Nieto Mercedes

Mercedes Nieto was born in the heart of Europe, Budapest, to a Hungarian-Spanish family. She has been dancing and deepening her knowledge of the Oriental Dance since 1997. She was as well studying flamenco, afro dance and jazz ballet. Up to these days she still involves herself in improving and developing her classical ballet and contemporary dance knowledge. Merging these with the traditional and contemporary Egyptian dance forms – traning and performing in Egypt continuosly – Mercedes created her own style, which is dynamic and floating, delicate and sensual, mysterious, still sincere and natural.

About Mercedes

She won several awards at different professional belly dance competitions: The National Hungarian Raks Sharqi Contest: People’s Choice Award 2003, 1st place in professional solo category 2004, 1st place group category with Art of Orient group 2004, two times 1st place with her troupe: the Nymph Oriental Dance Company, 3 times the Best Choreographer’s prize. She won audience choice award of the MEDINA competition in USA, 2004; she won prizes as solo dancer and her troupe gained the 1st place in group dance category in Egypt (Cairo, Nile Group Festivals and previously at Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festivals as well). Mercedes has choreographed dance-theatrical performances, and is a leading Oriental Dance Teacher and Guest Star of several festivals all over in Hungary, Europe and the World. She has run her own Dance Studio for over 15 years.

Already during her fist visit to Cairo she was invited for dance auditions, after she appeared at Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel, on the Nile Pharaoh Cruising Restaurant, and later on the cruising restaurant Nile Maxim.

In the meantime she is becoming more and more recognized: she has been teaching workshops and doing performances all over the world: Egypt, USA, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, Hong Kong, Qatar, Dubai, Mexico, Argentina, Guatemala, China, Cuba, Morocco, Spain, England, Italy, Ireland, France, Germany, Greece, Sweden, Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Guadeloupe, Vietnam, Taiwan, etc. She has been a guest performer at the Opening and Closing Gala Shows of the Nile Group Festivals in Cairo with a live orchestra since June 2010, and now she is one of the first European regular Master Teachers of this World famous festival. Mercedes is the founder and choreographer of the well known international oriental dance troupe: The Nymph Oriental Dance Company. The group with Mercedes go on regular tours internationally and perform at festivals and dance theatre events as well with them, as well as perform at significant Middle-Eastern events such as weddings of the royal family of Qatar and a famous haute couture TV show in Morocco.

Mercedes is also the main organizer of the CAIRO! Festival Budapest, a yearly held oriental dance festival in Budapest, Hungary, which has grown to be one of the biggest festivals in Central-Europe and beyond. It’s a unique event in the country and exciting for the international visitors because of its special atmosphere.

Mercedes’ choreographies are a real challenge for her students professionally, as she loves to share all her knowledge and she believes in presenting dance fully regardless of whether she’s expressing her own modern ideas or traditional styles. She believes oriental dance is not only the finest way to connect a woman with her inner self, connect traditions and innovations, through which one can experience the whole mistery of life and feminity, but oriental dance also deserves a better place among other professional stage art forms. Technically her expectations are quite high, the emphasis is on presenting the diversity of the Oriental dance through the personal message of the dancer. As she believes there is no dance without real emotions – especially no Oriental Dance.

Mercedes tour shedules from the past years