Farzana Ridy Sheikh was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, into a Bangladeshi family. At the age of 24 (born on 10 June 1993), Ridy is the only artist of Bangladeshi origin in Russia and CIS countries who gained popularity as a dancer, choreographer and model. Ridy has taken part in numerous cultural performances and activities in Russia and Europe, mainly focusing on promoting Bangladeshi culture. At the same time, she was targeting to become a versatile dancer and try out as many dance forms as possible. She is trained in different dance styles: hip-hop, jazz-funk, waacking, bangla and indian folk dances, semi-classical fusions based on bharatnatyam and kathak and many others. She has visited a lot of countries (Sweden, France, Malaysia, India, Portugal and many more) for performances and workshops, participated in and choreographed for different shows and festivals, including TV realities.

 

In 2016, she has won the dance reality show competition in Bangladesh “Mangolee Channel i Shera Nachiye”, season 3 and establishing her career in Bangladesh and neighboring countries.

In 2017, Ridy appeared on the dance reality show “Dance Plus 3” on Star Plus India channel. She was part of an International team “House of Suraj” representing “Bollywhack” dance form. Team became Top-8 at the show. For related photos and videos visit the Dancer page.

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Awards and Achievements

  • Ambassador of Bengali nation at “Les origins de la beaute” (supported by UNESCO);
  • Youtuber @RidySheikh, specialized on dance covers;
  • Top-8 in TV-show “Dance plus, season 3” (House of Suraj team member);
  • Mangolee Channel I Shera Nachiye Champion (2016);
  • Top-100 in TV-Show “So You Think You Can Dance Ukraine, season 5”,
  • Top-50 in TV-Show “So You Think You Can Dance Russia, season 1”,
  • Official choreographer of Russian TV-Shows “So You Think You Can Dance Russia” (season 1, 2, 4), “I can do that” and etc,
  • Choreographer for Russian celebrities Nyusha (#1 pop-singer in Russia and CIS countries), Jasmin, Marta Kot, Angel-A, Kornelia Mango Irakli, Nel and many more;
  • Miss Plekhanov University 2011 (first contestant with non-Russian roots to win this Beauty Pageant),
  • Winner of International Dance competition and beauty pageant “Bollywood dance star 2011”;
  • Winner of numerous dance contests and guest performer at international festivals along with her group “Shapla”,
  • Special artist and choreographer on Indian Film Festivals in Russia;
  • Face of different brands in Russia and Bangladesh;
  • Special guest artist for 1st Bangladesh Global Summit (Malaysia, 2016);
  • Workshops, concerts, judge panel: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Sweden, Finland, India, Portugal, Malaysia, France, Bangladesh.

To find more details, go to Dancer, Choreographer, Model, Actress pages.

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Ridy’s parents, who are from Magura, Bangladesh received scholarship and went to Russia for study. Her father graduated from People’s Friendship University of Russia as an Engineer, while her mother has graduated from Plekhanov Russian University of Economics as an Economist. After studies, her parents decided to stay in Moscow. Ridy also has an elder brother. Ridy has graduated from Music School named after Chesnokov P.G. (1999-2007) and graduated from Slava Zaytsev Modeling School and Fashion Theatre (2002-2003). She plays piano, harmonium, and used to sing in classical western choir.

In 2013, she joined one of the leading Executive Search companies in Russia “TopContact” as an Executive Search agent.

In 2014, Ridy has graduated with distinction from Plekhanov Russian Economic University majoring in International Economic Relations. She was one of the best students of her batch, won several economic and scientific competitions and business case contests.

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In spite of being born and raised in Russia, Ridy always bared respect and keen interest about her parental roots. She calls herself Bengali Russian and loves both Bangladesh and Russia, naming them as her two motherlands. She is a representative of Bengali nation in the project “The Ethnic Origins of Beauty” (Les origines de la beauté) which has received the acknowledgment of UNESCO.

Ridy is also into social activities. When she lived in Russia on permanent basis she used to hold the position of Joint Secretary at Russian Branch of Bangladesh Student League. She was always responsible for organization of cultural events related to the visits of political leaders from Bangladesh to Russia (including the visits of Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister, high ranked Members of Parliament and many others).

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Ridy is just getting started.

She is busy adding more credits to her burgeoning resume as a public person who was born to inspire.

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