There´s no denying: I LOVE delivering goodies, real goodies that can truly upgrade your dance and your life. Here´s one more of those (watch video).
The behind the scenes work on Joana Saahirah´s World continues and I get the chills just thinking about its launching – this June! Evolving can be scary – and surely a lot of work – and, simultaneously, awesome.
The Different Levels or Dimensions of Egyptian Dance – a video by Joana Saahirah, inspired by dancers from all over the world.
No, there´s not only one kind of Egyptian Dance; no, not of us learn and teach the same Egyptian Dance; YES, there are different levels, or dimensions, of Egyptian Dance each with its own depth and specific benefits.
Joana Saahirah´s Journey from Egypt to the World. Enjoy a bit of Joana Saahirah´s Path from Portugal to Egypt; from Egypt to the World – a dream, a mission, a vision come true. A reminder that DREAMS do COME TRUE (if you do the work) ❤
This is so exciting! My interview with Leslie Zehr, the creator of The Sacred Dance Summit, is here, fully recorded, for your enjoyment. We talked about Mysteries, Self-Empowerment, and other essential aspects of Egyptian Dance nobody ever bothers to mention.
Watch, like, share and enjoy the FREE EBOOK – Egyptian Dance Wonderland – offered with the Summit:
Follow the link to watch the interview:
About this interview´s guest (that would be me;) ):
*Joana is a world-renowned dancer, teacher, and choreographer specialized in Egyptian Oriental and Folkloric Dances, actress and author of the book The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond. After almost a decade of life and career in Egypt with her own orchestra—rescuing the ORIGINS and ESSENCE of Egyptian Dance, Joana has created a style (of teaching, choreographing, and performing) that UNITES EAST and WEST; Healing and Art; MIND, HEART, BODY, and SOUL. For the last 5 years, Joana has been a constant presence—as an invited artist, choreographer & teacher—at major International Oriental Dance Festivals. She´s also the founder of Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School, a pioneering school with authentic Egyptian Dance, Self-Discovery & Empowerment. The summit is finished but there will be another one in May 2019.
What makes a great dancer? And, what is more important, what makes a great life?
The answer to those questions is relative, as are the answers to most subjects, but I believe we can agree on some basic traits:
Living and dancing from our hearts, allowing the
music and life to be taken, processed, filtered, and expressed through the
heart – that is for sure one essential quality for great dancing and living.
Cultivating openness/vulnerability . Not hiding,
not masking our true selves, daring to be fully Human.
ourselves; preparation, actually showing up to do our work – may that be
working in a dance piece, in a relationship, in a dream we wish to accomplish –
are also essential.
willingness to learn, try, fall and rise up again; making mistakes and
correcting them; the strength and the humbleness to evolve. Those, too, are
inescapable traits for great dancing and living.
I could mention other
qualities but, right now, PASSION is the one I want to call
your attention to.
A DANCER without
PASSION is no dancer at all. A LIFE lived without PASSION is no life at all.
Rest assured: we´re
I, for instance, have been accused of being “too
intense”, too passionate, too emotional, too rational, too much, too alive. It
seems I think too much, feel too much, love too deep; according to popular
belief, I feel too much pleasure, too much passion, too much excitement; if I
believe, and I don´t, the concept most people make of me, I´m bound to conclude
I´m a case of excessive passion. By now, flames are no doubt pouring from my
ears. I´m a bad case of “my cup runneth over”. Or so they say.
Note: there´s no such
thing as “excessive passion”. You cannot order a flame to shine a little less
brightly. It shines as freely and intensely as it wishes or it doesn´t. Period.
I have no idea what
it means to be too alive; you´re either
alive or dead, but that´s just me, my weird-freak-over
the top me.
I know characters
aren´t the same. Some of us are cooler, colder, calmer, less interested, less
excited, less “on fire” than others. We´re aware of that. My point is we all
need SOMETHING that lights our hearts on fire, SOMETHING that makes us want to
jump off our beds in the morning, a MEANING or PURPOSE to our lives.
Great dancing, as great living, cannot exist
without PASSION, whatever your passion, or passions, may be.
Great dancing, as great living, cannot exist
without a PURPOSE that calls your soul into action, whatever your purpose may
Instead of focusing on other people´s PASSION,
their FIRE, the thing, or things, that makes them move ahead and higher, I ask
you to look within and ask yourself: what makes me feel the most ALIVE?