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 Dances), an Actress and an Author.aaamiracleoflovehappened.JPG

She´s known for her in-depth knowledge of Egyptian Dance, her pioneer choreography and teaching methods and her charismatic stage 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 western open and free mind; technique and expression; healing and art; the reconnection of MIND,the HEART, the BODY and the SOUL.

For the last 6 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.

11168771_10153242694604886_8850910484548886293_nShe 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 learnt 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 mention a few, and traveled all over 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 knowledge hidden in this art form.

Joana has written for newspapers, magazines and websites (about Egyptian culture, music and dance as well as Creativity, Self-Discovery & Empowerment) such as the Elephant Journal and Zaghareet Magazine, amongst others, and two books:”The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond” and “Behind the Curtain”.

She´s currently working on new books, including her “Egyptian Odyssey”, a children´s book and a Happiness Guide.

She has created “Messages from The Womb”, a series of video lectures that are inspiring dancers from all over the world – and Video Notes for Dancers inspired by students from every corner of the globe.

She has created pioneer On Line Private Courses as well as Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School which offers innovative online, live & recorded, courses combining authentic Egyptian Dance – Oriental & Folkloric – with Self-Discovery and Empowerment. For more information, follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/classes/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio

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:

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, check the link:

 ***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
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***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

The first edition of “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond” (SOLD OUT) and its author

NEW book Cover 2nd edition November 2015
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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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