NEW VIDEO “Dance Who You Are” by Joana Saahirah

Hello, gorgeous!

Here´s the NEW video I´ve created for YOU: “Dance Who You Are”, a dip into one of the most central concepts of Egyptian Dance and the work I´ve been doing for almost 20 years.

I hope you watch, share, and apply the contents of the video. In your dance, as in your life.

We´re not here to play, or work, small. We´re here to embrace and express our best selves – flaws and all.

Dive in. Shine your own Light ❤

Open up, let yourself be seen – truly seen*

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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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.

Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love

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Welcome to a special, pioneering, online course that will change the way you see Egyptian Dance, Yourself, & your Life:

Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love

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This is the Course I wish someone had created when I was an Egyptian Dance student!

Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School is celebrating its 1st anniversary and this is the course I created to celebrate it. More than a dance course, this is a Life Awakening Adventure we´ll take together.

Hop on & let´s GROW!

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Here´s what you´ll receive with this Online, recorded, Course:

1. You´ll be introduced to the holistic nature of Egyptian Dance as a Sacred Language, an Art form, & a tool for Self-Empowerment. How body, mind, heart, and soul come together to create a DANCE, and LIFE, you love.

2. A trip into the magical world of Om Kolthoum and Abd el Wahab, the major geniuses of Egyptian music.

3. Technique & choreography of the iconic song “Enta Omri” by Om Kolthoum. Step by step technical explanation, full choreography, interpretation & cultural context training.

4. How to awaken your Creativity & Improvisation skills. How to use the tools you learn from teachers in order to create your own dance & life.

5. You´ll have access to tools for loving Yourself & your Life.

6. You´ll get extra bonus material (videos, articles, music, images) + love sheets + homework + feedback from the teacher.

7. Above everything we´re offering in this course, you´ll also get an Enta Omri Booklet, also conceived by Joana Saahirah, to take you deeper into this Transformational Journey & help you to make the best out of this course.

Vintage-Pointing-Hand-Image-GraphicsFairyIMPORTANT NOTE: There are 10 recorded classes, which you can acess as many times as you wish for as long as our school exists, included in this Course/Class Package PLUS 49 videos of inspiring performances and ORIGINAL BONUS MATERIAL created for every class ESPECIALLY CONCEIVED FOR THIS COURSE by Joana Saahirah.

Folder Enta Omri.jpgWe suggest you create an Enta Omri Folder with other smaller folders for each class – Class #1, Class #2, Class #3 and so forth – so you can store the amazing bonus material offered with each recorded class (every class comes with original bonus material created exclusively for this course).

 

 

 

 

Here are the 3 ESSENTIAL areas we work in this Course:

What are the results we promise to deliver (IF you do all the classes, exercises, and choreography proposed in the course):

  1. A higher level of Egyptian Dance – technique, choreography, and interpretation skills.
  2. Increased self-awareness & self-esteem to fulfill your dreams.
  3. A new life purpose.

 

Here ´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.

3. Once you´ve subscribe, you´ll have immediate access to the 10 recorded classes, as well as to the correspondent bonus material offered with the course – music, videos, articles, images, Love Sheets, provocations to awaken you & guide your towards your BEST SELF, your BEST DANCE, & your BEST LIFE.

You´ll have access to those 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

It´s a pleasure to have you at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.