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October, 2018

This is the beginning of the journey

Guided by Sahra Kent, an expert on Egyptian dance & folklore, you will not only experience the Egypt that is presented to most people, a land of sand and ancient wonders, but also as a land with real people struggling to preserve their dance heritage.

Visiting multiple Egyptian cities, JtE 3 & 4 strives to present the concepts and tables explored in JtE 1 & 2 whenever possible, putting that knowledge into practice and context.

​Explore one of the birthplaces of our dance form through cultural interviews, live music, dancing, historical walks, and cultural experiences.

Please note this trailer, while indicative of our general experience, does show scenes from Abu Simbal, a portion of the tour no longer offered.

Shannon BishopPennsylvania

Nothing Can top dancing to live music in Egypt...It was also a joy to meet Farida Fahmy and to visit Mohammed Ali street. But just being in Egypt with Sahra, who is a wealth of knowledge and experience and generosity, made the trip an experience I'll never forget. I couldn't begin to plan a trip like this on my own and hope to learn as much as I did. 

JtE 3 & 4 are educational explorations of Cairo & Luxor/Aswan respectively. During our time in Egypt we explore the history and culture of the places we visit in the context of Egyptian dance and what they represent & have represented through the years. In keeping with JtE 1 & 2, levels 3 & 4 are highly educational and show a lot of the things learned in levels 1 & 2 in context.

As such it is a requirement that all participants attending JtE 3 & 4 have completed levels 1 & 2 by the time the tour begins. Exceptions are only made for friends & family that are attending with you.​

This is the trip of a lifetime and the one you've been dreaming about since you first became interested in this art form. Drawing on Sahra's 30 years of research in the field, you will directly meet, and interview some of her own contacts in Egypt and benefit from her myriad of connections and insights.

Seeing Egypt through Sahra's eyes will give you a deeper understanding of the dance. The same one that you got a glimpse of in JtE 1 & 2.


​The lived experience, knowledge, movements, and unique approach of JTE have made me a better and more discerning dance performer, student, researcher, and teacher. I'm doing a better job at serving the various communities this dance is a part of, and that means the world to me. I'm doing a better job honoring the dances, people, and cultures, this dance is a part of and, inshallah, because of that, dancing more beauty into the world.

ShirazRiverside, CA

JtE - 3

October 1st - 8th, 2018

JtE-3 is an exploration of Cairo. Its history. Its Culture. Its Music.​

Live ​Music Shows

With the bright colors of the Tannoura spinning before your eyes, the beat of the Zar drums mere feet away from you, and the cultural immersion of folkloric dance, you'll be transported and changed. How can you not understand the Zar a little better once you've heard the music, so close and heartfelt? How can you not marvel at the skill of the dancers as they spin endlessly upon the stage? Feel the joy as musicians join together to share their heritage!

Live Tannoura shows dazzle the eyes with flying colors! Always a favorite of JtE-3.

The Makan theater puts on a spectacular Zar entertainment event. One of the highlights of JtE-3

One of Jte-3 attendees is invited up to dance at a special music event held at the Dammah theater.

A Chance to Perform to Live Music

JtE 3 attendees pose for a photo with our wonderful musicians after finishing up our Live Music dancing event!

In addition to the live music events we attend, we will also have several members of Sahra's old band join back together to play live music for us while we dance the afternoon away. Get the experience of dancing to live music in Egypt as you channel your passion for the dance into your movements and get carried away by the sound.

Should any friends and family attend that are doumbek players, they may have a chance to join in the fun and play around a bit with the band. If they can keep up that is!​

Historical Exploration

Cairo also holds a special place on our tour as the site of many historical buildings and sites from the history of our dance. During our time in Cairo we'll be spending plenty of time walking, so bring those comfy sneakers! Walks include:

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  • Mohammed Ali Street
  • Al-Kyameyya Street (street of the tent makers, pictured here)
  • Portions of the Khan Al-Khalili
  • An exploration of the locations of Naguib Mahfouz's famous Trilogy
  • An exploration of a baladi area well known to our friend & guide, Khalid
  • Early Bellydance sites & locations
  • The palaces and places of celebrations for the opening of the Suez Canal
DelannaDancer/Instructor in Germany

The more we plunged into the streets of Cairo, the more little passages from Naguib Mahfouz books came like tags of memories into my mind. Spots of his stories became alive, suddenly had a form, sounds, colors and odors...

Dance Ethnology

During our time in Cairo we will spend several evenings conducting dance ethnology interviews. Pictured left is an interview in 2015 with Sayid Henkesh as we investigated some of the photos he brought to show us.

On a couple of the afternoons we will visit several of Cairo's museums, including the Agricultural museum, which you may remember from JtE 1 & 2 as the one with the wax figures, a museum of a museum, as it were. We will also visit the museum that is dedicated to the life and career of Egypt's most beloved singer, Om Kulsum.

Join us

JtE-3 is a magical exploration of the capital of Egypt and a place where you can see the meshing of the folkloric and the glitter that is Egypt's Hollywood.

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​We pack all of the above into 8 days of history, music, dancing and learning. Eight amazing, exhausting, exhilarating days that you'll never forget.

New in JtE-3 for 2018

  • We've upgraded our accommodations! We are now staying at a hotel named for Egypt's most beloved singer. Om Kulsum on loop in the lobby is a major plus!
  • Two official new walking tours have been added. The sites of old Cairo's early bellydance salons and the locations of some of the celebrations held to mark the opening of the Suez Canal​
  • New Webinars have been added Pre-Tour so you can get the lay of the land before ever arriving in Cairo & ask Sahra any questions you may have directly

You can stop after JtE-3, head back home and digest all that you've seen and learned on your journey. Or, you could stick around for 11 more days, make the most of that plane ticket, and learn more than you could've ever dreamed.

Most of our attendees choose to take both levels back to back, but if you're returning home after JtE-3 you'll leave us on the 8th of October. Those continuing on will take a sleeper train that night to Luxor, where the next journey begins.

If you are only attending JtE-4, you should time your flight to arrive on the 8th of October, or early in the morning on the 9th. We will have someone pick you up at the airport.

JtE - 4

October 9th-19th, 2018

JtE-4 takes us to Upper Egypt, away from the hustle and bustle of Cairo and to the shores of the Nile.​


Luxor

After the business of Cairo, our hotel in Luxor, Geizeira Gardens, will provide some peace and quiet. This is Sahra's favorite place to stay while doing her research, soothing the mind and soul and providing a recharge as we ramp up into the next phase of the journey.

With an amazing open space, and connections to many of the local musicians, it's a place to rest, to learn, and to dance!

 

 

Dance Lessons

In Luxor, we have the good fortune of learning from practitioners from many of the different tables. The last performing Mazin sister, Khyriya will teach us the steps traditional to her family of Ghawazee. A member of the local governate group will teach us the art of the Assaya, and a local professional will teach us the traditional Sa'idi Khafafa dance.

Historical Sites

It wouldn't be a trip to Luxor without visiting some of the most famous tombs and temples to be found in Egypt. Here we will visit the infamous Valley of the Kings & the Temple of Hatshepsut (pictured below).  We will also explore for the hieroglyphs depicting the tahtib and dancing, showing the true age of aspects of our dance.

Other Activities

We will also spend our time in Luxor dancing away at a local live music events. Featuring local professionals, some of which you may recognize from our dance lessons, you'll feel what it's like to party Egyptian style.

We'll also visit the Nubian House Luxor, a local establishment that helps support women by creating and selling traditional Nubian goods. If you've been following Sahra for a while, it's where our much loved Nubian scarves come from!

Extra time in Luxor

New for 2018​


In April we'll be attending the Moulid of Abu Hagag, but in October expect more dance classes, and more time to explore Luxor, something we never have quite enough time to do during our other tours! We'll also be visiting Sohag, a city north of Luxor that has it's own Tahtib school! We've never had the time to visit during JtE-4 and we can't wait to take everyone!

Man performing at Sa'idi Farrah

Explore the beauty of Luxor

Aswan

​Once we've had all the fun we can in Luxor, it's time to head to Aswan. We'll be traveling by bus, but don't worry! The journey is broken up by two stops at famous temples along the way with our favorite tour guide!

Exploring the Nile

While we are near the Nile in Luxor, in Aswan we use it to travel. Our boatman Karim will take us down the Nile to various events, in moments that you will never forget. Watch the sand dunes give way to the lush grasses of the Nile, visit the Botanical Gardens during one of your free periods, and feel the wind whip through your hair as you travel down one of the world's most famous rivers.

You'll spot the Nubian village straightaway, indicated by its uniquely shaped buildings rising amidst the green that lines the Nile.​

 

Historic Sights

Visit Philae Temple, one of the temples moved due to the flooding that would occur when the Aswan High Dam was completed. Now an island in the middle of the reservoir it is beautiful and has quite the interesting story.

Look out over Lake Nassar as you stand on the damn that buried the farmland of the Nubians. Heartbreaking it may be, but the resilience of the Nubian people is amazing.

ShirazRiverside, CA

I never felt so alive; enjoying cardamon coffee and Nubian dancing on the hilltop overlooking the Nile in Aswan.. sweating and dancing w/ Khariya Mazin and getting to savor her sweet smile and tea.... those rare moments when you just follow your passion and live fully. You could never regret making that plunge.

Nubian Culture

 ​While we are in Aswan we immerse ourselves in all things Nubian. We will visit Nubian villages & famillies, attend celebrations with local professionals, and learn a dance choreographed just for us by one of the members of the local governate group.

The Nubian people love to dance, and the events we attend are always a blast. Rarely will you find anyone sitting out the festivities!

We will also visit a museum dedicated to the Nubian people, their crafts, and their story. ​

If you wish to have a Nubian dress made for our graduation dance, we will have time to order it during JtE-3 in Cairo.

Graduation

Our time in Egypt comes to an end with one of the most joyful experiences. We've spent the past several days immersed in Nubian culture and learning our graduation dance. For our graduation we perform our dance against the backdrop of the Nile. Stomping and clapping and joyfully reliving each moment of our journey.

Join us

JtE-4 spans 11 days in Luxor and Aswan where there is so much to learn about the Sa'idi and Nubian peoples. Completely different than JtE-3, Upper Egypt has a charm all its own that's sure to have you wishing you could stay longer.

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New in JtE-4 for 2018

  • For the first time ever we are spending extra time in Luxor to take more classes and have enough time to explore!
  • Due to this our time in Luxor has been effectively doubled from previous years, allowing more time for you to explore what the city has to offer.
  • A visit to Sohag, a city north of Luxor with it's own Tahtib school!
  • Webinars prior to the entire tour will walk you through everything you need to know about Luxor and Aswan before going on these events

As we celebrate the end of this journey, many of us find that it's only the beginning. Having experienced Egypt in this way many students are inspired to begin researching topics that came to mind while in Egypt.​

JtE-4 is officially over and we return to Cairo via sleeper train, arriving on the morning/afternoon of the 19th. We will check into the Novotel near the airport for our final goodbyes. You may have all been strangers 3 weeks ago, but now you'll be sad to see your travel companions go.

You'll make lifelong friends and contacts with dancers all over the world. We've had attendees from the USA, Canada, Samoa, Germany, The Czech Republic, Russia, and many more.

Expand your knowledge, your understanding, and your cultural appreciation and join us in 2018 for the journey of a lifetime.

Leela CormanGainesville, FL

It is the gold standard if you are interested in the dance and culture of Egypt. I would say that if you take only one workshop or course of study in your dance career, make it this one. You will learn incomparable things about Egyptian dance and people, past and present.

The DATES

JTE-3 – October 1st – October 8th

JTE-4 – October 9th – October 19th


You may choose to attend one or both of the events.

Departure JtE-3: If you take only JtE-3 you may book your return flight anytime on from the afternoon of the 8th. At the end of JtE-3 we can either take you to the airport, to the Novotel Cairo Airport (not included in tour pricing) for your last night in Egypt if your flight is leaving early the morning of the 9th, or if you'll be spending more time in Cairo after the end of the tour we're happy to drop you off wherever you'll be staying for the rest of your trip.

If you are continuing on to JtE-4, you'll simply stay with the group as we pack and get to the sleeper train that will take us to Luxor. No additional planning is required, it is all covered under the tour.

*Arrival JtE-4 : If you only attend JtE-4, you will be expected to arrive in Luxor on October 8th or the morning of the 9th in order to meet everyone in Luxor in time for classes. The cost of the night of the 8th is included in your price if you arrive a day early.

Departure JtE-4: JtE-4 finishes the morning of October 19th when we arrive into Cairo on the sleeper train. We will be going to the Novotel Cairo Airport to await our flights. If your flight is leaving on October 20th and you wish to book the night at the hotel, you must do so personally before arriving in Cairo. If you will be staying in Egypt longer we are happy to drop you off at your accommodations for the rest of your stay upon our return to Cairo, but you MUST return to Cairo with us.

The PRICING

For all options listed below the following items are included:

  • All lodging from 10/1 – 10/08 (JtE-3) and 10/09 - 10/19 (JtE-4). All nights before or after are the attendee’s responsibility.
    • The rooms are double occupancy, but single, private rooms, are available at an extra cost. You will have an opportunity to select your roomate prior to the tour.
  • 2 meals per day
  • All JtE Dance Classes, events, and tours. Events are listed above, but you can also click here to see a potential calendar view of events.
  • All transportation to and from any JtE Events upon arrival in Egypt.

Items not included:

  • Airfare & Visa costs
  • Any snacks & water
  • Additional hotel nights
  • A Nubian dress if you choose to purchase one for the Graduation Ceremony (about $100.00 USD custom made during JtE-3)
  • Any free time activities & transportation to/from, though we’re happy to arrange transportation for you.
  • Travel insurance is required for both levels of the tour, however you are responsible for obtaining your own. Once you register we're happy to send over our recommendations.

ONLY 8 SPOTS AVAILABLE! GRAB YOURS TODAY!

Jte-3

Oct 1st - 8th, 2018

Cairo, Egypt

8 days

Includes:

  • ​2 Pre-tour webinars
  • Room (Double Occupancy)
  • 2 Meals per day
  • All JtE Dance Events/Classes/Tours
  • Transportation to/from all JtE Events
  • All Credit Card Processing Fees

$2,300 USD

$200.00 USD Deposit

JtE-4

Oct 9th  - Oct 19th, 2018

Luxor & Aswan, Egypt

11 days

Includes:

  • ​3 Pre-tour webinars
  • Room (Double Occupancy)
  • 2 Meals per day
  • All JtE Dance Events/Classes/Tours
  • Transportation to/from all JtE Events
  • All Credit Card Processing Fees

$2,650 USD

$200.00 USD Deposit

jte 3 & 4

Oct 1st - Oct 19th, 2018

Cairo, Luxor, & Aswan, Egypt

19 days

Includes:

  • ​4 Pre-tour webinars
  • Room (Double Occupancy)
  • 2 Meals per day
  • All JtE Dance Events/Classes/Tours
  • Transportation to/from all JtE Events
  • JtE T-shirt
  • All Credit Card Processing Fees

$4,400 USD

$400.00 USD Deposit

If you missed out on registration and would like to be notified of any openings or be first in line for next years tour, please join our waiting list by clicking here . You will be notified when registration opens and can be sure to get first dibs on 2019!

PAYMENT OPTIONS

I understand that money can be a barrier. To that effect, there is a very open payment plan policy. You can pay it all up front, all at the end, or at any time in between. The only stipulations are

  1. You have to pay the entire amount by August 15th, 2018.
  2. You have to notify us of what your payment schedule is going to be.
  3. You may pay the remainder of the balance by check or Paypal. If you are not located in the United States, we can provide the information for a wire transfer as well.

Cancellation Policy

Plans change, we get it. If you have to cancel your participation in the tour you will receive a refund of everything minus your deposit if you cancel before June 1st, 2018. Deposits for the event are non-refundable. If you choose to join us in 2019, we will apply half of your deposit for 2018 to that tour. Any cancellations after June 1st, 2018 are non-refundable in entirety and no application of funds paid will go towards 2019.

Even the camels dress up for the moulid!

A NOTE ON SAFETY

You, or your loved ones, may have some reservations about visiting Egypt at this time. Sahra has been dancing, researching, and making friends in Egypt for the past 30 years. While we’re on the tour she is always calling ahead and talking to the locals. If anything is going on, She’ll know about it, and avoid any potential situations before they happen. Safety is #1 always on the tour, as it should be!

Our contacts on the ground in Egypt are locals, and very aware of what is going on at any given time because they live & work in the neighborhoods we’ll be in. They’re great people to talk to and can provide a ton of insight into the people and culture of Egypt!

NisaaSt. Louis, Missouri

Before JtE-3 & 4, I was a little worried about the security situation in Egypt. However, I trusted in the judgement of Sahra as well as of my significant other, who is Arab, and I went for it. I was soglad

I did, because both times (both post-revolution), I felt perfectly safe and secure. Sahra has SO many reliable contacts in Egypt and has a good understanding of the situation "on the ground," and I knew she and her contacts would not knowingly lead any of us into a dangerous sitation.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to write in to info[at]JourneyThroughEgypt[dot]com and we’ll personally address them. We want you to feel as safe as Sahra does when traveling in Egypt, and sometimes knowing how things actually are instead of the media’s portrayal will help with that confidence. Remember, Sahra been traveling to Egypt twice a year for 30 years, and lived there for almost a decade. If it wasn’t safe, she wouldn’t keep going!

OUR SCHEDULE

As you’ll find is the way in Egypt, a lot of things cannot be confirmed until we are on the ground. Sahra arrives in Egypt at least 1 week prior to the start of JtE 3 & 4, and until that time the schedule cannot be guaranteed.

There will be limited free time on the tour where you are more than welcome to schedule private lessons with local dancers, shop for costumes, or see sites that we will not be seeing as part of the events. However, this is an educational tour and you are expected to attend all events. We recommend if you're looking to do a lot of any of the above to arrive in Cairo a day or two early to do so. You are welcome to stay at the same hotel we will be using at the per night cost of 50 USD, this will be added to your total once your dates have been determined and you let Tiffany know that you'll be coming a couple of days early. Airport pickups happen on September 31st and October 1st, other arrival dates will need to make special arrangements from the airport.

Below are PDFs exploring the potential schedule on a day-to-day basis. Click to view.

Frequently Asked Questions

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