Meet our talented instructors!
Denise – Beginner through Professional classes
Principal teacher and master instructor; artistic director of the Enan Egyptian
Folkloric troupe. Denise was a principal dancer and instructor with the world-renowned
National Folkloric Troupe of Egypt (Firqa Kaoumeia) and is recognized as a pioneer
in the Canadian artistic community who is responsible for bringing authentic
Egyptian dance to Canada. Denise is in high demand world-wide as a master workshop
Denise’s website www.baladi.ca/DeniseEnan/
Ahmed – Professional coaching, Choreography, Men's dances of Egypt
Ahmed was a principal dancer with Egypt's National Folkloric Troupe, the Firqa
Kaomeia. Ahmed also worked for the Folk Arts Institute of the Egyptian Ministry
of Culture as a researcher and recorder of the regional folk dances of Egypt
in their natural setting. His research has served to preserve the original folk
arts, as well as to inspire the theatricized recreation of these dances as presented
in Egypt by the National Troupe and the Reda Troupe. Ahmed is an award winning
choreographer and choreographs the Enan Egyptian Troupe.
Ahmed's website www.baladi.ca/ahmedenan
Farida (Marie-Ève) – Beginner through Advanced classes
Farida was trained in instruction techniques and Egyptian dance for performance
by Denise and Ahmed Enan, as well as continuing her training with several workshop
instructors, both in Canada and in Egypt. Farida is also a member of the Enan
Egyptian Troupe and a celebrated soloist in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
Jalilah – Beginner through advanced classes
Jalilah has performed all around the world at all types of venues. During a 10-year
period starting in 1985, she visited Egypt multiple times, finally staying almost
a year in 1995 to perform, study and perfect her dancing. She toured and performed
with some of the most celebrated groups like The Musicians of the Nile, Sharkiat
and Salamat. Her extensive experience in working with a variety of musicians
and performing with live music enabled her to produce a series of six CDs of
belly dance music entitled Jalilah’s Raks Sharki for the recording label
Piranha of Berlin, Germany. The series is held in high esteem by dancers worldwide. Jalilah's
website www.piranha.de/jalilah/ and
Johara (Johanne) – Beginner through intermediate classes
Johara originally trained in Modern dance and performed with the professional troupe Le groupe dance-lab. She also studied Jazz dance for 6 years with the Ottawa Dance Centre. She studied oriental dance mostly with master instructor Denise Enan as well as several other instructors in Canada and in Egypt. Johara is a member of the Enan Egyptian Troupe and soloist in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.
Amira (Catherine) – Beginner through intermediate classes
Amira trained in Jazz Ballet as a child and began Oriental dance in 2004 with Denise Enan. She has studied and taken workshops with many teachers in Canada and in Egypt, and is also interested in Arabic drumming (darbuka) and Flamenco. She performs as a soloist in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
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Marlya (Marlyn) – Beginner through intermediate classes
Marlya has been studying Baladi dance for over 11 years and is still studying with master instructor Denise Enan. She has taken dance workshops in Canada and in Egypt. She performs as a soloist in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
Mayada (Mylène) – Beginner through advanced classes
Mayada began her training in Oriental dance in 2001 with Rania, a student of master instructor Denise Enan, and has also taken workshops with other teachers. In addition to teaching, Mayada performs as a soloist in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Mayada's website www.mayadashimmy.ca
Samara (Isabelle) – Beginner classes
Having had training in figure skating as well as jazz, Isabelle discovered Oriental
dance with Denise Enan in 2006. Today, she continues her training under Denise’s
guidance, as well a with several other renowned dancers such as Aziza, Hadia,
Farida, and Jalilah. Isabelle teaches at Denise Enan’s Dance Oasis studio,
and dances professionally at special events.
Carina – Children's classes
Carina began belly dancing at the young age of 7 at the Oasis Dance Studio and now, aged-17, recently won 1st place in the Miami Bellydance Convention competition. She first started dancing with Rania and has since studied with Master Instructor Denise Enan, Farida, Jalilah and Mayada. She has taken workshops with multiple teachers in Canada as well as in Spain, Germany, Holland and the U.S. Furthermore, Carina has studied ballet, hiphop and salsa.