Aisha is descended from Asia Minor, Turkey. She grew up in a family where the oriental stigma was rather intense. Her first music experience was from Anatolia and later on, Arabia. The latter was a major contributing factor to the establishment of her dancing identity. She started gymnastics at the age of 10, since her father was an athlete himself. Later, at the age of 14 she turned to a new field: dancing. She did ballet, modern and flamenco dance, gaining in that way all the necessary experience she needed to develop her exquisite style in Oriental Dance. She began as self-taught, with a heart full of love and passion for this enchanting art. The genes she inherited from her family were a determining element for her passionate temperament and her effortless grace.
Afterwards she traveled to Egypt where she was apprenticed to famous Egyptian dancers and dancing teachers like Raqia Hassan and Aida Nour. She also worked with Mohamed Sadek (former lead drummer of Fifi Abdo) growing thus richer in knowledge as far as her dancing style is concerned.

She also attended many seminars held by world known dancers and choreographers like Nesrin Topkapi (Turkey), Farida Fahmy (Egypt), Mona el Saied (Egypt), Assia Guemra (Algeria), Tamalyn Dallal (USA), Suha Azar (Lebanon), Serkan (Turkey), Sara Maurine (Egypt), Otilie (France) and Morocco (USA).

Aisha made her first steps as a professional dancer in 1998 putting on performances at several Arabian restaurants (Pandeli, Habiba, Palmyra, Red Marrakesh, etc.), hotels (Intercontinental, Hilton, Asteras, Porto Hydra, Poseidon Resort, etc.), artistic stages (1000+2 nights, Fuego, etc.), festivals (ethnic festival at Syros island, ethnic festival at the German School of Athens, open air festival in Glyfada during the Olympic games), T.V. Shows ( on Alpha, MEGA, NET, ALTER, MAD channels, etc.) and many private parties and corporate events (TOYOTA, HYUNDAI, SIEMENS, ERICSSON, EUROBANK, Egyptian-Greek Union, BOSTON Consulting, etc.).

Oriental Dance goes back to many countries. Inevitably throughout the years it has gone through many changes and alterations. Originally neither its purpose was the same nor its costuming it has evolved as everything else. Let us take things from the beginning.
Before the 19th century oriental dance could be traced in the Arabic tradition and culture and was danced at the family celebrations, weddings and other occasions. It was more or less a “family affair”. Sometimes, like nowadays, they would hire a professional dancer to entertain and enchant the guests.

During 1800 European writers, while traveling in search for different countries and traditions, became fascinated with the colors and the scents of the Orient and mainly with this ancient dance which was wrapped in mystery and showed not only the feminine nature but also the passion that connects each part of the body with the rhythm and the music. Thus, the Middle East became the place of inspiration for many artists (painters, writers atc,) and as consequence the touristic development was rapid. People from all around Europe visited the exotic Middle East to discover and admire the landscapes and the people. So Oriental Dance became one of its touristic attractions. The first night-club created for this purpose was in Cairo, Egypt in 1920 and later in Beirut, Lebanon. In Turkey there wasn't room for such luxuries due to the political problems and changes. Since those days a new music market has been created in Arabia.

Around 1940 the first movie industry sprang up in the Arab world with Cairo and Lebanon being the centers of the whole venture. So the Arabic dance and music changed beyond all recognition. The first music Stars like Farid al-Atrache and Mohamed Abdel Wahab emerged well as the dazzling stars of Arabic Dance like Tahia Carioca, Samia Gamal in Egypt and Nadia Gamal in Lebanon. Oriental Dance in that way, ceased to be performed at family celebrations behind closed doors became more glamorous and a significant part of the Arabic Art. Naturally, this advancement did not occur in the Middle East (Iran, Iraq, Turkey) but only in Arabic countries. That's why the term “Arabic dance” prevailed over the “Oriental Dance”.

In 1960 there was a change on scenery again which lasted until 1980. The civil war in Lebanon and the slump in Oriental Dance as it was performed exclusively at shady bars in Turkey, made Egypt the birthplace of many great Stars (who performed at the most luxurious 5 Stars Hotels) like Soheir Zaki, Nagwa Fouad, Lucy, Nadia Hamdi and Fifi Abdo, the most famous place on earth for someone to enjoy the authentic Arabic Dance. That's why the Egyptian Oriental Style has so far been the most important one. That was also the time when Arabian Artists started to immigrate to European countries, to America and to Australia seeking a better and brighter future contributing at the same time to the enormous publicity and to the improvement of this art's image. Unfortunately, since 1990 the Arabic Dance has started to create problems to Muslims, in particular to extremists who have forced many Arabian Artists to give up their art craft. Many Stars such as Soheir Zaki and Nagwa Foad resigned from the Arabic stage in the early 90's because according to their beliefs so much violence wasn't worth the try. Others like Fifi Abdo and Dina have hired personal bodyguards to protect themselves. Nowadays, in the 21st century, the Oriental Dance enthuse people around the world so much that the quality and the standards of the Dance has gone up a great deal and are becoming higher and higher all the time. Once one enters the beautiful world of Oriental Dance, she will be surprised by the numerous styles inherent to this craft. I can assure you that the differences are huge among them. In the time the Styles vary and fall into special categories. Here we will touch upon the most important ones.
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There are no age, weight and height standards in Oriental Dance. There are no limits of any kind. On the contrary, it's a dance one can practice and learn whenever they decide and for as long as they wish. It promotes physical and mental health. While learning this ancient art, we get to know our body, we start to love it and express ourselves through it. Furthermore we strengthen it and we exercise particular groups of muscles like the back side of the thigh, the four-headed and the whole abdominal (the upper and side abdominal but especially the lower one). The round movements of the hips like the "figures 8" and the snake-like movements of the hands, have a purifying and salutary effect on our physical and mental health since they are closely connected to the gynecological system. The way of isolating and exercising each muscle is a more kind of spiritual exercise which takes concentration, patience and perseverance. It leads to the bonding between our body and soul and the achievement of the perfect harmony, necessary for the well-being of our body and mind. Within this ancient art there are no limits on learning, feeling free and enjoying good health. So, dance yourself a cure!!! Oriental Dance and Pregnancy If you are pregnant and want to take Oriental Dance lessons, you should consult your doctor first.


 LESSONS/SEMINARS Aisha gives private and small group (from 2 to 4 persons) lessons at her own studio in Halandri (close to D. Plakentias subway station).

Telephone numbers: Mobile: 697 622 5604 Studio: 210 68 27 085

She also teaches at the following dancing schools: Dancing School of Ninio Nikolaou Lesson days and hours:

Monday 21:00 - 22:00 and Thursday 21:30 - 22:30

Dancing School "Expression" Lesson days and hours: Tuesday 20:00 - 21:00 and Thursday 20:00 - 21:00