Helene Eriksen Helene Eriksen, Dance Ethnologist - Seattle, Washington
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About Helene
Helene is a teacher and choreographer of traditional dances of the Balkans and Islamic Orient. She lectures and publishes on dance ethnology and costume studies. In order to do this she has conducted many research projects in Bulgaria, ex-Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Egypt, the ex-USSR, Tunisia and Morocco as well as with immigrants in Germany, Canada and the USA. She speaks several Languages. She is an active member of the Study Group on Ethnochoreology (ICTM/UNESCO). For many years she has been leading dance and culture study tours and now she is the director of her own travel agency Window on the World Voyages.

Helene studied Dance Ethnology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and was later a doctoral candidate in Folklore, Slavistics and Turcology at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany. In Los Angeles she performed with AVAZ International Dance Theater, Gypsy Dance Company and Jasna Planina Ensemble. After a year at the Folkdance Academy in Plovdiv, Bulgaria she was a guest of the Turkish State Folkdance Ensemble in Ankara. She directed her own ensemble Raqs-e Hilal for several years in Germany and is currently directing her new project, Helene Eriksen's Traditional Dance Theater, in Seattle.


As a dancer she is in demand internationally with performances in Germany, Austria, England, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, France, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Turkey, Russia, Canada, Norway, the USA, Pakistan, Algeria, Slovenia, and Mexico.


She especially enjoys working in projects with musicians: with MOUSSEM: A Celebration of North African Music and Dance (Germany/France), with TAQSIM (Germany/France), Orientexpressen (Sweden), Ziryab (Austria), Ssassa (Switzerland), The Shibli Band (Germany), Salaam Moroccan Band (USA), Shourangeez Iraninan music and Dance Ensemble (USA), Ahlam Arabic Orchestra (USA), Georges Lammam Ensemble (USA)

as well as with:

Sallah Ali Al-Qaisy (Iraq/USA), Mohammed Askari (Egypt/Germany), Bruno A�enmacher (Germany), Ziya Aytekin (Turkey-Sweden), Nabil Azzam (Palestine/USA), Souren Baronian (Armenian/USA), Matthias Bautz (Germany), Anello Capuano (Italy/France), Ustad Necati �elik (Turkey), Saleshe Damessae (Ethiopia), Reda Darwish (Egypt/USA), Hamdı Demirci (Turkey), Momo Djender (Algeria/Germany), Raimund Engelhardt (Germany/India), Polly Ferber (USA), Robyn Friend (USA), Daniel Fuchs (Germany), Spartaki Gurgenishvili (Georgia), Valeri Gurgenishvili (Georgia), Iyad Haimour (Syria/France), U�ur I�ık (Turkey), Kamand (USA), Halil Karaduman (Turkey), Souhail Kaspar (Lebanon/USA), Abdelrhani Krija (Morocco/Germany), Elias Lammam (Lebanon/USA), Georges Lammam, (Lebanon/USA), Djamel Laroussi (Algeria/France), Nicole LeCorgne (USA), Premkumar Malik (India), Haig Manoukian (Armenian/USA), Scott Marcus (University of California, Santa Barbara), Naser Musa (USA), Pangeo (USA), Peter Pannke (Germany), Ali Jihad Racy (University of California, Los Angeles), Gerhard Reiter (Austria), Pierre Rigopolis (France), Ahmet Kadrı Rizeleli (Turkey), Safinaz Rizeli (Turkey), Owe Rönstrom (Sweden), Sue Rudnicki (USA), Farhan Sabbagh (Syria), Sanatullah (Uzbekistan), Neil Siegel (USA), Louis Soret (France), Mimi Spencer (USA), Rowan Storm (USA/Greece), Salaheddin Takesh (Azerbajdzan/Iran), Shafiq Shamel (Afghanistan), Ergun Tamer, Joshkun Tamer (Turkey/USA), SiMohammed Qrizbri (Morocco), Dhafer Youssef (Tunesia) and others.



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As a dancer she is in demand internationally with performances in Germany, Austria, England, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, France, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Turkey, Russia, Canada, Norway, the USA, Pakistan, Algeria, Slovenia, and Mexico.

She has conducted many research projects in Bulgaria, ex-Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Egypt, the ex-USSR, Tunisia and Morocco as well as with immigrants in Germany, Canada and the USA.

Her cultural tour company, Window on the World Voyages, offers several trips per year. 2010 trips include Istanbul, Marrakesh and the Republic of Georgia.
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Musician
Instrument(s): Balkan singing

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Dancer
Dance style(s): traditional dance from North Africa to Central Asia

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Teacher
Helene Eriksen teaches traditional dances from North Africa through Central Asia. In addition to dance choreography and technique, her classes include learning the provenance and context of each dance style, the correct costuming and accessories, and understanding of the accompanying music. Classes are also offered in Balkan singing, yoga for dancers, and rhythms/percussion. Helene leads cultural tours to countries in these regions, and speaks multiple languages. 2010-2011 Intensive Training Programs (October through June) Seattle, WA, USA Gottingen, Germany Workshops 1) Sheikhat, the professional dancers of Morocco 2) Dances of the Moroccan Berbers 3) Moroccan Dance and Music -- with Abdelrhani Krija, Percussionist 4) Dances of the Nailiyat from Algeria 5) Tunisian Dances 6) Dances of the Ghawazee from Upper Egypt 7) Baladi, Urban Folklore from Egypt 8) Saidi, Upper Egypt 9) Dances of the Khalegi Region (Kuwait and Saudi Arabia) 10) Dances of the Balkans (ex Yugoslavia and Bulgaria) 11) Balkan Singing (Bulgaria and ex Yugoslavia) 12) �o�ek Roma Dances from Macedonia 13) Manea Roma Dances from Oltenia, Southern Romania 14) Dance Cycle from Transylvania, Northern Romania -- with Kálmán Dreisziger 15) �iftetelli and Kar�ılama (with finger cymbals) from Turkey 16) Roman Dances in 9/8 from the Roma of Istanbul 17) Dances of the Ottoman Empire 18) Spoon Dances from Selifke, Southwest Turkey 19) Women's Dances of Armenia 20) Women's Dances of Georgia 21) Dances of Azerbijdzan 22) Women's Dances of the Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan and/or Georgia 23) The Folkdances of Iran 24) Kereshme Classical Persian Dance of the Qajar-Dynasty 25) Dances of Turkmenistan 26) Uzbek Dance Ferghana Style 27) Uzbek Dance: Khoresmi Style 28) Usbekischer Tanz: Bokhara Stil 29) Dances from Tadjikistan 30) Dances of the Silk Route 31) Afghani Dance Logari 32) Dances of the Sapera, Rajastan 33) Kathak, the Classical Dance of North India 34) Irregular Rhythms in the Balkans and the Orient--with Bruno A�enmacher, Percussionist -- 35) Kabyle Berbers of Algeria 36) Andalusian 37) Rhythms: Explore 9/8s and/or other rhythms
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