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Master Teachers 2020

SAHAR SAMARA - Egypt

Sahar Samara is currently the hottest rising star in Cairo.  A protégé of Aida Nour, her style is unique and she blends both classic and modern in her Oriental performances and her folkloric  repertoire is breathtaking.   She began her professional dance career in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt as a member of Tito’s folklore troupe.  Soon she was a popular soloist and she was prompted to move her career to Cairo.  Sahar is the star dancer at the Blue Nile River Boat located in Zamalek, the entertainment center of Cairo.

Sahar has appeared in numerous Egyptian music videos with famous singers, dance videos, and movies.  In 2014, Sahar was selected to participate in Dina’s Egyptian television competition show, “Al Rakesa” which catapulted her into the international belly dance scene.  She is highly sought-after as a performer and instructor throughout the world and has been hosted in countries such as Russia, Italy, France, China, and Germany as well as prestigious Festivals in her home country of Egypt.


(text source: Cairo Festival Budapest)

Costume and photo: Bellydance costumes Halla Belly Design

MOHAMED KAZAFY - Egypt


Mohamed Kazafy is famous around the world as one of the principal soloists with Egypt’s famous Reda Troupe for 17 years. As a young boy, Kazafy was taken under the wing of the troupe’s legendary founders, Mahmoud Reda and Farida Fahmy and trained in the high art of Egyptian folkloric dance. He was elevated to principal soloist and went on to perform with the Reda Troupe in dozens of countries worldwide.


Nowadays Kazafy is touring the world as a dancer and master teacher. He is one of the most sought-after teachers, loved by dancers world-wide for his superb technique, his knowledge on Egyptian folklore, his elegant style and his ability to break down moves and present choreography in a clear, focused way. 
Audiences adore Kazafy’s beautiful, graceful dancing, his energy and his superb musicality.

Mohamed Kazafy is the founder of ''Kazafy Troupe’’ which was created to present Egyptian folklore dances & oriental show, through his theatrical and modern view. He already has groups in many European, Latin American & Asian countries.

GULDEN FATKULLA - Kazakhstan

LEILA - Serbia

Leila is internationally recognised dance artist- teacher, performer and choreographer, based in Belgrade (Serbia), traveling around the globe to share her knowledge and passion for the art of oriental dance.

Leila has a wide experience as a teacher, ranging from ballet and ballroom dances to serbian folklore, but dedicated best part of past decade to her greatest love and passion – the art of oriental dance.Leila made her first oriental dance steps in the school of Alexandra Lahougue, from Nice and 2 years later started expanding her horizons by attending workshops with the most famous master teachers from all over the world.

During past few years, Leila became one the most in demand dance artists of the oriental dance scene.Her wide knowledge, teaching skills and well respected performances took her all over the world: Czech republic (Prague, Brno), Hungary (Bekescsaba, Budapest), Greece(Thessaloniki, Serres, Corfu, Athens, Crete), France (Paris, Montpellier, Toulouse, Angers), Spain (Madrid, Barcelona), Slovenia (Ljubljana), Israel (Eilat), Palestine (Ramallah), Portugal (Lisboa), Egypt (Cairo, Hurghada), Germany (Kempen), Croatia (Zagreb), Austria (Vienna, Salzburg), Turkey (Istanbul), Slovakia (Bratislava), Bosnia (Zenica, Banja Luka), Ukraine (Donetsk, Kiev), Sweden (Stockholm), Belgium (Leuven), Bulgaria (Sofia), Cyprus (Nicosia), USA (Chicago, Seattle), Japan (Tokyo), Korea (Seoul), etc…both as performer and teacher, also as judge in the international competitions. What speaks on its own about her work is that wherever she travels, she is invited to go back, over and over again. She is very well known for her uneblievable energy, powerful presence, elegance and very inspiring teaching methods.

Leila was the winner of 2 national oriental dance competitions and also was the winner of the 3rd place in 2 international competitions in Prague (Czech republic).She was also the 1st winner of Heshk Beshk festival in Venice (Italy).

Leila is also organiser of “Oriental Love” festival in Belgrade (Serbia), where she unites famous teachers from all over the world for series of workshops, international competition and fantastic gala shows.

”Leila” dance studio is considered as the best oriental dance school in the country, that has brought up some of the best qualified dancers and teachers in the region

Leila is internationally recognised dance artist- teacher, performer and choreographer, based in Belgrade (Serbia), traveling around the globe to share her knowledge and passion for the art of oriental dance.

Leila has a wide experience as a teacher, ranging from ballet and ballroom dances to serbian folklore, but dedicated best part of past decade to her greatest love and passion – the art of oriental dance.Leila made her first oriental dance steps in the school of Alexandra Lahougue, from Nice and 2 years later started expanding her horizons by attending workshops with the most famous master teachers from all over the world.

During past few years, Leila became one the most in demand dance artists of the oriental dance scene.Her wide knowledge, teaching skills and well respected performances took her all over the world: Czech republic (Prague, Brno), Hungary (Bekescsaba, Budapest), Greece(Thessaloniki, Serres, Corfu, Athens, Crete), France (Paris, Montpellier, Toulouse, Angers), Spain (Madrid, Barcelona), Slovenia (Ljubljana), Israel (Eilat), Palestine (Ramallah), Portugal (Lisboa), Egypt (Cairo, Hurghada), Germany (Kempen), Croatia (Zagreb), Austria (Vienna, Salzburg), Turkey (Istanbul), Slovakia (Bratislava), Bosnia (Zenica, Banja Luka), Ukraine (Donetsk, Kiev), Sweden (Stockholm), Belgium (Leuven), Bulgaria (Sofia), Cyprus (Nicosia), USA (Chicago, Seattle), Japan (Tokyo), Korea (Seoul), etc…both as performer and teacher, also as judge in the international competitions. What speaks on its own about her work is that wherever she travels, she is invited to go back, over and over again. She is very well known for her uneblievable energy, powerful presence, elegance and very inspiring teaching methods.

Leila was the winner of 2 national oriental dance competitions and also was the winner of the 3rd place in 2 international competitions in Prague (Czech republic).She was also the 1st winner of Heshk Beshk festival in Venice (Italy).

Leila is also organiser of “Oriental Love” festival in Belgrade (Serbia), where she unites famous teachers from all over the world for series of workshops, international competition and fantastic gala shows.

”Leila” dance studio is considered as the best oriental dance school in the country, that has brought up some of the best qualified dancers and teachers in the region

HIND TAOUFIQ - Morocco/France

KRISTINA DERKACH - Ukraine



Kristina Derkach - Oriental dancer who is working in Arab countries . Master- teacher and choreographer, judge , organizer of the biggest festival in Ukraine “ Al Hayat festival “ . Kristina is one of the most demanded teacher of oriental dance in Korea, China, Taiwan, Malasiya , USA and European countries. In the past She was successful participant of competition all around the world , winner of the hugest festivals in Egypt, Korea, Spain, Poland etc. Kristina is famous for her passion and unbelievable strong energy , egyptian technique and the same time sensuality and femininity .

PRINCE KAYAMMER - Greece


Prince Kayammer was born and raised in Thessaloniki. His love for the Egyptian dance led him to Cairo, where he studied Oriental Dance & Egyptian Folklore alongside the big Masters of Egyptian dance completing more than 400 hours of training.
Prince Kayammer started dancing professionally in 2003.Since 2004 he worked as a teacher and choreographer in many dance schools in Greece and from 2004 to 2010 he was performing nightly in the most prestigious arabic restaurants,weddings,hotels and cazinos all over Greece.Prince Kayammer was a member of the male dance troupe Sultans of Raqs, which toured for performances and workshops in Europe from 2007 to 2009. In 2007 he also started his International career as he recieved invitations to teach,judje and perform in Dance & Culture festivals in Belgium,Czech Republic, Netherlands, UK, Cyprus, Switzerland, France, Portugal,Bulgaria,Germany,Finland,UK,Estonia,Serbia,Sweden,Russia and Ukraine.

Prince Kayammer trained a lot of professional dancers in Greece and abroad and his choreographies has won more than 20 Golden medals in National & International Dance competions.
Prince Kayammer formed the first Oriental Dance Festival in Greece (Thessaloniki) in October 2008 including workshops from 5 International teachers,Gala show and hafla. He was also the first instructor to create a professional dance training course including theoretical issues & practical application of the Egyptian dance in Athens & Thessaloniki 2011 and in Crete & Cyprus 2012.

Prince Kayammer along with Elena Eleftheriou until 2017 were was co-organizer of Oriental Passion Festival, first and biggest annual Oriental Dance Festival in Greece with hundreds of participants from all over the world.
Well known for his great technique and strong,full of emotions dance character Prince Kayammer is one of the most sought-after performers and instructors nowadays

MARGARITA DARINA - Russia


Margarita Darina has been dancing from the age of 7. She completed nine years of fundamental education at a dance school in Russia. She performed Russian folk, jazz and contemporary dances. While studying Business at a university she became fascinated by bellydance and pursued her education with leading teachers of Cairo and Russia, including Lubna Emam, Khaleed Mahmoud, Aida Nour.In 2008, Margarita held a contract for performing in 5-star hotel in Aleppo, Syria.She is the winner of multiple international bellydance competitions with live band in Moscow in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.She also won first place in the Professional category of the “Oriental Passion”-2010 festival’s competition held in Athens. Margarita won the competition of the Nile Group festival held in Cairo, Egypt in June 2010 and is one of the first Russian dancers invited to perform with a live band at in the Opening Gala show. Since 2011, she performs regularly at the 'Opening Gala' of this prestigious festival held in Cairo by Mohamed Abou Shebika.Today Margarita Darina is one of the most sought-after performers of Egyptian dance all over the world. She teaches, judges international and national competitions, performs in high-profile cultural and dance events in Russia and abroad. She has collaborated with many different festivals in China, Egypt, France Greece, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, and USA.One of most beautiful and talented bellydancers of the world, Margarita is not only a brilliant performer and a choreographer, but also a talanted and dedicated teacher. Her students are also winning in many national and international competitions. The winner show-group "Mar-Mar" of Margarita Darina performed at competitions and festivals in Russia, Sweden, Greece and other countries.

WARDA - Bulgaria

Warda from Bulgaria is an Oriental dance performer, instructor and choreographer, as well as an organizer of events, that are connected with the Arabian art. Her alias is given by Egyptian teachers in Cairo. She falls in love with the Middle East as a child, when she goes to an Arabian class in school and starts learning the language. At the moment, Warda is an Arabic speaker and travels to different countries of the Orient every year.

 

The Arabian dances, music, language and culture are an indispensable part of Warda’s life. She dances with all her heart and she pays considerable attention to the meaning of the music which she selects. For her, the dance comes from the soul and it is seen on all body parts. She has unique stage presence, drama and passion, combined with Egyptian style and strong hip technique. Even the audience doesn’t know the translation of the song, it is easy to understand it, while watching Warda’s performance.

In 2016 Warda was part of Mohamed Kazafy’s dance troupe in Greece.


DELANNA - Russia/Germany

Delanna is a passionate dancer, organizer of the 360 ° Orient Festival in Osnabrück (Germany), director of the dance studio Oriental Art and the ensembles Lazurie and Lazurini. Originally from Russia, she lived in Germany for 20 years and now lives in Russia again, she is one of crazy dancers between different worlds, cultures and mentalities. She got in contact with oriental dance as a teenager and has been dancing for many years in the ensemble of Magdy El Leisy.
She is the winner of many German and international competitions and world champion according to IDO 2015. Since 2016 she is writing as a freelance author of the column "ScenenScouting" in Halima Magazine. Her research focuses on the quality of Oriental dance, the roots and study of folklore, especially through the trips to Egypt with Sahra Saeeda, the work with live music and the promotion of dance in the children's & junior area and supporting the new generation.

ELENA DAHABEYA - Greece

Elena Dahabeya (Elena Eleftheriou) is a performer, choreographer and teacher based in Athens Greece. She started her studies with contemporary, ballet, jazz and tap dance and she got her Diploma in performing arts from The American College of Greece (Deree College). After she went to UK where she got her MSc in Management, and while being there, she was taking classes in modern and contemporary dance in one of the best universities in UK (SEMS Surrey University). When she came back to Greece, Dahabeya started studying latin & ballroom dances and in 1998 she got her teaching diploma in Latin & Ballroom American style. After that she started teaching in some of the biggest dance schools in Athens. Elena started with American style bellydance with Marina of Athens and then she got into tribal style and fusion. She started travelling, and studied with many teachers like Kami Liddle, Samantha Hasthorpe, Morgana, Jill Parker, Shehrazade, Bozenka, Melina of daughters of Rhea and in Greece with Eva Chantzichristou. The turning point in her career came when, she participated in Nile Group Festival in Cairo where she discovered the Reda Style and the authentic Egyptian style. In order to specialize in Egyptian-Arabic style for oriental and folklore, she was trained by some of the best teachers in Egypt and in Europe (Mahmoud Reda, Farida Fahmi, Mohamed Kazafy, Khaled Mahmoud, Dina, Aida Nour, Lubna Emam, Zeina, Randa Kamel, Mercedes Nieto). Until today she continues her training with master teachers, as she believes that dance is continuously evolving and learning never stops.
Dahabeya participated and danced in many television programs and shows for many years, performs in restaurants, hotels and events organized in Greece or abroad and from 2012 she gives workshops and performs in various festivals in Europe.
n 2011 Elena, officially formed the “Kazafy Troupe” Greece and with Mohamed Kazafy they are the directors and trainers of the troupe. This is the 1st professional Egyptian folklore troupe in Greece (with Egyptian Master Teacher as founder) and every year they produce the “Kazafy Troupe – Greece Show”. From 2013 Elena is Kazafy’s official assistant and trainer in the formation of some of the new troupes around Europe (Czech Republic, Cyprus, Italy).
Finally, Elena is the organizer of ''Oriental Passion'' Festival in Athens which is the biggest multi-ethnic festival in Greece and one of the biggest in Europe. The festival hosts every year some of the most famous teachers/dancers in the world. From 2019 Elena is the sole organizer of the festival.