Having studied music, drama and dance since the age of 2, Dorte Evelyn, also known as Ishtar, is famous for her fabulous performances and strong stage presence. Her background as an actress and theatre choreographer teamed with her extensive training in Ballroom, Latin, Jazz and Middle Eastern dance, gives her an elegant intensity and energy which captivates the hearts and minds of her audiences. See a full list of her qualifications and achievements here.
She has been featured on national British television, graced the cover of the Bellydance magazine MADN, as well as various regional and local newspapers. Ishtar holds the only nationally recognised Belly Dance teaching qualification (JWAAD), but is also a trained educationalist and performer with a Honours Degree and Masters from University of the Arts, London. She is renowned for her excellent teaching skills and high standards of dance, stage and performance technique.
Originally from Denmark, Ishtar has performed, taught and trained all over the world. She’s lived and performed in Egypt, but since 2004 been based in the UK. She runs regular classes and workshops throughout the South East, and is also a much sought after speaker on all things dance, including the history and culture surrounding Oriental Dance and Bollywood.
Ishtar specialises in Egyptian and postnatal Belly Dance, but also masters Turkish, folkloric and fusion variations of the dance, as well as Bollywood, Ballroom and Latin. She is a member of the celebrated performance group Johara, a former member of the Company of Dreams, and the creative director of the dance troupe Karisimi.
She continues to train extensively with some of the most sought-after international Oriental Master Teachers such as Aziza, Dina, Jo Wise, Luna of Cairo, Yasmina of Cairo, Sadie, Sara Farouk, Dandesh, Serena and Hossam Ramzy, Mohamed Kazafy, Eman Zaki, Khaled and Tito just to name a few.
Well, first of all Ishtar is my stage name, so please call me Dorte. Secondly, what you need to learn changes depending on where you are on your dance journey. But I basically help women shed their doubts and nerves and find their true dance potential. My students come from all walks of life and want to achieve different things when it comes to dancing. For some it may be their life long dream of performing on stage, for others to improve their posture or simply feel more confident when going about everyday life. No matter what the background or goal is, I ensure my students become the best dancer they can possibly be and move forwards with their technique, confidence and dreams.
I believe in finding and ‘moving with the flow’ and performing ‘from the heart’. Meaning, feeling and enjoying the quality of the movement, not just executing it. True dancers melt into the three M’s: moment, movement and music. To do so, you need to have good technique to support you, but also the confidence and knowledge to deliver a good performance and ideally loose yourself in the fun of it!
I don’t just teach dance – I develop dancers and help them grow.
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