Joana Saahirah´s Journey – from Egypt to the World (dreams DO come true)

I cried, literally, watching this video (created by Teresa Cotrim) ❤ It´s so precious to look at ourselves, and our lives, and experience this overwhelming feeling of pride and love.

Joana Saahirah´s Journey from Egypt to the World.
Enjoy a bit of Joana Saahirah´s Path from Portugal to Egypt; from Egypt to the World – a dream, a mission, a vision come true.
A reminder that DREAMS do COME TRUE (if you do the work) ❤

A moment from one of my performances in Czech Republic; pure state of bliss.

Wow! Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School got 255 5-star ratings & more than 60 raving testimonials!

Thank you, world!

While working on the NEW Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School, I came across the ratings and the reviews of our first classes (which operated at Powhow, a platform which closed down). The only comment I manage to come up with is WOW!

In just one year of activity, interrupted by several work trips I´ve made around the world, our school gathered 99.9% 5-star ratings and one 4-star rating from a student who freaked out when there was a fire around my house and the internet failed (true story!). It also gathered more than 60 spontaneous testimonials from dancers who left their loving appreciation publicly registered.

These last days, I´ve been going through those testimonials and ratings and I cannot stop smiling: it´s so rewarding to receive back the love we give.

Now, off to more work on the new school. Making sure there will be a thousand more reasons for 5 or 6-star ratings and amazing feedback from my beloved community.

I´m over the moon with GRATITUDE & PRIDE.

Where to find Joana Saahirah on Social Media (let´s stay connected)

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Mahatma Ghandi

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Although Time is precious, and I feel an increasing need to retreat from social media in order to focus on creating the work and life I envision for myself, the truth is my work and life is connected to a world I actually love. There are bridges that deserve to be built and cherished. Check the ways we can connect and join me.

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Sharing authentic Egyptian Dance, Self-Discovery & Empowerment has been my biggest dream come true, my mission, my vision. Sharing the Jewels I´ve found along the way, alongside my World, with YOU is a pleasure.

The 3 Things that will (instantly) improve your Dance. And Life.

Samia Gamal one of the starts from the Egyptian Dance Golden Age, striking a pose

Who doesn´t like a shortcut, a formula that helps us get there – wherever there may be – faster and better; an efficient hack?

I know I do. Plus, I love to share the pearls I´ve been gathering in all these years of performing and teaching Egyptian Dance, first in Cairo and then around the world. Reflecting on what I´ve learned, filtering the information and expressing it in a way that students can benefit from is one of my biggest pleasures.

Without further ado, here we go: checkthe 3 things that will instantly improve your dance. And life. (you´re welcome 😉 )

  1. Breathe more consciously and frequently; also, slower. Breath is a major key to a lot of essential things. In dance, as in life. Being aware of your breath – inhaling and exhaling – and managing it for your own benefit will not only allow you to dance better but it´ll increase your health – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual – and potential for growth. Write BREATHING reminders on post-its; start your dance practice with a minute of conscious breathing (eyes closed, in silence); introduce meditation into your daily routines. It can be a dance and life changer.
  2. Love yourself, starting with your physical body. The way you move is a mirror of your relationship with yourself. If you´re someone who feeds self-hate and criticism, your dance (and life) will show it and suffer because of it. Self-care, self-love and self-awareness are basic skills for any Oriental Dancer (and, again, for any human being). The more you know and love yourself, the more confident you become and the more confident you become the better you move, the more chances you take, the more creative you become, the more you exhale positive vibes. Start replacing self-destructive thoughts with POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS. For instance: replace “I´m ugly” by “I´m beautiful”; replace “I´m not interesting” by “I´m unique and fascinating in my own way”; replace “I suck” by “I´m amazing”; replace “I´m a loser” by “I´m an achiever”. And so forth. Feed yourself properly, sleep/rest, exercise; become your own best friend.
  3. Be vulnerable. Allow yourself to listen, receive, assimilate music and life experiences, feel the pleasant and the unpleasant; embrace life in all its colors. Open your heart (trust me, I know how hard it can be), show up as you are. Don´t fake it; express your true self, your joys and sorrows, your strengths and your wounds. In dance, as in life, becoming more vulnerable is a turning point. Start with saying “I love you”. First to yourself, then to the most important people in your life. Grab the phone or send a message. Reach out. If you´re afraid, say it so; if you´re lost, acknowledge it. Tell your parents, spouse/lover, friends, family how much they mean to you. Be the first to say “I´m sorry”, the first to lean in during a fight, the first to reveal something extraordinary like “I´m human; I also suffer; I, too, feel hopeless, sometimes”. Extra tip: watch Brené Brown´s Netflix Special “The Call to Courage”.
I´ve said and written it many times but here we go again: Egyptian Dance isn´t just a bunch of exotic empty movements randomly stitched together.
Egyptian Dance is a holistic art form that connects movement with feeling, feeling with pleasure, pleasure with soul, and soul with life. It´s a way of LIVING, way more than a dance.

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Joana Saahirah´s interview at NFreads

Me and my first literary baby – “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond”
Me and my recently published book – “Behind the Curtain” -, a collaboration with the Slovenian Photographer Breda Jurecko.

It´s known, obvious, and official: I LOVE to talk about creativity, productivity, the art of consistently turning dreams into reality; writing, dancing, choreographing, teaching, growing.

When I received the invitation from NFreads for an interview about my books, the creative process, and what I´ve learned so far about writing, I jumped immediately on that train. Although I´m mostly known as a Dancer, a Choreographer, and a Teacher, Writing and publishing what I write have been a huge part of my career, one that offers me an increasing sense of fulfillment.

Plus, talking about the Creative Process, in dance or in writing, exposing things as they are, free of false glamour or needless b”#$%”t, is my thing. And that´s exactly what I do in this interview.

Dig in. Enjoy. Get inspired.

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NEW VIDEO “Dance Who You Are” by Joana Saahirah

Hello, gorgeous!

Here´s the NEW video I´ve created for YOU: “Dance Who You Are”, a dip into one of the most central concepts of Egyptian Dance and the work I´ve been doing for almost 20 years.

I hope you watch, share, and apply the contents of the video. In your dance, as in your life.

We´re not here to play, or work, small. We´re here to embrace and express our best selves – flaws and all.

Dive in. Shine your own Light ❤

Open up, let yourself be seen – truly seen*

The 3 things that changed my Life (life hacks, anyone interested?)

Although I don´t believe in Universal Formulas, I´m happy to share my TOP 3 LIFE HACKS, the goodies that work for me, the things that changed my life for better.

If they apply to you, great; if they don´t, I invite you to FIND YOUR OWN LIFE HACKS. Trust me, they exist. What makes a difference in your life may be different from what makes a difference in my life but those goodies – your goodies – are out there. Go and get them. Nobody will improve your life – only YOU can do it, starting with those daily, seemingly ordinary, things.

  1. Daily meditation.

At first, it felt like an impossible task. How could I – the over-doer always on schedule and on the run – stop, every day, for 15 or 20 minutes to do”nothing”? How could I take time from my overloaded day to sit, focus on my breath, and be – just be?

I believe most of us, particularly Westerners, arrive to Meditation as a way to save ourselves from insanity, a last resource, searching for salvation. We reach a point of mild, or violent, burnout and realize we have to STOP in order to keep moving. I was no exception. My brain felt like it was going to explode; I´d lived more in 35 years of existence than most people I know live during their entire lives. I felt overwhelmed, exhausted, in urgent need of respite. My “cup was running over” but not in a good way.

Once I forced myself to sit still and go through my daily meditation, the agitation gave place to peace. I endured the storms, the “what a hell am I doing, or not doing, here?” tantrums, the shenanigans, the bursts of laughter and crying, the almost irresistible temptation to quit. I stayed put, returned day after day to my seated position; eyes closed, mind – slowly – opening. Now, I can honestly say: meditation takes me to my happy place, my internal home, my personal heaven, the one which resides within. It has shown me HOW to breathe and use my breath to shape my reality; how to distinguish my thoughts from WHO I AM, truth from fantasy, fear from courage. It has made me more rooted, aware, calm, trusting, loving, and – tchan, tchan, tchan! – patient.

It has changed the way I dance, live, treat myself and others.

***There are many MEDITATION APPS, some of them FREE, available on the internet. Search for the one you´d like to try and give it a go. Realize it takes time to form a new habit so DO NOT QUIT. If you miss a day, or more, restart. You´re allowed to fall and rise up.

Make meditation a daily practice for at least 60 days in a row, the time it takes, according to research, to install a new habit.


2. Gratitude

The daily practice of GRATITUDE has changed my mindset and, consequently, the way I dance and live.

Complaining, criticizing, pointing fingers is so easy! Plus, we find loads of company for those activities. But, let´s be honest, complaining doesn´t get things done; criticizing may, or not, raise awareness on something which is not right but it doesn´t change it for the better; pointing fingers is disempowering.

Once you become aware of GRATITUDE, how it applies to your existence and how it changes it, you never go back to the CRITICS CLUB. You´ll be too busy saying THANK YOU, LIFE; too busy with your own life, the things and people that matter the most to you.

It´s as simple as this: I have a GRATITUDE APP on my mobile phone. As soon as I wrap my daily meditation, a central part of my Morning Routine, I´ll open the app and write the things I´m most grateful for. They can be “food on the table”, or “this sunny day”, or “my love relationship”, or “the success and the joy in my work”, or “the challenges that are making me grow”, or (fill in the blank).

What a daily GRATITUDE PRACTICE does is tuning YOU with LIFE´s ABUNDANCE, a POSITIVE ENERGY of LOVE, CAN-DO, INSPIRATION, OPENNESS. The more you say THANK YOU, the more you´ll receive.


***Create your own GRATITUDE RITUALS.

You can go for a GRATITUDE JAR where you´ll insert hand-written notes with the things you´re most grateful for at the end of each week; you can download a GRATITUDE APP, as I did, and use it daily; you can have your GRATITUDE JOURNAL where you´ll write before sleeping. Use your imagination.The most important thing is to make it a HABIT, not something you do here and there.

3. Filing my LIFE with Beauty.

My feet standing on my beloved Moroccan rug, one I bought from an old man – kind, funny, wrinkled and beautiful – at the outskirts of the desert.

I know it sounds too easy. Or difficult. You may claim: I don´t have time, money, or energy to focus on Beauty; that´s a luxury for the rich and the lucky. Yes, you may claim it. And I will disagree.

When, after many years of life in Cairo, Egypt, and travels world-wide for work, I decided to move for a while to the deep Portuguese countryside; I found a humble abode hidden between the mountains and the river and I settled in it. I knew I NEEDED to BRING BEAUTY into my life. That, in itself, would do a lot of the cleaning, healing, and rebirthing I so desperately needed.

I didn´t buy new clothes, furniture, or objects for decoration. I went back to the basics: a clean home which I cleansed with daily doses of fresh air, incense, and essential oils; a well tended garden from which I could take flowers to decorate my place (and myself); a silent, peaceful, bulshit-free environment where ONLY LOVE AND BEAUTY could enter. I filtered my thoughts, feelings, interactions with my inner and exterior world; I made sure nothing negative would reign in my space. No, sir, not on my watch.

I´ve moved out, lived in Morocco and Indonesia ever since. I´ve spent time in hotel rooms around the globe. Yet, my CULT OF BEAUTY remains untouched.

Bringing BEAUTY in all its forms into my life has changed the whole game. I no longer participate in negative, trashing, destructive scenarios; I make sure my environments are clean, fresh, beautified with whatever is available. I´ve discovered BEAUTY is healing and realized we eventually become a mirror of the things and people we surround ourselves with. If I catch myself into downwards/destructive mode, I catch myself up and breathe – staring at the trees, the sky, anything beautiful.

Add BEAUTY into your home, work space, internal and external life. Go for simplicity; filter the thoughts, things, and people you wish to bring into your life. DECORATE your LIFE in an uplifting, inspiring, manner. Beauty attracts beauty, the same way joy attracts joy, and gratitude attracts abundance.

YOU are BEAUTIFUL – let your dance, and life, be a reflection of that fact.

Enjoy this bonus video I´ve produced for YOU:

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How to make your Dance more Unique – tips by Joana Saahirah

Enjoy this new goodie I´ve produced for my Dance Community.

I hope it inspires you to dance and live in a happier, more soulful way.

Video Notes inspired by students from all over the world.

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NEW Video – Tips to bring more Feeling into your Dance – by Joana Saahirah

Hey, gorgeous!

Check out my NEW video “Tips to bring more Feeling into your Dance”, another gift to my beloved dance community.

I hope this video inspires you to dance, and live, from your heart. Emotion is beautiful; love is the energy that makes everything, including dance, worth our time and energy.

Feel welcome to WATCH, LIKE, and SHARE the video with your dance peeps ❤

Meanwhile…

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