The Performing Artists at Art Nation 2014 – (Part 2)


Anas Abdul Aziz – I met Anas when I was looking for a choreographer and he was highly recommended by a friend, on meeting Anas, I couldn’t believe how young he was and I wasn’t sure if he could handle the pressure, but not only did Anas prove me wrong. His dedication and attitude towards my event was remarkable, he made people who couldn’t walk right – actually Dance – I have been working with Anas ever since and I am so happy that he will be performing on Art Nation Stage – a few words from Anas: “My name is Anas Abdul Aziz, hailing from God’s own country, Kerala. I was born and brought up in Dubai, and I’m 21 years of age. I’ve always had a passion for dancing, although I took it up as a profession only three years ago. I started off by being a part of the dance troupe, The New Dance Factory (TNDF) I’ve been a part of several award functions, stage shows, concerts, fashion shows, etc. Recently I’ve also started choreographing for few events and now I’m into modelling as well. I was fortunate to be chosen as the hottie of the month, filmfare magazine middle east and the second runner up for the fair and handsome model hunt. My philosophy is, if you have a dream to achieve, all you have to do is work hard towards attaining it.”

You can watch Anas on the Art Nation Stage on Saturday 17th of May.


Sofia Abubaker  – I was sent a Youtube video by Sofia’s mom and I literally stopped what I was doing at the time, because her voice is amazingly refreshing and with her being so young, she can only get better! In her own words, “Hi, my name is Sofia Abubaker Im 11 years old and from Moscow. I’m living in U.A.E for a pretty long time already about 10 years. I love singing, photoshooting  and music really inspires me. I enjoy singing because it became my passion. I have entered a lot of competitions like; kidz stars, kidzania superstars, kids fest and many more! When I grow up I want to be a doctor because my whole family are doctors.”

You can watch Sofia on the Art Nation Stage on Thursday 22nd of May.


Two Men and a Baby Doll – Although this unique team of three just recently started working together, their chemistry is years in the making! They have bonded through the passion of Music and Dance.  The Guru of the group is the mastermind, Siva a young Sri Lankan who will take the world of dance and choreographing by storm in the upcoming days in the UAE.

Second member of this esteemed trio is the Dance instructor Anas Abdul Aziz, a young dancer and model whose million dollar smile will captivate all the gals.

And last but not the least is Swayam Bhatia – the Baby Doll.  A young 6 year old that can be found involved in various forms of performing arts. Wait and watch the exciting and unique collaboration you will witness when they all share a stage.

You can watch Two Men and a Baby Doll on the Art Nation Stage on Saturday 17th of May.


Sofia Shakin – I received around 6 emails from this talented young singer and her perseverance to come on stage to perform, got my attention. She is a sweet little girl, who really wanted the world to hear her sing and Art Nation really is the stage for passionate performers – In her own words, “Hi my name is Sofia Shakhin, I am 15 years old and I am from Russian – I was born in Palestine. I love to ski, I am professional for skiing and I run tracks and a basketball player. I love to sing I always wanted to perform and to become a singer. I want to make this dream come true.”

You can watch Sofia on the Art Nation Stage on Saturday 17th of May.


Allyssa “Yesha” Pardo –  was born in the Philippines on June 11, 2004.  At an early age she already showed signs of Musical inclination by humming some of her favorite songs.  By the age of three, whenever her Mom is having a singing session she usually grabs the microphone and sings on her own. From that moment on she will always be singing either just by herself or with somebody else.  Her love for singing continues until such time that she moved to Dubai and started joining Singing competitions.  Her talent branched out not just from singing but also with fashion modeling and acting. She has already done TV commercial and has participated in numerous Print Ads and Catwalk modeling, she has also been selected to represent her school in Group Musical Competition.  At a young age Allyssa has already participated in so many events either it be Modeling, Singing competition or just plain Talent Guesting.  With natural love for singing embodied in her, success will surely be just footsteps away.

You can watch Yesha on the Art Nation Stage on Thursday 22nd of May.


Ahmad Molham Makki – On meeting Makki, I was taken back by his maturity and serious concern for Peace in the world, his music and his words are a message of peace and harmony. T have such a sensitivity at this young age is remarkable. I am very excited to have him perform at Art Nation and spread the love.

Makki was born in Syria, 19-year-old Molham Rebel makes his way through the local scene of Hip-Hop in the U.A.E gradually. He captures the message that a lot of people who don’t have a voice want to say and puts it in a frame. A big fan of the positive rap, the kind of rap that actually can make changes, or at least he tries his best to portray that in his music. Trying as hard as he can to urge the people to change themselves before saying there is something wrong with the world, even though he believes that changes should happen in the community, but he also believes that the community would be a lot better if each of us as people to not look past our own faults.


You can watch Makki on the Art Nation Stage on Saturday 24th of May.


NICO JAVIER–  I had the pleasure of seeing Nico perform for my Talent show a couple of years ago and ever since, I have seen this young talent go from strength to strength, He has not only trained his voice but also is an incredible dancing sensation.

Just 11 years old, Nico’s passion for the arts has been evident from a young age. Through the years, his love for the performing arts evolved from singing to writing his own songs. During his downtime, he immerses himself in activities that can contribute and enhance his craft.

This June, he will be performing alongside other talented youth of Dubai as they present “We Are the World” at The Madinat Theatre.

More information about Nico’s journey can be found on his facebook page: NicoJavier.Rocks as well as on YouTube under Nico Javier.

You can watch NICO on the Art Nation Stage on Thursday 22nd of May.


D‘ Fashionista Girls– 3 amazing little girls, first auditioned for me for a talent show – where they were the winners in their age category. They are one of the most hardworking kids in the Business, you will see them performing in the biggest events in the UAE and I know for a fact that they will take the world by storm soon.

D’ Fashionista Girls began in October 2012 as a breakaway group from the kids fashion modelling. The group wanted to tryout in a talent contest and was fortunate to pass the audition. They became one of the favorites amongst the judges during the competition and reached the finals. Although they were not successful in being one of the winners, they maintained their commitment, dedication and discipline for dancing. They later on bagged 2 championship crowns and a couple of runner-up places.

The trio has 4 dedicated choreographers (Angel, CL, Marvin , Dave and Danny) each one has their own distinct style ranging from K-Pop, Jazz and Different styles of hip-hop like popping, krumping and lyrical. They have changed their craft and character and have carefully sorted their expression that appealed to a wider audience. They’ve been regularly invited to perform in different Malls and events within the Emirate.

The girls carry standards linked with their name, “Fashionista”. Not only do they support their name and choreographers with an obvious pride but they are also considered an act in itself. Their training has extended from the best dance education with extra detail and care put into their styling and costuming. They go an extra mile to make every performance with a noticeable passion and love for what they perfect.

D’ Fashionista Girls are Isabelle, Heart and Sheena.

You can watch D’ Fashionista Girls on the Art Nation Stage on Thursday 22nd of May.


Ajmal Abdul Rahiman AKA FURA – I met FURA last year when we were talent hunting for Art Nation, he is a force to be reckon with, this young performer really packs in the punches and his fan following transcends age groups. He raps with his heart and he sings with his soul.  Having the pleasure of seeing him perform at my events, I am so Proud that he is returning to the Art Nation stage this year.

Ajmal  Who Goes By The Name Of “FuRa” Is Not Your Any Other Rapper From The Block. He Is A Poet, Writer, Music Producer And A Well Known Performer.

When He Starts Flowing On The Mic He Is On A Completely Different Level, A Level You Can’t Even Imagine. He Is Well Known For His Power Packed Energy Performances And Straight-Forward Lyrical Flow And Always Has Something New To Showcase On Each Of His Shows. Having Released 2 Mixtapes In The Past 2 Years, He Has More Than 30+ Tracks To His Name. And Is Currently Working On His Third Mixtape Which Should Be Out By The End Of Summer’14. His Music Is Available Via YouTube, Soundcloud , Reverbnation , Facebook & Bandpage.

You can watch FURA on the Art Nation Stage on Friday 23rd of May.


Adarsh Govindan – I have known Adarsh since he was a shy and young kid, he is also one of the most intelligent kids I have ever come across, he reads more books in a month then most people do in a year and he pursues his passions with dedication and hard work. When he discovered his love for drumming, he has been practicing endlessly and focusing on fine tuning his skills, he is someone to watch out for, because he has a drive to succeed.

Adarsh is a twelve year old boy who has been drumming for the past two years. He started playing because he felt that it was important for him to play at least one musical instrument, and found that the drums resonated with his personality. His family have been incredibly supportive of his aspirations, especially his mother Mrs. Rashmi Govindan who has always encouraged him to pursue his dreams. Adarsh was very lucky to find a teacher, Richie, who helped him develop his skills and learn new techniques.  After performing for the first time on stage this year at Fashion For All 2014, he loved the energy and excitement that came with being in front of an audience. Adarsh’s is inspired by the late Keith Moon (from the Who) as he is a wizard with the drumsticks, and has the amazing ability to transfer his talent and personality to hype up a large audience. Besides drumming, Adarsh is an avid basketball player and a supporter of Miami Heat. He also spends a large amount of time on a couch reading science fiction.

You can watch Adarsh on the Art Nation Stage on Friday 23rd of May.


The Gaia Centre – Is run by two wonderful teachers Ashwin and Jesika, they are one of the most creative individuals I have met in a long time and what was very refreshing to see, was their passion to teach and share – they will be collaborating and showcasing their works on stage and also the Live Art area of Art Nation.

The Gaia Centre is a world for those who love the expressive, creative side of the universe and aims at spreading fun, creative skills & inspiration.
The Gaia Centre trains children & adults in all various forms of verbal and artistic expression.

Our main areas of work include SPEECH, DRAMA and COMMUNICATION SKILLS TRAINING, SPOKEN ENGLISH & ART for children and adults. Our teaching methodology includes games, outdoor excursions & practical application of performance skills. We offer International Exams & Certification from TRINITY GUILDHALL LONDON.

Comprising of professionals coming from strong backgrounds that include theatre, art and drama, we have created a platform where you can choose a skill you find most interesting and we will help understand, learn and apply those skills sets in your everyday life.

Curious young minds, eager teenagers, theatre lovers and aspiring actors will have the opportunity to train for and acquire Trinity Guildhall ‘s grade, certificate and diploma qualifications in drama and speech, communication skills which provides a structured framework to encourage and assess candidates in the progressive mastery of a wide range of performance skills.
The Tree of Expression welcomes your Energy!


You can watch the Performance by Gaia Centre on the Art Nation Stage on Thursday 22nd of May.


YASMINA ALIDODOVA – Is a talented singer that I had the pleasure of working with at our Talent show and since then I have seen her on numerous stages and each time she performs- she mesmerizes the audience, she is a truly hardworking performer with the ability to reach the stars!

Yasmina is an accomplished, SINGER, ACTOR, MODEL & DANCER !

In her own words, “Acting, Dancing and Singing is my passion since when I was just 5 years old. My interest  inspired my parents to encourage me to go for it in a professional way. Professional coachig, daily practice and hard work made me an “artist in making”.  I have attended many competions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  Appeared as a guest singer and dancer in Dubai One and MBC TV. I am also the proud recepient of this years JILO Award (Tajikistan International Award Ceremony for contribution for Arts and Culture) as “Debut of the Year 2014”. We the artists should believe in themselves and accept the positive or negative feedbacks from ever one. This is what I feel is the source to boost confidence and learn from the mistakes.”

You can watch Yasmina on the Art Nation Stage on Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd of May.


Neeraja Raj – When I received her Youtube video, I knew we had to have her perform, her voice is raw and honest. In her own words, “My name is Neeraja Raj but I also go by Susmi. I am 19 years old, currently studying animation at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. I love to sing; it’s been my passion ever since I was a child. When I was fourteen, I taught myself how to play the guitar because I wanted to be just like Taylor Swift, whose songs inspire and move me a lot. I don’t think I’ve ever gone a day without singing, even if its just me in the shower singing to my shower-head. Music is my life!”

You can watch Neeraja Raj on the Art Nation Stage on Saturday 24th of May.



Siva – My name is Siva, Sri Lanka is my nationality but Dubai is home to me. Dance came into my life as a hobby where I used to randomly jam at school not knowing anything other than having true passion for this art. Things changed when I reached my second year of college and at that point in my life I learned the professional language of dance which includes choreography, coordination, and stage presence.  My greatest achievements include opportunities working as a choreographer and as a dancer for various corporate events, film fare awards, inter school and college competitions and working with various dance troupes around the United Arab Emirates. Hip Hop and Lyrical forms of style are my strong points when it comes to choreographing despite not being formally trained. First true inspiration came from a gentlemen named ….Rahul who I call my “GURU” and then by Mufaz. To date, they remain as my two main points of reference and admiration’s as a choreographer. All this put together has made me the person who stands in front of you today and about what I aim for. I want to keep learning and working harder towards my passion and pass on valuable lessons in dance that I have learnt to those who are really willing to learn.

You can watch Siva on the Art Nation Stage on Saturday 17th of May.



Michelle Ribbens – runs Prima Performing Arts. Which is a Dance school here in Dubai teaching all students of ages 18 months to teenagers different styles of dance from I.S.T.D classical ballet, Contemporary, jazz, hip hop, Musical theatre and Gymnastics. You will find our classes all over Dubai, that include Green Community, Dubai Marina, Motor City, Mini Monsters. We have highly qualified teachers. If you would like any more information on timetables and registrations please contact us at:

You can watch Prima Performing Arts on the Art Nation Stage on Friday 16th of May.


The Dancing Trio: (L to R ) Mahek Anadkat, Zia Mirza, Ashar Hussain – I am so honored to have these wonderful Dancers on the Art Nation Stage, they are no ordinary kids, all having faced challenges from an early age and have come through it Stronger and shining bright, having their hearing impaired, they have to work harder and longer than everyone else to make their dreams come true. Making this Dancing Trio, Art Nation’s most prized performers. Don’t miss this incredible performance, come and join us to celebrate Perseverance and Inspiration to achieve!

The Dancing Trio will be on the Art Nation stage on Friday 23rd of May.

jake -Roomstar


DJ Jake Roomstar, the youngest electronic deejay in the Middle East learned the craft in Dubai starting form the age of six.  By age seven he was learning tips and methods from top deejays in the region, and was later given a full scholarship to study at UDDJs under the current reigning digital deejay champion in the UAE.  DJ Roomstar was a semi-finalist in the Pioneer Digital Deejay Championships, Under 21 Category in 2012, performing his first debut set to a prestigious audience at Ndulge Atlantis The Palm.  Since then DJ Roomstar has also deejayed for fashion shows, talent shows, and produced a radio show for a year at the age of eight, called ‘The DJ Roomstar Show’ where it was commissioned on Ibiza Hott Radio, winning accolades and thumbs up from renowned international electronic House music artists, getting him noticed not only only for his DJ skills but also for his affinity for new music producers and latching onto future hits in the electronic genre.  DJ Roomstar also enjoys other performing arts such as dancing freestyle popping and robotics, having had solo dance cameos at the Red Bull BC One Championship UAE, and has also studied acting at the Young Actors Camp with Disney actors from Los Angeles as well as studying comedy with Dubomedy Arts Academy Dubai.  DJ Roomstar was accepted to his GEMS school radio programme, usually reserved from year 7 onward, allowed to join at year 4 with his experience demonstrated in radio.  DJ Roomstar is a brand Ambassador for Skechers and Palladium Boots Middle East.   Find DJ Roomstar’s mixes and info on Reverbnation at:

DJ Roomstar is prducing the tracks for Art Nation Fashion Shows and you can Watch him LIVE on stage on the 24th of May at BURJUMAN.


Van Wendell came from a family of performers.His grandparents were both dancers down to his parents. Van started at the age of 4 in the musical play ‘Joseph’ and was given award and recognition at a very young age. Always been a performer in his school. He’s a multi talented kid with such talents as  Dancing, Modeling, Acting, Cosplaying and playing instruments such as the guitar, piano and recently working on drums. A consistent top student in school. A member of the Band ROCK4LIFE. Van recently played a role in The Wizard Of Oz and Joseph and The amazing technicolor dreamcoat under POPULAR PRODUCTIONS. He has finished two short independent films by JMFILMS. He won numerous talent competitions such as Kidsfest,Kidstalent,Dubai Dancing Sensation and Big Ideas.Stage is his platform.
I believe everyday is a learning experience. All children are special and they all have their own areas of strength. In everything I do GOD is my top priority and I give my best shot to every challenge. My talents determine what I can do, My motivation determines how much I am willing to do and my abilities determines how well I will do it.
Thank you to my parents,my believers and my fandom for this NEVER ENDING SUPPORT!
ART NATION Performances..May 22,23

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