Amina Beres, our Artistic Director, formed Dans Askina Turkish Dance Ensemble in 2009 after seeing not all styles of Middle Eastern dance were accurately portrayed in the Twin Cities area.
Beginning her Middle Eastern Dance journey in 1995, after seeing some dancers at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, she has continued to learn from many of the foremost Middle Eastern dance artists in the world. While her dance studies originated with Egyptian and American-style Middle Eastern Dance, and a foray into American Tribal and Tribal Fusion, in 2007 she began exclusively studying Turkish Oryantal, Romani, and Folk dances. Since then she has incorporated these rich, exciting, and colorful styles into her classes, workshops, and performances.
An instructor and solo performer, Amina is recognized for her lively performances and incomparable zill playing. She was a featured dancer at Seven Bridges World Market, El Bustan Restaurant, Jerusalem Restaurant, and the Mediterranean Cruise Cafe.
As Artistic Director for Dans Askina Turkish Dance Ensemble, she thoroughly researches costuming, music, and lyrics to ensure troupe choreographies are accurately brought to life.
She is a former member of local groups The Turkish American Association of Minnesota Folkdancers, Jawaahir Dance Company, Al Bahira Middle Eastern Dance Theater, and various ad hoc Minnesota Renaissance Festival troupes.
Stateside, Amina has taught bellydance classes at private studios and community education programs across the Twin Cities. Internationally, she has taught in Turkey, Belgium, and Crete.
She draws on her years of teaching and performing to benefit her students and workshop participants. Currently teaching online, Amina can help you or troupe hone your technique, develop your individual style, and guide you through to your next level of creativity.