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Folkloric Retreat in Fairlee, Vermont

Raq-On Dance 2017 Belly Dance and Folkloric Retreat with International Dancers Leila Farid, Tamalyn Dallal, and Sahra Saeeda

August 4th – 6th

Sponsored by Amity Alize of Raq-On Dance in Fairlee, VT

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Information about Raq-On’s Folkloric Retreat

18 workshops & presentations to choose from, Friday Night Dance Party, Saturday Night Performance, shopping, and more! Activities for the whole family, so bring the kids!

Workshops taught by Sahra:

Nubian Dance Technique

Sahra has been going to Nubia yearly for nearly 20 years and studying the dance of the diverse populations that we know as Nubians. In this workshop she will teach the fundamental Nubian movements as well as steps for the stage and weddings. Students will need to bring a head veil long enough to reach the tips of the fingers when draped over the head and a neck scarf (not a hip wrap)

Ghawazee Technique

The Ghawazee dancers are some of the indigenous Egyptian professional dancers of Egypt. These traditional entertainers are becoming harder and harder to find as time passes. Sahra will teach you the movement and positioning of two of the different Ghawazee groups that are found in Egypt: the Banat Mazin of Luxor and the Sumbati Ghawazee of the Nile Delta.  For the last 15 years, Sahra has been taking lessons with Khayriyya Mazin, bringing you the dance straight from it’s source.  There will be a Banat Mazin vintage-style costume available for viewing, so you can see how the movements would be affected by the costuming.  If you have a Ghawazee costume please bring it – Sahra would love to take a group photo and show it to Khayriyya when she returns to Egypt in June!   Sagat (finger cymbals), are optional but recommended.

Modern Egyptian

In the Modern Egyptian Era often the stages would be large and dancers could fill them with new traveling steps, exciting audiences and extending the character you wish to convey.  As well as the shared Modern Egyptian style, the different dance stars each had their own signature traveling steps, of which we will learn many, increasing your vocabulary of movement.  Fun, informational, energetic!

Saidi Dance

The Sa’id is the largest inhabited region in Egypt, extending along the banks of the Nile from south of Cairo to the Nubian region. Usually we represent  Sa’idi dance by the “Assaya” or stick dance, but there are many dances in the region that do not use the assaya. This class we will focus on the technique, combinations, and steps for the Folkloric Stage & for Sa’idi moments in your Oriental “mergence” without our canes or assaya.

How to Do Dance Research

Focus, focus, focus. It can be confusing to figure out where to start when conducting your own research, especially when you’re pursuing a subject that doesn’t have a lot of written information. As dancers in this field we often have to get creative to find good sources about our dance, as the general public doesn’t often delve deep into many folkloric & historical sources around our dance. In this lecture Sahra will break down the best places to start your research, how to collect information while doing field research, and how you can contribute to our body of knowledge!

Golden Era

The “Golden Age” Classic Black and White Cinema Era was a special fusion of Egyptian star dancers with an international aesthetic of “glamour” all reinforced by the promise of plenty of work and fame in a Hollywood Film Industry centered in Cairo.  Refined movement, layered on the soft strength Egyptian dance, highlighted the charismatic stars of the time!

Bring high-heeled dance shoes if you have them, just to try out some of the movement. Bring high-heels even if they are not dance shoes, but you will have to try out the movement in the next room.  This is only a few minutes of class, but crucial to your understanding of the genre.


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Oasis Dance Camp North – Traverse City, Michigan

Oasis Dance Camp North – Traverse City, Michigan

September 16th – 20th, 2015

Sponsored by Oasis Dance Camp

Registration Information

For information regarding the registration process & prices for the workshops please visit the Oasis Dance Camp Website

Information About this Workshop

Sahra will be teaching a variety of workshops on the regions of Egypt, including dance classes in Sa’idi, Nubian, Suez Canal, and Banat Mazin Ghawazee technique and styles.

Photo provided via Attribution license from Flickr Creative Commons



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Master Class Workshops & Performance – St. Louis, Missouri

Masterclass Workshops – St. Louis, Missouri

August 29th & 30th, 2015

Sponsored by Nisaa

Registration Information

For information regarding the registration process & prices for the workshops please visit Belly Dance with Nisaa.

Information About this Workshop

Sahra will be teaching a workshops on

Entrances and Traveling Steps

Saturday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Taqsim, Tarab, and Saltanah

Saturday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sa’idi for Oriental Dancers

Sunday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

4 Ways to Dance Shamdan

Sunday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Performance will take place Saturday Evening @ 7:00 pm. Visit Bellydance with Nisaa’s website to learn more.

Photo provided via Attribution license from Flickr Creative Commons



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Sa’idi Retreat – Philadelphia, PA

Sa’idi Retreat – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

May 1st – 3rd, 2015

Sponsored by Najia

Registration Information

For more information about this event, including pricing, times, and registration please visit the registration page.

Information about this Event

Join us on a journey into the Sa’id. Exclusively offered in Philadelphia at a private retreat center on 11 secluded acres on the river!

This intensive retreat is the precursor to Sahra’s book on Sa’idi dance. Sahra Saeeda has been researching Sa’idi dance in depth in Egypt since 1993 when she was a performer in Cairo. She has made regular trips to Egypt once or twice a year for her research ever since she moved to the United States. This June she will be traveling to the Sa’id gathering more information as in this in-depth Certification. She will be teaching dancers information that has never formally been taught outside of the Sa’id. This will be the first in a series of JtE-In depth Intensives into folkloric dances of Egypt.

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Sa’idi Tahtib and Mahmoud Reda

Sa’idi Tahtib and Mahmoud Reda Sa’idi Tahtib and Sa’idi raqs assaya were two of Mahmoud Reda’s favorite folkloric “dances” to be brought to the stage. Many times he has told me […]

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Sa’idi Tahtib – Local Professionals

Sa’idi Tahtib – Local Professionals During the Journey through Egypt intensives we look at each region of Egypt from six different viewpoints, seeking to organize the information into six “jigsaw […]

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What is the Sa’idi Tahtib

Tahtib is a martial arts fight popular in the Sa’idi region for well over 3300 years. This article explores the definition of Tahtib and where it is usually found.

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The Different Dances of Egypt

The Different Dances of Egypt In our last post The Different Regions of Egypt we discussed the regions of Egypt as I’ve defined them for our dance ethnology purposes. These […]

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