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Mirah Ammal of Al-Bahira and Charisse Sisou of Shimmy Shazam proudly present:


Al-Bahira Performs Egyptian Dance at FON


Registration is open NOW - Enrollment strictly limited

Twenty hours of expert dance instruction and lecture by the incomparable Sahra. Journey through Egypt I (JtE1) provides an overview of the seven dance zones of Egypt. It addresses movement, posture, clothing, history, culture and diffusion in those zones. Sahra’s unique perspective follows how the dance transforms from peoples homes to the stages of Cairo.

SahraSaeedaSahra’s factual and entertaining overviews cover several dances of Egypt, including:

  • Bedouin
  • Ghawazee
  • Cairo
  • Saidii
  • Nubian
  • Haggallah
  • Suez Canal
  • Fellahin

The dances are put into the context of the local culture and histories, and their transformation from homestyle to stage is covered in depth.

The course also covers many of the rights and rituals found throughout Egypt, such as zeffah, zars and moulids.

This intensive multi-media course employs a mix of lecture, dance instruction, study materials, costume demonstrations, and video including film from Sahra’s own research in Egypt.


JtE 1 is a prerequisite for all other JtE courses:

  • Journey through Egypt 2: Deeper into the Dance Zones
  • Journey through Egypt 3: Cairo (takes place in Egypt)
  • Journey through Egypt 4: Upper Egypt (takes place in Egypt)



Journey through Egypt 1 - Chicago Schedule & Location

Session times subject to change. Break times are just estimates and are subject to change during the event.

Workshops take place at:

       Pineapple Dance Studio

       7518 Madison Street, 2nd Floor

       Forest Park, IL


Friday July 3, 2015

       5:30-6:00 p.m.    Registration and check in. Pick up your study guide.

       6:00-10:00 p.m.  JtE Day 1 Session


Saturday July 4, 2015

       10:00 a.m.-12:00 JtE Day 2 - Morning Session

       12:00-1:00 p.m.   Lunch Break

       1:00-5:00 p.m.     JtE Day 2 - Afternoon Session

       5:00-6:00 p.m.     Dinner Break

       6:00-10:00 p.m.   JtE Day 2 - Evening Session


Sunday July 5, 2015

       11:00-1:00 p.m.   JtE Day 3 - Morning Session

       1:00-2:00 p.m.     Lunch Break

       2:00-5:00 p.m.     JtE Day 3 - Afternoon Session




What to Bring

All students should bring dance shoes, a writing implement and a notebook, paper or laptop for additional notes. A study guide will be provided.

We also recommend you bring a water bottle and dress in layers as the weather may be hot, but the studio may be cool during lecture times. You may also bring a lunch or dinner, or take advantage of the restaurants nearby for your meals.


Registration Fees and Policies

$375 for the full weekend of instruction and all course materials.

Payment Plan also available.

Payment plan terms: $135 per month for three months (April-May-June), or a non-refundable deposit of $135 with balance of $255 paid the following month. All payment plans must be paid in full by June 30, 2015.

Register online, over the phone at 815-701-4359, or by mail using this printable registration form.

Please, no photos or videotaping during the sessions without instructor permission.

Sahra Saeeda, Journey through Egypt, Mirah Ammal, Al-Bahira Dance Theater, Charisse Sisou, Shimmy Shazam, Erika Ochoa and Pineapple Dance Studio assume no responsibility for injury, theft or loss of property incurred during the workshops or other participation in the event. All participants understand that participation is at their own risk.


Al-Bahira Dance Theater is fiscally sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts, a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Any donations made to Al-Bahira through Springboard are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Proceeds from the Giggles and Glam fundraiser help Al-Bahira help Al-Bahira continue to provide a unique artistic and cultural voice, community outreach, and educational opportunities in our community.


Thank you for your support!



Register NOW for Journey through Egypt:


Phone: 815-701-4359

  or Mail (pdf)



Other Upcoming Classes and Events!

 Spring session classes classes begin 3/21. Summer classes begin in June.


 Giggles & Glam Fundraiser and Show, Sunday May 17 at Intermedia Arts.


 Al-Bahira performing at Festival of Nations, May 1-3, 2015.











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