WORKSHOPS AND SHOW 2013
WITH ARADIA OF LAS VEGAS
ON JUNE 8-9,2013
Aradia has performed as a soloist through out the United States, Canada, Barbados, Egypt and Switzerland. She has danced at many of the top hotels, restaurants and clubs in Las Vegas, as well as performing for Celine Dion's wedding at Caesar's Palace, BlockBuster's premiere opening for "The Mummy" at MGM, and Maxim Magazine's party at the VMA's in Las Vegas.
She has appeared in several TV spots on Discovery, Bravo and the Travel Channel. Aradia is a sought after instructor and choreographer, her professionalism and friendly personality make her one fo the most requested dancers in Las Vegas.
Aradia's love for Middle Eastern dance began at the age of 7, a second generation belly dance, and daughter to Serene, Aradia immediately fell in love with the passion and beauty of the dance, and knew this was her calling. Her style is unique, with an authenticity appreciated by her Middle Eastern audiences. She has diligently worked to become a well-rounded dancer in Egyptian, Lebanese and Turkish oriental dance, as well as the many folkloric dances that comprise the Middle East and North Africa.
Aradia has refrained from studying any of the classical dance forms, such as ballet and jazz, in an attempt to maintain an ethnic purity in her dance style, yet, she continues to be a lifelong student studying with top dancers from around the world, in a quest to expand her knowledge, and understanding of the Middle Eastern culture and dance.
Aradia's performances are full of energy and strength, layered with fluid technique, musicality, artistic emotion and passion. She is truly a dancers dancer, through her extensive training, and sheer joy form creating her art, which is evident in her smile.
Aradia currently teaches workshops, master classes and lectures at Universities, and directs her own professional dance company; Aradia and The Ra Dancers.
Saturday june 8,2013 at 9:30-12:30
- “Combinations for Egyptian, Lebanese and Turkish Oriental Dance”: (3 hr) Aradia will introduce the similarities and differences of these 3 dance styles. Learn exciting combinations for each genre that can be applied to any Oriental show.
Sunday June 9,2013 “Hagallah (3 hr)” at 9:30-12:30
Aradia will teach the folkloric dance known as Hagallah. This dance originates on the border of Egypt and Libya, in Mersa Matruh and performed by Bedouins at weddings and various celebrations. It's a coming of age dance where a woman selects her future husband. The dance is very flirty and high energy using the famous Hagallah shimmy walk.
- “Dancing within: The Art of Taqsim” (2 hr): 1:15-3:15
Aradia explores the slow, sultry side of this dance by using improvisation pieces of oud, ney, violin, and accordion. We’ll focus on feeling the music and unleashing your emotions and musicality. Learn unique transitions, speed and level changes, and also cover the call and answer part of the Beledi, between the accordion and drummer.
Mohamed Shahin is an Egyptian Born world-renowned performer, instructor and choreographer of the folkloric and Oriental dances (belly dance) of the Middle East. His expertise includes all styles of Middle Eastern dance, specializing in Tanoura (Whirling Dervish) and Saidi Tahtib (Egyptian cane dance). The Tanoura dance, which he frequently performs, uses the spinning style of the Sufi Whirling Dervishes, and is performed in a brightly colored, layered folkloric costume. The dance, as do most folkloric dances, requires stamina, precision and balance to manipulate and display the many layers.
As an innovative choreographer, Mohamed’s magnetic personality has made him a highly sought-after dance mentor not only in Egypt, but throughout the world. Mohamed is also fluent in Arabic, English & Russian which adds to his great array of skills and enables him to conduct classes in these 3 languages. He has taught, performed and judged dance competitions in dozens of countries in Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Europe and Australia. Mohamed has created his own line of teaching DVD's and he continues to travel and choreograph constantly! He is a presenter annually at the prestigious Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival which takes place in Cairo every summer and every winter.
A native of Cairo and originally trained as a mechanical engineer, Mohamed discovered his passion for Egyptian dance at the age of fourteen. His training began with the famous El Qawmia National Dance Troupe where he earned his degree in Egyptian folklore dancing and initiated his lifelong career of performing at the most prestigious establishments. Mohamed has been dancing with other renowned choreographers of Middle Eastern dance such as Mahmoud Reda, Hassan Afifi, Kamal Naim, Hamada Hossam El-Din, and Gedawy Ramadan. In addition to performing these folkloric styles, Mohamed also studied ballet and modern dance and performed with famous choreographers in Egypt such as Dr. Atef Awad, Dr. Asmat Yahia, Adel Abdu, and Karim Tonsy.
Mohamed has also made numerous appearances on various Egyptian television programs, theaters, 5-star hotels, music videos, and films as a dancer and choreographer. In addition to performing a wide variety of dances, he was also the choreographer for his own folklore dance troupe. Mohamed’s dance troupe toured throughout Egypt and internationally in such countries as Oman and South Korea. He also served as artistic director for Egyptian singer Samir Sabry's dance troupe.
Mohamed's mission as a performer and instructor is to introduce the rich dance heritage of the Middle East to the West. Whirling dervish, for example, is a form of sacred Sufi dancing that has existed for centuries, but that generally remains unheard of outside the Middle East. It emulates the spinning motion of the Sufis, who use dance as a means of communing with the divine.
Mohamed also hopes to unite people with his love for the dance. "For me dance is one of few activities around which people can come together and forget their differences. It is a way for people to experience their common humanity," Mohamed says.
In addition to Whirling dervish, Mohamed performs and teaches Mahmoud Reda style Saidi, Falahi, Melaya Laff, Nubian, Andalusian, Haggala, Baladi, Oriental Dance (belly dance), and the folkloric dances of the Levant (debke). For more information about his dance workshops around the globe, performances and lectures, please visit Mohamed's web site at www.mohamedshahin.net.