Mateja Mikulan

Pozdravljamo Mateju Mikulan , umjetnicu i plesačicu iz Slovenije koja će donijeti dio svoje karizme na scenu Oriental Fusion Stars festivala. Dobrodošla!

Mateja is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and belly dance events organiser, based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She began her oriental trip over a decade ago as a hobby and since than her hobby grew into profession and today she is teaching regular classes all over Slovenia and workshops home and abroad. More than a performer she sees herself as a teacher with good theoretical background and loads of practical knowledge and an innovative choreorapher, whose choreographies have won awards in Europe. She combines traditional with modern and has a great ear for music. Her approach to teaching is not only giving choreographies but also focusing on the history, cultural background and loads of theoretical data.

Besides performing and teaching, she organises different belly dance events, among them Nawar festival, the only festival of its kind in Slovenia. She organised over 20 dance haflas, weekend workshops with different teachers, different bellydance evenings with her students, charity events, annual student shows and was a part of organisational team at SHRQ Symposium, organised by Shereen in 2014.

She is very thankful to her teachers for pushing her forward and giving her the opportunity to learn from them. Among the most influential are Khaled Mahmoud, Osama Emam, Lubna Emam, Tito, Mercedes Nieto, Yamil Annum and Sandy D’Ali. For the past few years she is lucky to call Maria Aya and Shereen as her teachers, who helped a lot in her dance career and with whom she works the most.

Mateja is an artist in many ways, along being a dancer, she has her own jewellery line Matya, makes her own costumes and is a certified make-up artist.