Teachers

Ulla Borgenström

Helsinki Oriental is the embodiment of Ulla’s endless passion for Egyptian dance and culture. Her enthusiasm is catchy both in class and on stage. Ulla might be a demanding teacher, but she will make sure her classes never lack humour or laughter!

Maija King

Maija is a stunning performer as well as dedicated teacher and choreographer, leading her own show group, Inanna. Very precise but encouraging approach make her classes enjoyable to dancers on all levels!

Pia Bärlund

Pia is both a fascinating performer and a teacher one never gets bored of. She has a long education in a variety of dance styles, including full length studies in Ballet and years of serious training of both Flamenco and Oriental Dance. But for teaching, she sets fun as her priority - 'cause hey, what is dance without joy?

Outi of Cairo

Outi is an internationally acknowledged dancer and teacher. She has made a long career as a soloist dancing in the top venues of Cairo and even producing her own music and teaching videos. She is a real five star dance professional known for making her students shine too!

Laura Zaray

Laura is an inspiring multitalent of dance. She has already produced a number of dance festivals while leading her own show group and touring the world teaching and performing. Her unique, smooth style is loved by her audience as well as her students. Her passion is to create dance art for stage, making her put effort on preparing her students for a show too!

Safa Solati

Safa specializes in Persian dance and culture. As an Iranian herself, she will be leading her students to the authentic roots of different traditions of Persian dance. In Safa's class stories turn into dance through her simple and mindful approach. Safa teaches in English.

Hadassa - Päivi Kivikangas

After long years of dancing internationally under her stage name Hadassa, Päivi is now back to Finland and teaching at Helsinki Oriental every week! Managing both the modern belly dance as well as the rich traditions of oriental folklore, Päivi is an adept teacher, always with a creative approach.

Sari Mäkinen

Sari is a beloved performer and a super productive choreographer with dance numbers of all styles to share from! She is constantly studying and educating herself on several subjects, from oriental dance to flamenco and Indian dances. Sari's encouraging way of teaching, a relaxed dance style and never ending creativity guarantee great classes also for students!