Shimmy Wonderland happening @ Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School

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Welcome to Shimmy Wonderland (Drills Marathon & Mastery) happening at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School – a series of 5 online, live & recorded, classes that will open the door to the infinite possibilities of shimmies, one of the most interesting, challenging and versatile tools in the Egyptian Dance vocabulary.

Even if you miss one, more, live class, you can always check the class recordings to which you´ll have unlimited access. Bonus material is also offered.

With love, integrity and that extra pinch of madness ❤

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USA & Canada SOULful Tour + Ireland

In this video: me, teaching a combination included in the workshop dedicated to “Abdel Halim Hafez” in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Traveling the world doing the work I love the most is a privilege I´ve earned, and keep earning, with more work, discipline and sacrifice, than people imagine.

From Egypt to the World, bringing back the Soul of Oriental Dance is not only my motto but my reality.

I pay the price for my success willingly – proving myself, my talent and professionalism, on a daily basis is a part of it.

These last work trips contained everything a good story must contain: victory, drama, tragedy, theft, extreme happiness, recognition, nostalgy, disease, recovery, overwhelming beauty and extreme ugliness; a call from the past and visions for the future.

I´m deeply thankful to the event organizers, students, audiences and friends who keep cherishing my work and my peculiar Vision of Egyptian Dance. I´m not your regular dancer, choreographer and teacher. I´m not your regular anything. Period.

And I know it takes generosity, and a vision of your own, to recognize the value of what I do. We – me and you – are swiming, together, against the tide. We – me and you – believe Egyptian Dance is an art form that can change the ones who practice it, changing the world as a consequence.

Me and you are crazy dreams. And I love YOU for that.

Without you, my talents would remain unused, unappreciated, kept in a room of  forgetfulness – dark & damp, stinking of self-contempt – where so many dreams of so many (unknown) artists have been living for centuries.

Thank you for all the work already accomplished and for the one we´ll accomplish.

“Ana bastanak”, an Oriental Dance Classic, performed in Portland, Oregon, USA, one of the cities included in Joana Saahirah USA & Canada SOULful Tour.

Fifty (or more) shades of Grey

One thing I know for sure: life is not black & white.

I´d love it to be, believe me, but, allas!, truth must be told: Life is a hot, fascinating, often heart breaking, mess with an infinite array of colours, and tones, between black & white. The enemy becomes the friend; the friend becomes the enemy; the killer decides to heal and the healer decides to kill.

Where do we, the good folks, stay in the midst of all this…how can I call it?…unpredictable behaviour?

People, even the ones we love and trust, are not black & white. We are not black & white (damn it!). Who doesn´t like to see her/himself as the good guy? The fair, honest, brave, spotless character? And, yet, we´re grey – so grey it hurts. We cannot escape our in between(ness) – and, between black & white, there are infinite colour possibilities.

Living, and traveling the world for work, has put me in contact with thousands of human beings, animals and plants. It has also put me in contact with myself, the harshest and most urgent contact one can ever make.

I bow towards the Art of Not Knowing, Not Presuming, Not Judging. Maybe I´m growing up.


Joana Saahirah back to Portland, USA, this November!

Portland Joana Saahirah 2017

Joana Saahirah & The Secrets of Egyptian Dance, upgraded & more SOULful than ever, back to Portland (Oregon), this November. Organization by Heather Henna Louise.
Portland is one of Joana Saahirah´s USA & Canada SOULful TOUR.
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Warm up in Brazil (The Love Channel) by Joana Saahirah

The video you´re able to see here is just a warm up, not an exercise or choreography, shared with some of our students in Brazil.  Although it´s just a simple warm up, you can feel the Essence of Egyptian Dance, as an art form, in it. The smoothness, the Soul Language, the love.

Fashions come and go – the Essence is Eternal.

Joana Saahirah & The Secrets of Egyptian Dance – Level II – in Malaga, Spain

Los Segredos de La Danza Egipzia - Nivel II“The Secrets of Egyptian Dance”, a dance training format I´ve created alongside my first published book – “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond” – is something I´m really proud to share with the world. Not that I´m not proud of everything I do – I am – but this particular training, divided in 3 basic levels, is my favourite thing to teach.

What nobody´s teaching you about Egyptian Dance & Personal Empowerment.

 The best of Western and Eastern wisdom gathered in a training that awakens you in mysterious ways that go beyond the dance realm. Unique. Precious.

“The Secrets of Egyptian Dance – Level II” happens in Malaga, Spain, on the 9 & 10th December.

More information with Esalim (

Joana Saahirah back to Ireland, this December!

Ireland Galway 2017

Thrilled to be back to Ireland for a very special retreat with loads of goodies, authentic Egyptian Dance, self-pampering & laughter.

Magic happens, on the 2 & 3rd December, in the mystical land.

More information with Ciara McKenna 

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Life changing tool – sharing it with you!

I´ve included meditation in my daily routine for the last 10 days and it has already changed my life. I mean: 10 days?!

Aside from increased focus and mental clarity, inner calm and a much needed extra dose of patience (FYI: I´m the least patient person in the world), I´ve been digging into the deepest parts of my being – memories, grudges, past lives – which tend to surface, effortlessly, whenever my (gemini/busy) mind gets out of the way.

How, I ask mysef, something so simple can have such an impact on my life?
Thanks, once more, to Jonni Pollard for creating this fabulous tool.

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IMG_20171011_105216.jpgPhoto: me, after meditation, looking – and feeling – high as a kite.

Silences & Pauses in Egyptian Dance VIDEO by Joana Saahirah

Silences & Pauses in Egyptian Dance by Joana Saahirah
An introduction to one of the less known, yet most essential, aspects of Egyptian Dance. Why Silences & Pauses are important in dance as in life. Joana Saahirah – looking like Simone de Beauvoir on a particular bad hair/terrible wardrobe choise day – tells you about it.
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Feel welcome to join our pioneering, out of the box, “Silences & Pauses in Egyptian Dance” Online Workshop” available at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.
Silences and Pauses in Egyptian Dance by Joana Saahirah Online School
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