NEW Book “Behind the Curtain” by Joana Saahirah is arriving!

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Photo: Joana Saahirah performing with Mazzikatea orchestra in Slovenia, captured by the lens of Breda Jurecko.
Event organized by Ksenija Visket

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Ah…the anticipation…<3

I can´t wait to have my new book – “Behind the Curtain” -, a collaboration with the Slovenian Photographer Breda Jurecko, out there in the world.

This was an unexpected baby, one I´m deeply proud of. As usual, it comes out of my soul – no compromises, no shutting down, no faking. 

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Stay tuned for the NEWS on the upcoming BOOK LAUNCHING!

 

NEW Egyptian Dance & Self-Empowerment Private/Personalized Online Course by Joana Saahirah

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hand pointingWhat is it?

Egyptian Dance & Self-Empowerment is an Online Personalized/Private Course created and delivered by Joana Saahirah.

It´s a mix between Egyptian Dance Technique, Choreography, and Interpretation skills & Self-Discovery & Empowerment beyond the dance field.

It´s based on the premise that strong, self-confident, empowered women make strong, self-confident, empowered dancers. And vice-versa.

 

hand pointingFor whom?

For lovers of Egyptian Dance who also want to grow as human beings; for women who know they have something unique inside them that deserved to be expressed, shared with the world.

For dancers who are tired of empty, meaningless, competition oriented choreographies and are searching for REAL dance, REAL self-expression, REAL soul. In their dance, as in their life.

 

hand pointingWhat you will get from the course?

Ten private coaching sessions – each with 1 hour length – where you´ll receive an entire choreography  (Classical & Modern Egyptian Dance), dance technique, and a Personal Empowerment Program to awaken or/and strenghten your self-awareness & love.

You´ll have your own Facebook Secret Group where a direct contact with

Joana Saahirah will be kept from the beginning until the end of the course – loads of homework, extra/bonus material will be shared in this secret group, and feed-back will be shared in this group.

Your own Self-Empowerment Booklet delivered at the end of the course, an original manuscript created by Joana Saahirah for this special Private Course.

 

hand pointingHow does it work?

The 10 private/personalized sessions/classes are booked according to YOUR available time as well as Joana Saahirah´s agenda.

Homework & special challenges – on Egyptian Dance & Personal Growth – are shared between sessions/classes so you´re completely engaged and immersed in a journey which is both technical and personal.

The sessions/classes happen face to face with Joana Saahirah via Facebook Messenger or Skype.

The whole program will be adapted to YOU – your goals, your specific difficulties & strengths.

The available spots are LIMITED so – the first students to subscribe are the ones who can guarantee their course.

 

hand pointingJoana´s peculiar approach to Egyptian Dance & Self-Empowerment

After almost 8 years of a high-profile, extremely successful, pioneering career in Egypt, where she was also working as personal teaching & choreography assistant of Mahmoud Reda (aka the Father of Egyptian Folklore), Joana Saahirah traveled the whole world teaching, performing, and lecturing on Egyptian Oriental & Folkloric Dance.

She wrote and published her first book – “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond” – and wrote articles on Egyptian Dance & Self-Empowerment for various prestigious newspapers, magazines, and websites. Aside from writing, performing, teaching, and lecturing, Joana has creared “Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School”, a NEW project which has already brought education and empowerment to hundreds of dancers from every corner of the globe.

Along the way, she observed and guided thousands of dancers of all levels – from beginners to the professionals you know and follow in the international “bellydance” market.

Her approach is holistic – it works body, mind, heart, and soul – and she unites Egyptian Dance technique & choreography with personal development tools that take dancers to higher levels of creativity, power, and success. In their dance, as in their life.

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There´s a PROMOTIONAL/LAUNCHING price for this course VALID for subscriptions until the 15th December!

Ask us more about it, and about class scheduling possibilities, via email: dancemagica@gmail.com

 

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Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School Rebirth + Thank You Note

 

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Every dream is made of a WISH, a VISION, FAITH, ACTION & the SUPPORT OF MANY PEOPLE, some of them invisible to the public.

All of my dreams were born in my heart and all of them took faith, action, talents, and loads of perseverance. None of them would be possible without the support of the precious people I met along the way – Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School is one of them.

I want to personally thank the collaborators, friends, and students who made the beginning of this BIG DREAM possible. The Powhow platform is closing down but a new, upgraded, platform will be available soon for Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.

Our school is going to be REBORN stronger and better than ever out of my VISION but, make no mistake, out of your LOVE & SUPPORT as well.

Stay tuned at www.joanasaahirahworld.com

Talking about Modern Egyptian Dance, looking like John Bon Jovi ;)

Dismiss the John Bon Jovi look (not my usual look), the exaggerated hand gestures (my usual body language), the wide-open-fish eye expressions (my style) – focus on the message.

Enjoy “Modern Egyptian Dance with Soul”,

a bonus video offered by Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.

*Here´s what you´ll find in this video:

1. What is Modern Egyptian Dance?

2. Who´s the Mother of Modern Egyptian Dance & why?

3. What has improved & what has been lost in Modern Egyptian Dance?

4. What is the CORE of Egyptian Dance & how we can keep developing the Dance without losing that core?

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Bonus video offered with:

Dancing to Mohamed Abdel Wahab New Online Course

*Follow the link for more information: https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/11/12/new-online-course-dancing-to-mohamed-abdel-wahab-modern-egyptian-dance-with-soul/

NEW Online Course “Dancing to Mohamed Abdel Wahab – Modern Egyptian Dance with Soul”

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Welcome to “Dancing to Mohamed Abdel Wahab – Modern Egyptian Dance with Soul”, a homage to the Genius of Modern Egyptian Music, the last live & recorded Online Course our School – Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School – is presenting at the Powhow platform.

imagesHere´s what you´ll find in this Online Course:

1. Who is Mohamed Abdel Wahab & why dancing to his Music is an essential part of every Oriental Dancer´s training?

2 Mohamed Abdel Wahab´s place in Egyptian Music History.

3. Opportunities & Challenges his music offers dancers.

4. Dance Technique & Choreography of one of the most iconic songs by Mohamed Abdel Wahab – “Il Fan” (The Art), a perfect mix of Classical & Modern Egyptian Music.

5. How to be a SOULFUL dancer.

6. Six live & recorded classes you´ll be able to attend, face to face with Joana Saahirah, and/or view in the recorded version. You can also download the recorded classes into your computer to view them in your own time and as many times as you wish.

7.  Bonus material – videos, music, articles, images – offered with the course.

Eye_of_Horus_Right.svgHere ´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. Or Log into your Powhow account and copy-paste the following link:
http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/om-kolthoum-tarab-for-oriental-dancers-introduction

3. From the moment we start our live classes (check the schedule at the school), you can join us or/and enjoy the class recordings for as long as our school exists (we plan on existing for a really long 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

Bring Your Own Light by Joana Saahirah Online Dance School

Check out all the Pioneering Courses available at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School

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Dig in, and explore, the treasure ark of Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.
Our School stands for a SOULful Dance & a SOULful Life; we promise, & deliver, authentic Egyptian Dance, Self-Discovery & Empowerment.
ALL our courses happen live, face to face with the teacher, and are recorded.
Even if you miss the live classes, you have access to the class recordings for as long as our school exists. Plus, you can download all your classes into your computer until the 29th November (Powhow, the platform that has served our school, is closing down by the 30th November)
Every course offers Bonus Material – articles, videos, music, images – to take you deeper into each subject & turn your learning process into an Adventure.
All you have to do to access any of our courses is to LOG in Powhow (www.powhow.com),  go to the SEARCH BOX and write the name of the course you wish to purchase or follow the links shown below.
The system will lead you from there.
If you have any doubts or suggestions, don´t hesitate in contacting us via email (send a message to dancemagica@gmail.com).
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Lotus FlowerLet´s start with the Special, out of the box, Courses I wish my teachers had created when I first started to learn Egyptian Dance:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Finding & Expressing Yourself in Egyptian Dance

Log into your Powhow account and follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/finding-expressing-yourself-in-egyptian-dance-recorded

 

Lotus FlowerThe BASES of Egyptian Dance & Joana Saahirah´s method –
Courses I suggest to dancers of EVERY level:

 

 

 

  • How to create your first Egyptian Dance Choreography – Level 5 of Egyptian Dance ABC & Creative Awakening”

Log into your Powhow account and follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/how-to-create-your-first-egyptian-dance-choreography-recorded

 

 

  • Arms & Hands in Egyptian Dance Full Initiation – Levels 1 & 2

Log into your Powhow account and follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/arms-hands-in-egyptian-dance-full-initiation-levels-1-2

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Baladi Courses

 

  • Sensuality in Baladi – Posture, Technique, & Choreography

Log into your Powhow account and follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/sensuality-in-baladi-posture-technique-choreography-recorded

 

Lotus FlowerEgyptian Dance Rhythms & Tabla Solo Courses

 

 

Lotus FlowerOm Kolthoum Special Courses

 

 

Lotus FlowerShimmy (Drills) Technique & Combos

 

 

Lotus FlowerEgyptian Dance Folklore

 

Lotus FlowerSpecial Interest Courses

 

 

 

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Follow the links to watch a series of Videos about
Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School:
  •  Our School´s launching video
  •  Why our School is NOT for everyone
  • What you need to know when you join our School

On the Gifts of Imperfection

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On the Gifts of Imperfection
As an Egyptian Dance teacher, who knows teaching dance is also teaching selfawareness and love, I’ve witnessed signs of evolution, setbacks, moments of despair, hopelessness, boredom, strength and weakness, fear and courage, one step ahead and three steps back; trying, giving up, trying again; winning and losing and everything in between.
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In Dance, as in Life, growth doesn’t happen in a straight line – it’s made of ups and downs, falling and rising, making mistakes and miracles; meetings, face to face, with our own darkness and with our own light.
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Although we’re taught to celebrate the (false) idea of perfection – which really, and I mean really*, doesn’t exist -, the truth is we’re works in progress – always undone, thriving for a better version of ourselves, always building new houses upon an ancient house (our soul) which has long forgotten universal truths.
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When we think we understood the rules of this Dance, Life takes the carpet off our feet and BAM 💣💥💢, we’re thrown into the beginner’s classroom, once more.
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I say “Celebrate imperfection! Celebrate not knowing, the failure, the darkest meetings with ourselves and with others – there’s always a possibility of a flight after a fall.” Being human is, after all, the adventure of walking in unknown roads where we will, make no mistake, fall and bleed, hit rocks, rise and shine.
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As long as we keep living, and learning from our mishaps, we’re perfect. We may move slowly as long as we keep moving forward.
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Hey, baby, take a walk in the wild side: NEW Shaabi Online course!

Our NEW Online Course “Street Shaabi (inspired by the Maraghanat)
is about to start, with live & recorded classes, at
Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.
Every course I teach at my school or around the world is special but this theme is particularly close to my heart.
It took me years to even consider dancing to “Shaabi”. While I was performing in Egypt, audiences would ask me to perform the trendy Shaabi songs and I´d always refuse. First, those songs weren´t interesting enough for a professional dancer; second, I was totally biased where the Shaabi music is concerned. Let´s admit it: I refused to “walk in the wild side”, believing real dancers only performed to Classical Egyptian Music or high-quality Folkloric pieces.
As I grew up and opened my mind, I realized there are treasures hidden in the most unexpected places like, for instance, a good “Shaabi” song.
This style, which comes from the word “shaab” (the people), brings a political, social, even religious critic to the table; it allows us to express what is usually unexpressed – rage, hopelessness, sadness, frustration, the darker side of ourselves and life. When properly done, “Shaabi” is raw, real, down to earth and so much fun!
Once I realized that I started digging into the depths of this style and I couldn´t help but falling in love with it. I´m sure you´ll feel the same.
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*Follow the link for more information on Online Course “Street Shaabi (inspired by the Maraghanat): https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/10/28/street-shaabi-maraghanat-online-course-by-joana-saahirahs-online-dance-school/
Here´s a little “Shaabi” inspiration from New Zealand:

Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School REBIRTH is coming!

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Happening as we speak

Transformation, as death – a symbol of transformation -, has a terrible reputation. We love safety, comfort, knowing what´s ahead of us, the (false) sense of security that stagnation brings.

And, yet, Life is constantly reminding us there´s nothing more certain than CHANGE; we can escape a lot but change is in our genes, in the air that turns from cold to hot, in the day that follows the night, in satisfaction that switches to hunger, in the movement of the tides, our blood, our skin, our soul.

The platform – Powhow – where Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School has opened its doors will close down by the end of November – many other changes, personal and professional, are coming along for the ride. What many would see as obstacles, I choose to see as OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH. I know we´re not supposed to stay the same, doing the same things in the exact same way we´ve always made them.

A NEW, better, platform for our school will soon be provided; a NEW, better, future is in construction. Step by step, shift by shift, we arrive where we´re supposed to be. If only we see The Flow as our friend; if only we ACT upon our dreams; if only we trust Life enough and open our arms to RECEIVE ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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In a moment like this, when the darkness of Winter is slowly invading & illuminating us, I bow to the blessings of CHANGE. May we act upon it and allow it to bring exactly what it´s meant to fall on our laps.44932137_1871113233010008_3420781523861766144_n

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“Street Shaabi (Maraghanat” Online Course by Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School

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Welcome to the amazing – crazy fun –

Street Shaabi (Maraghanat) Online – live & recordedcourse

happening soon at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School!

 

Lotus FlowerHere´s what you´ll find in this Online Course:

1. What are Shaabi style & the Maraghanat?

2. Cultural context, technique, posture, feeling, & meaning of the Street Shaabi style.

3. Short dance combos/exercises with the typical vocabulary of “Street Shaabi” style.

4. A full choreography of Street Shaabi influenced by the Maraghanat of Cairo.

5. Tips to get into this style; a bit of Egyptian Politics, Culture, & Mentality.

6. Bonus material – music, videos, & more – to enhance your Learning Journey.

7. Seven live & recorded classes that you´ll be able to download to your computer and review as many times as you wish.

 

Lotus FlowerHere ´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. Or Log into your Powhow account and copy-paste the following link:
http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/om-kolthoum-tarab-for-oriental-dancers-introduction

3. From the moment we start our live classes (check the schedule at the school), you can join us or/and enjoy the class recordings for as long as our school exists (we plan on existing for a really long 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

A little bit of “Shaabi” madness in New York, USA.