Opening 2019 with the climbing of NEW mountains

Joana Saahirah Ilhas Dornes

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.

Talking about Modern Egyptian Dance, looking like John Bon Jovi ;)

Dismiss the John Bon Jovi look (not my usual look), the exaggerated hand gestures (my usual body language), the wide-open-fish eye expressions (my style) – focus on the message.

Enjoy “Modern Egyptian Dance with Soul”,

a bonus video offered by Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.

*Here´s what you´ll find in this video:

1. What is Modern Egyptian Dance?

2. Who´s the Mother of Modern Egyptian Dance & why?

3. What has improved & what has been lost in Modern Egyptian Dance?

4. What is the CORE of Egyptian Dance & how we can keep developing the Dance without losing that core?

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Bonus video offered with:

Dancing to Mohamed Abdel Wahab New Online Course

*Follow the link for more information: https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/11/12/new-online-course-dancing-to-mohamed-abdel-wahab-modern-egyptian-dance-with-soul/

NEW Online Course “Dancing to Mohamed Abdel Wahab – Modern Egyptian Dance with Soul”

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Welcome to “Dancing to Mohamed Abdel Wahab – Modern Egyptian Dance with Soul”, a homage to the Genius of Modern Egyptian Music, the last live & recorded Online Course our School – Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School – is presenting at the Powhow platform.

imagesHere´s what you´ll find in this Online Course:

1. Who is Mohamed Abdel Wahab & why dancing to his Music is an essential part of every Oriental Dancer´s training?

2 Mohamed Abdel Wahab´s place in Egyptian Music History.

3. Opportunities & Challenges his music offers dancers.

4. Dance Technique & Choreography of one of the most iconic songs by Mohamed Abdel Wahab – “Il Fan” (The Art), a perfect mix of Classical & Modern Egyptian Music.

5. How to be a SOULFUL dancer.

6. Six live & recorded classes you´ll be able to attend, face to face with Joana Saahirah, and/or view in the recorded version. You can also download the recorded classes into your computer to view them in your own time and as many times as you wish.

7.  Bonus material – videos, music, articles, images – offered with the course.

Eye_of_Horus_Right.svgHere ´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

Bring Your Own Light by Joana Saahirah Online Dance School

Check out all the Pioneering Courses available at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School

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Dig in, and explore, the treasure ark of Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.
Our School stands for a SOULful Dance & a SOULful Life; we promise, & deliver, authentic Egyptian Dance, Self-Discovery & Empowerment.
ALL our courses happen live, face to face with the teacher, and are recorded.
Even if you miss the live classes, you have access to the class recordings for as long as our school exists. Plus, you can download all your classes into your computer until the 29th November (Powhow, the platform that has served our school, is closing down by the 30th November)
Every course offers Bonus Material – articles, videos, music, images – to take you deeper into each subject & turn your learning process into an Adventure.
All you have to do to access any of our courses is to LOG in Powhow (www.powhow.com),  go to the SEARCH BOX and write the name of the course you wish to purchase or follow the links shown below.
The system will lead you from there.
If you have any doubts or suggestions, don´t hesitate in contacting us via email (send a message to dancemagica@gmail.com).
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Lotus FlowerLet´s start with the Special, out of the box, Courses I wish my teachers had created when I first started to learn Egyptian Dance:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Finding & Expressing Yourself in Egyptian Dance

Log into your Powhow account and follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/finding-expressing-yourself-in-egyptian-dance-recorded

 

Lotus FlowerThe BASES of Egyptian Dance & Joana Saahirah´s method –
Courses I suggest to dancers of EVERY level:

 

 

 

  • How to create your first Egyptian Dance Choreography – Level 5 of Egyptian Dance ABC & Creative Awakening”

Log into your Powhow account and follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/how-to-create-your-first-egyptian-dance-choreography-recorded

 

 

  • Arms & Hands in Egyptian Dance Full Initiation – Levels 1 & 2

Log into your Powhow account and follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/arms-hands-in-egyptian-dance-full-initiation-levels-1-2

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Baladi Courses

 

  • Sensuality in Baladi – Posture, Technique, & Choreography

Log into your Powhow account and follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/sensuality-in-baladi-posture-technique-choreography-recorded

 

Lotus FlowerEgyptian Dance Rhythms & Tabla Solo Courses

 

 

Lotus FlowerOm Kolthoum Special Courses

 

 

Lotus FlowerShimmy (Drills) Technique & Combos

 

 

Lotus FlowerEgyptian Dance Folklore

 

Lotus FlowerSpecial Interest Courses

 

 

 

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Follow the links to watch a series of Videos about
Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School:
  •  Our School´s launching video
  •  Why our School is NOT for everyone
  • What you need to know when you join our School

Hey, baby, take a walk in the wild side: NEW Shaabi Online course!

Our NEW Online Course “Street Shaabi (inspired by the Maraghanat)
is about to start, with live & recorded classes, at
Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.
Every course I teach at my school or around the world is special but this theme is particularly close to my heart.
It took me years to even consider dancing to “Shaabi”. While I was performing in Egypt, audiences would ask me to perform the trendy Shaabi songs and I´d always refuse. First, those songs weren´t interesting enough for a professional dancer; second, I was totally biased where the Shaabi music is concerned. Let´s admit it: I refused to “walk in the wild side”, believing real dancers only performed to Classical Egyptian Music or high-quality Folkloric pieces.
As I grew up and opened my mind, I realized there are treasures hidden in the most unexpected places like, for instance, a good “Shaabi” song.
This style, which comes from the word “shaab” (the people), brings a political, social, even religious critic to the table; it allows us to express what is usually unexpressed – rage, hopelessness, sadness, frustration, the darker side of ourselves and life. When properly done, “Shaabi” is raw, real, down to earth and so much fun!
Once I realized that I started digging into the depths of this style and I couldn´t help but falling in love with it. I´m sure you´ll feel the same.
Street Shaabi by Joana Saahirah Online Dance School
*Follow the link for more information on Online Course “Street Shaabi (inspired by the Maraghanat): https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/10/28/street-shaabi-maraghanat-online-course-by-joana-saahirahs-online-dance-school/
Here´s a little “Shaabi” inspiration from New Zealand:

A bright, NEW, Season is starting at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School!

New Season at Joana Saahirah Online Dance School

This Summer has been a rollercoaster – a life-changer, a series of tests to one´s will power, faith, maturity.

I´ve been adapting to a new life in Bali; I´ve been through a massive earthquake with a tsunami threat in Lombok – that included running for my life, side by side with my boyfriend and hundreds of terrified strangers who believed, like I did, we were going to die that night -; going through tough, exotic, diseases; internet difficulties which affected my work; coming face to my deepest, scariest, fears, on the ever-so-frightening trip of true Love.

If you could see me as I am, you´d see a naked person, totally vulnerable, and open. Although I´ve been through a lot, and seen quite a bit in this life, I´ve never felt so scared. And Alive. Grateful.

This, and much more I don´t share publicly, inspires my work.

With a NEW personal season comes a NEW creative/professional season. What I live feeds my dance, my teaching, my words.

Lotus FlowerFeel welcome to join the NEW Online Courses happening at

Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School:

 

Vintage-Pointing-Hand-Image-GraphicsFairySensuality in Baladi – Posture, Technique, & Choreography

(A Journey into the Womb of the Baladi style & the fascinating world of female sensuality)

*Go to www.powhow.com and log into your account or create one, if you don´t have it yet. Then, follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/sensuality-in-baladi-posture-technique-choreography–2

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Vintage-Pointing-Hand-Image-GraphicsFairyBombastic Short Majance Choreography by Joana Saahirah

An intense, fun, heart-opening series of classes that will expand your presence, creativity, & power!

*Go to www.powhow.com and log into your account or create one, if you don´t have it yet. Then, follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/bombastic-short-majance-choreography-by-joana-saahirah

Bombastic Majance by Joana Saahirah Online Dance School

 

Vintage-Pointing-Hand-Image-GraphicsFairyHow to create your first Egyptian Dance Choreography

(dancing to Warda, one of the legends of the Egyptian Music repertoire)

This course is the Level 5 of “Egyptian Dance ABC & Creative Awakening” Series, an essential course for every Dancer who´s interested in AUTHENTIC Egyptian Dance.

*Go to www.powhow.com and log into your account or create one, if you don´t have it yet. Then, follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/how-to-create-your-first-egyptian-dance-choreography

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origHere ´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/sensuality-in-baladi-posture-technique-choreography–2

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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What it means to be FREE (in Egyptian Dance, as in Life)

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There´s a brand NEW pioneering Online Course starting, soon, at

Joana Saahirah’s Online Dance School​:
CREATIVITY & FREEDOM IN EGYPTIAN DANCE & IN LIFE.

In this online course, we´ll learn a complete Tabla Solo which will remind you of the true meaning of Creativity & Freedom. In Egyptian Dance, for sure, but, most importantly, in Life.

What does it mean to be a CREATIVE person?
What does it mean to be FREE?
Are we really* the authors of our own identity, dance, and life or are we following the crowds, often ending up frustrated, empty, lost from our own identity, purpose, and soul?

We don´t do shallow stuff at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School. We do authentic dance, art, awakening, love, empowerment towards a truly shining experience – in dance, as in life.

I hope you join us for this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G adventure. There´s a promotional/launching price valid for the next days ONLY. Follow the link for more information and allow yourself to grow, and shine, your own light: https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/06/17/creativity-freedom-in-egyptian-dance-in-life-introduction-new-online-course/

In this video: Joana Saahirah (mad) Tabla Solo at Dahab Festival 2017 Festival organized by Tara Tarazade.

Take a look at ALL our Online & Recorded Courses at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School

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Dig in, and explore, the treasure ark of Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.
Our School stands for a SOULful Dance & a SOULful Life; we promise, & deliver, authentic Egyptian Dance, Self-Discovery & Empowerment.
 
ALL our courses happen live, face to face with the teacher, and are recorded.
Even if you miss the live classes, you have access to the class recordings for as long as our school exists.
Every course offers Bonus Material – articles, videos, music, images – to take you deeper into each subject & turn your learning process into an Adventure.
All you have to do to access any of our courses is to LOG in Powhow (www.powhow.com),  go to the SEARCH BOX and write the name of the course you wish to purchase or follow the links shown below.
The system will lead you from there.
 
If you have any doubts or suggestions, don´t hesitate in contacting us via email (send a message to dancemagica@gmail.com).
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Let´s start with the Course I wish my teachers had created when I first started to learn Egyptian Dance:

 

 
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The BASES of Egyptian Dance & Joana Saahirah´s method –
Courses I suggest to dancers of EVERY level:

 

 

 

  • Arms & Hands in Egyptian Dance Full Initiation – Levels 1 & 2

Log into your Powhow account and follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/arms-hands-in-egyptian-dance-full-initiation-levels-1-2

 

Eye-Of-Horus-Tattoo-Stencil-1Baladi Courses

 

 

Eye-Of-Horus-Tattoo-Stencil-1Egyptian Dance Rhythms & Tabla Solo Courses

 

 

 

 

Eye-Of-Horus-Tattoo-Stencil-1Om Kolthoum Special Courses

 

Eye-Of-Horus-Tattoo-Stencil-1Shimmy (Drills) Technique & Combos

 

 

Eye-Of-Horus-Tattoo-Stencil-1Egyptian Dance Folklore

 

Eye-Of-Horus-Tattoo-Stencil-1Special Interest Courses

 

 

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 ❤ Follow the links to watch a series of Videos about
Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School:
  •  Our School´s launching video
  •  Why our School is NOT for everyone
  • What you need to know when you join our School
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This is how May kicked my ass (so sweetly); this is how you´ll kick ass in June!

waterlily-graphicsfairy006c.jpgI can hardly believe we´re in June (what a cliché!).

Here´s the thing I dislike about clichés: we end up bumping into them, even if we don´t want to.

Here´s today´s inevitable cliché: where did time go?

The more you focus on your own life, your dreams, your people, and your priorities, the less you feel inclined to check your neighbor´s garden and the faster time will pass. In fact, you won´t feel it passing.

Eye_of_Horus_Right.svgMay was particularly blessed, busy, and fast-paced. Here are the goals I set, & accomplished, this month:

 

Vintage-Pointing-Hand-Image-GraphicsFairy.jpgI celebrated Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School 1st anniversary with our beautiful dance community. We had several events, Facebook live sessions, contests, gifts, and our special pioneering Course “Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love”.

 

Vintage-Pointing-Hand-Image-GraphicsFairyI´ve moved forward with the editing of my upcoming book – a collaboration between me and a talented Slovenian photographer, Breda Jurecko;

 

Vintage-Pointing-Hand-Image-GraphicsFairyI´ve created, and delivered, our game changer Online Course: Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love (now available, fully recorded, at our school). Aside from the classes I taught – 10, to be more exact, each focused on a particular theme related with dance, personal, and life expansion -, I´ve created extra material that totally kicked my ass; it pushed me beyond everything I´ve done, so far.

The bonus material – videos, articles, music, images, Love Sheets with Life Changing Questions & Exercises – offered with the course was in itself enough to make me work like a maniac for 6 months, at least. But I´ve made it in one month, adapting, changing, improving as we went along.

The participation of the students and their feedback was an essential key to the success of this course.

Enta Omri Journey by Joana Saahirah Online Dance School*Follow the link for more information: https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/05/03/enta-omri-a-journey-of-soulful-egyptian-dance-self-love/

 

Vintage-Pointing-Hand-Image-GraphicsFairyI´ve made the final decision to move to Bali, Indonesia & took care of the logistics behind such a huge life shift. 

 

Vintage-Pointing-Hand-Image-GraphicsFairyFurthermore, I´ve studied and challenged myself on a personal level like I hadn´t done in many, many years. 

Am I exhausted? Heavens, yes. Am I happy? Absolutely.

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As far as I´m concerned, June will be even better, and more intense, than May.

At least, I plan on showing up for my part of the deal.

What about YOU? How was your month? Did you achieve the goals you´ve set for yourself? Wait a second…you haven´t set your goals?

No worries. There´s no better time than NOW.

May´s gone – bye, darling! -; June´s here – hello, gorgeous!

You CAN act upon your dreams now.

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Grab a Journal, or a blank paper;

Write JUNE, the most blessed month (so far), at the top;

Write a list of your TOP 3 GOALS for the month which is now starting;

Then, write the STEPS you´ll take to make them happen;

Go ahead and schedule those steps on your agenda. 

The present moment is all we have – make the best of it.

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What happens when you join Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School

Dance Love & Live Your Dreams by Joana Saahirah Online Dance School

Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School

is much more than a dance school  – we deliver high quality training in the areas of Oriental & Folkloric Egyptian Dance but we aim higher: we stand for SELF-DISCOVERY & EMPOWERMENT; we believe only interesting human beings can be interesting oriental dancers & we deliver you the tools to help you to get there.

Eye_of_Horus_Right.svgAs a Follower of our School, you´ll be a part of our Mailing List and receive some of our NEWS, GIFTS, INSPIRATIONS & access to special events.

Eye_of_Horus_Right.svgAs a Student, you´ll have access to much more:

The highest quality of Egyptian Dance – Oriental & Folkloric – Training from a teacher with a high profile, successful career, which started in the birthplace of this art form, Personal Growth Tools, Inspiration  & Suppport to dance & live your AUTHENTIC SELF.

You´ll also receive free learning material, gifts, discounts, & surprises we only offer our students.

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How do you become our Follower or/and Student?

  1. Go to http://www.powhow.com

2. Log into your Powhow account, or create your account if you haven´t opened it yet, and follow the link

3. Go to the SEARCH BOX and write Joana Saahirah Online Dance School

Eye_of_Horus_Right.svgAll our classes happen live & recorded. Even if you miss the live classes, you´ll have access to the recorded classes for as long as our school exists. You can take your time, study in your own Schedule, & review the classes as many times as you need. 

Plus: you´ll receive original BONUS MATERIAL with every class package/course – videos, articles, images, articles, inspirations.

Eye_of_Horus_Right.svgCheck out the following VIDEOS about our school to make the best of your learning experience:

The video which launched our school on May 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fLkxVzdlo0&t=34s

 

What you need to know when you join Joana Saahirah Online Dance School

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVDzQF31IGA&t=154s

Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School Mantra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OINIxlJBmdA

  • If you wish to JOIN OUR MAILING LIST, you´ll have access to exclusive news & gifts PLUS, you can request our WELCOME FREE KIT with delicious Learning Resources. To join our mailing list, send an email to dancemagica@gmail.com
  • Because we believe in GIVING the best to the World, we also have a FREE EBOOK – Egyptian Dance Wonderland, a Guide for your Learning Journey by Joana Saahirah – to our students. Once you subscribe to one of our class packages/courses, you can request this ebook via email (send message to dancemagica@gmail.com)29683507_233716880526394_2186667748289677539_n

Welcome to our World! ❤

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Last, but not the least, WHY our school is NOT for EVERYONE: