Sadie Marquardt (United States)
Workshop teacher & Performer
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”.
Sadie is the founder and director of the “Raqs Flow” training program, which enriches students with a strong foundation in technique while keeping them engaged and connected to the dance’s culture and historical roots. She recently launched a new clothing line of athletic dance wear and produces a variety of destination dance retreats around the world, taking her students on a deep journey and exploration of this incredible art form as well as their own inner selves.
Sadie lives in Denver, Colorado. She loves spending time in nature, hiking, camping and adventuring with her family. Aside from dance, Sadie has a deep passion and commitment to living and creating a holistic, sustainable lifestyle and world. She loves to combine her passions in her retreats; bringing the power of nature, dance, music, conscious living and human connection together.
When she is not busy traveling the globe she can be found teaching her award-winning bellydance classes and workshops as well as performing locally in Colorado.
Jade el Jabel (Brazil)
Workshop teacher, Performer & Judge
Art has always been present in Jade el Jabel’s life. It was 1991, when she began her studies in Belly Dance. Since then, she consolidated herself in Brazilian and international markets as an unique teacher and dancer, able to combine the knowledge of the culture and the Arabic language with improvisation and joy, known as Brazilians qualities.
On stage, her dance is completely Egyptian, while in the classroom, Jade search western references to teach the art. Thus, she has toured concert halls and taught in classes of ten different countries, including Latin America, Europe and Egypt. Polyglot, Jade promotes a connection to students teaching classes in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and Arabic. In the educational field, the teacher has released three DVDs featuring special guests.
From the knowledge and dedication to various arts such as painting, sculpture, music and literature, Jade el Jabel leads viewers and students to a profound journey of awakening and empowerment of being. The artist is a strong figure and lives up to the surname “el Jabel», mountain in Arabic.
Jade is also Dumuaini Company Director, which brings together leading dancers of the Sao Paulo professional scene. She has produced and directed more than ten shows, that were watched by an audience of about 2000 people. She develops s work designed for the dancers to increase their performance skills and teamwork.
Rajaa Ben Moussa (Morocco/ Switzerland)
Workshop teacher, Performer & Judge
Dancer, teacher, choreographer and director of the school Rajaadanse in Lausanne, born in Rabat, Morocco, Rajaa Ben Moussa is currently one of the mainstays of oriental dance in Switzerland.
An accomplished dancer who adds grace, emotion, power and technical mastery in all its interpretations, with a structured training of several years, Rajaa Ben Moussa is also an excellent choreographer and teacher who has knowledge of Egyptian dance style and methodology, Complete artist, she is often invited to perform and teach at international festivals in Switzerland, Finland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Greece, …
If for Rajaa Ben Moussa the work, the requirement and the rigor are the basics of learning this art, pleasure remains the key driver in the development of identity artistic for each student. You have a great opportunity to receive instruction by a reference of oriental dance, do not hesitate to discover or rediscover this artiste d’exception.
Rachid (Curaçao/ Netherlands)
Performer & Judge
De bijzondere elegantie, dynamiek en gratie waarmee Rachid optreedt is ongeëvenaard. Zijn sierlijke en vloeiende dansstijl is voornamelijk Egyptisch met een twist van de Lebanese dansstijl. Hoewel zijn exotische Caribische achtergrond ook in zijn dans is te bewonderen, behoudt hij de traditionele en klassieke oriëntaalse stijl. Rachid is geboren op Curaçao en opgeleid tot oriëntaals buikdanser.
Nu hij in Nederland woont is Rachid een van de meest geboekte professionele internationale buikdansers van Europa. Rachid heeft over heel Europa, in de Verenigde Staten, Azië, het Midden-Oosten en het Caribisch gebied opgetreden tijdens dansfestivals en theatervoorstellingen. Met zijn dynamische passie onthult hij de schoonheid van de oriëntaalse dans op Midden-Oosterse ritmes!
David (United States)
David Hinojosa is an entrepreneur, professional musician, and social justice advocate. He specializes in world percussion, primarily hand percussion from the Middle East.David is driven by world music and its power to transcend barriers of culture, language and ideology. He co-founded and directs a World Fusion Music Production Company and recording studio in Denver, Colorado. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Musical Ambassadors of Peace, a non-profit organization that works with music as a tool of healing and community connection.
Aisa Lafour (Netherlands)
Performer & Founder of Orientalicious festival
Aisa Lafour is a professional bellydancer, instructor, judge on international dance competitions and event organizer of the Orientalicious festival and the Syriana Nights. In 2003 she got her fashion degree in design & styling on the Amsterdam Fashion Institute at Hogeschool Van Amsterdam. In 2006 Aisa graduated at the “Kader Opleiding Werelddans” in Rotterdam. Since then she is a diplomated teacher of general- and world dances, specialized in Oriental bellydance and Latin/Brazilian dances. In 2008 Aisa was the nr 1 winner of the contest “Bellydancer of the world 2008” . She is a sought after bellydance artist, known for her sensual elegance, emotion transmission through movement, strong technique, her musicality and her warm relation with her public. Aisa is invited at numerous dance events from around the world, to perform, teach and judge competitions.
Aisa is the founder of the Heartbeat of Bellydance school in Amsterdam and online and owner of the Hearbeat Dance studio.
Badra Falak (Mexico/ Netherlands)
Performer & organizer of Raqs Flow
Badra Falak is a visionary Oriental Dance artist who believes that every woman has the power to become who she dreams to be. Badra means Full Moon in Arabic language. With her dance she recreates “the sensation of looking at the stars on a clear blue night and think of how much is out there that we see, and don’t see, know and don’t know… The sum of all that is Badra Falak”.
Badra Falak is the artistic name of Maru Lizarraga. Born in Mexico and currently living in the Netherlands, Badra began Hawaiian and Tahitian dance at a very young age until she found her passion for Oriental Dance. This dance captivated Badra at first sight and she decided to devote herself to the development and promotion of this art form around the globe. Badra Falak conveys the philosophy of femininity, sensuality and passion to her audience, fans and students. In 2011 Badra graduated as Oriental Dance teacher from International Saray of Oriental Dance, ISOC (headquarters in Cairo) and opened her dance studio in Breda. In 2014 Badra was crowned Benelux Bellydance Champion. One year later, Badra won first the prize at Crazy Nights Festival 2015 in Cairo, Egypt.
Mena Leila (Tunisia/ Netherlands)
Performer & organizer
In addition to shows and performances they will be prompted for production management, organization and presentation work for (inter) national (dance) events. Her training as World Dance teacher has it in the LCA in Rotterdam, in addition to obtaining her Master Social Cultural Sciences at the university, completed in 2005.
For inspiration Mena Leila follows many workshops and bootcamps famous choreographers and dancers from the Arab and Western world at home and abroad. Has withstood they earned in large theaters, music venues, television shows and festivals to perform.
Alkmaar she leads 9 years children and adults on from amateur to semi-professional level. Her Showteam dancing regularly at Paradiso, Amsterdam.
Vision and cooperation:
Her vision of the dance is that the oriental dance gives you the opportunity for self-development. It is a search for the possibilities of your own body and to surprise yourself in it and to surpass.
Mena Leila founded Foundation for World Dance to stimulate professional and amateur dance and music from all over the world.
Lou Pradas (Belgium)
Lou Pradas is an award-winning bellydancer living in Belgium, half French and half Belgian.
She has two jobs, two passions : comics writting and Belly Dance !
Lou teaches and performs professionnaly in Belgium and Europe.
Her regular teachers and principal mentors in dance were Malika and Salwa from Belgium and Josephine Wise in London.
Perfectionnist, she now continues to learn with instructors from all around the world, and in diverses styles of dance, so she can teach to her student the fine art of bellydance and fusion at its best.
With fellow dancers, Lou is member and foundator of the ONG Dance4Children, helping kids in need through dance events.
Lou won several 1st Prizes in international competitions: in Holland, England and Belgium. The last competition she won was the Orientalicious Award from Aisa Lafour, in Amsterdam.
Hi! I am Shahzadeh. I started as a belly dancer and got taught by many amazing Dutch belly dancers for serveral years. Then I came in to contact with Aisa and got the beautiful opportunity to join Aisa’s La Four Showteam ‘Deyy El Amar’ for some years.
For many years belly dancing was my biggest passion, but still there was something, ‘that one piece’ missing and I discoverd that was my strong and deep love for the Persian culture en her beautiful folkloric dances. Ever since I have been specialising myself in Persian and Afghan dance styles, in order to show and represent the beauty, grace and refinement of the Persian culture.