Hearken back to the dance of dancing in the desert! In this course, Sahira will take you on a journey in to the heart of Egypt with Urban Gypsy's signature tribal style. Drawing heavily from the folkloric dances of the Middle East, the combinations in this course put a new spin on several ancient movements.
Each combination is first taught for a soloist and is built from the ground up with a focus on technique. Urban Gypsy then takes you through a few of the movements with exciting variations for troupes. A special section on music theory and zill technique is provided to complement the zill patterns used in some combinations. Included is a special performance by Urban Gypsy.
Suitable for the tribal or cabaret stage, "Urban Gypsy Folkloric Combinations" will take your dance back to its roots!
Sahira is a lifelong performer and has studied music, drama and dance since the age of two. She has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to the art of belly dance and her favorite thing in the world is to share the dance with others. She has trained in both Egyptian and Tribal style belly dance as well as Modern and West African and loves to incorporate all of these influences in her art. Sahira is a lifelong musician and head over heels crazy about the zills. She is known for her warm and inviting energy and her tendency towards the ridiculous.
In 2005, Sahira released her first instructional DVD, ”Arabian Spices“ and has since then been invited to teach and perform across the USA as well as Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Canada, and Taiwan. In 2006 she had the honor of being the first tribal instructor ever invited to teach at the largest belly dance festival in the world: Ahlan We Sahlan, in Cairo, Egypt. In 2007 Sahira released two more instructional DVDs: ”Ali“ and ”Bella Donna Ya Helwa.” In 2011 she teamed up with Silvia Salamanca to release the DVD “Spanish Gypsy Passion“ and “Urban Gypsy Folkloric Combinations” was released in the Summer of 2013.
When in Houston, Sahira directs BellaDonna Dance Company, voted Houston ’s Best Belly Dancers by the Houston Press. She is also founder and director of Houston’s premiere Tribal Style troupe, Urban Gypsy.
“I love belly dancing! Seriously… I did not ever set out to be a professional belly dancer, but since dedicating the last 20 years of my life to it, I cannot imagine doing anything else. I was an engineer by training before starting my first belly dance class – which just goes to show that anyone can learn this beautiful dance!
What I love best about teaching – and I’ve had the opportunity to work with students all over the world – is watching a student grow into their dance – from that first “ah-ha” moment, to seeing them dance with a confidence that they never thought they had. This dance is so wonderfully empowering and can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life. I’ve gained balance, confidence, poise, and come to appreciate my body and who I am… and you can too!
People have described my classes as “clear and easy to follow”, “approachable”, “a fabulous workout”. My science background comes out in my attention to detail and the way I break the movements down into their smallest component parts.
I look forward to helping others all over the world to learn and love this dance that means so much to me.
See you on the dance floor!”
StartElvis Pelvis Combination (9:04)
StartElvis Pelvis with Zills (5:23)
StartShashkin Combination (14:42)
StartShashkin with ZIlls (5:52)
StartRagia Twist Combination (12:04)
StartRagia Twist with Zills (9:27)
StartReda Combination (12:05)
StartFellahi Combo | Troupe Variation (5:41)
StartFellahi Combination (8:27)
StartReda Combo | Troupe Variation (5:29)
StartVamp Moves (5:35)