Meet Our Teachers
Originally from Canada and known for her natural smile and sharing spirit, Mey Jen is considered to be the first to bring bellydance to Hong Kong.
Over the past two decades, she has been teaching, performing, producing shows and hosting seminars with Middle Eastern dance artists from Egypt, Canada, USA and Europe.
She has developed and encouraged many students that are now beautiful artists and teachers in their own right.
Emmy is a Professional Belly Dance Instructor, Performer and Choreographer.
She gained her BSc in Fitness and Exercise Studies (UK) and has over over 15 years experience teaching oriental belly dance.
- Advanced Teaching Certificate for Hawaiian Hula & Belly Dance at the Hawaii International University
- Qualified stretching Instructor
- Qualified DanceAbility® Teacher
- Founder of Raqs Couche Tard, a non-profit organization
Juslina is an instructor, performer and choreographer of Middle Eastern Dance in Hong Kong.
In early 2000, she started her study in Hong Kong under the guidance of Mey Jen Tillyer. Soon after learning from many world class masters and teachers of Oriental Dance whilst participating in the Dance Festival in Cairo in 2001 and 2002. She has attended seminars, workshops, and dance festivals in Egypt, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, Hungary, China and Hong Kong. Masters and Teachers who inspired her most are: Raqia Hassan, Yousry Sharif, Tamalyn Dallal, Suhaila Salimpour, Hadia, Tito Seif, Randa Kamel, Aziza, Nesma and many more besides.
Her teaching style is dynamic, a little demanding yet relaxed, fun and inspiring. Juslina is also one of very few dancers in Hong Kong who enjoy and skillfully play finger cymbals.
Elaine Amira/ Elaine Iolani
Elaine is a dynamic dancer, performer, choreographer and instructor of Polynesian and Middle Eastern dances. She naturally and competently progressed into jazz, tap, belly dance and Polynesian dance forms, informed by her formative discipline and foundation training in Chinese dance.
In 2008, she discovered the joy, peace and charm of Polynesian dance forms (Hawaiian and Taihitian). She travelled to Hawaii in 2013 and 2015 to study with Kumu Hula (teacher of Hula dance) at the Waikiki Hula Conferences. Concurrently, Elaine has been studying Tahitian dances with Tahitian masters and world famous dancers.
Basali Bobo is a professional Oriental belly dance instructor and zill player. She performs at live events as well as for many Middle Eastern restaurant venues in Hong Kong.
She discovered oriental dance in 2011 and it has been her passion ever since. She constantly receives advanced training from both local and overseas instructors to keep up with the most recent dance trends and techniques.
In 2014, she was selected as one of the main dancers for the theatre show “Aladdin the Musical” and was honoured to be nominated as principal dancer/actress in “The Little Mermaid” in 2018.
With over ten years experience in belly dancing, Christine is also interested in cabaret dance styles which can be both sexy and elegant.
Cabaret is the name given to a performance style that originated in 19th century France. It can also include musical theatre and dance steps combined together as a form of entertainment and performance art.
Huen is an energetic and enthusiastic Polynesian Dance (Hawaiian Hula & Ori Tahiti) instructor who started her dancing journey in 2008 and her exposure to Polynesian dance in 2010 made this her passion ever since.
She is an experienced performer in stage shows, charity and commercial events, and the co-founder of Polynesian dance troupe “Mana ‘Aina” formed in 2018. She organized the first Flashmob in Hong Kong in 2019 to promote the ALOHA spirit. Huen loves to share the joyful Mana (life energy & power) and beauty of Polynesian dance. Besides learning the techniques and skills from her class, she will let your dancing soul connect with the music, culture and nature, and to enjoy every dancing moment.
Lumi’s elegant belly dancing and energetic teaching style are grounded in her early years of apprenticeship in ballroom dancing, in the study of Nihon-Buyou (Japanese classical dance) in her native Japan, as well as her past work as a kimono wedding model and in her on-going twenty-plus years of experience as a Japan-certified walking/posture instructor.
Lumi started studying belly dance in earnest in Hong Kong some 15 years ago under master teachers Pasha, Kadia, and later with Paris-based Kamellia. She continues to refine her skills through periodically joining the workshops of Egyptian,Turkish, and other world master teachers.
Lumi’s high energy classes are designed to have her students experience the joy of dance while acquiring a solid technique. From her beginner classes onward, Lumi puts great emphasis on learning correct dance movements, while moving musically and maintaining a proper and beautiful posture.
Rob Rushton is a musician who has been playing Egyptian hand drums (tablah) for dancers since 2007. Initially trained by American and Egyptian drummers in Hong Kong, Rob has also attended workshops and lessons by internationally known drum (and dance) teachers, including a certification course in Arabic Music and Dance culture by Karim Nagi.
In a non-professional capacity, Rob also enjoys playing other ethnic instruments, not only world percussion. Rob now runs a group called Trobadores who play music for dancers at various kinds of charity, community, and commercial events.
Although Mariko is originally from Tokyo, Japan, she started to study flamenco in 1994 in Boston, US with Omayra Amaya, and her first exposure to real flamenco life was her role as house manager for Omayra’s show, which lasted 8 months. That gave her the opportunity to meet a host of artists from Spain. From that point Mariko was captivated by the magical art of flamenco.
"The more you know of flamenco, the more you realise that there are so many things to learn about flamenco... you never see the end of the goal... flamenco is not only about dance. It is about communication between dance, music, audience and yourself. That is the beauty of flamenco. We have to be patient to learn flamenco and enjoy it."