Elnaz has danced for as long as she can remember and has a special place in her heart for Oriental dance and music. She started taking classes in 2008 with Swedish Tribal pioneer Sophia Tillman, immersing herself in American Tribal Style® Belly Dance (ATS®) and Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. Soon after, Elnaz began teaching her own classes in ATS® in Stockholm Elnaz was quickly appreciated for her pedagogical skills as well as for her fun choreographies.
She has a long experience of performing in Sweden and has also performed internationally in various countries in Europe as well as in Egypt. As a lover of the folkloric old-school dance of Egypt and of contemporary Tribal Fusion, Elnaz is a versatile artist with a wide range of skills.
As a teacher, Elnaz regards hard work while having fun the most important thing during classes. She wishes to convey the joy of dance that she has felt for so many years as well as making women feel stronger in their own bodies and artistry.
Elnaz is currently a full-time student of Physiotherapy at Uppsala University. She teaches regular classes in Stockholm as well as workshops in different locations.
Some of the teachers Elnaz has studied with:
Lena Helt (SWE)
Tito Seif (EGY)
Randa Kamel (EGY)
Mohammed Shahin (EGY/US)
Yousry Sharif (EGY/US)
Mohamed Kazafy (EGY)
Rachel Brice (US)
Mardi Love (US)
Ashley Lopez (US)
Manca Pavli (SLO)
Kristine Adams (US)
Samantha Emanuell (UK)
Elnaz has also taken classes in Hip Hop and Dancehall with amongst others Firediblackz (JAM), Shisha DHQ (FR), A NI Mal (FR) and Joao Assuncao (PT/SV).
A short array from her resume:
Has taught regular classes since 2009 mainly in Tribal Fusion Belly Dance but also ATS and Oriental Belly Dance in various schools in both Stockholm and Uppsala.
Became general-skills certified by ATS® creator Caroleena Nericcio in 2012
Was awarded with a scholarship by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee in 2013.
Winner of Al Ahram International competition 2015 – professional category. Jury
consisted of Yousry Sharif, Randa Kamel, Mohammed Shahin and Wael Mansour.
Auditioned and was chosen amongst ca 200 dancers to be a part of the Al Ahram Ballet
– She performed with the International dancer Tito Seif at his festival Al Ahram in 2015.
Was one of the judges at the Swedish national dance contest “Danskarusellen” arranged by Studiefrämjandet.
Was the invited main guest teacher and performer at festival Esmala Ailki in Palma de Mallorca 2016.
Part of Amaya Dance Company’s international cast in the production Izplesana
Ljubljana, Slovenia 2017.