Originality & Tradition in Belly Dance: An Interview with Joana Saahirah of Cairo
Full interview – chat between Mahin Sciacca and Joana Saahirah – available at She´s Got Hips website: http://shes-got-hips.com/originality-tradition-in-belly-dance-an-interview-with-joana-saahirah-of-cairo/#.WUaV5JNXl9c.facebook
Thanks to Mahin Sciacca for the wonderful interview ❤
I´m thrilled to announce another intensive, kick ass, online package of classes available at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School:
Cairo style Tabla solo Intensive Training by Joana Saahirah
We´ll work on body awareness, creative awakening in the way we use our physical tool, emotional ride through percussion, technique & full choreography – a different way to experience percussion.
How to create a tabla solo which doesn´t make you feel and look like a puppet but like a human being – alive, relaxed, out of the box, sensual, imaginative & free.
My inspiration, for this training, came from the amazing drummers who have been part of my orchestra in Cairo, Egypt, in all my years of career there. They taught me most of what I´ll teach you here.
Live & recorded classes you can attend, enjoying a face to face with teacher learning experience, and review, later on, through the correspondent class recordings.
Excellence, discories and fun guaranteed!
For more infos, follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/cairo-style-tabla-solo-intensive-training-by-joana-saahirah
Inspiration for the road (me and my musicians improvising a mean Tabla Solo in Cairo, Egypt:
Here are some of the public comments Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School has received, so far. We´ve opened our first class on the 13th May and we´re rocking –
giving and receiving the love.
My gratitude goes to every student/dancer who joins, shares and supports our classes. No matter how many achievements and success I may gather along the way, I know I´m only as great as my last work. I´ll make sure you, my students, always receive the best.
Here are some of the loving comments students left at the school (http://www.powhow.com/classes/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio)
“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
“Once again, simply the best: Joana doesn’t just teach dance or movement. She provides the cultural context and social aspects of the dance that inform the student much more richly than most teachers can — her personal experience as a dancer in Cairo brings with it amazing depth.”
“Yet another fabulous class with Joana. She is such a good instructor, very detailed and an excellent communicator.”
“A very very interesting class! almost the part about, creativy, musicality, Bint el Balad… I have really enjoyed!”
“These classes are brilliant, seriously. As a long term private student, I really feel this is the way for dancers who cannot commit to private lessons to have regular access to Joana’s experience, wisdom & uniquely holistic approach to the dance in a manner that doesn’t diminish the quality of the lessons. There are also the added benefits of having access to the recorded classes (which makes it possible to “make up” missed or partial classes & also allows for an in depth review of the lecture material) & the advantage of hearing the questions, perspective & reflections of other students. While I will never, ever give up my private studies with Joana, I feel this is an excellent compliment to what I do in our one-on-one classes. I have recommended these classes to many of my friends & acquaintances & I will continue to do so until they give in to my prodding, lol. ❤︎”
“Amazing class and I learned a lot. I feel really inspired and can use the information I received towards improving my dance. I will definitely be taking the class again.”
Thank you so much for the class, it´s just amazing! So much information, motivation, authentic feeling, space for personal creativity, individuality, and at the same time your professional leading! I love it! In last few months I have a problem with motivation, I wanted to end up with dance, but your videos and your new attitude to dance (for me, it´s new) gave me new motivation to continue, go deeper and search for my own style and attitude which was quite scary for me in the past. I am so happy I have heard about you and now be a student of your online dance school, though only recorded, as it´s quite hard for me to have time to dance when your lessons are online. But I hope and trust once to see you face to face on Skype (at least) or live.
So thank you once more and I am looking forward to the second baladi lesson.”
Replacing perfectionism by Joy (in the present moment) by Joana Saahirah of Cairo
Notes inspired by questions of students, the ones I teach on my Online Private, and Group, Courses as well as students I meet in festivals/events around the world.
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Video Notes for Dancers by Joana Saahirah:
Free Welcome Class by Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School!
Our way of thanking the dancers who have already joined our school and the ones who are about to join it.
An open, free of charge, welcome session that will include a fun, short choreography and a Q&A (Question & Answer) session where you´ll be able to interact with the teacher and ask her what you wish to know about Egyptian Dance in Egypt and around the World.
Joana Saahirah will be happy to share her peculiar, in depth career experience that covers 8 years of work in Egypt and the last years of work around the world.
Magic will be shared!
*An alternative class date – on 24th June at the scheduled time – is also available to all of you. Each student can only attend 1 class and the places are limited.
More infos at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School:
“I don’t like to discuss my marriage, but I will tell you something which may sound corny but which happens to be true. I have steak at home. Why should I go out for hamburger?”
~ Paul Newman
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
Although comparing his woman to a steak is not a good idea – not for me, at least -, the truth hidden behind these words is spotless and it can only make me respect Paul Newman, more than I already did.
He was not just a great, charismatic actor and the most gorgeous man ever lived on earth but he also happened to be a MAN. Not a kid old enough to be a man but an actual man. A rare diamond!
-You´re not ashamed at all, are you? – My niece asked me as I pulled her out to dance in the middle of the beach on my birthday.
-I´m not, honey. There´s no shame in happiness. I´d be ashamed if I hurt someone; if I stole, lied or was unkind. But I´ll never be ashamed for dancing with you on the beach.
– Of course they are. It´s a real treat to see people, totally free, enjoying themselves without shame. And they´re not paying a ticket. See? Why being ashamed when we´re offering a free show to the people?
My niece smiled and nodded. She understood ❤