Mojo Flow Festival Teachers
Here is our Teacher Line up for the Mojo Flow Festival on the 26th March 2022
As a child, Ida Mahin learned classical ballet and flamenco with the Berlin dancer Gerda Schulz. She intensified her training at the Erich Payer Ballet Academy and danced for the first time at the age of 14, under the direction of Erich Payer and Dimas Casinha, in productions of the Augsburg City Theater.
Since 2003 she has discovered the immense spectrum of oriental, Central Asian, African and Indian dances.
From 2005 to 2011 Ida was a member and soloist in Sabuha Shahnaz's performance group Assaida and from 2009 taught oriental dance, tribal style and tribal fusion at their school.
During her studies in cultural history, Ida gained insights into historical as well as current cultural and political aspects of Arab states and dealt with contemporary arts (focus on dance). As a cultural scientist, Ida is keen to fathom the development of different dance styles, their meaning, formal language and peculiarities and to incorporate the knowledge gained from them into her own dance and lessons.
Her artistic focus is on telling stories, awakening characters and expressing authentic emotions. Both solo and together with her ensembles, she brings experimental dance fusions, cyber medusas, Asian fanatics and singing foxes to national and international stages.
She was particularly pleased that her contribution to the UNESCO Dance Congress 2010 in Istanbul was selected by the organizers to represent the dance congress on the Turkish television TRT. In addition, she was repeatedly represented as a lecturer at Gothla UK, the "mother" of all Gothic Bellydance festivals, and can currently be seen in the American DVD production Visions - A Night of Dark & Theatrical Belly Dance .
In 2013 she opened the tanz kunst werk in the heart of Augsburg's old town.
Yallar is an internationally acclaimed teacher and performer currently working in UK. She won many dance competitions and has organised events such as ‘DUM TEK Competition’, ‘Pirate Bay Party’ and the presentation of the belly dance calendar ‘Diamonds of Bellydance’. Yallar has a degree in "Dance and Rhythm Teacher" and Master’s Degree in Community Dance Leadership.
Yallar started to dance in 2001 and felt in love of Raks Sharki right away. In the age of 18 she started to travel to “Ahlan wa Sahlan” and “Nile group” festivals in Cairo. Yallar is an experienced dancer and teacher who performed on stages of Egypt, Russia, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Italy, Hungary, Israel, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Turkey and UK. Her thesis “Performance skills development in Belly Dance using contemporary dance training/teaching methods” built a successful base for her own unique teaching method.
Some of her awards:
Latvian dance festival „DUM TEK”- main organiser
1st place in Danish Open Bellydance Competition 2013
1st place in “Azure 2011”
1st place in “Bellydance festival in Tallin 2010”
1st place in “Vēderdejotāja 2009”
1st place in “Miss Oriental 2007”
Fulya has a lifelong passion for music and dance and it was her drive to share that passion with others that lead her to start teaching. Twenty one years on, that passion and drive are still going strong and are evident in the work she puts into her classes and her dedication to her students!
Fulya's primary dance style is Bellydance with Cabaret, Tribal Fusion, Vintage Fusion and Folkloric
elements. In addition Fulya is experienced in Flamenco and Burlesque dance. All this gives her a unique style and a breadth of experience she can draw on to help her students find what style or combination is right for them.
Fulya holds a list of qualifications in both dance and teaching, she uses every free moment to read up on new styles and practices or to take workshops and classes to further her knowledge and skills. She also makes the majority of her costumes for her performances herself and runs Kookie Kaftan Bazaar with her Sister Julie.
Fulya has taught and performed at many of the major UK Bellydance Festivals such as Majma, Gothla, JoY (Jewel of Yorkshire) and Fantasia. She has worked with some well known dancers such as Katie Holland, Amira (Emma Wheate-Price), Amaris (Diane Cox), Arielle (Val Rainbow) and Jo Parish. Since 2004, Fulya has been the troupe leader and choreographer of her Tribal Fusion performance group called Tribe-Ulations. Tribe-Ulations perform at various events around the country all year round.
Since lockdown 2020 Fulya has been working with Pete & Kate Chaplin to bring you The Mojo Flow
Show & Online Dance Festival and Creative Community.
Bonita’s adventures in the world of belly dance began nearly 23 years ago. What started as a simple curiosity driven by a love of all dance soon developed into a full blown passion for the music and movements of Egyptian belly dance.
Since then, Bonita has danced and taught throughout the UK at many of the London showcases, Hafla’s across the country and festivals, including performances at the Bloomsbury Theatre London, UNESCO World Dance at the RADA Studio Theatre, The Dorchester Hotel, The Drum Camp Festival and The Hague in the Netherlands, to name a few highlights.
In addition to Egyptian Belly Dance, Bonita has performed Classical and Popular Persian Dance, Bollywood, Samba and fusion dance. However, her favourite performance style remains Classical Egyptian and Golden Oldies, inspired in particular by the stars of the Golden Era of Egyptian Belly Dance.
Bonita loves teaching and sharing what she has learnt with others whilst continuing to develop and enhance her own skills and knowledge through study, workshops and courses. In the past, Bonita has undertaken extensive dance courses with Classical Persian artist Helia Bandeh, Tribal fusion star Samantha Emmanuel, world renowned Egyptian musician Hossam Ramzy with whom Bonita learnt to play the Egyptian Tabla, and international dance star Serena Ramzy with whom Bonita continues to work with and collaborate.
Nazirah has been belly dancing for over 20 years. She started as a Raqs Sharqi dancer
performing for different venues and festivals back in Puerto Rico were she was born, She has
continued her training with other Belly dance styles like Fusion and Tribal. She is a Fat Chance
belly dance style certified teacher.
In the last 12 years Nazirah have specialized in Theatrical, Metal Belly Dance, Gothic and Dark Fusion. Her performances are story telling influenced and inspired by goth, Classic horror and Halloween. She is an instructor and choreographer.
She also adds to her performance the use of fire palm, wings, veil ,fire fans, fan veil and sword.
Nazirah was also cast to be part of Jillina Bellydance Experience production The Wonderful
Wizard Of OZ in Atlanta GA. Nazirah's biggest passion is bringing her stories into the stage.