Iris has earned her stripes within the Oriental dances. Below is a general overview
of her extensive training and international awards for her work.
Iris has studied intensively with:
- Ana (NL)
- Julia Zafira (NL)
- Laetana (NL)
- Farouq (NL)
- Orit Maftsir (I)
- Diana Tarkhan (Egypt)
- Ava Fleming (USA)
- Dr. Mo Geddawi (Egypt)
- Raqia Hassan (Egypt)
- Farida Fahmy (Egypt - Folkloric)
- Muriël Kraan (NL - Classical Ballet)
- Pei Feng (China/NL - Hiphop)
As well as numerous workshops with:
- Mahdy Emara (Egypt)
- Rita Sherif (Germany)
- Aziza (Canada)
- Maya Szekely (Hungary)
- Kaouther Ben Amor (Tunisia)
- Aisa Lafour (NL)
- Jasmin Yildiz (Turkey)
- Sadie Marquardt (USA)
- Tufic Nabak (Brazil)
- Carlla Sillveira (Brazil)
Iris was awarded the following national and international awards:
- Benelux Champion 2012; Raqs Sharqi
- Benelux Vice-Champion 2013; Raqs Sharqi
- Bellydancer of the World 2013 - 6th place; Classical/Lyrical
- Bellydancer of the World 2014 - 3rd place/Bronze cup Classical/Baladi
- Orientalicious Award 2015 - Silver cup; Baladi
(taking her career overseas to teach and perform in Brazil)
- Benelux Champions 2013 - "Best Duet" & highest score; Baladi
a joint project with Tato.
- Bellydancer of the World 2013! Classical Duet with Tato; Powerhouse drumsolo
- Dutch Championships 2013 - Choreography & coaching of "Best Duet"
- Orientalicious Awards 2018 - Choreographer for Donia Serena - Silver cup
"I am NOT a belly dancer. I have never been one, and never will be.
What I do is not what Hollywood calls "belly dance", but it's art.
I have traveled the world to prove that my dance is not a dance of the belly but a refined, artistic dance full of tradition, of dreaming and beauty.
Oriental dance is primarily an expressive dance; in that resides the beauty."
Teacher, Performer, Choreographer, Coach
Professional Oriental dancer specialised in the Egyptian dances.
17 years of experience providing high-quality dance education in various dance forms of North-Africa and the Middle-East and authentic, lively entertainment suitable for all audiences.
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