The Creative Process by Joana Saahirah

Enjoy this bonus video – “The Creative Process” – offered with the Online Course “Blooming – Finding & Expressing Yourself in Egyptian Dance & in Life” available at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.

For more information on this and other courses available at our school, feel welcome to email us at dancemagica@gmail.com

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Turning Rocks into Diamonds

There´s nothing more inspiring, or challenging, as LIFE. This is our biggest work of art, our biggest lesson, our graduation.

I watch, as the movie rolls – from me, around me -, with the awe of a newborn child. No school, university, teacher can reach the ankles of this Master, the only real Master, called life.

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Today, I tried to start a class at my school – Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School – and the system failed. Again. I couldn´t start the class. It was exasperating.

I´m known for my professionalism, work ethic, and self-discipline. Naturally, I freak out when things go down the drain, despite my best efforts. It wasn´t the first time the system had failed. Chasing the “perfect internet” has been a thing since I´ve arrived to Bali. This class, already a rescheduled session, couldn´t happen.

Instead of feeling stressed, and frustrated, I took the high road: I took a deep breath and searched for constructive solutions.

We cannot control reality, independently of our desire to do so;

We cannot control life, its blessings, shocks, synchronicities, jokes, pleasantness and unpleasantness. Its beauty and its ugliness.

As far as I can see, we´re not The Creators of our Lives – we´re the CO-CREATORS. That means we have a partner, the most powerful of them all (LIFE), to deal with.

Although Life´s plan doesn´t always agree with our plan, I´ve learned – through trials and tribulations which I ended up calling “diamonds shaped out of rocks” – we can make the best out of practically everything that comes our way.

I´m not dismissing the unsolvable tragedies, the things we cannot fix – the death of a loved one, a disease that takes away our life quality, a loss so great we cannot manage to lick the wound and go on with a relatively healthy mental state.

Living provides daily opportunities to develop the skill of ADAPTATION and even GRATITUDE for things we didn´t plan, didn´t desire, wished didn´t happen. Instead of working so hard to plan, control, and judge reality, the idea is to EMBRACE what is right now, without judgment, and work with it to the best of our abilities. 

You know how it goes: when life gives you lemons…

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In Dance, as in Life, what matters the most is “how well you walk through fire” (Bukowski). How well you deal with the things you cannot change – are you able of turning rocks into diamonds?

Embrace the Fire. Make it Your Own. Let it lighten your path. Kiss it on the mouth.

Make the best of it.

Right now.

Always.

Unconditionally.

 

 

What it means to be FREE (in Egyptian Dance, as in Life)

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There´s a brand NEW pioneering Online Course starting, soon, at

Joana Saahirah’s Online Dance School​:
CREATIVITY & FREEDOM IN EGYPTIAN DANCE & IN LIFE.

In this online course, we´ll learn a complete Tabla Solo which will remind you of the true meaning of Creativity & Freedom. In Egyptian Dance, for sure, but, most importantly, in Life.

What does it mean to be a CREATIVE person?
What does it mean to be FREE?
Are we really* the authors of our own identity, dance, and life or are we following the crowds, often ending up frustrated, empty, lost from our own identity, purpose, and soul?

We don´t do shallow stuff at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School. We do authentic dance, art, awakening, love, empowerment towards a truly shining experience – in dance, as in life.

I hope you join us for this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G adventure. There´s a promotional/launching price valid for the next days ONLY. Follow the link for more information and allow yourself to grow, and shine, your own light: https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/06/17/creativity-freedom-in-egyptian-dance-in-life-introduction-new-online-course/

In this video: Joana Saahirah (mad) Tabla Solo at Dahab Festival 2017 Festival organized by Tara Tarazade.

Giving birth to a Shining Star

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And…push, push, push!

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Creating – a dance piece, a painting, a child, a new professional or personal project, ourselves & the life of our dreams – can be a challenge.

If it comes from your gut, and it should come from there, you must be prepared for the trials, the doubts, the lost & found moments, the risks, the uncertainty, the blood & the sweat involved in the birth process. You gotta be able to go down and dirty so you can rise up & flourish. When in doubt, observe the LOTUS FLOWER.

 

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Most of us want the flower, fully bloomed, but we’d rather not plant the seed, water, protect, and take care of it. I have NEWS for you (and me): that’s not how Creativity – in dance, as in life – works. We gotta to open ourselves, allow the seeds to settle in our heart, get our hands dirty and wet; we gotta do the work and howl at the moon. In order to create life, we have to embrace life with all its colours.

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Are you ready to give birth to your own star? ✨🌸💛

Lotus FlowerFollow the link for more information on our NEW Online Course “Creativity & Freedom in Egyptian Dance & in Life”https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/06/17/creativity-freedom-in-egyptian-dance-in-life-introduction-new-online-course/

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Creativity & Freedom in Egyptian Dance & in Life – Introduction NEW Online Course

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The purpose of Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School was clear from the start.

My goal was – still is – to deliver authentic Egyptian Dance, to empower & awaken YOU to YOUR true potential. In your dance, as in your life.

Lotus FlowerIn our NEW course, Creativity & Freedom in Egyptian Dance & in Life from the seed to the birth, the second of a Series of Special Thematic Courses that gather Egyptian Dance Technique & Choreography with Self-Awakening & Empowerment (we work on creating your best self, your best dance, and your best life), we´ll go through:

1. We´ll introduce ALL THE PHASES OF THE CREATIVE PROCESS – FROM THE SEED TO THE BIRTH;

2. We´ll identify and work on THE MAIN CREATIVE BLOCKS DANCERS FACE when they decide to start creating their own DANCE STYLE, THEMSELVES, and THEIR DREAM LIFE.

3. THE QUALITIES YOU´LL HAVE TO DEVELOP IN ORDER TO SHINE IN YOUR DANCE, AS IN YOUR LIFE. The Creator´s Essential Kit.

4. We´ll build an original TABLA SOLO choreography; we´ll work on the DANCE TECHNIQUE included in that choreography. We´ll work on CREATIVE FREEDOM based on this particular choreography, one that mixes Cairo style moves with out of the box, unexpected, super sensual movements that will awaken YOUR originality.

5.  We´ll have an entire module dedicated to MUSICALITY – how to listen, use, and co-create with the music. Structure, phrasing, details; composition, orchestration, and interpretation.

6. You´ll have an entire module dedicated to FREEDOM – how to become FREE in your dance and in your dance to be, and dance, your REAL, AUTHENTIC, FANTASTIC self.

7. WE´ll introduce YOU TO YOUR OWN DANCE & LIFE DESIGN. How to create your own Dance Style, Identity, & the Life you dream about.

This Introduction is dedicated to the FIRST PART OF THE CREATIVE PROCESS WHICH I ALSO CALL “PREPARING TO LAUNCH” – THE SEEDS; the NURTURING; the construction of YOUR MASTER PIECE.

Another Course – focused on Manifestation – will be offered right after this one. Stay tuned!

Lotus FlowerWhat you´ll RECEIVE when you subscribe to this pioneering course:

1. You´ll have access to 9 live, and recorded, classes with the total length of 12 hours of high standard training. You can join us live, for each class, or access the class recordings for as long as our school exists. You can view, and review, each class in your own pace.

2. Original, dance & life shaking, BONUS MATERIAL – articles, videos, music, images – created for this course in order to enlighten and empower you even further on this MAGICAL JOURNEY.

3. Feed-back from Joana Saahirah on several exercises – you´ll receive tips on how to improve based on your particular case.

4. You´ll have access to a SPECIAL FACEBOOK LIVE CHAT where you´ll be able to share your comments, questions, and requests for the course. If you cannot join the LIVE CHAT, you can send your requests/comments/questions in advance, via email, and they´ll be answered during the live chat.

5. You´ll have access to a POSITIVE, LOVING, FASCINATING DANCE COMMUNITY that is focused on EVOLUTION – I must say it out loud: our students are the best!

6. You´ll receive dance and life changing material that can indeed EMPOWER YOU TO BE, DANCE, AND LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE.

 

Lotus FlowerWhat´s the INVESTMENT you´ll do in this Course?

Special, PROMOTIONAL, price (valid from the 21st June until the 28th June 2018): $98

The REAL price of the Course is (valid from the 29th June 2018 on; this course will not be available on any of the future promotions our school may offer – the original price will be applied from the 28th June on): $240

Lotus FlowerWill you be able to request a REFUND if this course is not for you?

Yes, until the 3rd LIVE CLASS.

You can join us, live, or access the first 3 recorded classes, when they happen. If, by class #3, you feel this course won´t change the way you dance, see yourself and live, all you got to do is to send us a REFUND REQUEST and you´ll receive it immediately.

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/creativity-freedom-in-egyptian-dance-in-life

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

Are YOU ready to give birth to YOUR star?

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Joana Saahirah´s Interview at “Your Creative Fire” Series airs on the 4th June!

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Here´s another reason to celebrate: my interview with Jennifer Lakshmi Dove about Egyptian Dance & Creativity airs tomorrow, Monday, the 4th June!

We talked about the fierceness of being an Original, having an ever-expanding Personal Voice, and being our unique self. In dance, as in life.

In order to enjoy the interview, follow the link: https://www.jenniferdove.com/events/o/joana/

Once you click on the link, the system will lead you to my interview as well as to the interviews of an amazing group of artists, teachers, healers, and visionaries that have explored a myriad of hot topics with Jennifer Dove.
I´m honored to be on this list!

As a bonus GIFT, I´m offering my NEW EBOOK “Welcome to Egyptian Dance Wonderland” to the listeners who request it after accessing the interview.

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Feel welcome to listen, comment, and share the interview ❤

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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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Join me, Jennifer Dove, & a group of amazing artists, teachers, & entrepreneurs, for a series of FREE MASTER CLASSES called “Your Creative Fire”!

“Your Creative Fire” is a summit master classes, a series of conversations with women and men in the creative and healing arts fields on the subject of Creativity and Intuition. Artists, visual artists, writers, retreat leaders, sexuality coaches, shamans, yoga teachers, business coaches, women’s empowerment leaders, and more, speak about what gets their mojo on.

And, it’s FREE!

 Here are the steps to enjoy “Your Creative Fire” Master Class Series:

1. To access Joana Saahirah´s Master Class, as well as the Master Classes available at this amazing series, follow the link https://www.jenniferdove.com/events/o/joana/

  1. Fill in their name and email address and click “get access.”
    And, you´re in!

Starting on May 28th, one video/master class per day will be sent to your email.

There are 14 speakers in total, each with his/her own vision, experience, & inspirations.

Each video will be available for 72 hours. After all 14 have aired, all videos will again be available for 72 hours, until June 18th.

13907129_10154397606514886_193059075212437078_n The Master Class with Joana Saahirah (that´s me) – about Egyptian Dance & Creativity – airs on June 4th. 

Eye_of_Horus_Right.svgTo know more about this event, & the amazing people involved in it, follow the link:

http://www.jenniferdove.com/events/yourcreativefire/reveal/

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The Fear of Ridiculous & The Happy Monkey by Joana Saahirah

 

The Fear of Ridiculous & The Happy Monkey Exercise by Joana Saahirah.

Video dedicated to my students at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School; part of the bonus material offered with “Tabla Solo Discovery Journey – Level 1” Online, Recorded, Training available at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.
Follow the link for more information: https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/02/08/new-tabla-solo-creative-discovery-series-joana-saahirahs-online-dance-school/

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“I can get no satisfaction!”

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“In 1943, De Mille was hired to choreograph the musical Oklahoma!, which became an overnight sensation and ran for a record-setting 2,212 performances. Feeling that critics and the public had long ignored work into which she had poured her heart and soul, De Mille found herself dispirited by the sense that something she considered “only fairly good” was suddenly hailed as a “flamboyant success.” Shortly after the premiere, she met Graham “in a Schrafft’s restaurant over a soda” for a conversation that put into perspective her gnawing grievance and offered what De Mille considered the greatest thing ever said to her. She recounts the exchange:

I confessed that I had a burning desire to be excellent, but no faith that I could be.

Martha said to me, very quietly: “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. As for you, Agnes, you have so far used about one-third of your talent.”

“But,” I said, “when I see my work I take for granted what other people value in it. I see only its ineptitude, inorganic flaws, and crudities. I am not pleased or satisfied.”

“No artist is pleased.”

“But then there is no satisfaction?”

“No satisfaction whatever at any time,” she cried out passionately. “There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”

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Cohabiting with dissatisfaction is an integral part of the creative life.

No area of artistic expression escapes the grip of the Eternal Search, a state of happy unrest that keep us humble, with both feet on the ground, and eager for more. More discovery, more awakenings, more growth.

We are never done with our creative work and, as far as I can see, that is a good thing. Not quite reaching what we feel we can reach is precisely what keeps us interested, learning, thriving, walking towards our dreams.

Having ideas is easy – it´s the materialization of those ideas that separates the mosquitos from the eagles (NOT a fancy comparison, I know, but you get my point).

We can only do our best, right now, with talent and flaws, light and dark spots; keeping, as Martha Graham says, “the channel open.”

Being dissatisfied with the results of our creative work does not, should not, mean we dislike what we do. It means we´re aware there is road ahead.

I often ask my students to film themselves while dancing. It may not be a good idea to become a slave to the mirror or  the video camera but it is a good idea to combine inner exploration, with no need for external/visual proof, with an external, perhaps colder, perspective of our work. Learning how to watch yourself dancing is important – evaluating the points where you´ve grown – victories conquered – and the points you need to improve – victories in the making.

Enjoy the journey, deliver your best work possible, using the tools, experience and awareness you possess now, and let dissatisfaction pull you forward.

We do not dance, or live, to be perfect. We dance, and life, to be whole.”

Excerpt from Egyptian Dance Booklet by Joana Saahirah, soon to be published.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Education Versus Personal Exploration

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“Education is safe – you learn what others have already created, mastered, tested and approved of. If you decide to stick with what you´ve learned, and never go beyond it, you´ll become a correct, universally applauded mediocre copy machine. There is comfort, and certainty, in this choice.

But is that what you want? Can´t you see you are, and can do, so much more than that?

Self-exploration is risky, uncertain, mysterious – you´ll embark on adventures you cannot fully control; you´ll face your demons, limits and potential; you´ll test your waters and see how far you, not your teacher or an institution, can go. You will give birth to yourself without knowing how the baby will look like. What if the child is born with deformities? Or – oh my God; I cannot believe it; oh, so damn – ugly? Or just mediocre – a plain kid with no sparkle in his eyes? A regular Joe, perhaps.

Remember births can be painful and/or orgasmic. And the product of our creativity – may that be a human child or a dance piece – can disappoint our expectations. 

If given the choice, most of us will prefer to receive The Answer, or Magic Pill, from the hands of our teacher than to find it ourselves. I´ve had a few students who got mad at me because I told them they would have to use what I was teaching them and discover who they are in the process.

– Copying me won´t do the trick. You have to go into the desert by yourselves. – I told them.

They wanted to twist my neck. Who wouldn´t? A teacher who sends you off, alone though with tools in your travel bag, is not to be trusted. Is she/he?

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Explore, go within, try new things; use knowledge to empower you, not to limit you.

A good, professional, teacher will know how to guide you towards self-exploration. But, then again, YOU have to want to go there.

Curiosity cannot be taught – you awaken it in you or you don´t.

The courage to see what´s out there, inside of you, cannot be taught.

The perseverance, the discipline, the guts to find your own voice cannot be taught.

The willingness to face your limits and, what´s even scarier, your infinite potential, cannot be taught.

You, my beloved, have to get on the camel, pack your essentials, and leave for your cross of the desert.

I´ll meet you on the other side or, who knows?, in an oasis, because I, too, have my desert(s) to cross. We all do.

You´re alone on the road and you´re definitely not alone.”

Excerpt from The Egyptian Dance Booklet by Joana Saahirah (soon to be published)

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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“Going to school gives the illusion that knowledge is what makes an artist. It´s like knowing how to write English perfectly. It has very little relation to the art of writing.”

My Life and Times by Henry Miller