Euro Raks Team Saturday, 09 March 2013 12:49

Welcome to:

Euro Raks - International Oriental Dance Congress

Organizer: Academy of Arabic Dance "Suraiya"
Poland – 10-13.04.2013 
Katowice city (Airport: Katowice-Pyrzowice)
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Previous 3 editions of Euro Raks were a big success gathering in each of the main workshops over 100 polish and international oriental dance enthusiasts!

Now we are back to prepare for you our next Euro Raks in april 2014!!!!!

The Euro Raks Team is an amazing mixture of world best teachers of various styles and generations! Be sure to join our event – we promise it will be an unforgettable experience!!!

Guest Stars of Euro Raks Congress 2014:



Gamal Seif began his early career in Egypt when he was only ten.
His passion and huge talent for dance and music was encouraged by his family that offered him the   opportunity to study with leading Egyptian dance teachers. He was soon spotted by the famous choreographer Mr. Hassan Afifi and joined his troupe of dancers, the “Egyptian Television Dance Company”. After long years of dancing within Afifi’s company and the American Jazz Ensemble in Egypt, Gamal arrived in Germany in 1989 in order to further his education. He studied dance therapy as well as modern dance and accomplished his Diploma and Doctor’s degree in Sports Medicine.
He now imparts this elaborate knowledge about dance therapy (zar) and sports medicine in his valued pedagogic work and treatments. Gamal has a great flair in reaching to the dancer’s soul, character and feelings. He enables the dancer to understand the cultural mentalities and to express them, which in turn gives them an explicit proficiency in presenting their art. Gamal has been teaching for more than 25 years inspiring numerous dancers in Germany and around the world.


Nesma lived in Cairo from 1993–1998, where she obtained her extensive knowledge of Oriental dance, Egyptian folklore, Arabic music, culture and traditions. During this time she performed as a soloist with her own orchestra in over 3,500 shows on the most prestigious stages of Cairo. She broadened her artistic career in the prestigious Egyptian Folkloric Ballet, The Reda Troupe, becoming over the years one of Mahmoud Reda’s closest collaborators. Since 1998 she has danced and taught around the world. In Spain she founded her own school and a prestigious dance company, Al-Andalus Danza.

Along with her dance company, Nesma has established a record company, Nesma Music, presenting a great line of authentic music and videos, and a major festival, Raks Madrid, which takes place yearly in July in the grand city of Madrid. Nesma’s deep knowledge and long experience as an instructor, dancer and producer along with her love for teaching has made her an essential master for passionate Oriental dancers worldwide


Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian drummer, DJ, composer and folk dancer. He is the creator of Turbo Tabla, and has released four internationally distributed CDs of this unique brand of Arab House/Electronica using acoustic instruments. Karim has authored instructional DVDs for the Tabla/Doumbek, Riqq tambourine, Maqam & Taqsim, Drum Solo for Dance, and Arab Folk Dance. He is well versed in the ultra-traditional styles of music, and has lead the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble since 1999. He promotes and fosters the study of Arab dance in the USA as the director of the Arab Dance Seminar. Karim performs and teaches Tahteeb Cane Dance, Dabka Line Dance, and Zikr Sufi Dance. He taught at the New England Conservatory of Music for 5 years, and has lectured and presented at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Bowdoin, Princeton, Stanford, William & Mary, Georgetown, and several Community Colleges. Additionally, Karim Nagi's As a dance and drum teacher, Karim has taught in dozens of festivals in the United States, Asia, Europe and Cairo, as well as all major Arab Culture festivals in the USA. Karim Nagi is a true crossover artist, uniting the Cabaret and Tribal, Traditional and the Modern, the Ethnic and the Urban.


Aisa Lafour is an award winning professional bellydancer, instructor and event organiser. Since 2006 Aisa is a diplomated teacher of dance in general, and specialized in Oriental bellydance and Latin/Brazilian dances.  She is a sought after bellydance artist, known for her sensual elegance, emotion transmission through movement, strong technique and her relation to the music and the public. In 2008 Aisa was the nr 1 winner of the contest ” Bellydancer of the world 2008″ . In 2008. Nowadays she is a judge in Bellydancer of the world contest and many other international contests. Aisa is part of the starcast (solo and chorus) of Jillina’s successful Bellydance Evolution show in 2009 and 2010. Aisa is the founder of the Oriental dance troupe: Deyy el Amar Ensemble, with whom she won numerous first prizes. Aisa with her team is the Organiser of the Corendon Orientalicious festival in Amsterdam.  Currently Aisa is an international bellydance teacher and performer herself, and runs her own Amsterdam based Bellydance school: Aisa Lafour Bellydance Company. As a solo artist she performs at festivals, theatres, television, music video clips and parties, international and national. Countries where she has performed and taught are: Spain, Belgium,  Brazil, England, Germany, Poland, Russia, Hungary, Morocco, Egypt, Argentina, Mexico, Chzeck Repulic, Austria, Singapore and the US.


Suraiya is a popular international performer and teacher . She is well known for her technique, stage charisma and artistic interpretations of an Egyptian style. Suraiya is also a frequent member of the Jury during international competitions. She owns Arabic Dance Academy and Artistic Agency "Suraiya" and she is a founder and director of Egyptian Fever Festival and Euro Raks International Oriental Dance Congress. Currently she co-organizes all her events with her husband Mansour Ibrahim who is also her tabla player. Suraiya is a show and dvd producer. She is also a certified fitness, Pilates instructor and Master of International Relations and Diplomacy. Suraiya is the most popular polish oriental dancer invited for international festivals and events abroad. She has been invited to over 100 international events during past years. Her dedication to the art of oriental dance, knowledge, teaching and performing skills has been already appreciated in more than 30 countries.


Mansour is Euro Raks and Egyptian Fever co-organizer. Mansour is oryginally from Alexandria, Egypt. He is a passionate tabla player, rhythms and drumming teacher. Currently Mansour is based in Poland working with Suraiya and co-organizing events with her. Mansour also runs Raks Sharky Bazar – internet shop with oriental products.


Julia Torgonska - professional dancer from Ukraine, choreographer and show maker. Head of the professional dance group - Isadora Group Head and organizer of the International Bellydance Festival "Isadora Cup", Isadora Dance Festival, "Crazy Bazaar" project, Bellydance Festival "Isadora Winter Camp" 1st winner of Randa Kamel of Course, Cairo 2012 1st winner of Bellyfusion Festival, Italy 2012 1st winner of Orient Addicts Festival, Poland 2013 At the moment giving workshops and performing all over the world.


I discovered belly dance in 2006 at the School of Oriental Dance "Studio Sandra, "which I followed the instruction. Having benefited from the expertise of the teacher "Sandra" in group lessons and private lessons, I became her assistant, giving way within the dance school. In 2008, eager to share my passion for oriental dance, and, with the encouragement and support of my teacher, "Sandra," I move to another dance school "Danalys" where I teach belly dance and workshops to date as well as abroad(London, Berlin, Stockholm)

I participated in many festivals and shows; “ congress of middle eastern dance 2011”in Nice, “ Layali Zaman show” and the Prestigious Euro Raks II  organized by Suraiya and Mansour, I was 2nd in the international competition in Nice in 2012 organized by Sophie Martinez, Saida Helou and Yammil Annum were the presidents of juries, rakasni ya habibi Festival in bordeaux 2013 . Prior to a trade, oriental dance is a passion that is why I continue to deepen knowledge through workshops with other great masters and choreographers such asTito Seif, Khaled Mahmoud, Shafeek Ibrahim, Freizer, Aida Nour, Beata and Horacio and many


Elena Faye - USA

Elena is an award-winning professional​ belly dance artist based in the Washington DC metropolitan area.  Her style blends Egyptian and American belly dance influences, embracing both tradition and innovation.  Known for her musicality, grace, and joyful expression,
Elena enchants audiences of all ages.  


Professional dancer, choreographer and dance instructor. Very expressive and dynamic. European Bellydancer of the Year 2012 durong Euro Raks II. 2nd winner of International Summer Bellydance Festival  in Neatherlands. Dance champion on Polish Championship in 2009 and 2010 in “ duo” category.Winner of 2-nd place on Polish Championship in 2009 in “Solo-adults” category.Winner of 3-rd place in the same category in 2010.First Semi-finalist pf Polish Got Talent TV-Show!!!


Brazil native Jessika began belly dancing as a child. She took classes initially at her mother's behest, but in time developed her own passion for the dance. At 15 she decided to take it more seriously,and began performing in a few places an events in Sao Paulo restaurant. Brazil native Jessika began belly dancing as a child. She took classes initially at her mother's behest, but in time developed her own passion for the dance. At 15 she had her first gig, performing in a São Paulo. Jessika has participated in dance competitions, including placing 2nd in a 2008 International American competition and 1st place on Rakstar in Miami professional category 2011. Jessika has studied with renowned Brazilian dancers Hayat El Helwa her main teacher and inspiration and she has attended workshops with dancers from the U.S., Brazil, Turkey and Egypt. Her passion for Egyptian style is easily seen but she brings with her the Brazilian flavor.


Professional dancer, instructor and choreographer of oriental dance. Oriental dance is the essence of her life and the joy she feels while pursuing this passion, she tries to pass on to the others during shows, as well as regular classes and workshops. She is also promoting the oriental dance as the art and the heritage of Arabic culture by organizing and active participation in dance and culture events.
Winner of international competitions, founder and choreographer of the Al-Qamara dance formation, organizer of the I National Oriental Dance Festival ORIENTALNA REWOLUCJA.


Eleonora Nidal, teacher MIDAS and technical FIDS-CONI, after several years of ballet and modern dance at the age of 11 years, is fascinated by oriental dance and begins in 2000, her career, studying with a teacher, an Italian, and continues with teacher and choreographer Egyptian Saad Ismail. She attended the training course with the teacher and choreographer Egyptian Zaza Hassan, graduating teacher at the Centre Artistique Zaza (Pantin, France) Egyptian Oriental dance classic original method Zaza Hassan.


Euro Raks 2014:

* 4 days of workshops with fabulous teachers – from Thursday morning to Sunday evening, in two rooms

* over 50 hours of amazing classes

* competitions in 5 categories!! Title: EUROPEAN BELLY DANCER /BELLY DANCE GROUP OF THE YEAR 2014

* open stage for amateur and semi-pro ER participants on thursday

* opening party – ARABIC HAFLA - where all ER participants can get to know each other and dance as much as they want - thursday evening

* professional, international open stage for ER participants on Friday that will create a Show dedicated to Master Teachers of Euro Raks - you can show your talent and professional skills

* amazing Gala Show of Stars on Saturday – a few hours of excellent quality performances of festival Stars and Guests

* the venue of the event is a beautiful and warm theater in an old, industrial part of Katowice - all workshops and shows take place there. The big show room can take up to 100 students, teacher is on a high stage and have portable microphone for the best comfort of ER participants. Small ballet room can take around 20 students. In the event place you can find comfortable changing rooms, showers, restaurant with special ER Menu, bazaar etc - so you can stay there all days – venue:

* ER Congress has a special deal with Euro Hotel – 3km from the event place – where 1 person in double or triple room pays 15 euro per night with breakfast! Taxi from the hotel to event venue will not cost you more than 4 euro! Euro Hotel:

* ER has a special system of prices – the general idea: the more prepaid full passes before Feb 14th the lower final price (rest of payment should be done at arrival)!!! So bring your friends and you will all work for lower prices! The lowest price we can predict for a Full Pass – if we have more than 71 prepaid Full Passes (FP includes: all workshops, 3 show tickets, certification) would be 275 euro for each FP!!!!! The highest, if we don't have many participants around 340 euro!!! Our prices are veeerrry attractive and all the rest you will pay in Poland will be very cheap because polish currency PLN is nearly 4,2 times weaker than euro!!!!!!

*the closest airport: Katowice- Pyrzowice, very good connections to Katowice with trains and busses from many directions

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Yours in dance
Suraiya and Mansour





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