Joana Saahirah SOULful USA & Canada 2017 TOUR is arriving!

Joana Saahirah of Cairo & The Secrets of Egyptian Dance SOULful USA & CANADA TOUR happens this November!

From Egypt to the World, bringing back the Soul of Egyptian Dance. Essence with Contemporary, creative twist.
Cities on the tour: Delaware (organization by Zahra Noor); Portland, Oregon (organization by Heather Henna Louise) ; Atlanta (organization by Faaridah Raqs); Quebec, Canada (organization by Sarah Jawida Vezina).

Thanks to my dearest, The Legend, Morocco Carolina Varga Dinicu for trusting my work, my vision and my madness; thanks for watching me in Cairo, and supporting my dreams, when I´d just started performing with my orchestra and nobody believed I´d succeed; thanks for introducing me to USA. I´m deeply honored to have you as a friend, a sister, and my first sponsor in USA.
Without you, this 4th tour wouldn´t happen.

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Glimpses of The Magic lived in Slovenia

Working with a professional, talented, generous orchestra is MY thing. I got used to performing with the best Egyptian musicians I´ve ever known during my years of life, and career, in Cairo. And, let´s admit, I got spoilt and never, until today, got used to working with recorded music.

When Ksenija, the organizer of my last work trip to Slovenia and my dear friend, told me she was bringing an orchestra for the event, I was thrilled and I knew we could do something great. I´d nagged, and nagged, her about it; I´d requested a live orchestra, on several occasions, and here they were; finally!

No time to rehearse or prepare workshops or/and show. And still the Magic happened. What you see in the following videos is a bit of what we experienced in our “Baladi Awadi with live orchestra” workshop & “Classical + Modern Egyptian Dance” workshop. I hope you can taste the love…

Follow the links to enjoy other videos from my latest workshops in Slovenia:

 Joana Saahirah and Mazzikatea orchestra Baladi Improvisation in Slovenia (Workshop):

❤ Baladi improvisation by Joana Saahirah for Morocco (Aunt Rocky):

❤ Joana Saahirah Around the World Choreography in Slovenia:

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Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School GIFTS to the World (Fall Class Schedule)

Joana Saahirah Online Dance School Magic

Here´s my motto: From Egypt to the World, bringing back the Soul of Oriental Dance. And that´s exactly what I do while traveling the world to teach, perform and lecture, on my private classes and at my NEW Online Dance School.

I love sharing the knowledge I´ve gathered in all these years of career in Egypt, the Middle East (Lebanon, Oman & Qatar) and around the globe. Teaching authentic Egyptian Dance, as I´ve rediscovered it in Egypt, and going further: empowering students to be, and dance, who they really are, making good use of their UNIQUE potential.

If you want to study high quality Egyptian Dance and unleash your personal identity/power, these live & recorded classes are for YOU. All our classes happen live, face to face with the teacher (moi!), but they´re also recorded which means you can view, and review, the classes at your own pace even if you miss the live sessions.

Everything I do comes from the soul – I hope it reaches YOUr soul.

Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School is rocking with the best of authentic Egyptian Dance, Self-Discovery & Empowerment. Check out our currently available Live & Recorded Online Trainings:

Isis Eye Joana Saahirah SchoolLive & recorded class packages scheduled for the upcoming weeks:

*Egyptian Dance ABC & Creative Awakening – LEVEL I – follow the link for more information:

*Egyptian Dance ABC & Creative Awakening – LEVEL II – follow the link for more information:

*Baladi Awadi Sensual Journey – follow the link for more information:

*Om Kolthoum & Tarab for Oriental Dancers – Level II – Interpretation Mastership – follow the link for more information:
Isis Eye Joana Saahirah SchoolRecorded class packages available:
*Introduction to the Secrets of Egyptian Dance – follow the link for more information:
*Baladi Extravaganza Intensive Training – follow the link for more information:
*Baladi Extravaganza Deeper into the Language of the Hips – follow the link for more information:

*Egyptian Rhythms for Oriental Dance Intensive Journey – Level 1 – follow the link for more information:
*Cairo Style Tabla Solo – follow the link for more information:

*Sexuality in Egyptian Dance – Unleashing Lilith – follow the link for information:
*Oriental Dance for the Stage – follow the link for more information:
*Egyptian Dance Intermediate Level – Complete First Series – follow the link for more information:

*Om Kolthoum & Tarab – follow the link for more information:

Joana Saahirah Online Dance School Empowerment
Isis Eye Joana Saahirah SchoolOnly the best for the best – from Egypt to the World, bringing back the Soul of Oriental Dance. Follow the link to visit our (proud & love filled) School:

Have you seen Summer?

Summer goneI didn´t. 

No complaints. Just facts. I´ve gone 1 time to the beach and no time to relax land. I´m always on – may that be wondering about my books, the ones I write on the rare moments of pause between dance work, may that be my new online school, my private online classes or the material I´m preparing for my upcoming world trips.

That Summer lunch – on my frontyard (I have land, flowers, trees and river surrounding my home), with neighbors and close friends – I´ve been planning since January hasn´t happened. My only dip in the river, right outside my door, took place while I was working, guiding my first MAGIC WOMB RETREAT in the heart of Portugal, Dornes, recently burnt to the ground.

No lavish dinners at sunset, no reading on the grass or by the pool; no salty, tanned skin; no naps by the shore; no partying throughout the night without a worry in the world. You see where this is going.

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I´ve been working every day – with a rare, scheduled, rest day here and there – and none of it will slow down. It´ll get even busier with the restart of my work world trips. I take refuge, and gratitude, in the fact that I do what I love and people often throw that on my face when I comment I´m exhausted: least you do what you love…you travel the world through your work…you´re expanding constantly…you live off the stuff that give you pleasure.

I get it. For most people, I don´t have the right to say I´m tired because I´m a lucky gal who turns her dreams into reality. First: I´m not a gal; I´m a woman. Second: although there´s a fate factor in the equation (God has to agree with my Plans and intentional action), presuming I do what I do and I got where I am because I´m lucky is at least idiotic.

I don´t rely on my past achievements – you´re only as good as your last work.

I push myself every single day; I aim high, outside of the box, and keep my integrity untouched. I work my ass off and never, ever, settle for less than excellence. Plus: life hasn´t been particularly tender to me. It has given me the tools to fight but, hell!, it has thrown me into constant battle fields.

I could tell you a bunch of tragedies which I´ve turned into victories. Luck has very little to do with it.

Doing what you love doesn´t mean you don´t get exhausted, bored, disoriented, occasionally hopeless.  Although people don´t publicly acknowledge it, there are sacrifices, hard work, low valleys and unpleasant tasks involved in the “dream making business”. You just gotta keep moving ahead, believing in yourself and in your contribution, making sure you remain human till the end.

My books, writing in process, have suffered enormously though other projects, like Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School, have been growing on a daily basis. I´ve learnt how to compromise, accept time and energy limitations. Waiting. Understanding life´s timing and all that jazz.

I´ve been carrying around a yoga mat, 2 pcs, music & books (my essentials) for the last months; jumping from home to home (huge, tragic, fires around my official house); twisting myself into a pretzel, not allowing the exterior world to disorient me, taking me away from my True Path. A few disappointments with close (ex)friends & (ex)lovers – nothing new there – and a thirst for CHANGE I haven´t felt in a long while.

They tell us living our Purpose is what we should do. They don´t tell us how hard it is.

The work, the inner search, the discipline, the invisible tasks that turn ideas into accomplishments and dreams into reality. Who´s got the stamina, and the drive, for it?

I do and I believe you do too. Here´s a little (unglamorous yet realistic) inspiration for the road:


ADULT´S CONTENT: Sexuality in Egyptian Dance by Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School

Sexuality in Egyptian Dance Online Workshop
Sexuality in Egyptian Dance by Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.
Sexuality in Egyptian Dance – Unleashing your inner Lilith
Online Workshop (live & recorded classes)
Awaken your fierce, sensual, free self through Egyptian Dance!
​Sexuality, and sensual pleasure in your dance (and life), is a tabu nobody dares touching. Until now.
Have you ever felt you wanted, but couldn´t, enjoy the physical pleasure dance, and your interaction with other people, can provide?
Have you ever felt confused about what´s appropriate & what´s not in the way you move, & feel, while you dance?
Have you ever felt the conflict between what your body wants and what you think others expect from you?
Have you ever felt like you weren´t living your Dance, and Life, to its full potential?
Are you done with playing the Good Girl Role, the one who provides pleasure to others but denies it to herself?
If so, and I invite you to take an active role in this rEVOLUTION!
If so, this Online Workshop, created by Joana Saahirah exclusively for our school, is for YOU.
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Welcome to Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School, a place where your Uniquess is celebrated. Authentic Egyptian Dance, Self-Discovery & Empowerment.
Follow the link for a fabulous trip inside our Wonder*land:
Isis Eye Joana Saahirah School

Om Kolthoum & Tarab by Joana Saahirah Online Training – robots are not admitted!


Why Om Kolthoum is ESSENTIAL for Oriental Dancers by Joana Saahirah of Cairo.

Om Kolthoum has been my biggest Dance Master since I first listened to her. It took me a while, & loads of experience, to fully understand why she´s still considered The Voice of Egypt but I got it & it changed my whole perception of Egyptian Dance and, I must. add, Life.

Feel welcome to join us for an unforgettable, game changer, Online Training – Om Kolthoum & Tarab for Oriental Dancers – by Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.
Only ADVISED for dancers who want to dance like human beings!

❤ Follow the link for more information:

Joana Saahirah Online Dance School from Egypt

Gratitude Note for our Folks @ Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School

A GRATITUDE note to our students at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School and a reminder (JOY!) for the road.Joana Saahirah World Online School

What an intense Summer – not a single dip in the ocean yet. Instead of baking under the sun, I´ve been in a rollercoaster, working IT from the inside out.

Many – perhaps too many – lessons learnt, research & study, comfort zone breakthroughs, investment in my career(s), writing, teaching at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School ), expanding and feeding generous doses of reality in dreams about to come true. I feel exhausted, and thrilled, all the time.

And, YAY!, I restarted my yoga practice. Self-discipline is hard, man. And possible.

For YOU, who doubts she/he can pull it off – whatever you´re trying to pull off -, remember that at least half of your life is on your hands. YOU, and nobody else, can do YOUR part. Life, or God or whatever you may like to call it, does the other part and, in that one, I believe we have no power.

Dream; set goals; define doable steps that may take you there. Start little. And NOW.

Do; go beyond the “wishful thinking”. You must´ve heard the Universe compensates the brave, the ones who ACT upon their wishes. It´s true. As far as I know, there are no shortcuts – you gotta walk the talk, build your path – one stone at a time.

13346864_791254054342578_7117452933253400465_nA reminder for the road:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

“The man in the arena”

by Theodore Roosevelt

Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic”
delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910