Joana Saahirah´s Interview with Jennifer Dove (Your Creative Fire Sessions)

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If you´ve met me, personally or through my work, you know how much I love to communicate, exchange ideas, learn & teach. 

When Jennifer  Dove invited me for an Interview about Egyptian Dance & Creativity, one of the many interesting chats she´s sharing in her NEW Your Creative Fire Series, it was a no-brainer: yes, I´ll talk to you about it.

I´ve been doing, teaching, performing, lecturing & living the Essence of Egyptian Dance for almost 20 years in a high profile career that spans from Lebanon, Oman and Egypt, to the whole World. Besides, Creativity is my middle name.

I breathe, eat, & drink creative endeavors as a dancer, a teacher, a choreographer, an author, an entrepreneur, a life creator. 

Dig into this inspiring series of interviews, get inspired, then go out in the world and

MAKE YOUR STUFF

MATERIALIZE YOUR DREAM(S)

DANCE YOUR DANCE

CO-CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT FOR YOURSELF

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Have you ever wondered about the true power of your intuition? Have you ever wanted to fully connect with your creative self and experience your own unlimited potential? What does the word “creativity” mean to you? 

Want to live a life where each present moment is filled with Joy?

If so, then I have a special invitation for you!

Join us for a FREE online video series called Your Creative Fire: How to Ignite Your Intuition, Claim Your Joy, and Unleash the Life You Truly Deserve.

 Jennifer Dove, a poet, intuitive coach, astrologer, and creativity specialist, offers provocative conversations with visual and performing artists, astrologers, dancers, writers, business coaches, sexuality teachers, yoga teachers, and shamans, all sharing the secrets of how they receive their inspiration and how their deep intuition is aligned with their creativity.

I’m so excited to be one of the featured master practitioners!

This series of free master classes will give you the tools and methods necessary to learn to honor your inner guidance and to create a life that is most authentically aligned with your truest self. You, too, can learn to harness your intuition to receive and cultivate your best creative ideas, and give life to them in the world. Plus, each featured speaker, including myself, is offering a free gift!

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https://www.jenniferdove.com/events/o/joana/

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The Fire that gets us through the rain

The following 2 weeks will be definitive, life-changing, ultra-focused, intense.
For that reason, & many others, I´m leaving you an inspiration for the road: the fire, the fun, the willingness to share your strength with the world. No apologies, no playing the underdog, no limits.

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The Big Move (Joana Saahirah´s NEW life in Bali, Indonesia)

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In Bali, two years ago, on my way to work in New Zealand

Yet another rEvolution in my life & career – I´m moving to Bali, Indonesia, this June.

I fell in love with Bali two years ago, on my way to work in New Zealand (with the lovely Candice Frankland) and, since then, my mind was set upon it.

Big life changes are often scary. I know the fear because I´ve been through it many times, never allowing it to stop me.

-What´s the big deal? I would…(fill the gap with your dream)…but I…(fill the gap with your excuse).

“I would… if.” – I´d be a millionaire if I earned a buck every time I hear this.

The ones who actually go after their dreams – that may, or not, include moving to a faraway, exotic, country – are fully aware of the gigantic enterprise they have ahead. They´re also aware of the excuses – always easy to find -, the fears, the possibility of failure and, what can be even scarier, the possibility of success.

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In my life, a short but intense existence that already feels like a 200 years old adventure, I´ve done what everybody told me was impossible. First, in Egypt; then, around the world; and then, inside myself. It seems like proving people wrong has been my life mission.

I didn´t grow up in a particularly supportive environment, quite the opposite. I love my parents, and I know they do the best they can, but what they gave me, and my sister, while we were growing up was mostly negative critics, demands, the claim that we didn´t deserve much in life, and we´d never become financially abundant because, and I quote, “only dishonest people make money”; they made a point on making us feel we weren´t special. And we couldn´t dream big.

Whenever we brought A grades home, which was always, my mum would dismiss it as “nothing more than your obligation”.

I don´t remember them patting us on the back, or congratulating us for something we´ve done. Ever. At least not in our presence. Whatever we tried to do, it was never good enough.

They´d been raised in austere, poor, emotionally empty homes and that´s how they´ve raised us. Despite that, I made – keep making –  an effort to give myself what I didn´t receive in my childhood: love, sense of worth, self-confidence, a new set of beliefs about life.

The reason I´m telling you this is to tell YOU, too, independently of your circumstances, CAN grow, reeducate yourself, start LOVING yourself to the point of believing you can materialize any dream you commit to.

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I´ve ventured into different kinds of wilderness, only to discover most of the danger is within us, & I´ve gone beyond my limits, never setting for mediocrity, comfortable zones, less than what I know deserve. None of this makes me a hero – it just proves every human being has the ability to dream & give their best shot at the materialization of that dream.

For me, failure is not failing to arrive where you wish to go; failure is not even trying, out of arrogance-cowardice-weakness, joining the Haters Crusade as a consequence.

“Do what you preach; let your words reflect who you are.”

If I teach courage, self-confidence, uniqueness, & the strength to DARE GREATLY, I have to set an example. That´s the most important part of being a Teacher.

You have to live what you teach.

Time has arrived to evolve & trust life, some more.

I can do it. YOU can do it.

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Ready to take off, keep growing & sharing the light with the world.

 

NEW Online Course “Egyptian Dance ABC & Creative Awakening – Level 4 (Upper Body)

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Life, as Egyptian Dance, is a dynamic adventure.

We may plan, try to control, & understand it, but Life always wins over our private agendas.

Our NEW course – Egyptian Dance ABC & Creative Awakening – Level 4 (Upper Body) – was not in my plans, at least not for now, but it started haunting me, demanding to be heard, created, shared. And I followed The Call, as I always do.

Once I put my hands into it, I realized this was the missing element in Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School 1-year anniversary.

Why?

Continue reading.

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The Upper Body, the core of this Course, is the place that carries OUR HEART.

The Lower body represents our connection to the earth, the instinct, the moon, the Mother. The Upper body represents our connection to the sky, the spirit, the sun, the Father.

I suddenly realized this course made perfect sense – it had to happen in the month when our school celebrates its first year of existence. We stand by Unity, Wholeness, bringing the pieces – body, mind, heart, & soul – together. 

Of course, this course has to happen!

 

What will you find in this online – live & recorded – course?

  1. You´ll have access to 6 live classes – scheduled in our school – which will also be recorded. If you miss the live classes, you´ll have access to the correspondent class recordings for at least 6 months after the live classes have taken place.
  2. You´ll receive TECHNIQUE, & DANCE COMBOS focused on the UPPER BODY which is also one of the centers of Egyptian Dance, & its connection with the LOWER BODY technique. Torso, chest, shoulders, head, arms & hands will be at the forefront of this course.
  3. You´ll receive BONUS MATERIAL that goes beyond the regular “bellydance” learning resources.
  4. You´ll receive the tools, & empowerment, to explore your CREATIVITY & IDENTITY.
  5. You´ll be able to enjoy a PROMOTIONAL/LAUNCHING PRICE ($65) valid until the 22th May 2018. After that date, the course will remain available for its original price ($79).
  6. If you join us for the first live class, and you feel this course is not for you, you can ask for a FULL REFUND on that same day and I assure you´ll have your request satisfied. 

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How can you subscribe & take full advantage of the promotional/launching price?

  1. Log into your Powhow´s account. If you don´t have an account, create one (all you need is your email & a password you create on the spot).
  2. Go to the SEARCH BOX and type Egyptian Dance ABC Level 4 or follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/egyptian-dance-abc-creative-awakening-level-4-upper-body
  3. The system will lead you from that point on.

Let´s rock!

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Celebrating Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School 1st Anniversary

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Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School is celebrating its 1st anniversary, on the 13th May,  & we´re marking the date with some unmissable goodies:

1.We´re offering 3 1st anniversary GIFT PACKAGE which includes a signed copy of “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond”, our official t-shirt, & a personalized postcard with a message filled with love.

Here´s what you have to do in order to win one of these 3 gift packages:

*Sharing our School´s Facebook Page (follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/JoanaSaahirahOnlineDanceSchool/ ) in YOUR FACEBOOK PROFILE WALL, stating the reason why you love our school & Egyptian Dance. Once you´ve shared it, you must send us a SCREENSHOT of the sharing to dancemagica@gmail.com

*The best answers/comments on our school & Egyptian Dance will win.

*Applications will be accepted until the 16th May 2018.

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2. We´ll dive deep into our NEW “Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love” Online, live & recorded, Course, starting on the 9th May.

All the classes in this course happen live & are recorded. If you miss the live classes, you have access to the class recordings & to all the bonus material offered with this pioneering course.

Follow the link for more information:https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/05/03/enta-omri-a-journey-of-soulful-egyptian-dance-self-love/

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4. NEW course – Egyptian Dance ABC & Creative Awakening – Level 4 (Upper Body)

Life, as Egyptian Dance, is a dynamic adventure.

We may plan, try to control, & understand it, but Life always win over our private agendas. Our NEW course – Egyptian Dance ABC & Creative Awakening – Level 4 (Upper Body) – was not in my plans, at least not for now, but it started haunting me, demanding to be heard, created, shared. And I followed The Call, as I always do. Once I put my hands into it, I realized this was the missing element in Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School 1-year anniversary. Why?

Follow the link to discover: https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/05/15/new-online-course-egyptian-dance-abc-creative-awakening-level-4-upper-body/

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5. We´ll have a new LIVE STREAMING FACEBOOK SESSION on the polemic theme of WOMEN & SELF-LOVE happening at our Joana Saahirah Online Dance School FABULOUS Community (follow the link to join the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/213038322766777/) on the 13th May, from 9am till 10am Lisbon, Portugal, local time (do the time zone calculations to see what time this will be in your country).
You´ll find the recorded live streaming session available in our Group. Feel welcome to check it & comment on it.

Celebration time is ON!

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Why Enta Omri is the best course I´ve created, so far (answering your question)

You asked and I answered.

Why “Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love” is the best course I´ve created, so far?

Watch the video & follow the link for more information: https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/05/03/enta-omri-a-journey-of-soulful-egyptian-dance-self-love/

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Old veggies served at a 5 star Moroccan restaurant? I don´t think so.

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The night was young and we, me and a group of friends, were ready to rock Marrakech.

We left our riad, a building with fresh corners, a courtyard, and birds which drank directly from our hands, hidden in the labyrinth of the old medina, towards the famous Jemaa el Fna.

Jemaa el Fna is that way, that way, that way! – Strangers would yell at us, pointing in the wrong direction. Invariably.

Morocco was new to me and, yet, it wasn´t. The Arabic Culture, the North of Africa, the Chaos & the Colorful Mysteries of Life have been the core of my life for too long. Normality, if it exists, is exotic to me. Madness & adventure aren´t.

We settled for dinner at a 5 star restaurant, half lit, warm, pretentious. Girls dressed as “bellydancers” were swirling around, shaking their tired, apathetic hips in our direction.

I ordered my usual “vegetarian tagine”. What I received was a plate – steaming & depressed – of old, heated, over-salted veggies. 

-Hey, sir. Can you please come here? – I called one of the waiters. 

-Yes, miss. – He approached our table, pulling his “tarboush” towards his legs.

-This plate is unacceptable. You´re cute, the restaurant is gorgeous, but these over-priced veggies are uneatable. They´re old, heated, and over-salted. Take them back, please.

My friends were surprised. The waiter was surprised. I think the “bellydancers” were surprised. I wasn´t.

Whenever I feel disrespected, I say it so. Respectfully, but assertively.

I was being overcharged for a plate of uneatable vegetables and there was no way I´d shut up – “don´t make waves, girl; don´t make waves! – mamma used to say” – and eat something that hadn´t been properly prepared.

I wasn´t upset. In fact, I joked with the waiter the whole evening; I accepted an apology dessert, and I laughed my heart out. But I didn´t pay for that tagine and I certainly didn´t eat it.

Self-respect is a sign of SELF-LOVE. Without SELF-LOVE there´s no love. No love for others, no love for what you do. No love at all. Period. Love, and respect, start with ourselves.

Whenever you´re served an old, heated, over-salted plate of veggies, remember to set the boundaries of what is acceptable and unacceptable for you, and don´t be afraid to make yourself respected.

It´s not a question of creating conflict, or being mean to others; it´s a question of justice, clarity, and evolution. For you. For everybody.

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P.S: This was the only time I was served a lousy plate of food in Morocco.

Moroccan gastronomy is amazing and, if you´re a foodie, like me, you should try it.

 

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Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love

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Welcome to a special, pioneering, online course that will change the way you see Egyptian Dance, Yourself, & your Life:

Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love

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This is the Course I wish someone had created when I was an Egyptian Dance student!

Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School is celebrating its 1st anniversary and this is the course I created to celebrate it. More than a dance course, this is a Life Awakening Adventure we´ll take together.

Hop on & let´s GROW!

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Here´s what you´ll receive with this Online, live & recorded, Course:

1. You´ll be introduced to the holistic nature of Egyptian Dance as a Sacred Language, an Art form, & a tool for Self-Empowerment. How body, mind, heart, and soul come together to create a DANCE, and LIFE, you love.

2. A trip into the magical world of Om Kolthoum and Abd el Wahab, the major geniuses of Egyptian music.

3. Technique & choreography of the iconic song “Enta Omri” by Om Kolthoum. Step by step technical explanation, full choreography, interpretation & cultural context training.

4. How to awaken your Creativity & Improvisation skills. How to use the tools you learn from teachers in order to create your own dance & life.

5. You´ll have access to tools for loving Yourself & your Life.

6. You´ll get extra bonus material (videos, articles, music, images) + love sheets + homework + feedback from the teacher.

7. Above everything we´re offering in this course, you´ll also receive a SURPRISE Enta Omri Booklet to take you deeper into this Transformational Journey.

Basically, we´ll cover 3 ESSENTIAL areas of Egyptian Dance:

 

 

 

 

What are the results we promise to deliver (IF you do all the classes, exercises, and choreography proposed in the course):

  1. A higher level of Egyptian Dance – technique, choreography, and interpretation skills.
  2. Increased self-awareness & self-esteem to fulfill your dreams.
  3. A new life purpose.

 

Take advantage of the special REFUND POLICY offered with this Course.

You can subscribe to the course and access the first three classes (they happen, live & recorded, on the 9th, 10th, 11th May), as well as the bonus material offered with them. If you´re not fully satisfied, you can ask for a full refund until the 15th May 2018.

I´m 1000% certain of the quality, & usefulness, of this course. I want you to feel safe, and welcome, to see it for yourself.

Here ´s what you can do to subscribe:

1.Go to www.powhow.com and LOG IN with your email & password.

If you don´t have a Powhow account yet, you can create it by introducing your email and a password of your choice.

2. Go to the SEARCH BOX and write the name of the course you wish to purchase. The system will lead you through from there.

3. Once you´ve subscribe, you´ll have immediate access to the scheduled live classes (see class schedule) as well as to the correspondent recordings included in the class package, some extra videos, and all the bonus material we offer (music, videos, articles, images). You´ll have access to those class recordings for UNLIMITED time.

4. If you need assistance regarding the contents of the course, or courses, you´ve subscribed to, send an email to dancemagica@gmail.com

If you need technical assistance, contact Powhow´s team at support@powhow.com

It´s a pleasure to have you at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.

 

 

What is that strange thing called Invisible Dance? (Let me answer)

The Invisible Dance by Joana Saahirah, another out of the box video inspired by my students from around the world and at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.

The contents of this video apply to Egyptian Dance and, you guessed, to life.

Enjoy, like & share the video, spread & live the message!

Follow the link to read an awesome article about

The Invisible Dancehttps://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/04/28/what-is-the-invisible-dance/

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Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School Testimonials (receiving back the LOVE)

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We have more than a hundred fifty 5 stars ratings (the only 4 star rating was offered by one student who was unhappy with an internet cut  caused by a fire which was happening, at the time, around my dance studio – true story!) and endless testimonials filled with appreciation, fulfillment, and love.

I cannot say I´m surprise – I´m not. I know, and love, my craft deeply. I´m proud to deliver high quality work with uncompromising generosity. But I´m always honored, and humbled, by the appreciation of my students and audiences. Their love makes me want to be, and do, better every single day.

Feel welcome to check some of the testimonials shared at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School (I´m grateful for every student who took the time to leave their feedback).

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“Class yesterday was so amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. This is going bring the depth and authenticity to my dance that Inhave been looking for. I am so very excited!”

Chandler Rhinehart

“I have taken private online courses with Joana and what she offers is top notch. I have loved every minute of studying with her and have even hosted her to teach workshops in my city. She leaves nothing out. Much love to you, Joana! “

Heather Henna Louise

“Feeling so much satisfaction after finishing this wonderful course. Very fun, creative and joyful choreography. I will surely review this recording and try to dance by myself. Thank you Joanna for this wonderful final class and I was very happy to take the live class. I am impressed with your message at the end of the class:)”

Seiko Endo

“Even if you think you’re persuaded that you’ve examined the question from all sides, Joana, always learn you something new and make your dance greater! That”s the magical of your course Joana! Joy, empowerment, culture and a lot of dance, Thank you so much.”

Patricia Ponchie-Hannequin

“I loved it very much, it was a pleasure taking class with such a gorgeous artist, Joana Saahirah! Thank you very much, kind soul and can’t wait to see you soon again!”

Anna-Maria

“Yes, simply the BEST. She pours out so much love, passion, light through the screen to all students and it inspires me so much. There had been doubts, confusions in my head but she is the one saying exactly what I need to hear to awaken myself. Now I feel my heart is more open for every movement. Her classes changes the landscape of my dance basically. She is such a bless to the education of egyptian dance today.”

Zoe Ni

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