Oriental dance artist & instructor

About me

Hello! I'm Nanette Jasmine Ahlskog, an artist, performer and instructor of oriental dance from Helsinki. I dedicate my heart to my work. I think dancing is a great way to connect the mind and body. Oriental dance truly is a beautiful way to help us connect with ourselves.

I have studied oriental dance since 2013 and I’m constantly developing my skills and knowledge. I have participated on courses of several Finnish and foreign instructors to expand my knowledge. I’ve gained performance experience both in Finland and abroad.

In oriental dance I'm fascinated by the freedom of self-expression. This is one of the few dance styles that emphasizes the dancer in expressing herself. In addition to strong and interesting dance technique, I think the best thing about the dance is that every dancer gets to dance in their own way. For example one can be sensitive and deeply expressive, and the other can be sparkling and hilariously engaging. There is no right or wrong way to embody the dance as long as the technique is implemented safely for your own body.

I teach a variety of levels from beginners to advanced students. As an instructor I always aim to be clear and encouraging. In my teaching it's important for me to be thorough - without forgetting to have fun! In my lessons I want to create a space where everyone can be themselves and feel good and welcomed. In my teaching I equally emphasize both technicality and creative expression.

About Oriental Dance

Oriental dance is also known as bellydance. In the dance the whole body is involved in movement from head to toe and different sharp and soft movements of the body are an essential part of it. The overall appearance of the dance is very feminine and the body movements interpret music very deeply. Oriental dance is for people of all ages since it is body-friendly. The dance has the freedom to do it in your own personal style and in a way that suits your body. In other words, there are just as many styles as there are performers, but the base is the same technique and movement paths that everyone can vary. The technique is based on the different directions and accents of the chest and hips, the movements of the hands and wrists, and the various sets of steps.
Dances like oriental dance are thousands of years old and its deepest roots are still mostly unknown. There are various theories about its history, for example it may have come with the wanderers from India to the Middle East, or it may be based on fertility rites of ancient Egypt. The dance has also been performed in Ottoman courts. What is common to many theories of oriental dance is that it is rooted mainly in a dance between women, the skills of which have passed from mother to daughter.
Oriental dance arrived in the West in the late 19th century, when tourists had seen and documented dances across Ottoman and Arabic cultures.