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.

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

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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On Sensuality (being Alive)

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A brand NEW Online CourseSensuality in Baladi (out of the box, crazy and fabulous, as usual) – is coming to Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School and with it come a set of subjects I hold dear to my heart.

Sensuality, as freedom, love, creativity, courage, inner strength, passion, and integrity are some of the subjects at the core of my work.

The first, a highly polemic and misunderstood topic, return to our school with a bang.

What is Sensuality and why is it so important in Egyptian Dance and, let´s not forget, in life?

For me, Sensuality is about BEING ALIVE and in APPRECIATION of every gift life´s offering us.

For me, Sensuality is about BEING ALIVE and in APPRECIATION of every gift life´s offering us.

Sensuality is about putting our phones, computers, and other machines aside and actually take a sip of this blessing which is being here, alive and thriving.

Most of us ignore the pleasures our bodies, and lives, provide – the feeling of drinking fresh water on a Summer day, resting after a long journey, waking up with air in our functioning lungs, touching a loved one or/and being touched, a sunset, the sun falling upon our skin, and so forth.

We ignore Nature, ourselves, other people; the simple (big) things in life.

Most of us live inside gadgets, not inside ourselves, present in our lives.

Being ALIVE means BEING in LIFE – your life. Body, mind, heart, and soul. That presence, more than anything else, is the definition of Sensuality.

Ask yourself:

HOW PRESENT AM I IN MY LIFE? Am I letting life slip away?

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❤ Follow the link for more information on our NEW Online Course

“Sensuality in Baladi – Posture, Technique, & Choreography”:

https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/07/21/17443/

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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.

 

 

Join our FABULOUS Dance Community, claim your FREE Ebook “Egyptian Dance Wonderland” TODAY & start growing with us.

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Take a look at ALL our Online & Recorded Courses 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.
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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Let´s start with the Course I wish my teachers had created when I first started to learn Egyptian Dance:

 

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

 

 

 

  • 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

 

Eye-Of-Horus-Tattoo-Stencil-1Baladi Courses

 

 

Eye-Of-Horus-Tattoo-Stencil-1Egyptian Dance Rhythms & Tabla Solo Courses

 

 

 

 

Eye-Of-Horus-Tattoo-Stencil-1Om Kolthoum Special Courses

 

Eye-Of-Horus-Tattoo-Stencil-1Shimmy (Drills) Technique & Combos

 

 

Eye-Of-Horus-Tattoo-Stencil-1Egyptian Dance Folklore

 

Eye-Of-Horus-Tattoo-Stencil-1Special 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
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What our students say about our Online Course “Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love”

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We´ve wrapped the live classes of the Course that celebrated Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School 1st anniversary and, now, you can subscribe to the RECORDED COURSE, available at our school, and enjoy a Dance & Personal Journey that has the power to change YOU, YOUR DANCE, and YOUR LIFE.

WARNING: If you subscribe to “Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love”, there´s a serious risk of growth in every area of your existence.

 

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Check out the TESTIMONIALS some of our amazing students wrote about “Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love”.

 I´ll also add, with pride and gratitude, the classes in this course deserved a 5 stars rating from our all our students.

Just sayin´…
Thank you to the students who took the time, and the love, to share their feedback on the course. Much appreciated.

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“The best course ever! Joana taught us many valuable things, thank you Joana!”
Samira
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“Dear Joana Saahirah, I am speechless,
how an online Course can be that touching !
 
Energy flows, not taking care of any miles-distance.
 
Your structure is great, they way you announce the program of the lesson, how you guide us and how you let us free, it is such a good dose.
 
Thank you also for giving theoretical Input to get some knowledge of Egyptian dance history and culture..and all of the Bonus material!
 
Today, for me, was a clue lesson. We really dig deep in this journey :-). I thank you from and with all my heart for your honesty and the energy you put in it, in us, your faith, your trust, your love., your wisdom and your clearness.
 
May this pure love come back to you in more than 1000 different ways. Not every great dancer is meant to be a great teacher too, but some of them are…happy those who find them …thank you for sharing what your heart is burning for.”
 
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“Oh my God! We go deeper and deeper in Egyptian dance but also in our way of thinking!!! It’s completely crazy!! I think we never be the same! How can we?
 

I’m so proud to subscribe these classes! Amazing, wonderful… words aren’t big enough to describe this soulful Egyptian dance and life travel with such inspired and experimented teacher and with beautiful and kind dancers! it’s just magical. I have leaved the class with such satisfaction, recharged, full of positives projects, ready to bite the life tofull teeth! Hey world… HERE I AM!!!!!

Patricia Ponchie-Hannequin

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Again wonderful class, I am so lucky to take this course on live with other dance mates. The choreography is so beautiful and dramatic, I will review the classes this weekend and practice the movements, so that I can put my emotions into them and enjoy/grasp the essence of Egyptian Oriental Dance!”

Seiko

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“Thank you for discussing the difference between bringing raw emotions & exposing your private life, that was incredibly helpful for me — a paradigm shift I daresay. Wonderful class, as always. This is proving to be an epic series & I am grateful for all the thoughtfulness, work & passion you have put into it — it really shows.”

 

Justine Riekena

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“Once again, thank you for the inspiring classes. Emotions are a special chapter with me. I feel a LOT but it doesn’t always show. So I try working on that. It has to do a lot with the insecurity deep down I guess. And I’ll repeat myself, I love your classes. They resonate with me and in such a kind way.”

Lucie Kupalová

 

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“I received very useful and practical tips for improvisation, physically and mentally. I will allow myself to be more free and enjoy the moment, no more worries what others may think about me. The Choreography is very romantic and beautiful, I am in love with it!! Thank you again for the wonderful class!”

 

Seiko Endo

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“Terrific class, wish I could have been there live today. Today’s part of the choreography features movements that fall in among my favourites, so it felt very good. Now to sharpen & bring the clarity. I must admit that my favourite part of class was at the end when you clasped you hands & laughed demonically while saying, “tomorrow’s gonna kick your ***, so sweet, so sweet.” So very Joana. Of course you know I adore you & I cherish that you bring your true self to our classes, not a filtered public persona. 😉 Looking forward to tomorrow’s additions to Enta Omri (a song I love).”
 
Justine Riekena

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“I received very useful and practical tips for improvisation, physically and mentally. I will allow myself to be more free and enjoy the moment, no more worries what others may think about me. The Choreography is very romantic and beautiful, I am in love with it!! Thank you again for the wonderful class!”

 

Seiko Endo

 

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“Five stars and more! How to become a great dancer? This is the place to grow as an oriental dancer student, as a woman and as a human being! Thank you so much!”

Patricia Ponchie-Hannequin

 

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Fresh out of the oven – Celebrate YOUrself, YOUr Dance, YOUr Life!

Enjoy this video “Celebrate Yourself, Your Dance & Your Life”, a part of the original bonus material offered with Joana Saahirah´s Online Course “Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love” available, fully recorded, at

Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.

This is the course I wish someone had created when I first started to learn Egyptian Dance!
Much more than an Egyptian Dance course – an opportunity for personal, dance, & life TRANSFORMATION.

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Enta Omri Choreography Break Down (Technique Boost)

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Welcome to our NEW Enta Omri Choreography Break Down (Egyptian Dance Technique Boost)an extra course that takes“Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love”, a course available at our school, to an even deeper level.

In this course, we´ll break down the “Enta Omri” choreography taught at “Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love”.

Eye_of_Horus_Right.svgWhat you´ll find in this course:

1. Step by step, movement by movement, moment by moment of our “Enta Omri” (Om Kolthoum´s song) choreography created by Joana Saahirah to develop different areas of our dance, ourselves, & our life. 

2. A detailed explanation of the technique used in this choreography.

3. Further insights on Musicality, Feeling, & Moods.

4. Five recorded classes, you´ll be able to view, & review as many times as you wish for as long as our school exists, PLUS a bonus material offered with the classes (music, videos, articles, images, inspirations).

 

Eye_of_Horus_Right.svgWho can subscribe to this course?

  1. Every dancer, from an Intermediate to Advanced level, who wishes to learn a gorgeous, iconic, choreography from one of the most important songs in the History of Egyptian Music: “Enta Omri”, composed by Mohamed Abdel Wahab for The Voice of the Orient, Om Kolthoum.

2. The dancers who took our course “Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love” , who wish to go deeper into the choreography; dancers who didn´t take the course but wish to learn the choreography & develop all the technique included in it. 

 

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.

3. Once you´ve subscribe, you´ll have immediate access to the 10 recorded classes, as well as to the correspondent bonus material offered with the course – music, videos, articles, images, Love Sheets, provocations to awaken you & guide your towards your BEST SELF, your BEST DANCE, & your BEST LIFE.

You´ll have access to those 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

It´s a pleasure to have you at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School!

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Om Kolthoum, gardening, at her villa in Zamalek, in the centre of Cairo, Egypt