Delivering a fat-huge-conscious-loving & passionate HELLO to 2019!

49509502_1891756564255019_8873569378914795520_n.jpgCelebrating 2018 is a huge part of preparing for the best year of our lives – we cannot move forward, heading for true JOY, if we don´t bow in gratitude towards everything we´ve lived.

This year brought the (physical) death of one of my best friends – Khaled Roshdy -, the growth and increasing success of Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School; finding the Love of my Life; life in Morocco, then in Bali; a major earthquake with a terrifying tsunami threat in Lombok, dengue fever (my man), a fire, the birth and publishing of a new book; a resetting of life priorities and dreams.

I take the unpleasant as I take the pleasant: with open arms, ready to make the best of everything that comes my way. Meanwhile, I keep on dreaming and taking action upon those dreams – lazy bones have never been my thing.

As we draw 2018 to an end, I share a special video on Authentic Egyptian Dance and, ultimately, Life. I´m sure you´ll understand why.

Wishing YOU the brightest, most loving and abundant NEW YEAR!

Video: What is Egyptian Dance by Joana Saahirah of Cairo Text & dance pieces by Joana Saahirah Video edited by Khaled Roshdy

Last note (before the new year arrives) – something to take into 2019:

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Gathering your bearings (Welcome, 2019!)

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Whenever I prepare to launch a new year, I look back and focus on the things I´m most GRATEFUL for in the year that´s coming to an end. I see it as preparing the ground for new, better, more loving fruits.

If we start a new year with resentments, anger, and negative vibes, those are the seeds we´re planting in the upcoming days and months. Why would we plant rotten seeds in a ground that we hope will bear delicious fruits? That, as many other questions, is a part of our human idiosyncrasies (let´s face it: we´re batshit crazy we don´t make sense, most of the time).

Instead of counting problems – or challenges, as I prefer to call them -, I count my blessings and I SUGGEST YOU DO THE SAME.

  • Here´s a sample of my personal 2018 GRATITUDE LIST – I hope it inspires you to grab a paper and a pen and create your own.

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  1. I´m grateful for my health and the health of my loved ones.
  2. I´m grateful for having found the Love of my Life, the man of my dreams; grateful for our love, our evolution; the blooming of our relationship.
  3. I´m grateful for the peace inside and around me.
  4. I´m grateful for the success and growth of Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School, one of the most exciting things I´ve ever done professionally, and for the fact that it has educated and empowered many fabulous women from around the world.
  5. I´m grateful for the amazing trips I´ve made, the first I didn´t take exclusively for work  – Morocco, Bali, Malaysia, East-Timor, Holland and more.
  6. I´m grateful for having a safe ceiling upon my head, food on the table, and people who love me and care for me at arm’s length.
  7. I´m grateful for the NEW DREAMS that were born and old ones which turned into reality.
  8. I´m grateful for my NEW BOOK – “Behind the Curtain” – which is about to come out.
  9. I´m grateful for the inspiration, the creativity, the faith, and the passion in my life.
  10. I´m grateful for having survived natural catastrophes, painful challenges, and tests.
  11. I´m grateful for the sky, the oxygen, and all the – visible and invisible – blessings that surround me on a daily basis.
  12. I´m grateful for my growth as an Artist and, mostly, as a Human Being.
  13. I´m grateful for BEING ALIVE.

Let the NEW YEAR & the MAGIC begin…

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NEW Online Course “Om Kolthoum & Tarab for Oriental Dancers – Introduction”

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Reaction from the audience in an Om Kolthoum concert, June 1st, 1962.
This image speaks for 1000 words.
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Join my live & recorded Online Course
“Om Kolthoum & Tarab for Oriental Dancers Introduction”,

a journey into the Soul of Egypt.

*Promotional priceoffered to all our students valid ONLY UNTIL the 20th October 2018 (ONLY $69 for 7 live & recorded classes & exclusive bonus material that will rock your world). The price goes up from the 21st October on ($89).

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Here´s what you´ll get when you subscribe to this course:

1. Who is Om Kolthoum & why she´s a symbol of the Egyptian Soul.

2. What is Tarab & how do we apply it to our Dance & Life?

3. Introduction to Om Kolthoum´s music, sensibility, & time.

4. Dancing Om Kolthoum – posture, musicality, technique, feeling, & choreography.

5. A complete Om Kolthoum choreography.

5. Tips on how to improve your Interpretation Skills.

6. Secrets to attain a Soulful Dance & Life.

7. Seven live & recorded classes you´ll be able to attend, view & review, and download to your computer/mobile.

8. Exclusive bonus material – videos, articles, images, music – to make your learning adventure even more exciting.

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

 

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God laughs at our Plans

When I moved to Bali, Indonesia, I thought I’d start a new, local, dance project and settle into the Asian way of living. I also had a personal dream, one I doubted would come true
The thing is I´ve always dreamed my own dream, did my own thing, followed nothing except the guidance of my own soul.
I now look at the last months and realize how little we know and how generous, and sometimes brutal, life can be.
My initial plan went down the drain, giving place to another plan, one I was almost afraid to wish for – finding true love, launching myself into creative adventures that make my adrenaline juices flow, getting into a new phase of my life that pushes me to drop my old, outdated, identity behind.
Like a snake, I shed my old skin. It hurts a little and it’s damned scary but there’s no way back 🌟When Love knocks on your door, you must receive it with open arms. And so I do.
Life can be a b….; it can also be a generous Mother. May we open our hearts and receive its gifts.
Photo: me, bathing in a waterfall in Bali 🌞, captured by the eyes of my beloved man.
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Turning Rocks into Diamonds

There´s nothing more inspiring, or challenging, as LIFE. This is our biggest work of art, our biggest lesson, our graduation.

I watch, as the movie rolls – from me, around me -, with the awe of a newborn child. No school, university, teacher can reach the ankles of this Master, the only real Master, called life.

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Today, I tried to start a class at my school – Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School – and the system failed. Again. I couldn´t start the class. It was exasperating.

I´m known for my professionalism, work ethic, and self-discipline. Naturally, I freak out when things go down the drain, despite my best efforts. It wasn´t the first time the system had failed. Chasing the “perfect internet” has been a thing since I´ve arrived to Bali. This class, already a rescheduled session, couldn´t happen.

Instead of feeling stressed, and frustrated, I took the high road: I took a deep breath and searched for constructive solutions.

We cannot control reality, independently of our desire to do so;

We cannot control life, its blessings, shocks, synchronicities, jokes, pleasantness and unpleasantness. Its beauty and its ugliness.

As far as I can see, we´re not The Creators of our Lives – we´re the CO-CREATORS. That means we have a partner, the most powerful of them all (LIFE), to deal with.

Although Life´s plan doesn´t always agree with our plan, I´ve learned – through trials and tribulations which I ended up calling “diamonds shaped out of rocks” – we can make the best out of practically everything that comes our way.

I´m not dismissing the unsolvable tragedies, the things we cannot fix – the death of a loved one, a disease that takes away our life quality, a loss so great we cannot manage to lick the wound and go on with a relatively healthy mental state.

Living provides daily opportunities to develop the skill of ADAPTATION and even GRATITUDE for things we didn´t plan, didn´t desire, wished didn´t happen. Instead of working so hard to plan, control, and judge reality, the idea is to EMBRACE what is right now, without judgment, and work with it to the best of our abilities. 

You know how it goes: when life gives you lemons…

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In Dance, as in Life, what matters the most is “how well you walk through fire” (Bukowski). How well you deal with the things you cannot change – are you able of turning rocks into diamonds?

Embrace the Fire. Make it Your Own. Let it lighten your path. Kiss it on the mouth.

Make the best of it.

Right now.

Always.

Unconditionally.

 

 

Preparing to take off (Bali, here I come!)

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Balinese children, a symbol of purity, faith, limitless possibilities (photo taken by me, two years ago, on my first visit to Bali)

Confession: I´m a little scared – my heart’s going BUM, BUM, BUM! – and beyond excited.

Big leaps of faith are uncomfortable – how many of those have I taken? – but I don’t know any other way of living.
 
🚀First, I moved to Spain to study Acting at the National Conservatoire.
🚀Then, I started a new market for Egyptian Dance in Portugal when nobody had ever heard about it.
🚀Then, I built a successful career – no prostitution strings attached – by myself in Egypt where I struggled and won for 8 years.
🚀Then, I started to teach-perform-lecture around the world; writing and publishing my first book, growing, and loving.
🚀Then, I opened a pioneering school which is changing the way Egyptian Dance is practiced and taught around the world – my newest baby, Joana Saahirah’s Online Dance School
 
Now, the biggest of my biggest dreams happening in Bali, Indonesia.
When I read that list, I doubt if I sleep at night, if my days have 24 hours, if I manage to breathe.
The answers are yes, yes, yes.
 
🚀Luck has very little to do with it. We build our luck with our own hands. And, if luck doesn’t show up after we’ve showed up for it, we build it from scratch. We invent it. We become It.
No excuses; no complaining; life belongs to the dreamers who dare to be Doers.
 
🌎 Getting ready to take off 🌞 Bali, here I come!
 
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Joana Saahirah´s Interview with Jennifer Dove (Your Creative Fire Sessions)

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If you´ve met me, personally or through my work, you know how much I love to communicate, exchange ideas, learn & teach. 

When Jennifer  Dove invited me for an Interview about Egyptian Dance & Creativity, one of the many interesting chats she´s sharing in her NEW Your Creative Fire Series, it was a no-brainer: yes, I´ll talk to you about it.

I´ve been doing, teaching, performing, lecturing & living the Essence of Egyptian Dance for almost 20 years in a high profile career that spans from Lebanon, Oman and Egypt, to the whole World. Besides, Creativity is my middle name.

I breathe, eat, & drink creative endeavors as a dancer, a teacher, a choreographer, an author, an entrepreneur, a life creator. 

Dig into this inspiring series of interviews, get inspired, then go out in the world and

MAKE YOUR STUFF

MATERIALIZE YOUR DREAM(S)

DANCE YOUR DANCE

CO-CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT FOR YOURSELF

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Join me, Jennifer Dove, & a group of amazing artists, teachers, & entrepreneurs, for a series of FREE MASTER CLASSES called “Your Creative Fire”!

“Your Creative Fire” is a summit master classes, a series of conversations with women and men in the creative and healing arts fields on the subject of Creativity and Intuition. Artists, visual artists, writers, retreat leaders, sexuality coaches, shamans, yoga teachers, business coaches, women’s empowerment leaders, and more, speak about what gets their mojo on.

And, it’s FREE!

 Here are the steps to enjoy “Your Creative Fire” Master Class Series:

1. To access Joana Saahirah´s Master Class, as well as the Master Classes available at this amazing series, follow the link https://www.jenniferdove.com/events/o/joana/

  1. Fill in their name and email address and click “get access.”
    And, you´re in!

Starting on May 28th, one video/master class per day will be sent to your email.

There are 14 speakers in total, each with his/her own vision, experience, & inspirations.

Each video will be available for 72 hours. After all 14 have aired, all videos will again be available for 72 hours, until June 18th.

13907129_10154397606514886_193059075212437078_n The Master Class with Joana Saahirah (that´s me) – about Egyptian Dance & Creativity – airs on June 4th. 

Eye_of_Horus_Right.svgTo know more about this event, & the amazing people involved in it, follow the link:

http://www.jenniferdove.com/events/yourcreativefire/reveal/

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Why Enta Omri is the best course I´ve created, so far (answering your question)

You asked and I answered.

Why “Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love” is the best course I´ve created, so far?

Watch the video & follow the link for more information: https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/05/03/enta-omri-a-journey-of-soulful-egyptian-dance-self-love/

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Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School Testimonials (receiving back the LOVE)

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We have more than a hundred fifty 5 stars ratings (the only 4 star rating was offered by one student who was unhappy with an internet cut  caused by a fire which was happening, at the time, around my dance studio – true story!) and endless testimonials filled with appreciation, fulfillment, and love.

I cannot say I´m surprise – I´m not. I know, and love, my craft deeply. I´m proud to deliver high quality work with uncompromising generosity. But I´m always honored, and humbled, by the appreciation of my students and audiences. Their love makes me want to be, and do, better every single day.

Feel welcome to check some of the testimonials shared at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School (I´m grateful for every student who took the time to leave their feedback).

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“Class yesterday was so amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. This is going bring the depth and authenticity to my dance that Inhave been looking for. I am so very excited!”

Chandler Rhinehart

“I have taken private online courses with Joana and what she offers is top notch. I have loved every minute of studying with her and have even hosted her to teach workshops in my city. She leaves nothing out. Much love to you, Joana! “

Heather Henna Louise

“Feeling so much satisfaction after finishing this wonderful course. Very fun, creative and joyful choreography. I will surely review this recording and try to dance by myself. Thank you Joanna for this wonderful final class and I was very happy to take the live class. I am impressed with your message at the end of the class:)”

Seiko Endo

“Even if you think you’re persuaded that you’ve examined the question from all sides, Joana, always learn you something new and make your dance greater! That”s the magical of your course Joana! Joy, empowerment, culture and a lot of dance, Thank you so much.”

Patricia Ponchie-Hannequin

“I loved it very much, it was a pleasure taking class with such a gorgeous artist, Joana Saahirah! Thank you very much, kind soul and can’t wait to see you soon again!”

Anna-Maria

“Yes, simply the BEST. She pours out so much love, passion, light through the screen to all students and it inspires me so much. There had been doubts, confusions in my head but she is the one saying exactly what I need to hear to awaken myself. Now I feel my heart is more open for every movement. Her classes changes the landscape of my dance basically. She is such a bless to the education of egyptian dance today.”

Zoe Ni

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So in love am I (Barking to the Choir)

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For me, everything is an emotional experience. If not, I´m not interest.

Books, too, have to move me: my head, my heart, my soul, my blessed limbs. No wonder I lose interest in perfectly crafted books by perfectly respected authors; no wonder I fall in love with the most unexpected authors and stories.

I´m reading several books, simultaneously, as usual:

One book about the craft of Writing.

Two children´s books.

A novel.

“Barking to the Choir”. This one has punched me in the stomach, ravished my soul (pretty dramatic, eh?) and made me gasp for air. I often have to stop reading, in the middle of a phrase; close the book, take a deep breath and cry. Yes, you read it well: I stop reading so I can cry, an uncontrollable reaction to what I´ve just read.

It´s mortifying. I´m Portuguese, raised by stoic peasant parents, for God´s sake! – we don´t cry in the street, holding books and hearts in our hands. Mind you: these are not ellaborate expressions I´m using to make the book appealing. These are real experiences I´m going through while reading the book.

They say real life is way more fascinating than fiction and they´re totally right.

“Barking to the Choir” was recommended by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the famous “Eat, Pray, Love”, on Instagram (did I mention I´m in love with Instagram?). I´m going to start following all her reading suggestions.

Go brag that book.

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