Originally from New Zealand, Fifi (Fiona) fell in love with Middle Eastern dance in 1999 while travelling in Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. The experience of such rich cultures with deep histories made an everlasting impact. But it was a small town called Cerincie in Turkey that was to bring the dance decisively into her life.
Hearing the sound of music while walking through the village she was drawn into a tavern where the local men were playing drums while women danced. Asking if she could join them, Fifi was welcomed and given a scarf to tie around her hips. The spontaneity of the drumming, goodwill and festivity that surrounded that evening left a lasting impression.
Moving to Sydney in 2001, Fifi began to study Middle Eastern dance with master teacher, Terezka Drnzik who has remained a mentor. By 2003 Fifi was a regular fixture dancing at Turkish and Lebanese restaurants. In 2005 she began teaching at Terezka’s Studio Danse Orientale.
On the move again, Fifi spent much of 2007 in London, where she studied with Asmahan at Pineapple Studios. In that time she performed at Planet Egypt and travelled to Egypt several times, taking private lessons with Farida Fahmy, Mohamed Kazafi and Liza Laziza.
Since her return to Sydney, Fifi has become involved in numerous performances and choreographic projects including a collaboration with Terezka Drnzik supporting Egypt’s own Dina in 2010, and performing at Amr Diab’s Sydney concert in 2013.
In 2011 Fifi started her own dance school and performance troupe, NileStar Oriental and is becoming recognised as a capable and inspiring teacher.
Though Fifi is a specialist in Egyptian dances, she has also found a passion for bellydance-Bollywood fusion. In 2013 Fifi participated in the filming of a Bollywood style music video for the Bengalese market.
Information about Fifi’s solo performances.