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Welcome to Raks Nis

the 1st International Oriental Dance Festival in Nis, Serbia
28th – 29th July 2018

The International Oriental Dance Festival 2018, Raks – Nis, aims to advance Oriental / Belly Dance as a performing art, to unite oriental dance community worldwide, as well as to expose Serbian dancers to the international oriental dance community and vice versa. Most importantly, the objective of the Raks-Nis is to encourage cultural diversity and tolerance and to introduce and educate Serbian communities on diverse cultures.

Two days filled with dance, art, education and fun!

Don’t miss the opportunity to witness this spectacular event!

Dates

The festival includes:

Friday 27.07.2018:

  • Festival welcoming party – celebration upcoming event

Saturday 28.07.2018:

  • Workshops: see Schedule under Workshops
  • Open stage: 10:00 – 11:00 & 14:00 – 15:00 Niska Tvrdjava
  • Gala evening: 21:00 Letnja Pozornica u Niskoj Tvrdjavi

Sunday 29.07.2018:

  • Workshops: see Schedule under Workshops

Performers

Ajsa Samia

Germany / Serbia

Ajsa Samia ( Marina Rehbein born Radosavljevic) – Festival Organiser is an internationally renowned performer, choreographer and instructor. She is born in Pirot/Serbia, living between Cape Town/South Africa, Frankfurt/Germany and Nis/Serbia. In case that you cannot find her there, then Ajsa Samia is some were else sharing her passion, love and knowledge in Oriental, Gypsy and Fusion Dance.

„I can not do anything against my Gypsy soul…dancing, travel, moving…”

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Artemis

Germany

is an elegant and passionate lecturer, choreographer and dancer from Germany. In Stuttgart, Artemis teaches oriental dance from beginner to master class in her studio. Twice a year, Artemis organizes a festival called „OTF“ Stuttgart with her husband Dieter, a festival with national and international dancers of the Oriental dance scene and the „FCF“ with a focus on fantasy fusion dances. Artemis has taught and danced several times at events and festivals in Germany and abroad!

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Danisa de Paul

Spain

With a background in ballet and traditional folk-dance, Danisa started her dance career as a professional Latin dance performer and teacher in Argentina. It was there she started training Oriental dance. Since 2004 she is travelling and teaching across the world, Japan, China, UAEmirates, South Africa, Spain and many others.

Nowadays she is working as a Pilates instructor and Oriental dance teacher a personal trainer and fitness instructor in Barcelona, Spain

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Grazia Manetti

Italy

Performer, teacher and choreographer. Grazia has an eclectic personality, she begins her dance carreer at the age of six, starting from ballet and stuying theatre along with artistic gymnastics. She got a great experience in Tribal Bellydance that allows her to collaborate with major members of this discipline on national and international level, starting to become renowed worldwise. She’s also specialized in muscular isolations and layerings beyond tribal fusion technique, constantly mixing a strong body work with contemporary andmodern dance, ballet elements and expressive work. Grazia is based in Milan – Italy, where she offers the four-year training of TBIS, involving her most talented students into her Living Tribal Dance Company where she concentrates all the experience, professionality and great dedication.

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Latifa Saadi & Benjamin

Reunion Island

International teacher and choreographer, Latifa Saadi has been teaching for 20 years now. Based in Reunion Island, her unique style is acclaimed worldwide. She brings back into favor the perception of this art form by transmitting its true essence to her students attending her regular classes and workshops locally and abroad, but also opening horizons with more modern fusions. An eclectic artist you’re never bored to learn from! From Reunion Island, Benjamin Ganova has been one of Latifa’s long-term student and is now assisting her since a few years. First a dancer, he is a lso teaching regular classes within Latifa’s dance school. The strong experience of his mentor allows him to enrich his dance, teaching skills and develop his own style. They work and perform together. Their special connection make them a unique and magnificent dance duet, where love and friendship freely expresses itself!

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Pili Rubi

Argentina

Pli Rubi is an international dancer and teacher specialized in Oriental Dance, Belly Dance and Bollywood Dance (From India). She is a student of Kathak, Indian classical dance and Yoga.In 2012 she was convened by the prestigious dancer Jillina Carlano to be part of her dance company “Bellydance Evolution” in Los Angeles, EE.UU. She was invited to dance in “Bolly Madrid”, the greatest show of Bollywood Dance in Europe. Nowadays she travels all around Argentina and to other countries teaching and giving workshops of bollywood supported by the Indian Embassy in Argentina.

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Workshops

Saturday 28.07.2018

TEACHER TIME WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE LEVEL
Latifa Saadi & Benjamin 11:15 – 13:15 Classical Egyptian Raks Sharki All Levels
Artemis 13:30 – 15:30 Be the queen on stage All Levels
Pili Rubi 15:45 – 17:45 Bollywood Fusion All Levels

Sunday 29.07.2018

TEACHER TIME WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE LEVEL
Grazia Manetti 10:00 – 12:00 Tribal Fusion Street Dance Not for beginners, but they are allowed to try
Danisa De Paul 12:15 – 14:15 Funky Drum Solo Not for beginners, but they are allowed to try
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1.Classical Egyptian Raks Sharki by Latifa Saadi & Benjamin / Reunion Island

They will be teaching choreography,ideal for a duet or group, in Classical Egyptian Raks Sharki style. Solo dancers also very welcome. Grace, lightness and elegance at its best! Work on attitude, posture, travelling steps for a delightful classical choreography!

 2.Be the Queen on stage by Artemis / Germany

Create your own dance-style- Improvisation in the (Oriental) Dance. Improvising has to be learned, then you have your joy on dance. Simple but effective step combinations we will use to different kinds of Oriental music and world music. Artemis shows you the suitable authentic dance expression under regarding the individually temperament and personality of dancers. By improvising you can promote your individual dance style. Here the motto is: less is often more and you will be the Queen on stage.

3.Bollywood fusion by Pili Rubi / Argentina

We will work on a modern, funny and very expressive choreography mixing femme style and belly dance.

4.Tribal Fusion Street Dance by Grazia Manetti / Italy

This workshop offers lots of dynamic and fun, it got a strong interpretive mood linked to contemporary dance combyning Street Dance’s elements and Tribal Fusion; it will take us to London’s rainy streets by night, on the wet sidewalks, where the lights of the street lamps are reflected onto puddles’s water. Between ancient and modern, experimental and metaphysical sounds with a mystical flavor will compose a choreography that plays between layerings, Modern Dance and Hip Hop. Requirements: Basic Fusion Technique & Open Modern technique

5.Funky Drum Solo by Danisa de Paul / Spain

In this workshops we will work on „I wanna dance“ song from Artem Uzunov. Learn this dynamic and fun choreography to take home and brush up your drum solo technique. This high-energy piece features belly dance isolations, pop and lock patterns, shimmies, shimmy layers and various traveling movements. A fun and well rounded choreo to practice or perform! Bring loads of energy!!

Application

Gala Application

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Open Stage Application

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Workshop Reservation

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Contact Us

E‐mail: iodfnis@gmail.com

Phone: 0049 176 312 75654 Marina (Germany)

Phone: 00381 69 2741406 Aleksandra (Serbia)

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