Mercedes Nieto is an internationally acclaimed oriental dance artist form a Hungarian-Spanish family, based in Budapest, Hungary. World famous of her delicate, elegant, yet passionate dance style, which is innovative and unique.
She is a master teacher and regular performer of the Nile Group Festivals in Cairo, Egypt; the artistic director and choreographer of the Nymph Oriental Dance Company (a well-known European professional oriental dance company); the creator and main organizer of the annual international oriental dance festival, the „CAIRO! Festival Budapest”; producer of a new oriental dance music album „Enti ya Amar” played by a famous Egyptian orchestra in Cairo; meanwhile leading her own dance school in Budapest for over 10 years.
Her excellent teaching skills and inspiring performances have brought her to more than 30 countries Worldwide, making her one of the most saught-after European oriental dance artists of our times.
Mercedes Nieto was born in the heart of Europe, Budapest, to a hungarian-spanish family. She is dancing and deepening her knowledge of the oriental dance for 12 years. At the same time she was 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 -learning in Egypt continuosly- Mercedes created her own style, which is dynamic and floating, delicate and sensual, mysterious, still sincere and natural.
She won several prices on different professional belly dance competitions: National Hungarian Raks Sharqi Contest: People’s Choice Award 2003, 1st place in professional solo cathegory 2004, 1st place group category with Art of Orient group 2004, two times 1st place with her troup: the Nymph Oriental Dance Company, 3 times the best choreographer prize. She won audience prize of the MEDINA competition in USA, 2004; she won prizes as solo dancer and her troop gained the 1st place in group dance category in Egypt (Cairo, Nile Group Festivals and previously at Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festivals as well). Mercedes is choreographing dance-theatrical performances, is a leading teacher and star guest of several festivals all over in Hungary, Europe and the World. She has her own dance school for the past 11 years.
Already during her fist visit to Cairo she was invited for dance interviews, after she appeared in Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel, on the Nile Pharaoh Cruising Restaurant, and later on the cruising restaurant Nile Maxim.
Meantime her name is becoming more and more known: she was teaching and dancing in Workshops and performances abroad: Egypt, USA, Japan, Malaysia, Cuba, Morocco, Spain, England, Italy, France, Germany, Greece, Sweden, Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, etc. She was a guest performer on the Nile Group Festival’s Opening Gala Show in Cairo with a live music show with orchestra in June 2010 and to the festival’s Closing Gala Show in June 2011 as well, and now she is one of the first European masterteachers of this World famous festival. Mercedes is the founder and choreographer of the well known oriental dance troup: The Nymph Oriental Dance Company, having international tours around the world and performing in festivals and dance theatre events as well with them. Mercedes is also the main organizer of the CAIRO! Festival Budapest, a yearly organized growing oriental dance festival in Budapest, Hungary, which is now unique in the country and unforgettable for the international audience as well because of its atmosphere.
The choreographies for her students are professionally real challenge, as Mercedes does not keep anything for herself, she loves to give and she is guided by whole transmission independent on whether it is about her own modern ideas or traditional styles. Technically her requirements are quite high, the emphasis are on presenting the variegation of the belly dance through the personal message of the dancer. As she believes there is no dance without real emotions – especially no oriental dance.