What a Journey this has been!
After leaving my homeland, Portugal, and heading to Egypt by myself – no guides, help, or patrons of any sort -, facing obstacles my wildest imagination couldn´t have conceived; after 8 years of a successful – and highly improbable – career in Cairo, Egypt, performing daily with the best musicians in the field and in the most respected venues, filling houses with warm Egyptian and Western applauses; after having traveled the world to teach, perform & lecture, sharing the Soul of Egyptian Dance, Music, and Culture with audiences and students from every nationality and walk of life; after having created Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School, a pioneering school where only the best is delivered to a community who wants to dance and live full – body, mind, heart, and soul -, after having seen the best and the worst of this blessed (and damned) art form,I bow in gratitude.
Sharing the treasures I found in Egypt and my Vision of Oriental Dance with the world is not only a dream come true but my destiny.
I´m inspired, alive and curious for what will come. Thank you, World!
Glimpses of Joana Saahirah´s shows in Egypt
Joana Saahirah back to Portland, Oregon, USA
Joana Saahirah in Quebec, Canada
Joana Saahirah in Delaware, USA
Joana Saahirah in Atlanta, USA
The Secrets of Egyptian Dance – Level II (Magical Hips Series) by Joana Saahirah II in Malaga, Spain
It has been a Wonder*ful Journey!
After opening the doors for Egyptian Oriental Dance in Portugal (making it popular to the mainstream audiences and creating a market for many dancers who came after me – most of them my students ), I headed to Egypt to accomplish a BIG dream many said was im-POSSIBLE.
In 8 years of Adventures, Success and Passionate work (covered with persistence and courage to face all kinds of obstacles), I built a successful career in Egypt (for which I refused to sell my soul to the devil). Dignity and self-respect go hand in hand with the true Oriental Dance and the job of an Artist*
After performing with my own orchestra in Egypt for a consistent amount of years (daily performances – up to 8 shows a day!), the world took notice. I´ve been invited to teach, perform and lecture around the world for the last 3 years and have written and published my first book “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond“.
Another book on the way; another year filled with travels around the world (bringing back the Soul of Oriental Dance); a pioneer teaching method used on my NEW PRIVATE ON LINE COURSES (infos via email: email@example.com) and higher mountains yet to be climbed. Not even the sky is the limit***
I am deeply thankful to every single person who has crossed my Path and supported my dream (friends, family, students, audiences, readers, fellow dancers and teachers, perfect strangers who go out of their way in order to pull me up when I least expect it). The only real obstacle is OURselves – everything else that comes our way, making us bump our heads or fall here and there, are just challenges we can grow from.
May the next Roads be as blessed as the past ones (or more so); may we meet, dancing in light, somewhere over the rainbow*
- Here are some images of events where I starred around the world: