Dear Diary, Today I landed in Egypt. It's a dream come true!
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 these fascinating peoples and places through the eyes of a Dance Ethnologist. In keeping with JtE 1 & 2, levels 3 & 4 are highly educational, illustrating and putting in context many of the things learned in levels 1 & 2.
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.
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 19th 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 in Luxor on October 19th. We will have someone pick you up at the airport.
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 30th. 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, Japan, Switzerland, and many more.
Expand your knowledge, your understanding, and your cultural appreciation and join us in 2019 for the journey of a lifetime.
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.
JTE-3 – October 5th – October 12th
JTE-4 – October 13th – October 23rd
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 October 12th. 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 October 13th, 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 by October 19th in order to meet everyone in Luxor in time for classes. The cost of the night of October 12th is included in your price if you arrive a day early.
Departure JtE-4: JtE-4 finishes the morning of October 23rd 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 24th 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.
For all options listed below the following items are included:
- All lodging from Oct 5th - 12th (JtE-3) and Oct 13th - 23rd (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. If you would like to inquire about the extra costs for a single room, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
Note: There is a minimum of 7 participants to run this tour.
We will be waiting until the end of April before canceling the event in an attempt to allow people the most time to book flights while they're still cheap!
We 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
- You have to pay the entire amount by September 15th, 2019.
- You have to notify us of what your payment schedule is going to be.
- 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.
Plans change, we get it. If you have to cancel your participation in the tour you will receive a refund minus your deposit. Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits can be transferred to other attendees up until August 1st, 2019. After which they are non-transferable.
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!
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!
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 responsible for any extended stay reservations. You will recieve the contact information of our hotels during booking so that you make make any extra arrangements with them directly. Airport pickups happen on October 4-5th. Other arrival dates will need to make special arrangements from the airport.
If you plan to arrive early, please email us at email@example.com so that we can make a note!
Below are some lists that include all the events we will be attending during each event. Dates will be solidified closer to the event, perhaps even as late as the week before when Sahra arrives in Egypt due to the nature of planning a tour of this kind in Egypt.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a Visa to Travel to Egypt?
If you are a US citizen you will get your visa upon arrival in Cairo. Instructions on how to do so will be sent out before your departure date.
If you are joining us from a country other than the United States you will have to check your country's policies. This site can help to determine where to start.
I'm really interested in taking classes from ______ dancer while I'm in Egypt, when can I schedule those?
There are a couple of free periods worked into the schedule, but those times cannot be guaranteed until the tour has begun due to the way things tend to work in Egypt.
We suggest if you have your heart set on taking classes from a particular dancer, or seeing a particular show, to arrive a day or two early to Cairo to explore and fit in some extra sightseeing.
Can My Friend/Family member come with me?
We are happy to allow accompanying friends and family to attend without the pre-requites of JTE 1 & 2 as long as they are not dancers.
Bellydance friends must have completed the course to attend.
You will be responsible for keeping them up to speed on some of the finer details they may have missed from the courses if you haven't already talked their ear off about them!
They will be required to attend the pre-tour webinars to get an idea of the course basics to aid in their understanding and learning during the tour.
What day should my flights arrive/depart?
If you are attending JtE-3 or JtE 3 & 4 your flight must have arrived by the end of the day on October 12th though you are welcome to arrive a couple of days early to do some extra sightseeing.
If you are only attending only JtE-3 your flight may leave anytime after the morning of October 19th.
If you are only attending JtE-4 your flight must arrive by October 19th in Luxor.
For those of you attending ONLY JtE-4 your flight may leave anytime after the afternoon of October 30th from the Aswan airport.
For those of you attending JtE 3 & 4 you MUST return to Cairo with us and your flight may leave anytime after the afternoon of October 30th from the airport in Cairo.
Are JtE 1 & 2 Required?
JtE 1 & 2 are non-negotiable requirements for attendance of JTE 3 & 4.
JtE 3 is a requirement for attendance of JtE -4.
Each level builds on the previous ones and creates a more cohesive learning experience
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