Safran – oriental dancer, instructor and choreographer based in Estonia
Safran is an Estonian oriental dancer, instructor and choreographer. Safran discovered belly dance in 2003, and she dances and teaches belly dance, Middle Eastern folklore, and other ethnic styles. Safran is also a licenced Zumba® instructor.
Since 2012 she has been dancing in the Middle East (Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain) and India. Currently she shares her time between Dubai, UAE and Tallinn, Estonia.
Safran is dancing and teaching bellydance, Middle Eastern folklore and other ethnic styles. She is also a Zumba instructor. Safran discovered oriental dance in 2003 after having lived in Greece for a while. She started her dance studies at Studio Sansaara in Tartu, and in 2006 she started taking classes at Amrita Studio in Tallinn, under the guidance of Pille Roosi, the founder of oriental dance in Estonia. Safran has studied with the best Estonian instructors and she attends classes and workshops with international teachers as often as possible.
Safran has been dancing in the Middle East since 2012: she has danced belly dance and Egyptian folklore in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt; and worked with a live band on a Nile cruise boat Lady Diana in Cairo, Egypt. She has been dancing in the five-star hotels and resorts in Fujeirah and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and in Manama, Bahrein. In 2014-2015 she spent 6 months working as a bellydancer in India.
Since 2010 Safran is an instructor at InesDance Studio in Tallinn and the co-trainer of InesDance Agency’s artists. In 2012 she joined to the oldest active professional oriental dance troupe in Estonia – Zahira. In 2010-2011 she led Tartu Forever, a dance troupe consisting of professional and hobbyist dancers.
In 2012 Safran established an Estonian bellydance newsletter RaksEstonia. The same year she was one of the founders of Tantsijalt Tantsijale, a web platform helping dancers to sell and buy second-hand dance costumes and accessories.
In 2006-2014 Safran was the co-organiser of and instructor at the annual International Oriental Dance Festival in Tallinn, Estonia, and its twin event Raqsat Rabiya. She has also taught and performed at festivals abroad, such as Egyptian Fever Festival in Poland, Azure Festival in Latvia and Oaze Festival in Lithuania.