Mentors to develop your dance

We have a host of fabulous teachers to help you on your journey through our ‘BDN International Challenge’.

Our mentors include teachers from Cairo, Europe and the UK.  

Yasmina of Cairo and Carmen Tormo host regular mentoring chats on Zoom to discuss what is needed through the competition and answer any of your questions.

In addition to this, you can contacted of the amazing teachers below.  You book private lessons with them (each will have their own rate and you pay this direct to the teachers).  These teachers will help you prepare your piece for the competition but more importantly look at developing you as a dancer.  Remember the BDN International challenge is about your journey.


Brenda Diaz (Cairo/Argentina)

Brenda is a star of the Cairo dance scene. Before taking to the stage in Cairo she won many competitions and has also judged competitions around the world.  We are delighted she is one of our mentors.  Brenda judged the BDNIC 2022/23 final and this year will continue to mentor dancers on their journey.



Shahrzad (Cairo/USA)

Also a star of the Cairo stage, Shahrzad has a very authentic style and amazing technique to share.  As an experienced judge, we think Shahrzad has lots to offer as a mentor.  Shahrzad helped several dancers through their journeys in 2022 and all said how much it helped their development.

Abeer Will (Egypt/Germany)

Abeer has judged many competitions and brings a wealth of experience to her role as mentor.  She is particularly knowledgeable about traditional Egyptian folk and baladi styles.  For authenticity you should study with Abeer.


Julia Farid (Ukraine)

Julia teaches and performs internationally and has judged many competitions.  We are delighted she is offering to mentor some of you despite her busy schedule.  BDN are brining Julia to the UK in July 2023 – you can join her in person in Newcastle.


Sara Farouk (Cairo/UK)

Sara is based in Cairo and brings a wealth of knowledge to her role.  She has mentored several professional dancers along their dance journey in Cairo and is looking forward to extending her mentoring role with BDNIC.




Serena Ramzy (UK)

Serena is an amazing dancer and teacher.  She teaches internationally and has a lot of experience judging competitions.  Known for her beautiful musicality, Serena will make a great mentor.




Zara Abdel Rahman (Cairo/UK)

Zara is a professional dancer in Cairo, teaches internationally and produces the Zameena magazine.  A font of knowledge, Zara will make a wonderful mentor.



Lorna (Scotland)

Lorna lived and worked as a professional dancer in Cairo but is now based back in her native Scotland.  Her vast experience will certainly help any dancer develop.  She continues to teach, perform and judge competitions internationally.  Lorna mentored the winner of category 3 in our BDNIC 2022/23.



Maelle (Dubai/France/UK)

Maelle is currently based in Dubai.  She has won competitions, judged them and performs internationally.  Maelle loves a bit of theatre and will be a great mentor.


Kay Taylor (UK)

Kay has judged competitions and is an experienced teacher who is committed to helping her students achieve their full potential.  Kay believes developing our dance is an ongoing journey and loves the mentoring role.



Ishtar Bellydance (UK/Denmark)

Ishtar has judged many competitions.  She is not only a teacher and performer of bellydance but also brings her acting skills to bear.  Ishtar is looking forward to sharing your dance journey and mentoring you through the process.




Carmen Tormo (Spain/UK)

Carmen has been ‘placed’ in several competitions and also judged international competitions.  Carmen has lots of experience with European festivals and has her own style.  She will be a great mentor to help develop choreography and technique.  Based in Valencia, Carmen has embraced Zoom as a teaching method.


Rakiya el Maaza (Belgium)

Rakiya is a fabulous teacher and performer who has judged many competitions.  She loves a more theatrical style and always brings something different to her dance.  Rakiya looks forward to mentoring dancers through the BDNIC.



Katie Alyce

New to the mentoring role, Katie is based in London where she is a professional performer and teaches regular classes.  She wowed us with her performance to open the Fantasia Gala show in 2023.  Katie knows how to make an impact.  We are delighted to welcome Katie to the BDNIC mentoring team.




Yallar is currently base in East Midlands, UK.  Teaching face to face and online classes in Coventry, Leicester and Birmingham. Yallar has a degree in “Dance and Rhythm Teacher” and performs and teaches internationally.  Her thesis “Performance skills development in Belly Dance using contemporary dance training/teaching methods” built a successful base for her own teaching method.  Winner of the BDNIC 2023, we are delighted that Yallar is joining the mentoring team.

For more information go back to our BDNIC competition page here

To register and book your place on BDNIC 2023/24 go here.

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