"Tania Luiz is a superb dancer. Her Turkish Oriental is flawless and her Romany (Gypsy) fusion is full of just the right spirit, as her Romany roots shine through. Tania’s energy is infectious and her dramatic sense is powerful on stage. I highly recommend her as a teacher and performer. "
- Artemis Mourat, MA. MSW
Tânia Luiz was born in Lisbon, Portugal and has lived, taught and researched dance and spirituality all over the world. Learnt Turkish Oriental in Turkey, Contemporary in Portugal, Odissi and Bollywood in India, Tantric Dances and Buddhism in Nepal, Buddhism in Nepal, Butoh in Japan
She is a professional dancer since 1999, teacher since 2001, choreographer, photographer and personal trainer.
An incredibly intensive and dynamic performer, known for her high energy performances that, like a whirlwind, bring the audience together, uplifting and refreshing them, in a true manifestation of female power.
Her styles are Turkish Oriental, Turkish Romani, Contemporary fused with Oriental esthetics, Sacred Dance (inspired by Sufi whirling), Improvisation, Bollywood, Romani Fusions. She is a skiled Zill player, studied also Darbuka and Ud. Studied some Martial Arts, Yoga, Butoh, Meditation.
Tânia has performed and taught all over Asia, Canada and many European countries, including in Istanbul, Turkey, where she taught Oriental Dance to locals and visiting students, Latin Fitness Aerobics and Personal Training.
As a teacher, Tânia is very dedicated to her students, teaching them how to achieve perfect technique, form, drils them in a way as to provide a cardio vascular workout and improve their fitnes level too. She is patient, incisive, fun and kind, but very demanding. The result is that a complete beginer in her hands, can learn how to comand the basic technique in perfection, achieving also a beautiful and defined abdominal musculature. Tânia's energy is indeed infectious, and people tend to feel empowered by her, finding their own path in dance, while feeling confident and healthy.
Musicians and dancers that have been sponsored by Tânia in Osaka were:
Artemis Mourat (whom Tânia had the pleasure of meeting in Turkey, and became a dear mentor and friend) visits Osaka regularly,
Badal Roy (the Tabla player who recorded with Miles Davies),
the fabulous Sadie,
Karim Nagi, a wonderful and fun teacher, also a regular in Osaka,
the Canadian based and lovely Aziza,
ex-Belly Dance Superstars Ansuya,
Turkish Roma dancer Ahmet Ogren,
the lovely Eva Cernik,
the virtuoso Queen Harish from the film Gypsy Caravan,
Turan Vurgun, a Turkish Kanun player based in Germany.
Other significant performances include:
Opening of the Islamic Museum in Mértola, Portugal
Opening of the Festival dos Capuchos, Portugal,
Guest dancer (amongst other dancers) to perform in Macau with Pedro Jóia and the Ciganos D'Ouro
Performed as a student with the Butoh company Dairakudakan in Nagano, Japan
Performed in inumerous venous in Osaka, Kobe, Hiroshima, Okayama, Wakayama, Hakata, Tokyo and Akita in Japan
Performed at all the 5 star hotels in Kathmandu, Nepal
Performed in Germany as student with the troupe Yalla
Performed as a student with the Companhia Contemporânea de Évora, Portugal
Performed, judged and received an award at the Golden Crown Belly Dance Competition in Macau.
Tânia completed a photography course from the NYIP, where she earned a merit award for one of her photo projects.
In February 2014 received her license in personal training by the American school A.F.A.A. (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America).
Tania recently lived in Istanbul, where she taught dance and studied Turkish, having already earned her diploma in Turkish level III.
Tânia is currently based between Lisbon, Paris and Istanbul.
In the Media:
Gilded Serpent magazine, article by Artemis Mourat, March 20th, 2009
Diario de Noticias, June 4th, 2011
RTP 30 Minutos May 15th, 2012
Turkish Newspaper Sozcu, December 15th, 2012
Belly Dance Japan Magazine:
Article about the famous jeweller Uemura. Tania danced at the launch of a jewellery collection inspired by the Otomans.
Kansai Scene Magazine:
Interview in the The Japan Times in English:
Chinese Oriental Dance magazine, 1st issue:
Tania performed with the group Kadife at the opening of the Treasures of Topkapi Palace
exhibition in the Kyoto Museum
Awarded Cultural Ambassador of Oriental Dance by the local Government of Macau, China
Award of merit for a photo project for the New York Institute of Photography
An avid amateur photographer, here are some of Tania's photos of Japan and Istanbul.