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Roberto Presents: Faten in Philadelphia!

January 22, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Roberto Mejía presents Faten of Egypt/D.C. for a day of fabulous workshops!

About Faten: Master Egyptian instructor and choreographer, Faten, began dancing in Cairo at age 11 when she was selected to attend a dance school for children run by Egypt’s first-ever National Folkloric Troupe (“Kowmeya”). While dancing full time and performing for heads of state, ambassadors, and royalty across the globe, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in French Literature. With her husband, Shawki Naim, at the time the top soloist in Egypt and the National Troupe choreographer, they created their own troupe, which traveled and performed around the world, while continuing to serve as members of the National Folkloric Troupe of Egypt. Now based in Arlington, Virginia, Faten teaches weekly classes at Saffron Dance School and is highly sought-after to teach Egyptian dance workshops worldwide. Faten continuously expresses her love of Egyptian dance, the folklore and music through the choreographies she creates and performed by her dedicated students. Faten is the director of two dance companies at Saffron Dance and her original group, Al Massraweya. After dancing with Faten, you will be hooked on her joyful style and her enthusiasm.

Workshop Prices: Enjoy the early bird special of $50 for one class or $85 for both before March 13th! After March 13th the prices will go up to $65 for one or $120 for both. If registering before the day of the workshops, please send PayPal payments to Roberto at rsmejia@verizon.net. If PayPal is not an option please email Roberto for additional payment options. Cash and checks will be accepted the day of.



********* ORIENTAL TECHNIQUE A LA FATEN *************
In class with Faten, you will move, sweat, smile and have fun while learning the origins of Egyptian folkloric dance, its influence and connection to modern belly dance. You will learn important Egyptian dance concepts, footwork, technique and feeling. Studying with Faten will enrich your dancing in a beautiful and authentic way no matter what style you normally perform: from folklore to oriental to tribal and beyond!

In “Oriental Technique ala Faten” class, Faten will teach oriental Egyptian dance technique using many classical songs from the legendary Egyptian singer Oum Kalthoum.

2:30 – 3pm BROWN BAG LUNCH

3 – 5pm

********** SAIDI TECHNIQUE & CHOREOGRAPHY *************
Raqs al Assaya, the Egyptian women’s stick dance of Upper Egypt, is said to have developed as an imitation of tahtib, the men’s martial arts dance, but with a feminine touch. Tahtib is a traditional style of stick fighting and dance from the Middle East. Common instruments used in the Saidi style music are the mizmar, nay, rababa, and tabla.
Learn Saidi steps, combinations, feeling and technique from a recent Faten choreography to the song “Ana Min Saidi” from Mohamed Shahin’s Ahlam CD. Bring a cane.

Workshops will be held at the Headlong Dance Theater at South Broad and Federal in South Philly. Street parking is plentiful on weekends and public transportation is a hop, skip, and a jump away! Please do not bring street shoes into the studio as the floors are not meant for them.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Please do not hesitate to contact Roberto at rsmejia@verizon.net !!

See you in May!


January 22, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Headlong Dance Theater
1170 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA United States
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