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David of Scandinavia

DaVid of Scandinavia is an internationally touring Middle Eastern dance artist, choreographer and dance coach. Norwegian by birth and East Indian by heritage, DaVid trained in Punjabi Folk dances from an early age under his father, Ustad Tarlochan Singh, former member of the award winning Layllpur Khalsa College Bhangra Team. A performer since childhood, DaVid is known for his precise technique, delicacy in artistry and expressive finesse along with his refined musical sense. He draws from his dance and music training, linguistic and cultural explorations in his dance and teaching. This has led him to performance and instructional engagements in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Germany, Switzerland, Croatia, Ukraine, England, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Canada and in the United States. DaVid offers dance training and coaching through the DaVid of Scandinavia Dance Academy (DOSDA), formerly the Ethnic Dance Academy (EDA) founded in 2005, based in San Diego, California, USA and through online services. He also provides dance education through his DOS Apprentice Program (DOSAP) and DOS Instructor Certificate (DOSIC)Students of DaVid have continued on to become internationally touring dance artists, studio owners, dance instructors, touring company members, competition winners, and featured instructors at international festivals. His choreographies are frequently featured in dancers’ seasonal repertoires, by dance companies, and by dancers for performances and competitions. DaVid’s coaching abilities has him regularly brought in to projects of all sizes as a consultant. In 2010, he coached and choreographed for the Bellydance Superstars for their Bombay Bellywood show. He has authored and published study materials for Middle Eastern dance. DaVid’s articles have been published in international magazines and webzines. He also has co-hosted shows and events with renowned instructors.

DaVid has been a featured artist and teacher at multiple international festivals and stages including Oslo Oriental Dance Festival, Stockholm Bellydance Festival, Bazaar Oriental and Raqs LA. In 2014 he became the first ever Norwegian dancer to teach at the Nile Group Festival and join the Nile Group teacher team. He is featured on performance and instructional DVDs by IAMED, PeKo Records and Cheeky Girls Productions. DaVid has among others served as judge at the Belly Dancer of the Year Pageant (USA), Shisha Party (Ukraine), Maria Shazadi Competition (Mexico), Dancer of the Year (Norway) and Stockholm Bellydance Festival (Sweden). He has been interviewed by major newspapers, magazines and TV channels in Norway, Sweden and Germany including Aftenposten – Oslo Puls, VG, Dagbladet, Se&Hør, DN på Stan, NRK, TV3 and VDR alongside features in dance publications such as the Gilded Serpent, Al Farah Magazine, Al Raqassa, SODA Bladet, Bazar Oriental, Nafoura Magazine, Revista Shimmie, Noticias Nur, Danza Oriente and Bellydance Japan.

DaVid has trained in Middle Eastern dance with Ms. Safa (USA/Norway), Ms. Dr. Lee Figenschow (Norway), Ms. Lena Helt (Sweden) and dance dignitaries from Egypt, Norway, Sweden and USA. He has pursued studies with numerous teachers and coaches in Middle Eastern dance, and continues to receive the generous guidance and instruction of Madame Aida Nour. DaVid studies movement and ideokinesis with John Diaz.

DaVid presents dance work in Egyptian Raqs Sharki, Saiidi, Balady, Shaabi and Khaleeg dances (dances from the Arabian Gulf). His multifaceted background and investigative nature has also brought Kathak, Baratha Natyam, Silk Road Dances, Ballet, Modern, Ballroom, Latin, Oriental Tanzi, Turkish Romani, American Cabaret, American Tribal Style, American Tribal Fusion and also Ideokinesis and Yoga into his exploration.