References – the ones you learn from – compose a major part of who you become as an artist and human being. I was lucky to have caught the last glimpses of authentic, soulful Egyptian Dance. Teachers like Shokry Mohamed (RIP), Souhair Zaki, Mona el Said, Nagwa Fouad, Azza Sherif and, of course, Mahmoud Reda had a great role in shaping who I am today.
They are exemples of what Egyptian Dance is – a personal, and universal, sacred language that speaks from the soul and to the soul.
Here´s a bit of the love received by my dear teacher, friend and grandfather Mahmoud Reda. This choreography was filmed and edited with his own hands at his studio in downtown Cairo (sadly, not his studio anymore). Words fail to express how grateful I am to this man and every Master who crossed my path.