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SATURDAY WORKSHOPS:

10:00-12:00 Mikaela Jokinen - Choreography: Indian girl with an Egyptian heart! Mikaela's special oriental fusion dance to a graceful bollywood song.
12:15-14:15 Outi of Cairo - Technique: Dabke - Steps and combinations to the heavy Lebanese beats in ladies night club style. Bring your high heels along if you have!
14:30-15:30 Ulla Borgenström - Lecture: History of Music - Introduction to the most important music and artists of classical oriental dance.

SUNDAY WORKSHOPS:

10:00-12:00 Ulla Borgenström - Technique: Isolate and combine, shimmies, accents and smooth core work on the move!
12:15-14:15 Laura Zaray - Technique: Candle trays in action! Basic handling and showy combinations with the most luminous instrument. Bring your own tray or borrow one from us!
14:30-15:30 Ulla Borgenström - Lecture: Why Cairo is so important to dancers - A look into aspects of Egyptian everyday life that transfer into dance and vice versa.

Workshops á 36€
Lectures á 12€
3-4 Workshops/Lectures -5%
5-6 Workshops/Lectures -10%

All registrations are binding, prices incl. VAT 10%.
Register by clicking the sign up button below!

More about our teachers: https://www.helsinkioriental.fi/en/dancers

SATURDAY PARTY with OPEN STAGE

18:30 Doors open, tea and dates are served.
Professional bellydancers and open stage stars perform!
Entry 10€.

To apply for open stage, contact us at info@helsinkioriental.fi and tell us more of who you are and what you would like to dance. We wish to create an interesting and dynamic line up of individuals and groups.

All workshops and the party will be held at the Helsinki Oriental dance studio in Kalasatama, right next to the metro station.

THURSDAY:

19:00 Opening party at Helsinki Oriental

FRIDAY:
09:30-11:30 Mikaela Jokinen - Hot 'n spicy Drum Solo
11:30-13:30 Farah Nasri - Technique *SOLD OUT*
13:30-15:30 Outi of Cairo - Choreography: Shaabi to Ana albi andak
15:30-17:30 Saara Soikkeli - Technique and combinations for Egyptian baladi and oriental style

19:00 Dinner party at Satama Bistro Bar

SATURDAY:
09:30-11:30 Ulla Borgenström - Choreography: Oriental
11:30-13:30 Farah Nasri - Tarab *SOLD OUT*
13:30-15:30 Maija King - Technique: Relaxed shimmies and sharp accents in action *FEW SPOTS LEFT*
15:30-17:30 Tuija Rinne - Folklore technique and combinations to three different styles

19:00 Show at Caisa Cultural Centre

SUNDAY:
09:30-11:30 Nina Tiusanen - Choreography with Melaya *FEW SPOTS LEFT*
11:30-13:30 Farah Nasri - Shaabi *2 SPOTS LEFT*
13:30-15:30 Laura Zaray - Technique: Isolate your flow, intensify your softness!
15:30-17:30 Saara Lehto - Improvisation: Insight into your own dance and movement through creative exercises

Workshops with Farah: á 78€
Workshops with other teachers: á 36€
3 workshops: -5%
4-6 workshops: -10%
7-10 workshops: -15%
11-12 workshops: -20%
Thursday opening party: 5€
Friday dinner party: 20€ (incl. vegan buffet)
Saturday show: 26€

Book your show tickets and workshops by clicking the sign up -button below. When choosing several items, you may use the info field for the course info to avoid having to fill up several forms. All registrations are binding!
For any further requests don't hesitate to email us at info@helsinkioriental.fi.

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS:

10:00-12:00 Mikaela Jokinen - Choreography: El Hawa Sultan by George Wassouf (Chor. by Esmeralda Colabone)
12:10-14:10 Outi of Cairo - Technique: Shimmies and more! FULL!
14:20-16:20 Ulla Borgenström - Choreography: Baladi to Beledi Vibe

SUNDAY WORKSHOPS:

10:00-12:00 Pia Bärlund - Choreography: Flamenco Oriental
12:10-14:10 Nina Tiusanen - Technique: Details later!
14:20-16:20 Maija King - Choreography: Short but energetic Egyptian style dance to the song Momo Sharbat

All workshops á 33€
Three workshops 85€ (+ á 25€ for additional workshops)
Six workshops 145€ (incl. party)

All registrations are binding, prices incl. VAT 10%.

To register, click the sign up -button below.
NOTE: Unless you sign up to all workshops, you must leave a new registration form for each workshop. You can also sign up by emailing us at info@helsinkioriental.fi.

More about our teachers: https://www.helsinkioriental.fi/en/dancers

SATURDAY PARTY with OPEN STAGE

18:30 Doors open, tea and dates are served.
Professional belly dancers and open stage stars perform!
Entry 7€.

To apply for open stage, contact us at info@helsinkioriental.fi and tell us more of who you are and what you would like to dance. Video clips are also appreciated! We wish to create an interesting and dynamic line up of individuals and groups.

All workshops and the party will be held at the Helsinki Oriental dance studio in Kalasatama, right next to the metro station.

We will start the training by taking a brief look at the basic techniques and different styles of Oriental Dance, including the Belly Dance of Egyptian night clubs to folklore of the desert and the trendy Shaabi street dance. The latter part of the workshop will be spent on learning combinations and drills that are ready for you to use in your class. You will also get a list of the music used to bring you to class authentic and fresh!

Oriental Dance is quite easy on steps but adds a nice challenge for the inner muscles and middle body. It is rather smooth for a change to keep your class dynamic and suitable for everyone.

The workshop will be given by Ulla Borgenström, the owner of Helsinki Oriental. Apart from Oriental Dance she has worked ten years in fitness instructing a variety of subjects including different kinds of mixed dance combinations, body maintenance and gym training. She knows how to keep the class rolling and people sweaty and happy.

The workshop will be held at the beautiful Helsinki Oriental dance studio right next to Kalasatama metro station.

The workshop includes:
- 3h Workshop with personal feedback
- 10-12 Ready combos
- List of music used for each combo and more!
- Chance to film the combos at the end of the course
- 1h Gift card to any of our weekly classes

Price 60€ per person (incl. VAT 10%).
Registrations are binding, cancellations only for medical reasons!

The maximum number of participants is 25. The course will be held in English and/or Finnish depending on the participants needs. Warmly welcome both experienced instructors as well as newbies who only just started dreaming of instructing!

Register by clicking the sign up button below or cantact us at info@helsinkioriental.fi.

SATURDAY 18:00-21:00 OPENING PARTY
Join us for the opening celebration of our new studio! A line up of fabulous belly dancers in a charming space, served together with friends and refreshments – a combination hard to resist! FREE ENTRY!

SATURDAY 12:00-15:00 SHAABI w ALLA KUSHNIR
Come and learn the hottest tricks and latest trends from the queen of Shaabi herself! FULLY BOOKED, REGISTRATION CLOSED!

SUNDAY 11.30-14.30 MEJANCE w ALLA KUSHNIR
On Sunday Alla will teach a stunning mejance, a Cairo style show opener with her special spices. STILL SPACE LEFT!

95€/workshop, 175€/both workshops

Workshops will be held at the brand new Helsinki Oriental dance studio, next to Kalasatama metro station. The studio is easy to reach from any direction, arriving from inside or outside of Helsinki, by car or public transportation.

The matinée is a chance for our students to perform their latest dances. Our wonderful soloists and groups from intermediate to advanced levels, as well as their teachers present different styles of oriental dance. So take a new direction to your Sunday stroll and drop by to enjoy a cosy afternoon with us! FREE ENTRY!

You will find us next to Redi and Kalasatama metro station. The entry to Työpajankatu 10B is from Hermannin rantatie (2B). Our studio is located in the 6th floor.

Caroline of Cairo, originally from Australia, has been dancing in Egypt since 1998. Having worked in Cairo's top venues as well as tv productions she has become a popular teacher in festivals in and outside of Egypt. At Helsinki Oriental she will be guiding you to the secrets of Egyptian style dance in two workshops!

SATURDAY 31.8.2019

11:30-13:30 Caroline of Cairo: Technique - Learn to add that special spice and power to your technique and dance like an Egyptian star!

14:00-16:00 Caroline of Cairo: Choreography - A light and playful dance to the timeless hit song Ama Barawa.

19:00 Term Starter Party with Open Stage - Email us if you wish to perform! Entry 5€ from the door (cash/card).

40€/2h workshop, 75€/both workshops (incl. VAT 10%)

Sign up by clicking the sign up button below!
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SATURDAY 19.10.2019

10:00-12:00 Pia Bärlund - Technique: Fiery yet delicate - Spice up your oriental repertoire with modern Spanish style tricks and drills!

12:00-14:00 Ulla Borgenström - Technique: Anatomy of Mejance - Basic technique and combos to help you break down a song of changing rhythms and styles.

14:30-16:30 Laura Zaray/Ali Alduri - Technique: Live music workshop - Learn the best tips on how to survive and enjoy the challenge of dancing to live music. A rare chance to practise the wonderful game between a dancer and a musician!

Workshop prices (incl. VAT 10%):

Pia 36€, Ulla 36€, Laura & Ali 40€

All workshops 100€

19:00 BIRTHDAY PARTY - Tickets 20€ (prebooking) / 25€ (door)

The night includes live music, belly dancing and a delicious dinner with drinks!

Register and buy tickets by clicking the sign up button below! Or contact us at info@helsinkioriental.fi

All workshops and party will be held at the Helsinki Oriental dance studio, Työpajankatu 10 B, 100m from Kalasatama metro station.

The course includes 8 hours of studying, including practical pair work with other students. The content equals material for about one hour of massage. No previous experience in massage required.

The course will be taught by Ulla Borgenström, a certified Thai Masseur of the Shivagakomarpaj lineage from Chiang Mai Old Medicine Hospital in Thailand.

Note: This course is NOT aimed for those wanting to certify as professional Thai masseurs!

2.11.2019 SATURDAY:
12:00-14:00 Introduction to Traditional Thai Massage
14:30-16:30 Feet and leg routine

3.11.2019 SUNDAY:
12:00-14:00 Back routine
14:30-16:30 Hands, arms and head routine

Price 116€ (incl. VAT 24%)

Thai massage is performed without oil and only to patients in full clothing, please wear comfortable, stretchy clothes.

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If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact us directly at info@helsinkioriental.fi.

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SATURDAY 7.12.2019

09:30-11:30 Zahra Mujunen (MOR/FIN) - Moroccan Dance 40€: Energetic and original Moroccan style dance with the one and only Zahra Mujunen!

11:30-13:30 Ulla Borgenström - Egyptian Shaabi 36€: Technique and attitude - Crash course to the living tradition and trends of today's urban Egypt!

13:30-15:30 Peppina Lindfors - Tunisian Dance 36€: Technique and cheerful combinations to the rhythms of Tunisian dance! Please bring two scarfs with you!

15:00 and 19:00 DESERT ROSES SHOW at Caisa Cultural Centre, info and tickets:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2384081781806417/

SUNDAY 8.12.2019

11:00-13:00 Iris Frolov (EST) - Khaleegy 40€: Dubai style khaleegy dance with wonderful Iris who has been dancing professionally in the Gulf. High heels recommended!

13:00-15:00 Laura Zaray - Persian 36€: Footwork, postures and beautiful arms of the enchanting Persian dance.

15:00-17:00 Mikaela Jokinen - Indian 36€: Dance of the Indian Kalbeliya Gypsies.

Discounts: 3-4 workshops -5%, 5-6 workshops -10%

Register by clicking the sign up button below. For any inquiries, don't hesitate to email us at info@helsinkioriental.fi.

All workshops will be held at the Helsinki Oriental dance studio in Kalasatama.

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We start the day by learning feminine and luscious hip techniques with Kairi! She will teach you the magic of reshaping your hips of any body type by learning right techniques through various drills and combinations.

Later on in the afternoon our students welcome you to enjoy their freshly baked dance numbers of various oriental styles on a cosy Sunday afternoon chill at the studio. This event is fully organised by our student team!

12:00-14:00 Workshop with Kairi Reinvee - 33€
15:00 Student Matinée - Entry 5€ (cash), children for free.

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29.2.2020 Saturday 12:00-14:00
1.3.2020 Sunday 12:00-14:00


2x120min 44€ (incl. VAT 10%)

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All sessions will be taught by Ulla Borgenström, the founder and owner of Helsinki Oriental Dance Studio. She is known for her precise and inspiring approach on Egyptian style belly dance. She is also a master of theology, having studied Islamic studies as well as Arabic language. Her lectures on music and culture have been popular with those wanting to get to the roots of dance. Theory sessions are also a part of the Helsinki Oriental Dance Theory Diploma curriculum, a series of 12 lectures with carefully picked topics.

ONLINE LIVE TECHNIQUE - SET 1 :
21.3. Saturday 11:00-12:00 Basic technique 1 - FREE for everyone!
23.3. Monday 16:00-17:00 Basic technique 2
25.3. Wednesday 16:00-17:00 Shimmies and more!
27.3. Friday 10:00-11:00 Alignments and classy technique
28.3. Saturday 13:00-14:00 Shaabify your technique - be ready to sweat!
31.3. Tuesday 16:00-17:00 Basic Technique 3
2.4. Thursday 10:00-11:00 Big, smooth and juicy - core technique to the max!

ONLINE LIVE TECHNIQUE - SET 2 :
5.4. Sunday 11:00-12:00 Basic technique 4
7.4. Tuesday 13:00-14:00 Isolations and layers
9.4. Thursday 15:00-16:00 Soft and classy from core to arms!
11.4. Saturday 11:00-12:00 Basic technique 5
13.4. Monday 16:00-17:00 Modern and groovy, from head to toe!
15.4. Wednesday 15:00-16:00 Combinations 1 - Inspiration and ready material for your own dancing!

ONLINE LIVE TECHNIQUE - SET 3:
(Timezone +02:00 UTC)
17.4. Friday 10:00-11:00 Fit, elastic and lovely - A soft morning special to improve your physique from a dancer's perspective
18.4. Saturday 11:00-12:00 Basic technique 6
20.4. Monday 16:00-17:00 Ulla's trademark techniques in Egyptian style!
23.4. Thursday 15:00-16:00 Combination 2 - Inspiration and ready material for your own dancing!
25.4. Saturday 12:00-13:00 Basic technique 7
29.4. Wednesday 15:00-16:00 Balady technique - From chewy core to playful steps!

ONLINE LIVE TECHNIQUE - SET 4:
(Timezone +02:00 UTC)
3.5. Sunday 15:00-16:00 Basic Technique 8
5.5. Tuesday 17:00-18:00 Multitasking - Synchronise layers into one flow
8.5. Friday 10:00-11:00 Fit, elastic and lovely 2 - A soft morning special to improve your physique from a dancer's perspective
11.5. Monday 10:00-11:00 The magic of being - Slow and still techniques!
13.5. Thursday 15:00-16:00 Combinations 3 - Inspiration and ready material for your own dancing!
15.5. Saturday 11:00-12:00 Basic Technique 9

ONLINE LIVE TECHNIQUE - SET 5:
(Timezone +02:00 UTC)
19.5. Tuesday 17:00-18:00 Basic Technique 10
22.5. Friday 10:00-11:00 Fit, elastic and lovely 3 - A soft morning special to improve your physique from a dancer's perspective
23.5. Saturday 11:00-12:00 Fast and Furious - speed and action to tiny spaces!
26.5. Tuesday 17:00-18:00 Basic Technique 11
29.5. Thursday 10:00-11:00 Combinations 4 - Inspiration and ready material for your own dancing!
2.6. Tuesday 17:00-18:00 Special Accents - Spicy surprises to your dance!

11€ Each, 33€ Full set of 6 classes (Incl. VAT)

ONLINE LIVE LECTURES:
22.3. Sunday 12:00-13:00 History of Music I - Introduction to the most important music and artists of classical oriental dance. Participants will also receive a material package about the topic (English and Finnish available). This is a re do of our lecture from Super Weekend last month.

28.3. Saturday 14:30-15:30 Dancers - A look into the most interesting and influential oriental dancers of the history as well as today. Where did they come from and what did they create? Participants will also receive a material package. Those who wish to participate in the diploma curriculum get a small homework after the lecture.

4.4. Saturday 14:15-15:30 History of Music II - Introduction to the most important music and artists of folkloric, pop and shaabi style dances until today. Participants will also receive a material full on music tips to work on! This is part of the Spring Intensives, so attending physically at the studio is also possible for up to 7 people.

5.4. Sunday 12:30-13:30 Modern History of Egypt - Know the environment of your dance! In this session we will talk about politics, economy and social history, and furthermore dance, music and art in the setting of one national drama from early 20th century to this day.

9.5. Saturday 10:30-11:30 Women in Egypt - Oriental dance is particularly a dance of women. How is life in Egypt for a woman? What is the place of a woman in the society and how does it relate to dancing?

16.5. Saturday 12:30-13:30 Religion and Dance - The Arab world is well known for it's conservative, religious atmosphere. Religion is a great part of both the political as well as the social life of the area. In this lecture we will take a brief look at the most common aspects of the Islamic and Coptic Christian beliefs and their relationship to dance and music.

All lectures á 12€. All lectures (6) 68€. (Incl. VAT)

How to join? The first session is open for everyone and will be published on Helsinki Oriental's FB page (https://www.facebook.com/helsinkioriental/). For the other sessions, we will invite registered participants to a closed event here on FB and then you just click to watch.

Register by clicking the Sign up button below.
Or message us here on FB or info@helsinkioriental.fi.

You may pay by invoice or Smartum/Edenred/ePassi mobile payments. If you wish to use the latter, please write it into the info while registering. If you live abroad, we will need you to pay in advance and send us an online banking receipt.

14.3.2020 12:30-14:00 VEIL WORK
Come find your inner butterfly! This veil workshop is a great chance to tame your silky but wild friend as well as improve your alignments and strength. In this class you will learn general principles of handling a veil, showy tricks to enhance your dance and ready combinations to get yourself up and flying. If you don't have your own veil, you can borrow one from us!

4.4.2020 12:30-14:00 BALADY SPECIAL
Relaxed, grounded, strong and fun balady style technique and combinations! We will learn the secrets of dancing to slow and soft accordion parts as well as how to move around to faster and lighter parts of a typical balady. Juicy core work, earthy steps and shimmies spiced up with a cheerful feeling!

4.4.2020 14:15-15:30 LECTURE: History of Music II
Introduction to the most important music and artists of folkloric, pop and shaabi style dances until today. Participants will also receive a material full on music tips to take home!

9.5.2020 12:30-14:00 CLASSICAL TECHNIQUE
A technique class dedicated to classical style! Footwork along with arabesques, shimmies and turns in oriental manner.

Workshops 90 min - 22€, Discount price 3x90min - 60€
Lecture 75min - 12€
All registrations are binding, prices incl. VAT.
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FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/564713340750045/

Give yourself a treat and join us before holidays!
Monday 6.7.2020 at 18:00-20:00 - 22€

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Take a head start to the autumn term!
Wednesday 5.8.2020 at 18:00-20:00 - 33€

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SATURDAY 5.9.2020 PARTY:
Doors open 17:00
Show time 17:30 (approximately 1h)
Hang out until late

Tickets: If you can, please support us with a 10€ payment, or an amount that suits your budget. Cash/card/vouchers accepted.

SUNDAY 6.9.2020 WORKSHOPS :

11:00-12:00 Ulla Borgenström: Oriental Basics - All-round basic technique for beginners and up. Come try it for the first time, or brush up your technique after summer holidays! This is also a perfect warm up for advanced dancers.
Price: 10€

12:15-14:15 Ulla Borgenström: From entry to exit - Improve your stage presence, directions and expressions. A closer look into building a dynamic dance number in any style and how to get the most out of it! Intermediate to advanced level.
Price: 33€

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Wednesday 22.7.2020 at 18:00-20:00 - 33€

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SATURDAY 3.10. kl 13:00-15:00
Technique - Elegant, showy and beutiful - classical oriental technique with a modern touch! Bring a dance veil with you, or borrow one from the teacher if you don't own one. Open level.

SUNDAY 4.10. kl 14:00-16:00
Choreography - Joyful and dynamic Egyptian style dance that can be easily modified to both groups as well as soloists. Variations ensure there is enough challenge for dancers of all levels. Music: Lama Rah El Sabr by Dr. Samy Farag.

Price á 33€, both workshops. 55€ (incl. VAT)
Workshops are held at Kouvola-talo, Varuskuntakatu 11.

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Payments by invoice or mobile or paper vouchers (ePassi, Edenred, Smartum, Eazybreak) Cancellations only with a medical sertificate, unpaid registrations will be invoice after the event.

SATURDAY:
10:00-12:00 Suvi Tuominen: Oriental Impro - technique and tools for creating simple and interesting practices of your own!

12:10-14:10 Beniamino Borghi: Learn the rules - Ballet and contemporary technique from alignments to isolations, from balance to dynamics that benefit you in and outside of the Orient. **SOLD OUT**

18:00 PARTY TIME - A lounge night with bellydancers, music and vegan food. Bring your own drinks, non-alcoholics will be served. Tickets 15€. Note: Limited number of guests, please register in advance to make sure you'll fit in!

SUNDAY:
10:00-12:00 Ulla Borgenström: Follow your tips and toes - Technique for keeping control while dancing from your heart.

12:10-14:10 Beniamino Borghi: Break the rules - A contemporary approach to release technique, free movement and creating dance. Let go and just dance! We recommend to combine this with Beniamino's Saturday workshop! **2 SPOTS LEFT**

14:20-16:20 Outi of Cairo: Presence, energy and performance skills - Technique for stage and beyond in Egyptian style!

PRICES:
1-2 workshops á 36€
3-4 workshops á 33€
5 workshops á 30€

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NOTE: All registrations are binding. No shows will be invoiced after the weekend.

Give yourself a treat and boost your dance training:

Saturday 26.9.2020 at 11:00-13:00 - 22€

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