Auckland - Journey Through Egypt Retreat


Join us for The Journey Through Egypt - The 2017 Special Edition for next years 7th Edition of the Phoenix Belly Dance Retreat!

Journey Through Egypt 1 is a 20 hour intensive course produced by Dance Ethnologist and International belly dance icon, Sahra Saeeda, on the movement, steps, 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 and beyond.

Date: 10-12 November 2017
Venue: Bella Rakha Retreat Centre & Creative Venue
Capacity: The course is limited to 25 participants - small class sizes assure that each student can ask their questions and get personal responses from Sahra.
Registrations: Opening soon! We will aim to open registrations in early December - check back for updates.

-Suez Canal

The course also covers many of the rites and rituals that can be found throughout Egypt, such as zeffah, zars, and moulids, and some of these will be re-enacted by participants. 

The course is taught by Sahra Saeeda (Sahra C. Kent), a teacher, performer, and dance ethnologist of Middle Eastern dance with over 30 years of experience. She returns each year to Egypt to continue her research and to teach.

Sahra has trained with both of the Egyptian National Dance Companies; in addition to learning Kowmeyya repertoire and technique towards international performing, Sahra trained with Mahmoud Reda and Farida Fahmy and happily shares her knowledge of their dance, and how they translated the dances of the people to those of the stages of Cairo and the world. With degrees in Dance, Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and a Master’s Degree in Dance Ethnology from UCLA, Sahra has researched dance and movement ritual in homes and villages throughout Egypt.

Proudly brought to you by Phoenix Belly Dance - Candice