The “In Between” space (that annoying mother f#$%r!)

As a teacher, I´ve seen it happening.

As a dancer, a choreographer, an author, and a creator who is constantly pushing boundaries and producing out of the box, I´ve been through it on endless occasions.

As a human being who thrives to continuous growth, I know how it feels.

That – mother f”#$%&r – state of “in between”, when you´re not where you want to be yet but you´re also not where you were; the “no man´s land” where you feel you´re adrift, having started the journey without knowing if you´ll arrive to your destination.

That space between your old self and your new self, your goal and the achievement of your goal, the middle point in your Evolution Journey – grey, moldy, blurred – is annoying. If you´re impatient, like me, the irritation gets exponentially multiplied. You´re working passionately but you don´t see the results. Not yet. You ask when? You keep on working, pushing, focusing. And still no results. Damn it!

You´ll eventually reach a crossroads: you either drive yourself crazy with impatience and tension (“Why, why, why aren´t the results showing?”), you quit (“This isn´t working, I´ll never get where I want to be; why am I doing all this work, anyway?”), or you keep on moving forward while surrendering, trusting life, knowing the fruits of the seeds you´re planting will show in their own natural time.

It can be hard, really hard, but there´s no escape. Like in many other things in life, you´ll have to make a choice: go nuts, quit, or keep going while trusting life and its timing. Although I´ve chosen each of the three options, on different occasions, I now know which is the wisest. And you know IT, too.


Do the work while allowing Life, and Time, to be your Co-Creation partners.
They won´t fail you.

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Sensuality in Egyptian Dance by Joana Saahirah (another “against the current” video)

Oh, oh, she did it again. Another “against the current” video!

Sometimes, I wonder how I can get away with it – doing and saying exactly what I believe in even if that goes totally, and I mean TOTALLY, against the current.

You gotta own your own truth, baby!

Enjoy this NEW video about Sensuality in Egyptian Dance – what it means, the prejudices and misconceptions behind it, and why it´s so important to have it in your dance. And life.

Feel welcome to watch, like, and share the video with your peeps ❤

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

Hello, gorgeous!

Here´s a NEW gift I´ve produced for the dance community – a few precious TIPS to become more RELAXATION to your dance.

This, aside from “feeling” and “sensuality”, is the most requested question I get related to Egyptian Dance technique.

Dancing in a relaxed way is more than staying true to authentic Egyptian Dance and more than moving beautifully – it´s about surrendering to the joy this dance, and life, can provide. When we let go, we start to live-experience-feel more.

There are many other strategies to become a more relaxed dancer but the ones I share in this video are a great starting point. Enjoy ❤

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I want to hear from YOU – A MESSAGE to my beloved STUDENTS (by Joana Saahirah)

As you know, our JOANA SAAHIRAH´S ONLINE DANCE SCHOOL is going through a major transformation.
I must confess: when Powhow closed down, without a warning, I panicked. So much vision, work, time, and energy had been spent building the school! There were more than 40 original courses available, all of them with bonus material I´d (also) produced with my own hands. Everything seemed to have gone to waste…the great momentum we´d created at the school was abruptly interrupted by something I couldn´t control. FREAK OUT MODE was on!
Facing challenges isn´t something new, for me. I´ve gone to war many times in Cairo, Egypt, where I started my career, and in many other places around the world. I´m way too familiar with finding rocks on my path and not giving up. But…I felt defeated.

Then, faithful to myself and what I teach, I asked myself: WHAT IS THIS EXPERIENCE TELLING ME? HOW CAN I TURN AN OBSTACLE INTO AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH?

And the quest for a NEW, better, school started. I researched extensively on the best platforms, the best way to serve my dance community, the best venue to express my gifts and help you do the same. The answer came.

I´m now in the process of finishing a brand new School and I need YOUR FEEDBACK before I launch it:

WHAT ARE THE THEMES YOU´D LIKE ME TO TEACH AT THE SCHOOL?

WHAT HAVEN´T I DONE IN THE FIRST SCHOOL PLATFORM THAT YOU´D LIKE ME TO DO, NOW?

HOW CAN I IMPROVE ON THE WORK ALREADY SHARED IN OUR FIRST “JOANA SAAHIRAH´S ONLINE DANCE SCHOOL”?

I´d be thankful if you could answer those questions and send them to me, via email.I believe that GROWH is a combination of LISTENING TO OUR HEARTS and listening to the hearts of the ones who surround us.

Waiting to hear from you & sending you my ❤

And the Winners (Behind the Curtain contest) are…

And the WINNERS of our "Behind the Curtain" contest are...
I´m truly excited to offer an autographed copy of my new book plus 1-hour private online class to the lucky students who won the contest “Behind the Curtain”. Although many students/dancers participated, only two matched the conditions of the contest and offered a deep, heartfelt, answer to the question “Why you believe Egyptian Dance is magical”.

Congratulations to the WINNERS!

And the WINNERS of our “Behind the Curtain” Contest are…

Fátima Enes (Portugal)

Lucie Cupalová (Czech Republic)

Enter the contest “Behind the Curtain” and WIN an autographed copy + 1 hour private class with Joana Saahirah

Wait until the 14th March and you´ll see.
  • My NEW book – “Behind the Curtain” – is out and I want to share it with you.
  • Get into the NEW CONTEST I´m launching and WIN one “Behind the Curtain” autographed copy & 1-hour private online class with me!
  • Here´s what you´ve gotta do in order to enter the contest: share the link of the book (this one: http://www.lulu.com/shop/joana-saahirah-and-breda-jure%C4%8Dko/behind-the-curtain/paperback/product-23997213.html?fbclid=IwAR2Cc357PwRQ2PF0HTamSqYPQMU1QZ8vW9kO3m-VE7q5AhvaqH-Xsr8nTQg) in your Facebook or Instagram account with a comment on WHY YOU BELIEVE EGYPTIAN DANCE IS MAGICAL and tag me in that post. Also, send me your comment and social media share link via email (to dancemagica@gmail.com)
  • The best 3 entries will win an autographed copy of “Behind the Curtain” and 1 hour of online private class with me.
  • Entries are accepted only until the 12th March. The winners will be announced on the 14th March.
  • Good luck!

Joana Saahirah launches her NEW book “Behind the Curtain”

A little bit about my new book, how it came to life, and what it means in the universe of Egyptian Dance

Joana Saahirah presents her NEW book “Behind the Curtain”, a collaboration with the Slovenian Photographer, Breda Jurecko.


What lies behind a stage curtain?


What happens inside an Oriental Dancer, the eternal damned “odalisque”, beyond appearances? What does it mean to be a passionate Creator, a Woman who´s not afraid to be her full – untamed – self? This and other questions are answered in this book, a collaboration between Joana Saahirah, a world-known Oriental Dancer, and Breda Jurečko, a photographer with a very special perspective. When these two women met in Slovenia, before a show with Mazzikatea orchestra, the idea of an (unexpected) book was born to bring the hidden, perhaps most interesting, side of an Oriental Dancer´s life, to the light.


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Joana Saahirah´s Interview at The Sacred Dance Summit

This is so exciting!
My interview with Leslie Zehr, the creator of The Sacred Dance Summit, is here, fully recorded, for your enjoyment.
We talked about Mysteries, Self-Empowerment, and other essential aspects of Egyptian Dance nobody ever bothers to mention.

Watch, like, share and enjoy the FREE EBOOK – Egyptian Dance Wonderland – offered with the Summit:

Follow the link to watch the interview:

About this interview´s guest (that would be me;) ):

*Joana is a world-renowned dancer, teacher, and choreographer specialized in Egyptian Oriental and Folkloric Dances, actress and author of the book The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond. After almost a decade of life and career in Egypt with her own orchestra—rescuing the ORIGINS and ESSENCE of Egyptian Dance, Joana has created a style (of teaching, choreographing, and performing) that UNITES EAST and WEST; Healing and Art; MIND, HEART, BODY, and SOUL. For the last 5 years, Joana has been a constant presence—as an invited artist, choreographer & teacher—at major International Oriental Dance Festivals. She´s also the founder of Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School, a pioneering school with authentic Egyptian Dance, Self-Discovery & Empowerment. The summit is finished but there will be another one in May 2019.

*Register now to receive updates and announcements! Sacred Dance Summit Registration Page: https://mailchi.mp/14581eda8d5c/sacre…