most popular venues of Turkey.

In 2003 she won her first award in an Oriental Dance competition. Serap Su performed and held workshops in many festivals and different countries. She regularly performs in Kervansaray Restaurant Istanbul. Her style reaches from classical Egyptian and Turkish style over Turkish folk and modern style to Roman dance style. She is one of the most wanted CHOREOGRAPHER in Turkey.Her audience calls her “The Queen of The Turkish Bellydance”

Her Teaching style:

Belly dance Egyptian or Turkish style technique, professional choreographies, single or double veil, stick (cane) or double stick (cane), tabla rhythm, tamborine, Sword, finger cymbals (zill), foot and hand technique, stage style tecnique, Turkish gypsy (roman) dance and roman dance foot technique, Turkish folk dance KARSILAMA, Turkish classical bellydance or Turkish modern style bellydance, Raqs Sharki and CIFTETELLI.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66PagEaTQUg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LyjY19sos0


Gul Nihal

Gul Nihal’s love for Oriental Belly Dance started from her childhood and this passion has led her to learn other styles such as Turkish folk dance, flamenko, modern dance and she created her unique style which has been loved in the belly dance community.

She regularly performs in Turkey’s top nightclubs, TV shows and international festivals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZfFPTv4U5g


Bahar Sarah

Bahar Sarah www.springdancing.com

Belly button is our connection to the universe and the belly is the center of life and energy

Bahar Sarah was born in Germany and lived in Zurich until 2000.

She has studied acting and modern dance in EFAS Movie Schools and Zurich Acting Academy.

She has been a dance lover since childhood and mastered several dance styles such as jazz, afro, oriental and Indian. Since 2006, she has been performing with famous ethnic Turkish band Babazula in Turkey and Europe.

She has been teaching in Europe and Turkey since 2002.

She has also founded a performance group called Shoeshine, introducing Turkish music to the world.

Bahar Sarah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uqhEfqM2_g


Serkan Polat

Born in 1975, Serkan has had a lifetime love for dancing since young ages. Starting his dance career as a young dancer in primary school, he has now performed more than 1000 stage performances in more than 60 countries.

He was trained as a dance teacher in Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkish Music State Conservatory and mastered Turkish Folk Dances.
He has been teaching in government and private schools to students from young ages to adults and have been organizing workshops in different countries such as Spain and United States.

He has been dancing, teaching and creating choreographies in major projects such as Sultans of the Dance/Fire of Anatolia, Dawool with world famous Misirli Ahmet and Flamenco-Alaturka with Manuel Reina.

Serkan is an enthusiastic, fun loving and entertaining character. Apart from dancing, he loves traveling. He is also a professional singer and percussion player.

We are very lucky to have Serkan in our team, as he will definitely be a great teacher for Oriental Istanbul dancers…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLRA4TpRZ-o


Gigi Dilsah

Gigi Dilsah is a passionate dancer and a compassionate teacher. She began her dance training early in ballet. As she grew up in a conservative family in Istanbul, she was discouraged to study bellydance until after she moved to the states. There she found her freedom and commitment to studying this ancient and transforming dance form.

She has now travelled across the U.S. to learn Turkish and Egyptian bellydance from Artemis Mourat, Aziza, Suhalia Salumpour, Delilah, Tamalyn Dallal, Nalini, Tito Seif, Muhammed Kazafy, Yousry Serif. She studied Ballet and Jazz Dance at American Dance Institute to improve her bellydance skills. She moved back to her birthplace of Istanbul to study Turkish bellydance and Gypsy Romany Dance with Nesrin Topkapi, Tuncay Akyar and Sema Yildiz.

In Istanbul she's known as Dilsah, and in the U.S. she's known as Gigi. Now, combining names to along with extensive training exemplifies her multitalented performer and teacher skills. As a teacher, Gigi Dilsah finds that knowing the muscles and technique behind a movement helps master it.

In 2011, Dilsah went back to U.S to get International Personal Trainer and Zumba Cerifications. Being a personal trainer gives her a lot of knowledge of muscle groups needed to be use in Bellydancing. She says that being a Zumba Instructor just make her classes more fun.

Dilsah is currently performing every night in Istanbul at famous Turkish showcase, Gar Musichall. She is also teaching workshops and private classes in Istanbul.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbZYDGeZzp0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVqIlGG1EHQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jz9fXc7c8hE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoLBwWnCKDQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iuUd9wBsCI


Dalia Carella

Dalia Carella

Dalia Carella is a world renowned Master Teacher of both Danse Orientale Belly Dance, Turkish Roman/Dunyavi Roma Dance and Spanish/Arabic Fusion Dance (El Mundo) on the Near/Middle Eastern and Tribal Dance circuits. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Dalia Carella Dance Collective (DCDC), her company, based in New York City. Her dances are both traditional and contemporary with a spiritual and mystical essence behind each and every dance that she creates.

Ms. Carella has delved deeply in the studies of dances from the Near and Middle East including Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, as well as North Africa including Morocco and Algeria, India and Spain. She is known for her unique style of both Danse Orientale (Belly Dance), Turkish Roman and one of her signature dances she created in 1985, "Dunyavi Gypsy (Roma) Dance. The core of Dalia’s Dunyavi work is extensive research of the Romany trail, focusing primarily on the Roma dances of Spain, India, Turkey. Dalia performs and teaches a second style of Gypsy Rom dance, “El Mundo” that has evolved from her continuing studies of Middle Eastern, Andalusia and Latin dance influences. Her dance background also includes studies in Flamenco, Indian, Bollywood/Bhangra, Afro-Haitian, Samba, Salsa, Bomba, Plena from Puerto Rico, Tango as well as jazz and ballet

Ms. Carella’s numerous concerts and teaching tours have led her throughout the United States, Canada, England, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Portugal, Italy, China and Japan. http://www.daliacarella.com


International Teachers

These teachers don’t live in Turkey but we occassionally invite them to Istanbul to teach and perform for Oriental Istanbul groups.

Ozgen

Ozgen is an internationally acclaimed Turkish dancer, teacher, choreographer and director.

Specialising in Turkish Oriental and Romany (Gypsy) dance, Ozgen is regularly invited to give workshops in Britain and abroad, and to perform at international dance events and Belly dance festivals across Europe, North and South America, and Asia.

Ozgen also offers private tuition to people of all levels, from beginners to professional dancers, as well as choreographing dance routines for events and music videos.

For more information about Ozgen visit http://www.ozgen.co.uk/

Ozgen is teaching our August class in Istanbul!!

During the classes, you will learn basics of both dances from talented Turkish belly dancer, Ozgen; also have a general understanding of technique, style, combinations, moves and most importantly the cultural aspect of the dances.

At the end of the classes, you’ll be granted a certificate signed by Ozgen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ_xC9JIcKk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYRw1gmRgGg


Artemis Mourat

Artemis Mourat

Artemis has been dancing, teaching and researching dance history in the United States and abroad for her entire adult life. Artemis is of Greek and Turkish descent. She fuses her love of these cultures with strong academic knowledge and excellent dance technique. She brings her spirited and articulate technique to workshops which include information on the history and cultures that generate the dances she teaches. She believes that we can all use art to build bridges across cultures.

Artemis has contributed to many publications. Extensive travel to 33 countries and intensive research into the idioms of the East, women's issues, psychology, ancient history, oriental dance, Romany (Gypsy) dance and dance ethnologyhave yielded many manuscripts and articles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmQoWZ8cJ08
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrkVL0UkfKo


Bozenka

Meaning “touched by God,” the name Bozenka suits this performer, whose gift for the art of belly dancing transcends her Cuban-Czech heritage, as she enthralls audiences and inspires performers throughout the world.

As a resident of Miami, Bozenka started her training at The Mid Eastern Dance Exchange in 1998 under the leadership of Tamalyn Dallal.

She quickly distinguished herself developing an elegant, classic, earthy and charismatic style that earned her the prestigious title, Miss America of the Bellydance 2000.

In July of 2006, she brought home the golden crown from the “Ahlan Wa Sahlan” dance festival in Cairo, Egypt. This achievement was even recognized by CNN, which broadcasted the event worldwide with its headline stating, “An American Belly Dancer has taken the Egyptian crown!”

Bozenka has choreographed for Latin pop star Shakira for her 2004 and 2010 tours, performed with “Alabina” during their concert tour in Miami Beach, and entertained many celebrities including Sean Connery, Donald Trump, Hugh Hefner, Madonna, and Enrique Iglesias.

This year Bozenka has been a belly dancing globe trekker, touring with the popular dance company, the Bellydance Superstars, as a featured soloist throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Besides being an accomplished performer, Bozenka is one of the most sought after instructors in the Oriental dance form. Her special teaching technique and her wonderful spirit make her workshops a fulfilling and motivating experience for all who attend. Bozenka is a well-rounded artist and a true belly dance Superstar!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIiR_dco9Ok
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XisKmBCqHQ


Alper Akçay

Alper Akcay Alper Akçay was born in Istanbul, in 1977. He completed his postgraduate degree in Visual Communication Design, from Bilgi University, Istanbul. Since 2003, he works interdisciplinary as a visual and performing artist, both in Turkey and abroad. He is a member of ÇATI Contemporary Dance Artists Association (Istanbul), Istanbul Association of Contemporary Theatre and Experimental Arts and Unesco International Dance Council CID. Apart from his visual background, he is also trained in Yoga, Contemporary Dance, Butoh, Shamanic (Baksi) Dances, Improvisation, Tai Chi, Chi Qong, natural flow of healing, Reflexology and Trigger Point Theraphy, classical and intuitive massages.

Having had various workshops under the names Authentic Movement and 5 Rhythm Dance, Alper Akçay has been whirling (sema and semah) nearly for ten years, which he considers as a way of worshipping. In his last series of workshops called “Dance of the Heart”, he generates a free working space based on traditional rituals, sacred movements but which also includes elements of Indian and Pakistani Sufism, qawwali music and dances, archaic rituals, shamanic healing and dances. He considers that the meditative dimension of sound and movement, and hence the trance-state bring about an existence at various different states of consciousness, and this is all part of the human nature. He shares this intuitive knowledge and healing with other jans in his workshops. Alper Akcay
 

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