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Katalin Schafer

When you dance to your own rhythm,

life taps its toes to your beat.

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Every carefree, pleasant motion of our bodies that merges with music, every flowing brush stroke and creation is a guide to freedom.
Perceiving, accepting, and moving the body in new ways can help to experience one's life story in new ways. The potential of healing and creative powers in movement and body awareness is limitless.

After more than 20 years of international teaching in Middle Eastern and fusion dance, my career has culminated in the direction of dance and art therapy. Since 2014, I have been working with non-verbal therapeutic tools, and currently, as a psychology student, I am striving to deepen my knowledge in the field of cognitive psychology.

Nature dance

NATURE DANCE - a holistic dance and art activity that I recommend for those who want to explore and deepen the path of self-knowledge through non-verbal means, using dance and art therapy tools. No dance knowledge is required for these sessions. We work with spiritual practices and creations linked through free movements. (You can encounter this program during our Nő7x retreats)

NATURE DANCE PROJECT and MODERN FUSION DANCE - my sessions are for dancers focusing on creativity, technique, artistic vision, performance skills, deeply meaningful movements, and confidence-building. I would like to pass on my many years of stage experience through these programs, helping artists to fully realize their potential. (You can encounter this program at workshops, private lessons, and the Fusion Forest summer camp.)

Movement experimentation reminds us of the experiential world of our early stages of life. From the skin stimulation of gentle touches to stronger physical contact (with the ground, another person), stimulating our deep muscle and tendon receptors, and experiencing the various qualities of spatial awareness, both physical and emotional responsiveness develop simultaneously, along with body awareness, improvisation skills, and the differentiation of the internal body image.

“My mission is to teach you to love yourself through your movements.”​

World tour

Performing Experience

dance & choreography

Theatrical dance experiences

  • International Dance Festival artist 2010 to present invitations as a teacher, performer and judge

  • GoldenScarf-Arabic Folklore Dance Theater 2007 director and choreographer

  • EffendiArabicFolkDanceCompany2005-2010 founder and instructor

  • Moonrise Andalusian Dance Theater 2005-2005 /dancer and co-choreographer /

  • Merlin International Theater Budapest

  • Art of Orient 2004-2007 

  • dancer and co-choreographer of the first Hungarian professional oriental dance company


  • Hungarian Polytechnic College /Hungary/ Costume Designer and Engineer 2002-2005

  • Egyptian Master Courses, folklore studies 2000-2012

  • Endre Jeszenszky Ballet School /Hungary/ 1988-1992

  • Since 2021 - Student of Integrate dance therapy association


  • 2nd place Bellydance World Cup 2005 Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival, Cairo

  • Best dance group and choreography 2004 International Raqs Sharky Festival, Budapest

  • Costume Designer of the year 2010

  • 2021 Hollywood RaksFilm Festival - 7 nominations and Producer’s Choice Award with the LOTUS SUTRA dance video

Invitation Highlights

  • US Tour 2014,2015, 2016, 2017

  • Japan Tour 2015, 2016, 201

  • Moscow Bellydance World Cup judge 2014, 2015, 2017

  • Jaén Bellysur Festival Artist 2013, 2015, 2018, 2020, 2023


Since 2015:
Started performing and teaching her modern dance based fusion style World wide.


D.N.A. Dance, Nature, Art
retreat camp - Kelowna /Canada/ 
Form&Content dance method based weekend long theraphy.


Since 2021:

Nő7x dance retreat programs /Hungary/

Therapeutic dance, sound therapy and self knowledge program with horses

Since 2023:

Student of psychology at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca

Owner & Designer at SCHAFER Fashion



Papayamama dance studio

Reach Your dance goals with Katalin’s artist developing method and training. Unleash your inner dancer with private classes in flexibility, strength training, personalized choreography. Enjoy the 60 minutes online or personal private class in the comfort of your home or in the dance studio.  



Nő 7x retreat
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