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Joana Saahirah: Master Workshops & Gala in Delaware

November 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - November 5, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

Zahra Noor Presents: Joana Saahirah

Superstar Joana Saahirah (Portugal/Egypt) will be in Delaware November 4th & 5th to teach 10 hours of workshops and perform in a gala show.

Four Hours

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Lunch break: noon – 1 p.m.
The Secrets of Egyptian Dance

Based on Joana Saahirah´s book “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond.” Introduction to The Magic Of Egyptian Dance beyond the steps, the choreographies and exoticism. What lies beneath, what makes it The Language of the Soul.
A pioneer course that gathers the SECRETS of Egyptian Dance, what makes it a magical, genuine art form and a unique tool of self-discovery and well-being.
When Joana Saahirah started travelling the world, to teach, perform and lecture, after 8 years living inside her Egyptian cocoon, she found the essence of Egyptian Dance was nowhere to be seen; Choreographies? CHECK! Competitions? CHECK! Fancy belly tricks? CHECK. The core, soul and purpose of Egyptian Oriental Dance? Nowhere to be found.
The course (& the book) were born from this discovery.
We´ll explore a “Majancé” (entrance on stage) and its various changes, music/dance styles, moods, feelings, rhythms and melodies as an exercise to work some of the EGYPTIAN DANCE SECRETS Joana learned during her career in Egypt.
Concepts like The SACRED WOUND, INVISIBLE DANCE or the RIGHT to MADNESS – among others – will open doors that you never imagined existed.
Technique & small choreography.

Six Hours

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Om Kolthoum; Dancing the Voice of the Orient – The Art of Tarab.

Oum Kolthoum was, and still is, the Voice of the Orient, and her music represents the highest point of artistic expression in Egypt.
Learning how to listen and interpret Om Kolthoum is a master degree in Oriental Dance.
Concepts like TARAB, orchestration, interpretation, technique and personal expression within the music will be at the heart of this workshop that will make you fall in love – forever – with the true beauty of the Egyptian Classical repertoire.
Technique and illustrative short choreography.

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Eskandaranie with Mellaya

The Mediterranean Mermaid is back! – The character of the “bint il balad” (daughter of Egypt) at her best!
Dance from Alexandria with “mellaya” (traditional garment women used to wear in public in the big cities like Cairo and Alexandria) – cocky and coquette, feminine, provocative, funny, light and filled with daring sensuality.
How to use the “mellaya” creatively, and how to rediscover your body and its sensations from the perspective of an Egyptian woman mind.
Expect the unexpected!
Technique & choreography.
*Please bring a mellaya or heavy veil.

All workshops held at Take the Lead Studio at 320 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, Delaware.
Voted “Readers Choice” for best Delaware dance studio in the News Journal.


Before October 7th:
Saturday Only: $120
Half Sunday: $100
Full Sunday: $160
Both Days: $240

​After October 7th:

Saturday Only: $150
Half Sunday: $120
Full Sunday: $200
Both Days: $290

$6 processing fee applies

Saturday Gala Show
Starring Joana Saahirah & national dancers

Doors open: 5:30 p.m.
Buffet Dinner: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Show Start: 7 p.m.

Tickets: $40 plus $6 processing fee ONLINE ONLY

Location: Newark Country Club,
300 W. Main St., Newark, DE

​Workshop participants may perform. Want to dance? Email zahranoordance@gmail.com with “perform” in the subject line.

To register for workshops and purcahse show tickets:

Questions: zahranoordance@gmail.com

About Joana:

​Joana Saahirah is a world renowned dancer, teacher and choreographer, specializing in Egyptian oriental and folkloric dances, actress and author of the book “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond,” a pioneer book on its 2nd edition.
She is one of the most well-known, respected and original oriental dancers in the international scene.
After almost a decade of life and career in Egypt with her own orchestra – rescuing the ORIGINS and ESSENCE of Egyptian oriental and folkloric dance -, Joana Saahirah has created a style (of teaching, choreographing and performing) that UNITES EAST and WEST; the best of Egypt and the best of western open and free mind; technique and expression; healing and art; the reconnection of MIND, the HEART, the BODY and the SOUL.
Read more about Joana here: ttps://joanasaahirahworld.com/sobre/


Hampton Inn & Suites Wilmington Christiana is offering special group rates for workshop attendants.
Rooms with a king bed are only $119 and rooms with two queen beds are only $129!
Pricing includes a hot buffet breakfast, WiFi and parking. The hotel is in walking distance from 10 restaurants, and is only a mile from Christiana Mall.
To book a room call (302) 454-7300 and use the “Joana Saahirah” code OR follow this link: http://bit.ly/JOSnov3
Reservations must be made by October 2nd to receive the special offer! Guests have until two days before their stay to cancel.

Too far to drive? Get here by plane, train or bus!

Philadelphia Airport (PHL)

Train to Wilmington, Delaware, or Newark, Delaware

Bus to Wilmington, Delaware

Bus to Newark, Delaware

Plan a vacation when you attend Joana’s workshops!

Northern Delaware is only a 2 hour drive from New York City, a 2 hour drive from Washington D.C., a 1.5 hour drive from Atlantic City, a 1 hour drive from Baltimore and a 30 minute drive from Philadelphia!

Things to do in Delaware:


Tax-free shopping at Christiana Mall

Shopping and dining on Main Street

IMAX movie theater

University of Delaware, one of the oldest universities in the U.S.

Old New Castle

The Arts:

University of Delaware Theatre

World Cafe Live

The Grand

DuPont Theatre


Longwood Gardens (nearby PA)


Delaware Art Museum

Hagley Museum

Zahra’s Favorite Restaurants:

Pizza by Elizabeth’s


Ali Baba

Pot Stickers

Purebread (Casual)


November 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am
November 5, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
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Zahra Noor


Take The Lead Dance Studio
320 Lantana Dr
Hockessin, DE 19707 United States
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