From Egypt to the World, bringing back the Soul of Oriental Dance.
Our GOAL is to create a community of dancers of all levels and walks of life who are united by the love of Egyptian Dance and Evolution.
More than just offering a bunch of classes with exotic moves, we bring an ANCESTRAL ART FORM back to life; we unite the best of the EAST and the WEST; we go deep into Egyptian soil as we go deep into ourselves; we stand for QUALITY, TRUTH, LOVE, CREATIVITY, DREAMS, Dance & Life Transformation.
More than dignifying Egyptian Dance - the way it's seen, practiced and taught around the world -, our PURPOSE is to recover its HEALING, MAGICAL, SELF-DEVELOPMENT POWER.
You can join us as an external student with access to our specific Courses around authentic Egyptian Oriental & Folkloric Dance or you can join us as a Member of Joana Saahirah´s Signature Course - Egyptian Oriental Dance from the ABC to Mastery - and enjoy a dance & life transforming journey with special benefits.
When you join our Signature Course, you receive special benefits like EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS ON ALL OF OUR SPECIFIC COURSES (like Baladi, Tabla Solo, Shaabi, Folkloric Styles) and ACCESS TO SPECIAL CONTENT - courses, masterclasses, gifts, and inspirations - we only share with our Members.
Thank you so much for the class, it´s just amazing! So much information, motivation, authentic feeling, space for personal creativity, individuality, and at the same time your professional leading! I love it! In last few months I have a problem with motivation, I wanted to end up with dance, but your videos and your new attitude to dance gave me new motivation to continue, go deeper and search for my own style and attitude which was quite scary for me in the past. I am so happy I have heard about you and now be a student of your online dance school, though only recorded, as it´s quite hard for me to have time to dance when your lessons are online.
Once again, simply the best: Joana doesn't just teach dance or movement. She provides the cultural context and social aspects of the dance that inform the student much more richly than most teachers can -- her personal experience as a dancer in Cairo brings with it amazing depth.
Dear Joana Saahirah, I am speechless, how an online Course can be that touching! Energy flows not taking care of any miles-distance. Your structure is great, the way you announce the program of the lesson, how you guide us and how you let us free, it is such a good dose. Thank you also for giving theoretical Input to get some knowledge of Egyptian Dance history and Culture..and all of the Bonus material! Today, for me, was a clue lesson. We really dig deep in this journey :-). I thank you from and with all my heart for your honesty and the energy you put in it, in us, your faith, your trust, your love., your wisdom and your clearness. May this pure love come back to you in more than 1000 different ways. Not every great dancer is meant to be a great teacher too, but some of them are...happy those who find them ...thank you for sharing what your heart is burning for.
I am one of those super lucky and happy person = Joana's student and I can't thank her enough for all that she's shared with me, taught me, for her huge help to find my difficulties not only in dance but also in life. I am so excited to continue our path and see what comes next, because I never know what to expect but I am completely sure it will be a magic discovery, a precious experience, a light that will guide me in my way called Life. I can't recommend Joana enough. You just ought to try her classes, and it is not what I am saying, but what comes from the deepest part of my heart .
Yes, simply the BEST. She pours out so much love, passion, light through the screen to all students and it inspires me so much. There had been doubts, confusions in my head but she is the one saying exactly what I need to hear to awaken myself. Now I feel my heart is more open for every movement. Her classes change the landscape of my dance basically. She is such a blessing to the education of Egyptian Dance today.
I´m very happy to have met Joana on my Oriental Dance path.
In her courses and method I´ve found answers to several needs and questions.
For instante, I´ve learned about the essence of Egyptian Dance, what is essential and what makes it magical.
Everything Joana shares in her courses fascinates me: the concepts she introduces, the exercises she proposes help you find, recognize, and build the unique dancer each of us carries within.
In all of her courses, I find an integrated and permanent way to develop self-empowerment, Egyptian Dance technique, and the essence of each style, all of it backed-up by the great richness of Joana´s experience in Egypt and her studies with the greatest musicians and Egyptian Dance masters. Furthermore, she does it all in a fun and vibrant way.
I´m deeply thankful for her generosity and for her willingness to create work that brings real evolution in her students.
Each course at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School is a meeting with myself, with my personal powers and unrecognized gifts.
Basically, I´m witnessing major growth in my dance and, above all, I feel happier and able to express who I am.
As always, Joana's courses are of a matchless quality! Both on the personal and on the dance level. (...)
Oh my God! We go deeper and deeper in Egyptian dance but also in our way of thinking. It's completely crazy! I think we´ll never be the same. How can we? I'm so proud to subscribe to these classes! Amazing, wonderful... words aren't enough to describe this soulful Egyptian Dance and life trip with such inspired and experimented teacher and with beautiful and kind dancers. it's just magical. I have leaved the class with such satisfaction, recharged, full of positives projects, ready to bite the life to full teeth. Hey world, HERE I AM!
This course was absolutely great. In each fully packed, rich lesson I learned more about egyptian Dance movement and context than in my past 20 years of oriental dance!
So many insights on a theoretical and personal level touch me everytime I participate. Thank you for your loving energy!
"Before starting to study with Joana I first fell in love and felt inspired by her dancing, wherein I found something "mystical" that makes me always think that Federico Fellini would have put her inside one of its magical movies.
Joana, as a teacher, is truly a gift.
She teaches without any reservation and she never stops giving, I'm always impressed about the amount of amazing contents she manages to give!
She conceived a peculiar "format" for her courses, that makes the process of learning fun, enjoyable and stimulating, because she gives, in addiction to the dance classes, many things to discover, little by little. I always have the feeling I am a child with a box full of colorful toys to play with.
What I'd like to underline among everything is that Joana has the will to give her students fundamental tools for a more autonomous development of the dance. That it also means that she teaches at a "multilevel" way, always entering the field of self development.
I personally feel I have, with her, the chance to make order among everything, not only among the huge world that concerns "oriental dance", because Joana spreads a direct knowledge of the Egyptian culture, not only studied, but truly lived and absorbed beneath the skin, so she can put, and she wisely does, the dance teaching into contextualization; but also, I feel I'm developing a deeper understanding of what dance technique is made of.
I personally realized that Joana let´s you "return" to the dance technique, as kind of something your body belong to, something it deserves and it should explore, to feel more.
Definitely huge and well beyond expectation."
"I recommend Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School to other students, that´s for sure. But only those who are really interested in the authentic Egyptian dance and the culture behind it. I have learned beautiful choreographies, received many beautiful learning materials, tips for self-practice, and some Arabic. I have also learned practical ways to be self-confident through your course, which is indeed life-changing. The reason I cannot leave her school is that she doesn't force her students to be her followers (totally the opposite!) She values each student's individuality and guides us to be "ourselves," in dance and in life. Taking your courses in 2020 was truly a great help for me, both physically and mentally. Literally, you saved my life...Thank you. "
"This year, I subscribed to 4 courses at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School and, honestly, her courses are amazing, I recommend them 100% because she teaches you the dance technique and choreography but the Egyptian Culture behind the dance, the mentality behind each movement. Furthermore, she develops you on a personal level - emotionally and psychologically -, something that can help you evolve in your dance and in your life. If you´re wondering if you should join her school, I´d say “don´t think twice, join it now!” "
" I´m so thankful for you sharing your knowledge with the world. I have to say, you truly changed my life in such a positive way. I feel so connected with Egyptian dance and myself on such a deeper level I had no idea it was even possible. I´m dreaming non-stop about learning more. I cry tears of joy and a bit of sadness because this is what I have been searching for my entire life. I was so lost for so many years until I realized I wanted to be a dancer but then I became a lost dancer. Misguided because I had no one to teach me. Until I discovered you. I fell deeply in love with Egyptian culture and I know I will visit Egypt one day. It’s so strange how the dance pulls you in. How it opens your eyes to learning the truth about the dance and Myself. Baladi Awadi/ Baladi dance is the dance my body and spirit have been searching for. It´s right for my personality because it’s so grounded. I walk the earth barefoot. I dig my hands into the soil. I breathe with the trees and dance beneath the moon and the stars. I live in the forest disconnected from society because that is where my heart belongs and I feel that is what brought me to Baladi. I had no knowledge of Baladi. I only knew it was a rhythm. I always wondered more about it and that’s how I found you. I googled info about Baladi and one of your YouTube videos popped up, so I decided to watch it and I was like whoa!!! Who is this beautiful magical woman? She knows what she is talking about so I watched more videos and then I saw you were a teacher. Once that discovery was made I saved every penny to sign up for one of your courses. I am hooked. I am completely hooked lol. I feel more connected to the music. You have taught me how to listen. Once the music plays, my ears begin to twinkle and twitch like little antennas searching for the sound. Once the waves reach my ears they make their way to my heart and then my body moves in ways I didn’t even know it could. I was always so focused on what dance move I should do instead of just moving. Now I listen, feel and move. I am learning how to enjoy my dancing. I am tasting the moves and music, something I never would have thought of doing. I am less of a nervous dancer now when I am able to let go and just enjoy myself and the music. I would highly recommend people to sign up for your courses if they wish to discover the true art of Egyptian dance. If they wish to dive deeper into the culture. If they wish to throw away their masks and become heart dancers. Exposing their inner world to the world. Thank you again, Joana. I´m so blessed to have you as my teacher. I´m like a drug addict waiting to get her fix but with knowledge (hahah). I wish you happiness, love, excellent health and many blessings. "
" I am loving the courses I've taken at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School, they are comprehensive, challenging and fun at the same time. My dance feels more authentic because it's more authentically ME. Joana leaves no stone unturned and attends to every detail in one's life that needs attention in making them a better dancer. Joana is an extremely knowledgeable and generous teacher who gives 150% to her students. In addition to providing rich detail and respect for the history and pioneers of the dance, her school provides a path to self-love and empowerment through her unique and caring teaching style."
"I enjoyed Joana Saahirah´s Course soooo much. Well explained and enough repetitions - it was really easy to follow. And what I liked the most: The enormous knowledge you shared with us. You made me understand what is Shaabi about and gave me the important background information for my dance. Everything was so well-founded. This is really rare these days. Most the teachers don't care, mix up everything, don't even know what Egyptian Dance is about and where the different styles come from. I appreciate this very much, thank you. And it helps me to develop my dance and grow as a person. "
"I joined Joana´s online school very recently, this year, and have done 3 of her courses already, and looking forward to attending more. The way Joana instills her love, respect and passion for the Oriental/Egyptian Dance made me come back and fall again in love with this dance after 5 years not dancing. Her classes are not only about movements and learning a choreography, which is good but not enough; she goes deeper, opening our eyes to the Egyptian culture and the reason why the dance is so important and should be treated with more love and respect. Joana also encourages her students to make a relationship in our lives and the way we dance making an introspection and re-connection with ourselves. Every course I´ve taken is a journey through Egypt, its culture, and of course the DANCE, but also through my inner self. I love her classes and all the material, because they bring me back to my start many years ago into the Oriental Dance, with my first teachers, leaving behind all the competition between dancers, and going back to the real important side. The pure essence. "
"You are an excellent teacher, amazing dancer & a beautiful person inside & out. You absolutely radiate while teaching & dancing & your passion, knowledge & love for Egyptian Dance is so uplifting & infectious. I listen & watch all your you tubes & bonuses as I find them so empowering & positive. It makes me believe anything is possible if I try.... So much love Joana & many many thanks."
"The best thing that happened to me in 2020 in the dance field was to discover Joana Saahirah's online dance school. Joana's teachings are what I will gladly carry with me into 2021 and further as I grow both in dance and on a personal level. When I first saw Joana's video performances, I was glued to the screen. I was captured by her presence, her unique style, and charisma. Intrigued, I decided to check out her online school courses. There I uncovered immense amounts of material, invaluable insights into dance and life in general, and a very rich, deeply caring, giving person. Joana's guidance has given me confidence in my path as a dancer and a human being. She has given me tools to achieve my dance goals. And in her magical ways, she has helped me find answers to profound questions. Joana leads by example and it shows in everything that she offers to her students. The material that she gives is always rich, captivating, and enlightening. I would highly recommend Joana's school of dance to dancers of any level and of any background. There is something special and highly useful in her teachings for everyone. "
"I definitely recommend the school to all dancers and women who want to work not only in their dance but also in their personal development. Everything I have learned in school has changed the way I perceive everything that surrounds me, and that influences my dances and my life in a very positive way."
"When a dance friend from the Philippines sent me the link to Joana’s Facebook Live chat on her Baladi Awadi course I didn’t realize that I was going to hit a jackpot that would enrich my dance life forever. The more courses that I take, the more I get hooked. Before long, I have signed up 8 separate courses and most recently the annual membership for the signature course. But why? First of all, what appealed to me was the holistic approach that Joana takes to each of her courses, i.e. physical, emotional, and spiritual. And it makes total sense to learn how to integrate these elements to enhance the soulfulness of the dance, a passage leading to the divine. Secondly, all the courses that I have taken were well designed and really focused on each of my problematic areas such as shimmies, hands and arms, hips, traveling steps, how to interpret lyrics, etc. As the result, my vocabulary for each area got greatly expanded and my techniques, strengthened. Thirdly, Joana’s dance style is creative in such a way that really resonates with me. Furthermore, Joana is incredibly knowledgeable about not only Arabic music but also non Arabic music. Since I started working with Joana four months ago I have created three choreographies. I noticed a dramatic difference between the ones that I created before and the new ones after Joana’s school. The creativity that Joana emphases so much has become a crucial driver in my approach. Suddenly I feel very liberated in my application of the techniques and concepts that I have learned. Joana often says that education and application go hand in hand. And I found that the creativity she instilled in us can really make the application take off. I recommend Joana´s School to anyone because of the transformation that I have experienced in my choreographies and performances. "
"Dear Joana, thank you for offering this Masterclass. I´ve received immediate benefit from my participation. Your personal style of teaching has given me a whole new perspective on the dance. My background is mainly Baladi which involves mostly improvisation as you know so following and remembering even the most basic choreography has always been extremely difficult for me throughout my 20 odd years of practicing this dance. This has nothing to do with my teachers - I´ve had amazing teachers and chose wisely. But I am astounded to find myself easily following your choreography today using your principles based on Sacred Geometry. Really - it was so simple to follow. Maybe it´s my artist brain that needs a different way of learning! Your explanation on energy work with the hands as we dance and the in-depth meaning behind Khamsa is also new to me even I am familiar with Reiki and this protection amulet. Your teaching method is truly fascinating and changes my whole perspective and also brought me back to my body and to a different head space. I felt really grounded, focused and 'in the moment' as I danced. I feel as though I´ve had a major breakthrough in my dance and I thoroughly enjoyed your class. I'm amazed at how much magic happened in my living room; I´m truly amazed and grateful. And now, I have some homework to do! Thank you so much, Joana."
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