Instructors

2017 Miami Bellydance Convention Instructors 

Nathalie is a professional belly dance performer, instructor, and producer in the South Florida area. Originally from Buenos Aires Argentina, she began her dance training at the young age of 4, she studied ballet, jazz, tango, contemporary dance, modern, Argentinean Folk, and Flamenco. From an early age she found her passion among artists, music, and dance, but she was delighted by Middle Eastern dance and culture at the age of 14. As her dance education expanded, she had the opportunity to move to the United State at the young age of 16 years old. She continue to further expand her dance education in the states and started taking belly dance classes under the instruction of  Tamalyn Dallal and Bozenka. As she continued to pursue her dreams,  soon became one of South Florida’s acclaimed performers. Her dance training involves so many amazing teachers that inspired her and pushed her to get where she is today. She has traveled to Taiwan, Italy, Argentina, The Guyana Island, and across the USA teaching and performing. Today she is the organizer and founder of the Miami Bellydance Convention, and the director of Dreamsbellydance Academy. Now Married and with a baby boy she is fully dedicated to her family now, however she still finds time  to teach and coach several students in South Fl.  

 

 

Mo was born in Cairo to an educated Saiidi family who enjoyed music, dance, and the arts. He studied ballet as a young boy and at 11 was fond of sneaking backstage to meet singers and dancers. As a young man he studied pharmacy while continuing his interest in dancing where he meet Mahmoud Reda and was an inaugural member of the Reda Group. He has appeared in numerous films and on TV. Dr. Mo left Egypt in 1964 when it became illegal to have two jobs – and he had more than two! Politics also meant he had to leave as a dancer rather than a pharmacist. However, within a few years he was dancing/choreographing in Beirut while doing his MD. From there, he moved to Berlin to do his PhD and formed the Hathor Dance Troupe. He has chosen to retire from medicine and is devoting all of his time to dance, his first love. He says, “I am retiring [from medicine] now because I am convinced that dance needs … my contribution to help its progress, and in order to pass my knowledge to colleagues and young dancers and teachers.” Please Read more about his extensive biography here 

 

 

Yamil Annum is a professional male Belly dancer and master instructor originally from Argentina.  He was born on April 25, 1975, and is a master in Argentinian folk dance. In 1993, he received a medal of honor when he graduated from the Artistic Institute of Haedo where he obtained his masters degree in Spanish Regional Dance.  While he was a principal dancer for the Superior Artistic Institute of Buenos Aires, 1998, he was proclaimed the principal dancer for the Greek Ballet of Argentina. In 1995, he was head master teacher of Arabic dance in the Arabian Palace of Lomas De Zamora and at the Lebanon Syrian of San Fernando for the International Dance Congress of Argentina. In the same year, he was invited by Amir Thaleb to be the principal dancer of the Arabian Dance Company, 1998-1999. Yamil Annum has created his own dance style and has evolved his specific style of Oriental dance by using the well established foundations of classical Ballet, Ukrainian dance, Ballroom dancing, Celtic dances, Jewish folk-dance, Bhangra, Armenian and Argentinian Tango. His elegance on the stage has revolutionized stages all over Argentina and Latin America. 

 

Hailing from Ukraine Marta Korzun is internationally recognized as one of Europe’s leading performers and teachers of Oriental dance. Marta’s dynamic performances and uniquely elegant dance style has earned her worldwide attention. She is a sensational and charismatic performer with a reputation for bringing the house down with her powerful stage shows. Marta started her career in 2006 where she began honing her skills by taking part in many competitions in the Ukraine and abroad in Cairo. She has been named the Bellydance Champion of the World (2011), European Bellydancer (2011), and 2nd winner at “Nile Group Cairo” (2010), just to name a few. A disciplined and highly motivated dancer, Marta has attended workshops with the great masters of Oriental dance such as Kazafy, Raqia Hassan, Mahmoud Reda, Khaled Mahmoud, Randa Kamel, Wael Mansour, Yousry Sharif, Aida Nur, Lubna Emam, Amir Thaleb, Hatem Hamdy and many Ukrainian and Russian teachers. Marta is the artistic director of one the largest Schools of Oriental dance in the Ukraine, “Tiara” and the ensemble “Tiara Stars”. She is recognized for her unique teaching method and clear and concise explanations and regularly holds training workshops in the Ukraine and abroad.

 

 

Julia Farid is a professional dance performer and instructor from Ukraine. Known for her unique choreographies and shows, she has being taking the world of oriental dance by storm. She is also the director of the professional dance group, Isadora Group of Ukraine, and the organizer of the International Bellydance Festival & Competition, “Isadora Cup”. She has organized numerous events in Ukraine such as, Isadora Dance Festival, “Crazy Bazaar” project, and Bellydance Festival “Isadora Winter Camp”. She has competed in several international competitions around the world and obtained  the 1st place winner of Randa Kamel of Course competition in Cairo 2012,  1st place winner of Bellyfusion Festival in  Italy 2012 , and 1st place winner of Orient Addicts Festival in Poland 2013, just to name a few. At this moment she traveling extensively giving workshops and performing all over the world. 

 

 

Meet Artem Uzunov, originally from Russia, the winner of the International Olympiad of arts, unique and creative percussionist who perfectly mastered the game of ethnic drums. He performs drum solos and writes his own solo tracks. He is often invited on local radio and TV shows in Russia. Artem is a frequent visitor and judge of various international festivals and competitions , and has played in master classes for famous dancers around the world. In November of 2013, Artem released the debut album «Let’s Do It», where the best work, as well as many new original tracks are different from your basic belly dance drum solo. We can confidently say that this album is so versatile sounding, that every dancer around the world has performed to one of his songs already! Artem was not only a member of many groups, but often co-author of the projects, absolutely different in styles and sounds such as, the percussion show-group “Ethnobeat”, and flamedrum project “Akhtamar”, created in co-authorship with his sister, ensemble of oriental music «Araban» and the project “Opera Nova”, the participant of which is the ensemble of classical music “Concertino”, lead singer in the famous opera singer Vera Kononova; the balcan music orchestra Bubamara Brass Band, the Moscow State theatre variety show, a duet with the famous russian beatboxer Vakhtang Kalandadze (Vahtang), participation in theatrical performances, record tracks for film and television, & many other projects and performances. 

 

Samantha Diaz Born in Peru, she is the Director of one of the best entertainment companies in New York City where she lives. Dance Soul Company consists of over 20 dancers of different nationalities in which they are trained in styles such as Belly Dance, Bollywood, samba, flamenco, hip-hop cabaret and more. Her work consists of a unique fusion of different world styles and special events. Some of his acts use swords in fire, contortion in dance and snakes. One of her first triumphs was to be a winner at the famed “Apollo Theater” theater, winning 1st place in the talent competition. Diaz collaborated in choreographies and dancing at the Bollywood Music Awards in India and American TV stations such as MTV, TLC, CW11, NBC Upfront at “Radio City Music Hall” and being the first belly dance choreographer on the show “So you think you can Dance “in Ukraine . She is recognized in the Indian community and has received different awards and recognition for her participation in the largest South Asian bridal “Dulhan Expo”. Has also performed at charity events at the United Nations in the USA. She is certified as a Broadway Dance Center teacher. And in addition, to its training also I realize theater which helps in the artistic development. Celebrity Choreography most recently was with Nilr Rodgers. Which brought her talent to China working in more than 14 cities and being Master Teacher, Competition Director of “Belly Dance China” “Dance for Unity” 2013 and 2015, where she taught workshops, danced in stages where the best of the Arab dance have been, recently with workshops and TV presentations and dance schools in Peru and Chile 2015-2016 . Samantha now teaches seminars for her World Belly Dance fusion in Manhattan and continues to teach and present the most unique shows in the world. 

 

 

Annemarie was born in Hollywood, FL  in August of 1991. At the young age of five, Annemarie was placed in dance classes, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and gymnastics, which sparked her love and interest and love for the performing arts. While at a Middle Eastern restaurant, it was then that Annemarie encountered Belly dance for the first time, sparking her curiosity for this beautiful dance. At the age of ten, Annemarie began taking Belly dance classes in South Florida with renowned Belly dance artist, Nathalie, in which she began exploring more about this art form. While enrolled in Belly dance classes, Annemarie began quickly excelling in this dance and was placed not only in the children and teen classes, but also partaking in the adult classes and performances. Around the same time, Annemarie started cheer leading, which eventually led her to become Captain of her high school’s cheer leading squad during 2009 and 2010. Moving forward, in 2010 Annemarie began her professional career as one of the main instructors of Dreams Bellydance Academy in Pembroke Pines, under the instruction of Nathalie. During this time, Annemarie taught beginner, intermediate, advanced, and Belly dance fitness classes, as well as performing locally as a soloist and group member. In 2014, she became a member of the Dreams Bellydance Academy Pro-Team, the first place winners of the 2014 Miami Bellydance Convention Professional Group Category, performing locally and out of state. After consistent years of training and dedication, Annemarie became the First place winner of the 2015 Miami Bellydance Convention Professional Soloist Category, one of the most prestigious and sought after titles.She returned in 2016 to teach and perform at the festival, her workshop was sold out at the MBC 2016. She is now teaching local classes and performing while continuing to expand her love for Belly dance. 

 

This visionary artist and entrepreneur is the founder of Belly Motions®, Inc., serving as Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) overseeing all of the company’s operations. Portia has dedicated every ounce of her time and energy to create a successful company offering Belly Dance classes, performers and merchandise for both local and international markets. With an extensive background in health, fitness and education, Portia has perfected Belly Dance instruction, tailoring her format to reach the masses via a step-by-step approach based on her understanding of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology. She has created the Belly Motions® Teaching Method combining the structure of the dance model with the benefits of the fitness model creating a fun and digestible dance-fitness format specifically designed for the non-dancer, deconditioned participant or general public. Thousands of students have studied this life changing art form under her instruction. Portia has brought together and trained the best instructors and performers to ensure Belly Motions delivers a quality product that is safe, effective and enjoyable for all. Portia has been featured in high profile publications and frequently appears on television promoting the art of Belly Dance and Belly Motions. She has appeared on HGTV’s “House Hunters”, TLC’s “Four Weddings”, and Univision’s “Despierta America”. In 2011, she won Miami Herald’s 20Under40 Emerging Business Leaders of South Florida and was recognized by Brickell and Yallah magazines as a leader in the community. Portia became a “Fashion Cover Girl” in February 2012, on four editions, in three languages of the number one fashion magazine in the world ELLE.

Esma‘s career has included performances that have ranged from dancing at three hotels in Las Vegas to dancing for the Ambassador to Morocco. For several years she has been and continues to be a featured performer on the stages and restaurants in Manhattan,Brooklyn,Queens,City Island in the Bronx,Long Island,New Jersey and Connecticut. She worked on a cruise ship down the Nile in Egypt. Esma is half Egyptian, half Russian but Her family settled in New York and she was born in New York City. Esma is proud of the charity work she has done particularly with the elderly. She still has a show entitled “Esma and Friend’s”. This group performs at hospitals, nursing homes,assisted living facilities and at the Louis Armstrong Center for Breast Cancer.  In recent years her good friend Jeff Webb has joined her and is a most welcome addition. She was formerly a sought after model/actress in the 80’s and you will have seen her image gracing the pages of numerous magazines and ad campaigns. Esma has a passion for belly dance and also has a love for the photography world. Today Esma owns and operates a top photography agency in Manhattan representing some of the finest worldwide talent. She has worked for many magazines such as Vogue,Harper’s Bazaar,Cosmopolitan,Essence,Glamour to name a few. She holds a master’s degree in Education and served as a teacher on various levels in her early life.

 

Tatiana is an award – winning belly dancer based in Bay Area/California, she is a champion at Professional And Folk Categories at MBC 2016, and champion at Props category at BDUC 2017. She recently got the 2nd place at the top festival in USA NY Cairo Raqs Festival and Heart of America Belly Dance Festival. She is not only successful teacher with 15 years of experience teaching in Russia, South Korea and USA, her students are winners of several local competitions. She is also the director and producer of Queen of the Rhythm Competition, International Belly Dance Convention, based in SF/Bay Area,which brings Egyptian belly dance superstars to California to share their expertise with local and international dancers.  Her teachers were Egyptian, Russian and Ukrainian master instructors. The only way to grow as a dancer and develop your skills is to learn from others!!! That’s why Tatiana keeps attending belly dance festivals all around the world and gains deeper knowledge of Belly Dance. She is honored to be a part of MBC and can’t wait to share her competition expertise and oriental dance knowledge with dancers