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.




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.



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.


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.


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.



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.


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.

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