The BAYANI Dance Association

The Bayani Dance Troupe was formed in 2004 and gave its first official performance at the 1st Kamfest arts festival in Kamnik, Slovenia. In autumn 2004 Julia Tomšič, Tanja Potočnik and Nataša Kočar began to teach and perform oriental dance at an informal gathering of Bayani. In 2005 the association became legally established and since then it has borne the name of the Culture and Arts Oriental Association (KUOD) Bayani. In that year the group was joined by Manca Pavli. Together they were united by a love for oriental dance and Middle Eastern folk dance and music as well as cultures and dance in general. 

In 2008 the experienced young dancer and choreographer Sylvia Valentine joined KUOD Bayani and established jointly with Nataša Kočar within the association a section for Indian dance named Shakti. Even before then Sylvia and Nataša had been dance colleagues for several years in the Nataraj dance troupe, where they danced the Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam. Under the mentorship of the foreign teacher Mayala Bracha, KUOD Bayani dancers began to learn the classical Indian dance Kathak as well as Bollywood and Indian folk dances. 

In the past decade since their first appearance as Bayani, members of KUOD Bayani can pride themselves on numerous performances at concerts and events in Slovenia and abroad, with regular annual productions (from 2006 on) organised by the dance school which operates within the association, and seven dance productions.    

2005 Kasbah 
2006 Jalla jalla 
2007 Zaghareet 
2009 Hayeti 
2010 Kundalini 
2011 Zeina, that other Woman 
2013 Om Shakti 
2015 Hamsa, five elements of oriental dance 
2017 Hamsa: Circle

KUOD Bayani collaborates on a regular basis with an Arab society from Ljubljana in Arabic cuisine evenings and the Rozana Arab cultural society from Maribor. 

Its mission is to foster oriental and Indian dance as performing arts, create enthusiasm among new generations of dancers, convey knowledge of oriental and Indian dance to the general public and remain faithful to the original traditions of these dances while incorporating them appropriately in modern aspects of theatrical movement.