Journey Through Egypt with Sahra Saeeda

Journey Through Egypt 1 is an overview on the movement, posture, clothing, history, and cultural diffusion in the different regions of Egypt. Sahra’s unique perspective follows how the dance transforms from the homes of the people to the sparkling stages of Cairo.”

Jan. 13 – 15, 2017 – Part 1 (4 spots remaining)
Jan. 20 – 22, 2017 – Part 2 (sold out)
Friday: 6pm­-10pm
Saturday: 10­am-10pm (1 hour lunch break, 1 hour dinner break)
Sunday: 10am-­5pm (1 hour lunch)

Studio Datura
1847 E Burnside, Portland, OR

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Who is Sahra Saeeda?

Sahra is a dancer, teacher, and dance ethnologist.

As a performer, Sahra performs Orientale and Egyptian Folkloric worldwide. Based in Los Angeles, California, she moved to Cairo to research in 1989, and within the month received a contract with the Meridian-Heliopolis 5-star hotel. She held a continuous 6-night a week contract there for nearly 6 years and holds the record in Cairo for the longest running contract of a foreign dancer at a 5-Star Hotel with over 1,600 shows performed.

As a teacher, Sahra has taught (and performed) Egyptian style Orientale and Folkloric dance on five continents. She continues teaching a full tour schedule 11 months a year. Her warm style of teaching encourages students to grow, learn and enjoy.

As a Dance Ethnologist, Sahra has a Master of Arts with a focus in Dance Ethnology from UCLA, a Bachelor’s degree from UCSB in Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology, and an Associate of Arts with a focus in Dance from Palomar College. After living, researching and performing in Cairo for 6 years (1989-1995) her passion for the history of this dance form has only grown and she returns to Egypt annually to continue her research.

“Journey Through Egypt is Sahra’s brainchild.  After living in and studying Egyptian folkloric dance, both academically (in University and under Farida Fahmy) and in in person during her time in Egypt, Sahra felt the call to apply Dance Ethnology concepts to a systematic overview of the many dances of Egypt. This lead to the development of the concept and content of her Journey Through Egypt Course.

First presented in 2008, Journey through Egypt has been offered over 40 times throughout the United States and internationally. Over the years the course has grown past its humble beginning and now spans 4 classes – 2 of which involve travel to Egypt to study in person.

Sahra teaching Journey Through Egypt at Datura Studio in Portland, OR

Journey Through Egypt at Datura Studio in Portland, OR 2016