About Zamila

Zamila Oriental Dance Society was founded in 1999 and is Bergen’s local Oriental dance society. We are a non-profit organisation run by volunteers. Our aim is to increase awareness of Middle Eastern dance, music, and culture, and to promote participation in Middle Eastern dance in the local community. We also aim to support the Bergen dance community through regular performance opportunities for dancers of all levels, workshops with well known instructors, study trips, and social activities.

DancerOriental or Middle Eastern dance
Oriental dance has its roots in social dances and folk dances from throughout the Near and Middle East, including Turkey and North-Africa. These dances are often performed at parties, special occasions (such as weddings) and social gatherings, often by both men, women, and children, or by women for their female friends and relatives.

Today, Oriental dance, or ‘raqs sharqi’ (dance from the East) is popular across the world, both as a performance art and as a hobby. Many different styles of dance fall into the ‘Middle Eastern Dance’ category, from the styles performed in nightclubs throughout the Middle East, to various regional dances such as Baladi (urban Egyptian folk style), Saiidi (from upper Egypt), Turkish Roman (gypsy), Khaleegee (from the Arabian gulf), Chiftitelli (Greek), and many more, all of which have their own distinctive style, movement vocabulary and cultural background.

The dance form also has many enthusiastic followers in Norway and along the West-coast of the country. Zamila is here for everyone who shares this love and enthusiasm for this beautiful and expressive dance form!


Are you interested in dance, culture, and music from the Middle East? For only 100 NOK per year you can become a member of Zamila. Membership gives you discounted workshops, regular updates about dance events in Bergen and surrounding areas, and regular access to a rehearsal space. For more information, please contact us via email:  zamila7@hotmail.com


In English
Bli medlem

Bli medlem!

Er du interessert i dans, kultur og musikk fra Midt-Østen? Bli medlem i Zamila. For kr 100,- /år får du rabatter på utvalgte kurs og informasjon om kurs om det som skjer i Bergen på magedansfronten. Ta gjerne kontakt med oss på e-post : zamila7@hotmail.com

Bildegalleri Zamila ODF

Bildegalleri Zamila ODF

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