I am the co-founder and head of the KUOD Bayani dance company, and a dancer, Oriental dance teacher and choreographer. I have a degree in geography and sociology from Ljubljana´s Faculty of arts.
My dance education started at the age of 12 at one of Slovenia´s top dance schools (2 years of overall dance training and 4 years of jazz ballet).
At the beginning of the new millennium, I discovered my love for Oriental music. This drove me further and soon I joined my first Oriental dance school. It was love at first sight. From that point onwards, I began my life-long affair with Oriental dance. I have visited more than 200 WS with different teachers from Egypt, Europe, and America. I am a certified Oriental dance teacher and dancer. From 2004 onwards, I have been teaching 7-9 classes per week and I have around 70 regular students each year. I organize WS and events and have passionately produced and co-produced 10 theatre dance shows (in Slovenia and abroad). I BELIEVE THAT ORIENTAL DANCE IS A STAGE ART.
My passion for knowledge is infinite. I read a lot of professional literature, study and travel to Egypt as much as I can. There I research and learn, trying to understand more about Egyptian folklore and the origins of Oriental dance. YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT MY RESEARCH IN ARTICLES AND THE FIELD RESEARCH FOLDER.
I still remember when my teacher told me to dance with my inner organs. She said: ‘Feel it in your liver.’ I didn’t understand what she meant. Only years later – and with a lot of dance practice myself – did I realize what this actually means. To dance with our inner organs means to relax our body so that a certain combination of moves becomes a dance.Nataša Kočar