The 3 Life-Changing Lessons Egyptian Dance has taught me

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Discover the SOUL of Egyptian Oriental & Folkloric Dance




Discover the SOUL of Egyptian Oriental & Folkloric Dance




Welcome to Joana Saahirah's Dance School -  Pioneering Online Courses combining authentic Egyptian Dance with Self-Discovery and Empowerment as well as Private Online Coaching Courses for students who wish to go deeper into Egyptian Dance, their own unique path and source of power.

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Hi, I’m Joana.

I'm a world-renowned Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer specialized in Egyptian Oriental and Folkloric Dance.

After almost 20 years of a high-profile career - first, in Egypt; then around the world -, performing, teaching, lecturing and researching authentic Egyptian Oriental and Folkloric Dance, it's my Dream and Mission to share the jewels I found along the way with you.

Read My Story >> HERE

Egyptian Dance is:

  • An ancestral art form with its origins in fertility rituals older than the Pyramids.
  • A primal and elevated holistic tool for self-knowledge, empowerment, and expression.
  • A self-discovery and healing tool, and a way of living that reminds us of the ESSENTIAL, the things that make LIFE WORTH LIVING.


Want to learn more? Come on a Journey with me.

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´Want to discover the fascinating world of Egyptian Dance, Personal Discovery & Empowerment?


Join Joana Saahirah´s Signature Course, authentic Egyptian Oriental Dance & Personal Development from the ABC to Mastery.


A Training/Membership that´ll take you from the origins of Egyptian Oriental Dance and Self-Discovery to the full development of your Dance & Life.


This Course is for YOU if...


  • You´re a woman with an open mind and heart;


  • You want to learn authentic Egyptian Dance, music, mentality and culture;


  • You wish to learn how to dance while you learn about yourself and how to become a truer, empowered, happier and healthier version of yourself;


  • You´re thirsty for connection and community - being surrounded by kind, intelligent, mutually supportive women who´ll hold your hand as you grow in your dance & in your life.


Click HERE to join the Waiting List for the next edition of our Signature Course

Would you like to learn authentic Egyptian Dance while you get to discover and empower yourself?






  • Did you know Egyptian Dance can change your life?


  • Are you ready to start your own Self-Discovery & Empowerment Journey through Egyptian Dance?


  • Would you like to become a stronger, more confident, sensual, and passionate human being?


  • Would you like to be introduced to a fascinating world of culture, history, art, joy, health, sensuality, ancient wisdom & more?


If you answered YES to one or more of those questions, Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School is for YOU!

Click HERE to discover our Pioneering Online Courses

When I perform, choreograph, or teach Egyptian Dance, it´s the feeling, the soul, the reality of my multi-dimensional humanity that comes to the surface and that's exactly what I wish my students, audiences, and readers to experience. Anything less than this, isn´t Egyptian Dance.

Joana Saahirah


Joana Saahirah


I've written, although not always published, since I can remember.
Writing is as part of my life as Dance, Music, Acting, Teaching, breathing.

Through the books I share with the world, I hope to bring Egyptian Dance and other aspects of Human experience to life in ways that entertain, inspire, and empower my readers. I hope that's how you feel once you grab one of the goodies you'll find below.

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

(A Journey of Death and Rebirth in the country of the Pyramids)

“Once upon a time I had a dream and I chased it." This Magical Book tells about my Adventure in Egypt, the Price we pay for our Dreams and the Wisdom we gather on the Journey up the Mountain.

Almost killed, chased, shocked and amazed with an Egyptian (fascinating) underworld very few foreigners ever get to know. How did I end up living and performing in Egypt for almost a decade, succeeding in my career against all odds? How did I do it* when everyone yelled: YOU CAN’T?!

Get your own copy of the book HERE.

“Behind the Curtain

(a collaboration between Joana Saahirah and the Slovenian Photographer, Breda Jurecko.)

What lies behind a stage curtain? What happens inside an Oriental Dancer, the eternal damned “odalisque”, beyond appearances? What does it mean to be a passionate Creator, a Woman who´s not afraid to be her full – untamed – self? This and other questions are answered in this book, a collaboration between Joana Saahirah, a world-known Oriental Dancer, and Breda Jurečko, a photographer with a very special perspective. This book brings the hidden, perhaps most interesting, side of an Oriental Dancer´s life, to the light.

Get your copy of the book HERE.

Taking online classes with Joana Saahirah has allowed me to fall even more in love with Oriental dance than I thought possible. As a teacher, Joana doesn't teach steps, she cultivates artists. She expects nothing less than your authentic self in every move, and she is a living example of that integrity. Don't get me wrong, she can break down a shimmy with the best of them, but connecting you to the purpose behind that shimmy is where Joana truly shines as a teacher. Whether in class or on stage, she is unapologetically creative and alive. Not only does she dance outside of the box, but she respects the hell out of that box, too! From our first class, Joana has pinpointed exactly what I needed and laid out exercises and inspirations to get me there. I truly look forward to my practice these days, which is often self-discovery. Learning from Joana is the most serious kind of fun. Thank you, Joana!

Heather Henna Louise


Heather Henna Louise


To study Egyptian dance with Joana Saahirah is to embark on an incredible personal journey — a journey of self-discovery, re-education and expansive growth. This is not a course of study for those who are game to join the “belly dance bandwagon” or those simply looking to spice up their exercise regimen. It is not for the weakhearted, you will find yourself nudged (gently, thoughtfully) outside comfort zones in order to ensure your progress. Warning: boldness and courage may be required! In two months of study with Joanna I have experienced as much growth as I have in the last two years of studio classes. More importantly however, is the unique synthesis, context and connections I now understand by learning in this special way. My very personal journey has purposefully, artfully meandered as easily from Bauhaus to Glenn Gould to the Dionysian Mysteries as it has from Baladi to Tarab to Mawal. As Joanna repeats like a mantra, “It’s all connected.” What an incredible ride… what an incredible gift.





She is a really *magical* dancer and teacher, my understanding of Egyptian dance (and my dance) has been trans-formative, deepened, since taking ONLY her online classes! She develops each class personal based on your needs that are visible (and invisible) to you. What you think you know, you really have no idea! I don't even know how to begin without writing a novel. I can only imagine what her live classes/workshops are like! Not only does she develop your dance, but your understanding of Egyptian history, the people and their culture, and learning the heart of it all... the great secrets to this dance you don't hear about in your normal classes. Time is spent in EACH class developing not only your dance, but your understanding of the magic behind it all. Sometimes in very unusual but exciting, and interesting ways.

Yara Sultan


Yara Sultan


It's time to find yourself, your dance, and your own magical life.

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