Fresh out of the oven – Celebrate YOUrself, YOUr Dance, YOUr Life!

Enjoy this video “Celebrate Yourself, Your Dance & Your Life”, a part of the original bonus material offered with Joana Saahirah´s Online Course “Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love” available, fully recorded, at

Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.

This is the course I wish someone had created when I first started to learn Egyptian Dance!
Much more than an Egyptian Dance course – an opportunity for personal, dance, & life TRANSFORMATION.

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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?

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The loss of Soul in Egyptian Dance by Joana Saahirah

Here´s a video related with the recent article I´ve written recently wrote in my blog: The Invisible Dance – what makes Egyptian Dance a truly MAGICAL art form.

The loss of Soul in Egyptian Dance, a tabu subject, which is also (not surprisingly) the loss of soul in our lives.

Feel welcome to WATCH, SHARE, & LEAVE your COMMENT.


The Fear of Ridiculous & The Happy Monkey by Joana Saahirah


The Fear of Ridiculous & The Happy Monkey Exercise by Joana Saahirah.

Video dedicated to my students at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School; part of the bonus material offered with “Tabla Solo Discovery Journey – Level 1” Online, Recorded, Training available at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.
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Saiidi kick-ass Performances for the Road

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The NEW “Saiidi Technique & Combos – Level 1” Online Training (live & recorded) is starting this week at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School (follow the link to subscribe:

Here are some kick-ass Saiidi performances that, I hope, will inspire you and warm you up for an amazing journey into the deep, authentic, Upper Egypt.

Joana Saahirah´s Saiidi tableau from her shows in Cairo, Egypt

Joana Saahirah´s Saiidi Workshop at Orient Addicts Festival, Poland

Joana Saahirah Saiidi & Tabla Solo in Russia

NEW Saiidi Technique & Combos – Level 1 – Online Training by Joana Saahirah

Enjoy this mad, zesty, fun Saiidi performance by Joana Saahirah in Cairo, Egypt, a part of the daily show she presented in the country for almost 8 years.

Saiidi image cocktail.jpgJoana has learned Egyptian Folklore from the hands of Mahmoud Reda, the Father of Egyptian Folklore and creative genius behind the iconic Reda Troupe. She also worked with the master as his teaching assistant.

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Follow the link for information (sign in; search for Joana Saahirah Saiidi, subscribe to this Class Package):

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NEW Tabla Solo Creative Discovery Series @ Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School

Joana Saahirah Tabla Solo in Delaware, USA Delaware was one of the cities included in Joana Saahirah´s USA & CANADA SOULful Tour.


Joana Saahirah performing in Japan

I´ve been dreaming about creating this Series of Online Courses since

Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School opened its first class.

Three Tabla Solos with three different levels – level 1, the simplest, yet explosive, tabla solo; level 2, an intermediate level tabla solo and level 3, a fancier, more intricate tabla solo. In order to grow efficiently, dancers should take the courses by their right order: 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Aside from offering kick-ass tabla solo choreographies, influenced by the live tabla solos I did, for almost 8 years, with my orchestra in Egypt, these trainings offer an insight into the CREATIVE DOORS Egyptian Dance can open, when properly taught. Students will rediscover their bodies, imagination and heart in ways they didn´t know existed.

NO PUPPET LOOKING CHOREOS INCLUDED. This is a series of courses for people who dance like people. Just sayin´… 😉

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Tabla Solo Creative Discovery – Level 1 

Online, live & recorded, Training

Suitable for every level, from beginner to advanced

WARNING #1: this is not your regular bellydance tabla solo. WARNING #2: this is more than a tabla solo choreography – this is a Creative Discovery. Are you ready to awaken your juices and take your dance, & self-expression, to a higher level?

Follow the link for more information:

Tabla Solo Creative Discovery by Joana Saahirah Online Dance School

NOTE: all our online courses happen live, face to face with the teacher, and are recorded. Even if you miss the live classes, you have access to the recordings for unlimited time.

Joana Saahirah improvising a tabla solo with her orchestra in Cairo, Egypt.

The 4 Stages of the Egyptian Dance Path

4th stage of the Egyptian Dance Path: Spiritual


Your dance is as spiritual as you are.

(take that in for a few seconds; read it again)

If you´re not in contact with your invisible, energetic, spiritual dimension, you´ll feel challenged at this learning stage. If you don´t believe you´re more than a physical body, I´d doubt you´ll be able to dance from your soul.

This is probably the trickiest aspect of Egyptian Dance, one that teachers are often unable to articulate.

Spirituality is easily confused with religion, New Age mambo jambo, cheesy cults. It´s considered distant, exotic, unreacheable, weird, dangerous. We tend to fear what we cannot touch.

But, as I´ve mentioned, the spirit is who you are. You may identify with the physical body but that does not define you. Your soul does.

One of the most beautiful things I´ve observed, as a teacher, is how Egyptian Dance shows students the way to their soul. It takes them by the hand, smoothly, without them realizing it. It pulls them up naturally. Inevitably.

I use specific methods – pedagogy – to open up their physical, mental and emotional bodies but, if all the other stages are properly developed, the spiritual realm takes care of itself. It flows like water running from its source towards the sea. Nobody needs to push it, or show it the way – it knows how to get to its destination. That´s exactly how I´ve witnessed the arrival to this 4th, and higher, stage of the dance path.

We start from the ground, focused on our physical body; we move upwards, and forward, integrating the mental stage which will be followed by the emotional stage.

Sooner or later, if you keep going, you´ll be lead to the spiritual stage.

I´d go as far as telling you the first 3 stages require work, focus, proper guidance, discipline – you don´t go through them without effort or a professional, awakened, teacher.

The 4th stage is effortless – it´s a flower blooming under the sun; an ascension that feels like falling; a consequence of the work you´ve done from the ground. The 4th stage is the blooming of the flower after you´ve planted its seed and watered it. If you show up to fulfill your gardening job, the flower will bloom by itself.

It´s the most beautiful show on earth. Few things give me as much pleasure as watching my students bloom into this 4th stage of development – watching them return home, finding peace and solace in their own essence.

Once they reach this stage, they can never go back to superficiality or lies about themselves and the dance. Once they´re at the top of the Pyramid, they see the Big Picture from above. Their feet may remain on the ground but their dance belongs to the Universe – they become a Bridge between Heaven and Earth.

The question is: the top of the pyramid is a lonely place. Few ever get there.

Are you willing to climb, only to discover you´re up there by yourself?”

Excerpt from “The Egyptian Dance Booklet” by Joana Saahirah



Education Versus Personal Exploration


“Education is safe – you learn what others have already created, mastered, tested and approved of. If you decide to stick with what you´ve learned, and never go beyond it, you´ll become a correct, universally applauded mediocre copy machine. There is comfort, and certainty, in this choice.

But is that what you want? Can´t you see you are, and can do, so much more than that?

Self-exploration is risky, uncertain, mysterious – you´ll embark on adventures you cannot fully control; you´ll face your demons, limits and potential; you´ll test your waters and see how far you, not your teacher or an institution, can go. You will give birth to yourself without knowing how the baby will look like. What if the child is born with deformities? Or – oh my God; I cannot believe it; oh, so damn – ugly? Or just mediocre – a plain kid with no sparkle in his eyes? A regular Joe, perhaps.

Remember births can be painful and/or orgasmic. And the product of our creativity – may that be a human child or a dance piece – can disappoint our expectations. 

If given the choice, most of us will prefer to receive The Answer, or Magic Pill, from the hands of our teacher than to find it ourselves. I´ve had a few students who got mad at me because I told them they would have to use what I was teaching them and discover who they are in the process.

– Copying me won´t do the trick. You have to go into the desert by yourselves. – I told them.

They wanted to twist my neck. Who wouldn´t? A teacher who sends you off, alone though with tools in your travel bag, is not to be trusted. Is she/he?


Explore, go within, try new things; use knowledge to empower you, not to limit you.

A good, professional, teacher will know how to guide you towards self-exploration. But, then again, YOU have to want to go there.

Curiosity cannot be taught – you awaken it in you or you don´t.

The courage to see what´s out there, inside of you, cannot be taught.

The perseverance, the discipline, the guts to find your own voice cannot be taught.

The willingness to face your limits and, what´s even scarier, your infinite potential, cannot be taught.

You, my beloved, have to get on the camel, pack your essentials, and leave for your cross of the desert.

I´ll meet you on the other side or, who knows?, in an oasis, because I, too, have my desert(s) to cross. We all do.

You´re alone on the road and you´re definitely not alone.”

Excerpt from The Egyptian Dance Booklet by Joana Saahirah (soon to be published)


“Going to school gives the illusion that knowledge is what makes an artist. It´s like knowing how to write English perfectly. It has very little relation to the art of writing.”

My Life and Times by Henry Miller