Joana Saahirah´s interview at NFreads

Me and my first literary baby – “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond”
Me and my recently published book – “Behind the Curtain” -, a collaboration with the Slovenian Photographer Breda Jurecko.

It´s known, obvious, and official: I LOVE to talk about creativity, productivity, the art of consistently turning dreams into reality; writing, dancing, choreographing, teaching, growing.

When I received the invitation from NFreads for an interview about my books, the creative process, and what I´ve learned so far about writing, I jumped immediately on that train. Although I´m mostly known as a Dancer, a Choreographer, and a Teacher, Writing and publishing what I write have been a huge part of my career, one that offers me an increasing sense of fulfillment.

Plus, talking about the Creative Process, in dance or in writing, exposing things as they are, free of false glamour or needless b”#$%”t, is my thing. And that´s exactly what I do in this interview.

Dig in. Enjoy. Get inspired.

*Follow the link to read my interview at NFreads:

Joana Saahirah & The Secrets of Egyptian Dance – Level II – in Malaga, Spain

Los Segredos de La Danza Egipzia - Nivel II“The Secrets of Egyptian Dance”, a dance training format I´ve created alongside my first published book – “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond” – is something I´m really proud to share with the world. Not that I´m not proud of everything I do – I am – but this particular training, divided in 3 basic levels, is my favourite thing to teach.

What nobody´s teaching you about Egyptian Dance & Personal Empowerment.

 The best of Western and Eastern wisdom gathered in a training that awakens you in mysterious ways that go beyond the dance realm. Unique. Precious.

“The Secrets of Egyptian Dance – Level II” happens in Malaga, Spain, on the 9 & 10th December.

More information with Esalim (

Introduction to The Secrets of Egyptian Dance Online Workshop @ Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School

Introduction to The Secrets of Egyptian Dance Workshop – online live & recorded classes – starts this week at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.

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What nobody´s teaching you; the true Magic of Egyptian Dance!

5 intensive sessions; 5 hidden sides of Egyptian Dance; 5 doors that reveal your power, as a dancer and human being; 5 keys which turn common moves into Art and life into Adventure.

A glimpse of the treasures I gathered in 8 years of career in Egypt, my work travels around the world, intuition, observation and (lucid) madness. In this workshop, I´ll share unreleased material out of the mainstream/superficial/commercial approach. Self-knowledge, expansion – of the self, the soul and its creativity – art and healing are on the menu.

Follow the link for more infos on this workshop:

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Follow the link to check all the available live & recorded classes at our school:

Soul caligraphy by Joana Saahirah

This, more than anything else, scares us. Most of us (under)live comfortable lives, repeating patterns already repeated by our parents and grandparents. Change is uncomfortable, risky; its results are unpredictable. Who would want that kind of freedom?
Our soul does. Even you, despite the fear, may want it too.
We´re here to write our own story, with our own words, meaning and purpose. Don´t let the world tell you otherwise. Brave up, child! Let´s go on an Adventure of a (your) life time!”
Part of the 2nd session of Private Online Workshop “The Secrets of Egyptian Dance – The Hip (Womb) Series” by Joana Saahirah
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Photos: me, at home, captured by the lovely eyes of Ana Samuel.

The Secrets of Egyptian Dance in Malaga, Spain!


Another honour. Another opportunity to share my Vision* of Egyptian Dance and its immense, undiscovered, treasures with the world.

Joana Saahirah & The Secrets of Egyptian Dance in Malaga, Spain, this March. Follow the link for detailed informations:

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“The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond”

Joana Saahirah & Zaghareet Magazine

Zaghareet last issue 5.JPGChoosing the people I want to co-create with has been a conscious choice for a while.

I´ve come to a point when I can afford to say no or yes to invitations – personal and professional – according to what my soul asks me for.

My collaboration with Zaghareet Magazine was a no brainer from the start: the team I worked with, for more than a year, was professional, respectful, kind and everything a good human who loves her/his job could ask for.

The theme of the article I wrote for the last issue of the magazine was “The Past, Present & Future of Egyptian Dance”. No better, or more urgent, subject to address.

Here´s an excerpt included in the article,  to open your appetite (taken from my book “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond”):

Joana Saahirah in Malaga, Spain, this March

Espana 1.JPGBack to Spain, this March, for a pioneer workshop I´ve created, and updated, with all my heart: The Secrets of Egyptian Dance.


“Los Segredos de la Danza Egipcia” por Joana Saahirah II del Cairo en Malaga, España.
Workshop pionero que originó el libro “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond”. Exploracion inédita de la Lenguage del Alma. De Egipto para el Mundo.

Dia 11 de Marzo de 2017

Organización de Esalim Infante

Back(forth) to The Essential*


Tahia Carioca

‘As in bullfighting, the essence of the classic Arab belly dancer’s art is not how much, but how little the artist moves’, Said wrote, further adding that ‘Only the novices and the deplorable Greek and American imitators go in for the appalling wiggling and jumping around that passes for “sexiness”’.

Edward Said

(Quote shared by Justine Riekena)

There´s a LOT of important truth in this statement, though I´m far from agreeing with everything Edward Said says. The fact that a non-dancer presumes to understand dance in depth makes me cringe – no one can know a subject, in depth, if he/she doesn´t practice it for a consistent amount of time and with seriousness and education. Even professional, experienced, well educated dancers, have doubts about their craft – it´s only weird*, to say the least, that a person who is not a dancer is so full of convictions about a craft he knows nearly nothing about. This attitude, in itself, exposes ignorance and arrogance, traits I´m not particularly fond of.

But, back to THIS particular statement: “Arab belly dancer’s art is not how muchgiorgia-astrid, but how little the artist moves’ is ALMOST right.

I´ve mentioned it on my first book – “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond”. I´ve called it Stillness, Silence, avoiding the plague of Do-Do-Do.

Edward Said mentions it here and the reason why I say he´s almost* right is that in Oriental Dance, there´s a “mot juste” – the appropriate/exact/fair word. Not to long, not to short, not empty; not too fast, not to slow; not to much and not too little.

The amount of movement applied must be measured by an inner clock/balance which is personal and it changes according to the music and the personal state the dancer finds her/himself in. It´s never a question of doing “nothing”, or not moving, but knowning – instinctively and through conscious experience – when to move, when to stop and for how long and why*.

I´ll repeat what I´ve mentioned many times: if you understand Egyptian Dance as a Language, you know there must be breathing spaces, words that linger, pauses that simmer or get interruped by an unexpected word, connection between words, text and sub-text (what is not stated but is, nonetheless, expressed through emotion/energy and so forth.

It´s all about COMMUNICATING – FROM BODY, MIND, HEART AND SOUL – EFFICIENTLY. How much physical/external movement and how much pause (and with which contents) are required for that communication. That* skill is at the essence of Sharki and, perhaps, Life.

In relation to the reference to “bull fighting”, I can see why he makes this comparison.

I´ve watched many bull fights, in Portugal and Spain, during my childhood and adolescence and I see the connection. The main difference is: in bull fighting, the “torero” aims at conquering the bull and, ultimately, killing it; in dance, the “rakkasah” aims at surrendering to the music & moment and bringing them to life on a human & divine scale.

Book cover Ana SamuelTo know more about this subject feel welcome to sink into

“The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond” by Joana Saahirah: