Morocco’s Seminar with JOANA SAAHIRAH Sept 27-28 NYC

My 2001 week long seminar with Morocco in New York was extremely formative and I can’t recommend anyone more highly. She’s amazing! Here’s her email advertising her latest event – go if you can!

My Dear Fellow Dance Lovers,

You simply can’t miss *this* seminar – a total of 12 hours (4 three-hour classes) of great learning, dancing, sharing your dance souls with a truly exceptional young woman & dance artist + a concert!:

JOANA SAAHIRAH, who spent 9 years performing daily (often 5-6 hour-long shows a day!) & to great acclaim in Cairo. She was also assistant to the great Mahmoud Reda….

Here’s the flyer:

Don’t miss this AMAZING opportunity! DON’T DELAY!!!
Dance your heart out & learn at a great seminar. Morocco presents the fabulous


Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:30am-1:30pm & 2:30-5:30pm

10:30-1:30 – The Soul of Modern Oriental style:
Technique & Combinations – breaking down movements & revealing secrets of the streamlined look of today’s stars.

2:30-5:30 – Hearing, understanding & dancing to Om Kolsum:
how to ace the true “test” of  an Oriental dance artist.

Sunday, September 28, 2014
11:00am -2:00pm & 3:00-6:00pm

11:00-2:00 – Saidi technique & combinations

3:00-6:00 – Milaya Leff & Baladi – flirtatious fun & technique:
how to achieve it easily & smoothly

(1 hr break – pizza & Persian food downstairs or bring lunch)

12 hours of class by an amazing artist with a highly successful 9-
year career in Cairo (& her emotional book about how she did it:
“The Secrets of Egypt: Dance, Life & Beyond” will be available
for purchase at the seminars!)

$90 @ 1 class/ $100 at door (if available);
2 classes: $165 / $180 at door (if available);
3 classes:  $245 / $270 at door (if available);
all 4 classes: $310 / $340 at door (if available)
***add 3.5% to pay by PayPal

EARLY BIRD – register & pay before July 30
& take over 10% off!!!
$80 @ 1 class;
2 classes: $145;
3 classes:  $220;
all 4 classes: $290!!!
***add 3.5% to pay by PayPal

Classes will be at CAP21 studios
18 West 18th Street
(between 5th & 6th Avenues)
6th floor – Studio 603

Convenient to all subways (14th Street stop, 16th St. exit):
4, 5, 6, Q, N, R, L, F, 2, 3, 1 (18th Street stop), A, C, E

Saturday eve show (The Shop at CAP21)
$20 in advance/ $25 at door

(Limited dance slots in the show open to those taking the seminar. Preference given to those taking both days.)

DO NOT MISS THIS ONCE -IN-A-LIFETIME CHANCE!!! Register NOW! You’ll be glad you did!

Out-of-towners: cheap, safe, nearby hotel list on request

e-mail: to reserve your spot, then either make out a check to *MOROCCO*
& mail it to: MOROCCO
1110 Ocean Ave – fl 2
Private House
Brooklyn, NY 11230

OR pay by PayPal to
Your spot is certain ONLY when payment is received.

The Soul of Oriental Dance
Joana Saahirah, Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer of Egyptian Oriental and Folkloric Dances, Actress and Author

After almost a decade of performing in Egypt with her own orchestra – Joana Saahirah has created a style of teaching, choreographing and performing that combines the best of Egypt and the best of  the West: technique, expression and Art.

She has also studied and worked (as a choreography and teaching assistant) to Master Mahmoud Reda from whom she learned his Theater Folklore styles.

Joana’s dream & mission is to share the soul of Oriental Dance and Egyptian Folklore with the world, revealing the true richness and ancient knowledge hidden in this art form. She has been invited to teach and perform all over the world & this will be her first time teaching in New York & the US.

Joana has written several articles for newspapers and magazines (about Egyptian culture, music & dance) & 2 books about The Magic of Egyptian Oriental Dance and her Paths of Discovery in the Land of the Pyramids. One of these books – “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond” has been published this January. Another one – “Diary of Egypt” trilogy-  will be published this Summer.

For a glimpse of Joana´s Dance please check the links:

You can find Joana Saahirah of Cairo on her official  Facebook Fan Page: <!/pages/Joana-Saahirah-of-Cairo-Fan-Page/183318258358726>

Space is limited, so register early. I *so* hope to see you there.

Yours in total dance dementia,


e-mail: <>
THE book:
New York, NY

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If I can’t dance, I don’t want your revolution!
Emma Goldman
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We should consider every day lost on which we have
not danced at least once.    Friedrich Nietzsche
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The philosopher’s soul dwells in his head,
the poet’s soul is in his heart,
the singer’s soul lingers about his throat,
but the soul of the dancer abides in all her body.”
Kahlil Gibran
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Spring Under the Olive Tree Show – May 31, 2014

Please join us for this fun community belly dance show!

undertheolivetreemay20141Under the Olive Tree
A Community Belly Dance Show
Featuring Student and Professional Performances

Saturday May 31, 2014
6:00 pm shop the Bazaar
7:00 pm show

$7 at the door
(free for kids 8 and under)

Colorado Springs Charter Academy
2577 N. Chelton Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
(Former Bennet Hill Monastery)

Alicia Cover
Laura Emme
Mizmar Madness Tribal Belly Dance
Tina Evans
Baharat Sharqi
Gypsies Of The Sahara Desert
Nuri Amishi Ode
The Vagabond Misfits
One Love Tribal
Joy Hearten-Johnson
Ingrid Morath

Produced by Springs Oasis Belly Dance
for more info contact:

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Winter 2014 Class Schedule

Class Flier Winter 2014

Complete newsletter, with event info, here.

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Class Play Lists!

I’ve had a lot of requests lately for my class play lists. Here are the songs I’ve used the most in classes over the last year or so. Enjoy!

Tribal Fusion & Traditional Style Classes:

Ali Mullah by Transglobal Underground
Ayasofya (Saint Sophia) by Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Battle by Beats Antique
Drum Solo by The Mogador Band
John the Baptist and Salome by Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Kafez by Nurai Lita
Khaleegi Stomp (Thievery Corporation Remix) by Transglobal Underground
Lantern by Beats Antique
Love Night by Said Mrad
Orient Carnival by Harem
Paradise Circus (Zeds Dead Remix) by Massive Attack
Rama Communication (Beatmasters Radio Mix) by State of Bengal
Snakecharmer by Bassnectar & Kraddy
Take a Flight (Ramasutra Remix) by Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Toe to Toe by Zeb
Turbo Tabla 3 by Turbo Tabla
Zeina (beautiful) by Petrol Bomb Samosa
Adir Adirim by featuring Victoria Hanna
Alf Leyla by Cairo Orchestra
Arabian Knights by Hossam Ramzy
Bhangra Fever by Midival Punditz
Der Bausch by Mc Sultan
Desert Sand by Lemongrass
Eh Mustapha by Hamsa Lila
Eshtaktillak by Petrol Bomb Samosa
Indian Fever by David Starfire
Ja Vidi by Christophe Goze
Kidda by Natacha Atlas
Layali El Sayedah by Hossam Ramzy/Maged Serour
Must Be a Devil by Diplo
Shashkin by Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Tabla Toy by Beats Antique
Takasem Sharky by Belly Dance
Where Do We Begin by Said Mrad
Yaaran Kollon Sikh Kuriye by Punjabi MC
Zeina by Cairo Orchestra
Aandak Baharia Ya Rayess by Wadih Essafi
Ali’s Nay by Ihsan Al Mounzer
Baladi by Bashir Abdel Al
Baladi Unplugged by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Besh o Drom by Fanfare Ciocarlia
Daret Al Ayam by Ro-Je
Fantasy by Oojami
Gana el Hawa by Belly Dance
Habibi We Enaya by Hossam Ramzy/Maged Serour
I Cash Radii by pentaphobe
Kanoun Mood by Ihsan Al Mounzer
Maqsoum by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Min Yishtiri by Various Artists
Moon Over Ala Nar by Naked Rhythm
Move Your Belly Extended by Said Mrad
Neti-neti: The Hear and Now Remix by DJ Cheb I Sabbah, Don Cherry & Sharon Gannon
Pon De Replay by Rihanna
Proper Hoodidge by Amon Tobin
Scheherazade by Ro-Je
Shakawah by Bashir Abdel Al
Shimmy Baby by Mosavo
Shisha by Naked Rhythm
Solo Gamalat by Gamal Goma
Sultan’s Delight by Reda Darwish
Tabla & Doff (feat. Medhat Mamdooh) by Darbuka & Tabla
Taksim by Bashir Abdel Al
Talakik-Final choreo cut by Hakim
Temptation Rag by Stale Bread Scottie and His Gang
Tsiftetelli by The Toids
Varaaga Nath by A. R. Rahman
Whirling Dervish by Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Zinah by Bashir Abdel Al

American Tribal Style Classes:

Maya’s Theme by Mychael Danna
Tabla Toy by Beats Antique
Lantern by Beats Antique
Battle by Beats Antique
Sadats (Saints of Marrakesh) by Cheb I Sabbah Feat. B’Net Marrakech
Hosanni Oo by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Baladi We Hetta cut to 2-00 by Hossam Ramzy
Sout Unplugged by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Sout With Spice by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Karachi Cruisin’ by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Arabian Knights by Hossam Ramzy
Maqsoum by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Ayoub by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Ayoub by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Baladi by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Ya Rayah (Bi Polar Remix) by Dahmane El Harrachi
Toura Toura (The Nav Deep Remix) by Cheb i Sabbah
Until the Day You Die by Abney Park
Raqs Tabla by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Golden Gate Mist by Phil Thornton
Luxor Baladna by Various Artists
Saidi Festival by Upper Egypt Ensemble
Nihavent Oyun Havasi by Helm
Nau-Ashta by Beats Antique
Maleh U Filfil by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Sema ‘i Truckin’ by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Saracen (Eye of Horus Vocal Mix) by Jef Stott
Slow by Beats Antique
Dance Of Mourning by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Country Dance-Cut1 by Sirocco
Country Dance Cut2 by Sirocco
Frame Drum by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Migration by Gypsy Caravan
Nomad by Govinda
Song of the Pharaohs by Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Baladi Unplugged by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Derwood Green by Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy
Amel by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Farasha by Fat Chance Belly Dance & Helm
Simple Solo by Sirocco
Banat Mazin – cut 1-55 by Various Artists
Desert Sand by Lemongrass
Gawazi by Omar Faruk Tekbilek

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Fall Belly Dance Class Schedule, Upcoming Workshops and Shows

Read the Latest Newsletter Here.

Fall Class Flier v3



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Under the Olive Tree Show Sept. 7, 2013

A Community Belly Dance Show & Hafla Dance Party
Featuring student and professional artists

Download a PDF flier here.Flier Under the Olive Tree Sept 2013 half page
Check it out on Facebook here.

Saturday Sept. 7, 2013
5:00 pm ~ Shop the Bazaar
7:00 pm ~ Show
8 or 8:30 ~ Hafla dance party!
$7 (kids 8 and under FREE)


Westside Community Center
1628 West Bijou Street (corner of 17th St.)
Colorado Springs, CO  80904

A Springs Oasis Belly Dance Production

Still adding performers and vendors – email me if you’re interested.


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Summer 2013 Classes Starting July!


June 30, 2013 Newsletter Here

My summer class session is FINALLY here, with classes starting tomorrow Monday, July 1 and Wednesday, July 3.

For the Monday’s Beginning Classic at 5:30, you’ll need to call ahead – it’s about full but you can join the wait list. For all others just drop by. See schedule and pricing below, and SAVE THE DATE – September 7 – for this fall’s Under the Olive Tree.

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What a show!

Under the Olive Tree Spring 2013 was a blast!  I can’t say thanks enough to all the dancers, vendors, and audience members who made this an awesome community event. Here are the videos! Cheers, Barb Ferrill Van Hoy

Click here for the playlist.

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Spring show THIS Saturday; join us Under the Olive Tree

Under the Olive Tree Flier

Plus, read the May 16 newsletter here.

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Feb 23 Newsletter: Next Class Session; Reserve Your Spot; Workshops & Shows

This issue is packed with info ~ READ IT HERE.

Newsletter ARCHIVES can be found here.

By Susan Bandy on FB have permission to use

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