I began to learn the traditional belly dance from my grandmother, who was from Izmir, Turkey when I was five. She gave my name, too, which I use now as alias: Inci, meaning pearl, and Deniz, meaning sea.
In my childhood I spent the summers in Turkey, so I had the opportunity to learn about a wonderful culture, including dance culture as well. I learnt Turkish folk dances including war, sword and circle dances, and, of course, belly dancing which was a science coming traditionally from mother to daughter. Almost every weekend a company of relatives, friends came together who danced just having their own amusement. It is a great joy for me to remember these parties.
Meanwhile, living in Hungary I learned to dance steadily from childhood. At the age of eight I met the basics of Hungarian folk dance in the Dunaszekcsői Dance Group, later I went to dance in the Szekszárd Bartina group, when I was fourteen. Here I learnt from Mihaly Szabadi, who had a national reputation, as choreographer. He taught not only folklore, but the fundamentals of classical ballet and contemporary dance, even on a very high standard. At the end I became a professional dancer, when I completed courses for dance teachers of Endre Jeszenszky. The main practical objects were: jazz dance and contemporary dance. As the master's assistant I taught my Gypsy and oriental choreographies to other dance groups.
Then I worked for many
years in different cities of Turkey, always searching for the dance schools,
workshops, where I could learn. For example, I learned in Istanbul from the
only dancer and teacher, who was a former ballet dancer and excellent belly
dancer and she taught a great mixing of the two genres. It is worthy of note
the Nahema belly dance class in Bonn, with its uniquely effective method of
teaching. As a belly dancer I can learn Indian dances and contemporary modern
dance, and last but not least African tribal dance in Berlin. I was impressed by
the 1999 trip to Paris, where together with a French choreographer we
reconstructed the dance of Mata Hari. In Paris I learnt Isadora Duncan's
contemporary dance styles and from that time I have been dancing mostly in
Duncan's style. I can completely identify with the art and philosophy of
Later I combined the lessons learned on these trips abroad with the steps from my grandmother, thereby creating a unique belly dance style, which I called Grandma's dance, to indicate the origin and diversity of style and uniqueness. I teach this dance to this day: folklore with modern elements, using valuable, centuries-old motives. I popularize this dance in the program of the University of Pécs also. The other important aspect is that I try to connect the elements of modern dance to the traditional dance, which I brought from my family and I have developed in my dance classes. Today, I developed a sort of "instinct dance", an impressionistic dance style, in which one can express the passion or pain of the human living in the present.
I started the
dance teaching in 1988, in the building of Third Theater, Pecs, Hungary. I have
been teaching at the Dancing University since 2000. My great success was the
first belly dance world Guinness
record in 2005
("Dancing University of Pécs", 267 registered participants). We had this
record again in 2010 (826 participants).In December
of 2012 I had a guest performance in the States. During the 12 days I performed
in Miami and Key West. Due to the success of the performances I was invited in
summer of 2013 for a 35 days tour. I had performances in Long Island, Las Vegas
and New York. I had also a successful workshop in Tiverton, MA for belly dance