About Joana Saahirah

Joana Saahirah of Cairo – From Egypt to the World

Bringing back the Soul of Oriental Dance to the world

Joana Saahirah captured by the lens of Zakahia


Joana Saahirah is a world-renowned Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer specialized in Egyptian Oriental and Folkloric Dance, an Actress and an Author.

She´s known for her in-depth knowledge of Egyptian Dance, Music, and Culture based on her wide personal and professional experience on the field; her pioneering choreography and teaching methods, and her charismatic performances.

After almost a decade of Life and Career in Egypt, presenting her show, on a daily basis, with her own orchestra – rescuing the ORIGINS and ESSENCE of Egyptian Oriental and Folkloric Dance -, Joana Saahirah has created a style (of teaching, choreographing and performing) that UNITES EAST and WEST; the best of Egypt and the best of the Western world; technique and expression; healing and art; the reconnection of MIND,  HEART, BODY and SOUL.

In recent years, Joana has been a constant presence – as an invited artist, choreographer, teacher, and lecturer – at the major International Oriental Dance Festivals. She´s taught, performed, and lectured all over the world.

She has also studied and worked, as a choreography and teaching assistant, with Master Mahmoud Reda – aka The Father of Egyptian Dance Folklore & co-founder of the iconic Reda Troupe – from whom she learned Egyptian Dance Folkloric styles. She has studied with the legends of Egyptian Oriental Dance, such as Shokry Mohamed, Souhair Zaki, Nagwa Fouad, Azza Sherif, and Mona el Said, just to name a few, and traveled around Egypt to research the roots of its music and dance.

Joana has recovered the SOUL of Oriental Dance and Egyptian Folklore and it´s her Dream and Mission to share it with the world revealing the true richness and ancient wisdom hidden in this art form.

Joana has written for newspapers, magazines and websites such as the Elephant Journal and Zaghareet Magazine, amongst others, about Egyptian culture, music and dance as well as Creativity, Self-Discovery & Empowerment. She´s also written and published two books:

 ”The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyondand“Behind the Curtain”.

She´s currently working on new books, including “Messages from the Womb”, the “Baladi Book of Wisdom”, and a Happiness Guide.

She has created “Messages from The Womb”and Video Notes for Dancers, available at her Youtube Channel, a series of video lectures that are inspiring dancers from every corner of the globe.

She´s the founder of Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School, which offers pioneering online courses combining authentic Egyptian Dance – Oriental & Folkloric –, Self-Discovery and Empowerment. She has also created a series of Private Online Coaching Programs for students who wish to go deeper into Egyptian Dance, their own unique path and source of power.

She has received global acclaim for her contribution to the Art of Egyptian Dance (aka Raks Sharki). Thousands of dancers have been touched by her Vision.

Here are some of the countries where she has performed, taught and lectured, repeatedly in many of them:

Egypt, Oman, Lebanon, Qatar, Argentina, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, France, Ireland, England, Israel, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Russia, Siberia, Ukraine, Poland, USA (4 Tours in a row including cities like New York, Chicago, Savannah, Alaska, Atlanta, Delaware Portland, Oregon), Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Italy, New Zealand, amongst others.






San Sebastian performance

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***For a glimpse of Joana Saahirah´s Life in Egypt, follow the link:

***Take a sneak peak at Joana Saahirah´s Journey – from Portugal to Egypt; from Egypt to the World – by following the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP7QJe2ac8E&t=20s
 ***To enjoy a varied collection of videos – a mix of performances in Egypt and around the world, workshops, choreographies, interviews, documentaries and educational videos – follow and subscribe Joana Saahirah Youtube Channelhttps://www.youtube.com/user/joanabellydance
***Join Joana Saahirah on her NEW Instagram by  following the link: https://www.instagram.com/joanasaahirah/
***Visit Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School by following the link: http://www.powhow.com/classes/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio
***For an insider´s look into Joana Saahirah´s Vision of Egyptian Dance, check the interviews:
***Find an immensity of articles, videos, news and informations about Joana Saahirah on “Diary of Egypt”: http://www.joanabellydance.blogspot.com


NEW book Cover 2nd edition November 2015
*Get your copy of the “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond” (2nd edition, revised and updated) by following the link:http://www.lulu.com/shop/joana-saahirah/the-secrets-of-egypt-dance-life-beyond-2nd-edition/paperback/product-22459466.html

3 thoughts on “About Joana Saahirah

    • 27AUG15
      Hello from Cairo
      I was looking forward to meeting
      at Tarazade but could not get a
      visa for my Egyptian friend.
      Do you have a studio in Cairo??
      Please send address. Thanks.


      • Hi, Calvin.
        I´ve been travelling the world to teach, perform and lecture for the last 3 years. Although I lived and performed in Egypt for almost 8 years, my base is not there anymore.
        Wishing good luck for you and your friend,


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