Welcome to Joana Saahirah´s World!

It´s been a long and intense ride, the one of building Joana Saahirah´s World.

More than just preparing to launch a brand NEW Online School – featuring pioneering courses that´ll teach you authentic Egyptian Dance, Self-Discovery & Empowerment -, a huge achievement in itself, I´ve been working in a platform which presents every side of my career – the Dancer, the Teacher, the Choreographer, the Lecturer, the Writer, the Entrepreneur.

The building of this magnificent cathedral is pushing me beyond my limits, comfort zone, and ideas of what Dance, Dreams, and Skills can achieve.

As we reach the finish line, and prepare to launch, I invite you to BE A PART OF JOANA SAAHIRAH´S WORLD INSIDE COMMUNITY by following the link: https://mailchi.mp/d6df2e4ea97e/joinjoanasaahirahworldnewsletter?fbclid=IwAR05cXU3dXFayDmiFOmshNkTJvMDmc8avS7ZEidqaa5gXcOPQjgGlh6666c

Once you join our Newsletter, you´ll be the first to know about our NEWS, GIFTS, CONTESTS, INSPIRATIONS, and special content I only share with my inside community.

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 ❤

My January (exciting) NEWS!

A brand NEW book and a brand NEW Joana Saahirah Online Dance School are opening 2019 and you´re invited to join the party!

This new year has found me with both feet firmly on the ground and a growing pair of wings that´ll allow me to take off.

Once more, I redefine my concept of Happiness and the Priorities I must focus on, in case I wish to continue growing (I do).

Turning dreams into reality isn´t always cool, pleasant, or beautiful – sometimes, work is hard; we have to dive deep into boring, challenging tasks; we gotta bump with our head against the wall in order to see the fruits of the seeds we´ve planted. More often than not, the tip of the iceberg is just a tiny sample of the enormous amount of work that preceded it, work which the public never gets to see.

Here are some of the (exciting) NEWS I´m sharing with YOU, this month, both a product of the work that remains hiding beneath the water:

  1. My NEW book“Behind the Curtain” -, a collaboration with a talented Slovenian photographer – Breda Jurecko – is coming out.
  2. A NEW, renewed, Joana Saahirah Online Dance School, is arriving with brand new, pioneering, online courses. The same Vision and Purpose – to share authentic Egyptian Dance, Self-Discovery & Empowerment with the whole world – with an upgraded platform that will serve our community better.

Opening 2019 with the climbing of NEW mountains

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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.

The Art of turning obstacles into OPPORTUNITIES (a NEW YEAR´s peculiar Message)

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The Art of turning obstacles into OPPORTUNITIES is not new to me; every student, fan, follower and reader who´s been in contact with my work knows how familiar this ground is.

Would I wish to live in a world that always runs smoothly, an obstacle-free universe where everything goes exactly how I want them to go, a life covered in unblemished sugar and candy? Probably. Maybe not. Who knows?

I know enough, by now, to recognize Life has a way of making us grow – both professionally and personally – through adversity. And, in the sake of truth, let me say it like it is: obstacles aren´t nice; difficulties, loss, injustice, pain, setbacks, failure, adversity in all its shapes and colors aren´t cool. I can´t stand the voices who glamourize these dark patches trying to make them what they´re not: something we should (almost) wish for. I´d like to have all the roads opened wide for me – effortlessly, lovingly, populated with kind, honest, generous folks who wished me the best.

But, I have to admit, it´s through the dark tunnels we evolve. We must face them, cross them, light them up with our ability to turn the night into a new day.

I´ve lost count of the obstacles I met along the way – they were so many, and some of them so great, I started calling them “opportunities”, first as a strategy to cope with them and survive, then as a realization.

This year, I received loads of blessings and I went through some of the hardest moments, including a big earthquake with a tsunami threat in a distant island, disease, instabilities of different sorts, a face to face meeting with my deepest fears and a fire. If I didn´t have a heart attack these past months, I will never have it.

There are huge TRANSFORMATIONS happening inside me and in my work, including at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.

I´d been thinking about creating a better platform for the school – I´d been wishing for it and dreaming of it forever but life had to slap me on the face, once more, to push me into forward action. The platform – Powhow – where the school operated announced its closure in the space of one month. No warning, no pre-announcement, no preparation: the courses I´d been building in the platform would be gone, forever, after all the love and investment I´d put in them.

At first, it felt like a betrayal, a punch in the stomach. God knows how much work went into the school, how much time, money, skills, patience, care. Yet, my feelings weren´t taken in consideration. As it happens, most of the time, the world doesn´t care if we´re feeling down or outraged. As the jazz song says, “we gotta dust ourselves off and start all over again”. And so I did.

A lot of work is ahead – mistakes, trials, discoveries, surprises, evolution. There´s no shortcut to success or to love or to LIFE. We gotta dig in, dive deep, take chances, wrap our sleeves up and show up for our own survival and thriving.

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1. In the NEW year that´s approaching, I hope you take a deep breath, close your eyes, and give thanks. Say THANK YOU for all you are and have right now (even the unpleasant stuff).

2. Take stake of the “negative” experiences you´ve lived in the past three months and check how you´ve lived them and if you managed to make the best of them. Bring the lessons from past experiences to the present and to the future. 

3. Feel the pain/loss, whenever you suffer/lose; take a step backwards, have a good night sleep, breathe deeply and “start all over again”. Going through the tunnel doesn´t mean we must remain in the tunnel – we cross it to, eventually, get out of it.

4. Wonder how you can turn a “bad situation” into an opportunity for growth. You may not be able to erase sadness or bring a lost treasure back but you can create something beautiful out of it – it won´t eliminate the dark tunnel but it´ll give it meaning.

5. Understand there´s no EVOLUTION without pain. We have to struggle to get out of our comfort zone; we must die a little in order to be reborn.

What I wish for this NEW YEAR is this: the lucidity and courage to cross the dark tunnels life throws at us with our eyes on the prize – what can I learn from this, how can I turn this shitty hard situation into something worthwhile?

You know the deal: nobody said it´d be easy, only that it would be worth it.

Meanwhile, it wouldn´t hurt if we asked Santa for world peace and, yeah!, a few open-wide roads. No rocks or frogs, no traps, no dragons with evil intentions, no losses.

We deserve a break and rewards for the seeds planted ❤

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A NEW, upgraded, Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School is about to be born.

Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School Rebirth + Thank You Note

 

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Every dream is made of a WISH, a VISION, FAITH, ACTION & the SUPPORT OF MANY PEOPLE, some of them invisible to the public.

All of my dreams were born in my heart and all of them took faith, action, talents, and loads of perseverance. None of them would be possible without the support of the precious people I met along the way – Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School is one of them.

I want to personally thank the collaborators, friends, and students who made the beginning of this BIG DREAM possible. The Powhow platform is closing down but a new, upgraded, platform will be available soon for Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.

Our school is going to be REBORN stronger and better than ever out of my VISION but, make no mistake, out of your LOVE & SUPPORT as well.

Stay tuned at www.joanasaahirahworld.com

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

Image via Hayat Hakim

“Street Shaabi (Maraghanat” Online Course by Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School

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Welcome to the amazing – crazy fun –

Street Shaabi (Maraghanat) Online – live & recordedcourse

happening soon at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School!

 

Lotus FlowerHere´s what you´ll find in this Online Course:

1. What are Shaabi style & the Maraghanat?

2. Cultural context, technique, posture, feeling, & meaning of the Street Shaabi style.

3. Short dance combos/exercises with the typical vocabulary of “Street Shaabi” style.

4. A full choreography of Street Shaabi influenced by the Maraghanat of Cairo.

5. Tips to get into this style; a bit of Egyptian Politics, Culture, & Mentality.

6. Bonus material – music, videos, & more – to enhance your Learning Journey.

7. Seven live & recorded classes that you´ll be able to download to your computer and review as many times as you wish.

 

Lotus FlowerHere ´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. Or Log into your Powhow account and copy-paste the following link:
http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/om-kolthoum-tarab-for-oriental-dancers-introduction

3. From the moment we start our live classes (check the schedule at the school), you can join us or/and enjoy the 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

A little bit of “Shaabi” madness in New York, USA.

The Creative Process by Joana Saahirah

Enjoy this bonus video – “The Creative Process” – offered with the Online Course “Blooming – Finding & Expressing Yourself in Egyptian Dance & in Life” available at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.

For more information on this and other courses available at our school, feel welcome to email us at dancemagica@gmail.com

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How to create my first Egyptian Dance Choreography – Level 5 of Egyptian Dance ABC & Creative Awakening

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Egyptian Dance is not about gathering movements and information – it´s about knowing HOW TO USE THOSE MOVEMENTS AND INFORMATION.

See it as a Language (because it is):

First, you learn the letters (simple movements)

Which turn into words (more elaborate movements)

Which turn into phrases (dance phrases)

Which eventually turn into a full story (a dance piece which speaks about the music and your own life).

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In our NEW Online Course – “How to create my first Egyptian Dance Choreography” -, we´ll bring the words and the simple phrases together to start DANCING. Actually dancing, not just stitching empty movements to each other.

We´ll use the dance vocabulary learned in the courses “Egyptian Dance ABC & Creative Awakening” – Levels 1,2,3,4, available at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School, and we´ll bring that vocabulary to life with one of the most beautiful, romantic, and iconic songs of the Egyptian Music repertoire:

“Fi youm we leyla” by Warda al Jazairia.

After learning the ABC, you have to learn how to SPEAK from your heart and that´s exactly what we´ll do in this course.

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Samia Gamal, one of the dancers of the Egyptian Dance Golden Age, connecting the dots

Here´s what you´ll get in this course:

1. Authentic Egyptian Dance Technique

2. An introduction to Warda al Jazairia´s music

3. How to connect the dance movements and steps we´ve learned in the previous courses – Egyptian Dance ABC & Creative Awakening – Levels 1,2,3,4 – and build a full, gorgeous, soulful authentic Egyptian Dance choreography to the iconic song

“Fi Youm we Leyla” by Warda

4. Tips for Choreographing – some of the secrets I´ve learned from the Master “Mahmoud Reda”, the founder of the legendary “Reda Troupe”.

5. How to be more EXPRESSIVE & SOULFUL in the way you communicate – in dance, as in life.

6. You´ll have access to 7 LIVE & RECORDED classes you can view, and review, for as long as our school exists as well as exclusive BONUS MATERIAL created by Joana Saahirah for this course.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Even if you miss the live classes, you´ll have access to the class recordings.

 

Lotus FlowerHere ´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. Or Log into your Powhow account and copy-paste the following link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/how-to-create-your-first-egyptian-dance-choreography

3. From the moment we start our live classes (check the schedule at the school), you can join us or/and enjoy the 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

Check out this Introduction to “How to create my first Egyptian Dance choreography”: