Opening 2019 with the climbing of NEW mountains

Joana Saahirah Ilhas Dornes

Opening 2019 with open arms and heart

Flying into 2019 with the Passion and the Love I´ve always carried in my heart, a renewed sense of purpose and hope.

Here´s what they rarely tell us: evolution takes work; growth can be painful; letting go of limiting beliefs, wounds, old ghosts can be a never-ending battle but, YES, we can do it. If we genuinely want to.

I´ve never sat in my comfort zone – whenever I reach the top of one mountain, I start looking for a new mountain to climb. It´s the climbing, not the arrival, that builds our character.

From Portugal, my homeland where I was safe and comfortable, to Egypt where I spent 8 years building my career and myself in the midst of unimaginable challenges and blessings; from Egypt to the whole World where I´ve been traveling as an invited artist to perform, teach, and lecture on Egyptian Dance, Music, and Culture; from the World to wherever I dream.

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Along the way, I´ve written an endless amount of articles for highly respected maganizes and newspapers; I´ve written and published my first book – The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond” (follow link to get your own copy: http://www.lulu.com/shop/http://www.lulu.com/shop/joana-saahirah/the-secrets-of-egypt-dance-life-beyond-2nd-edition/paperback/product-23143198.html?fbclid=IwAR2Jfl0G_J0QIVEQzejQdSkQ8PzO7v0GkKDNpIOy0-V7VjOmA36OzSVmFlA ); I´ve created a pioneering school – Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School -, I´m about to publish my second book – Behind the Curtain – and I´m already working on my third book.  A brand new, upgraded, platform for Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School will soon be released. Stay tuned at this blog or ask to join our dance community via email (send email to dancemagica@gmail.com)

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is is just a little sample of how much I´ve lived, dreamed and materialized and how much I´m doing in the present. I hope it inspires you to turn your Wish List* into a Dreams Accomplished List.

wink-happy-16Hint: I have no intention to stop growing and making IT happen.

In 2019, more than in any other year, I thrive for new mountains – the most unexplored, frightening, amazing mountains; the ones that will ultimately bring me closer to my truest self. I hope YOU´re brave enough to do the same.

Happy climbing, my friends!

 

In this video: Joana Saahirah BOMBASTIC Majance Performance in Quebec, Canada. Quebec was one of the cities included in Joana Saahirah´s USA & CANADA SOULful Tour.

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May Wisdom, Light, Love, and Beauty rule our new year.

The Art of turning obstacles into OPPORTUNITIES (a NEW YEAR´s peculiar Message)

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The Art of turning obstacles into OPPORTUNITIES is not new to me; every student, fan, follower and reader who´s been in contact with my work knows how familiar this ground is.

Would I wish to live in a world that always runs smoothly, an obstacle-free universe where everything goes exactly how I want them to go, a life covered in unblemished sugar and candy? Probably. Maybe not. Who knows?

I know enough, by now, to recognize Life has a way of making us grow – both professionally and personally – through adversity. And, in the sake of truth, let me say it like it is: obstacles aren´t nice; difficulties, loss, injustice, pain, setbacks, failure, adversity in all its shapes and colors aren´t cool. I can´t stand the voices who glamourize these dark patches trying to make them what they´re not: something we should (almost) wish for. I´d like to have all the roads opened wide for me – effortlessly, lovingly, populated with kind, honest, generous folks who wished me the best.

But, I have to admit, it´s through the dark tunnels we evolve. We must face them, cross them, light them up with our ability to turn the night into a new day.

I´ve lost count of the obstacles I met along the way – they were so many, and some of them so great, I started calling them “opportunities”, first as a strategy to cope with them and survive, then as a realization.

This year, I received loads of blessings and I went through some of the hardest moments, including a big earthquake with a tsunami threat in a distant island, disease, instabilities of different sorts, a face to face meeting with my deepest fears and a fire. If I didn´t have a heart attack these past months, I will never have it.

There are huge TRANSFORMATIONS happening inside me and in my work, including at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.

I´d been thinking about creating a better platform for the school – I´d been wishing for it and dreaming of it forever but life had to slap me on the face, once more, to push me into forward action. The platform – Powhow – where the school operated announced its closure in the space of one month. No warning, no pre-announcement, no preparation: the courses I´d been building in the platform would be gone, forever, after all the love and investment I´d put in them.

At first, it felt like a betrayal, a punch in the stomach. God knows how much work went into the school, how much time, money, skills, patience, care. Yet, my feelings weren´t taken in consideration. As it happens, most of the time, the world doesn´t care if we´re feeling down or outraged. As the jazz song says, “we gotta dust ourselves off and start all over again”. And so I did.

A lot of work is ahead – mistakes, trials, discoveries, surprises, evolution. There´s no shortcut to success or to love or to LIFE. We gotta dig in, dive deep, take chances, wrap our sleeves up and show up for our own survival and thriving.

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1. In the NEW year that´s approaching, I hope you take a deep breath, close your eyes, and give thanks. Say THANK YOU for all you are and have right now (even the unpleasant stuff).

2. Take stake of the “negative” experiences you´ve lived in the past three months and check how you´ve lived them and if you managed to make the best of them. Bring the lessons from past experiences to the present and to the future. 

3. Feel the pain/loss, whenever you suffer/lose; take a step backwards, have a good night sleep, breathe deeply and “start all over again”. Going through the tunnel doesn´t mean we must remain in the tunnel – we cross it to, eventually, get out of it.

4. Wonder how you can turn a “bad situation” into an opportunity for growth. You may not be able to erase sadness or bring a lost treasure back but you can create something beautiful out of it – it won´t eliminate the dark tunnel but it´ll give it meaning.

5. Understand there´s no EVOLUTION without pain. We have to struggle to get out of our comfort zone; we must die a little in order to be reborn.

What I wish for this NEW YEAR is this: the lucidity and courage to cross the dark tunnels life throws at us with our eyes on the prize – what can I learn from this, how can I turn this shitty hard situation into something worthwhile?

You know the deal: nobody said it´d be easy, only that it would be worth it.

Meanwhile, it wouldn´t hurt if we asked Santa for world peace and, yeah!, a few open-wide roads. No rocks or frogs, no traps, no dragons with evil intentions, no losses.

We deserve a break and rewards for the seeds planted ❤

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A NEW, upgraded, Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School is about to be born.

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

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

Image via Hayat Hakim

“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.

NEW Online Course “Om Kolthoum & Tarab for Oriental Dancers – Introduction”

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Reaction from the audience in an Om Kolthoum concert, June 1st, 1962.
This image speaks for 1000 words.
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Join my live & recorded Online Course
“Om Kolthoum & Tarab for Oriental Dancers Introduction”,

a journey into the Soul of Egypt.

*Promotional priceoffered to all our students valid ONLY UNTIL the 20th October 2018 (ONLY $69 for 7 live & recorded classes & exclusive bonus material that will rock your world). The price goes up from the 21st October on ($89).

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Here´s what you´ll get when you subscribe to this course:

1. Who is Om Kolthoum & why she´s a symbol of the Egyptian Soul.

2. What is Tarab & how do we apply it to our Dance & Life?

3. Introduction to Om Kolthoum´s music, sensibility, & time.

4. Dancing Om Kolthoum – posture, musicality, technique, feeling, & choreography.

5. A complete Om Kolthoum choreography.

5. Tips on how to improve your Interpretation Skills.

6. Secrets to attain a Soulful Dance & Life.

7. Seven live & recorded classes you´ll be able to attend, view & review, and download to your computer/mobile.

8. Exclusive bonus material – videos, articles, images, music – to make your learning adventure even more exciting.

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

 

Foto 9 - Breda Listen.jpgPhoto: Joana Saahirah dancing to Om Kolthoum during a show with Mazzikatea orchestra in Slovenia; image by Breda Jurecko.