THANK YOU for hosting such an amazing workshop. I still can't get over
being star-struck because I actually got to sit and eat lunch with Farida
on Sunday. She has been one of my idols for a long time. Thank goodness
I was able to make it to both days.
Hi to my fellow Belly Dancers,
I had the good fortune of attending Farida Fahmy's workshop in Redwood
City which was produced and hosted by Hala and her dance company. Not
only is Ms. Fahmy an amazingly accomplished dancer, she is also a very
gracious and gifted instructor as well. In her two-day workshop she taught
us dance technique as well as a Saidi choreography. She had the music
for her choreography available for purchase on CD. She hopes to put out
an instructional video of this particular choreography sometime in the
future. If she does, I will certainly buy it.
Farida Fahmy was the principal lead female dancer and a founding member
of Mahmoud Reda's dance troupe which was the first officially recognized
folkloric dance troupe in Egypt. The Reda Dance Ensemble was the first
group to bring the folkloric dances of Egypt to the Egyptian and international
stage. For those of you who would like to learn more about Farida Fahmy,
I suggest that you read the following book: "Daughter of Egypt: Farida
Fahmy and the Reda Troupe" by Marjorie A. Franken, ISBN 0-931539-24-2,
If you ever have the opportunity to take a workshop with Ms. Fahmy, I
highly recommend that you do so. Her significance as a dancer and pioneer
in helping to preserve and elevate the folkloric dances of Egypt to the
level of ART cannot be underestimated.
I had such a wonderful time this weekend. How I wish I had been able to
take Saturday's workshop as well! Madame Farida is just such a wonderful
teacher, in terms of both content and teaching ability. I would have been
happy no matter what to be around someone of her legendary stature, but
add to the fact her excellent teaching skills and lovely personality,
it was truly one of the best workshops I've been to in years.
I also felt a very positive atmosphere overall. I think your positive
attitude must be infused into your events.
Hala I actually felt part of a dance "community" this weekend!
I have missed that so much! So many nice people! I so appreciate having
you as such a warm and supportive sister in dance.
With love and gratitude!
The show was great, you do an excellent job as a dance event coordinator.
I had tons of fun and I left feeling wonderful about the performance.
thank you so much for this weekend. I am so glad to have been included,
and to have had the chance to study with someone like Farida Fahmy. My
head is still reeling from the workshop, I haven't felt so inspired in
a very long time. This weekend rekindled a happiness in the dance that
has been missing for me lately, and seeing how much work I need to do
in order to improve was actually very exciting. It makes me feel hopeful.
You did an amazing job organizing everything, it was all top notch - from
every conceivable angle. I just wanted you to know your work is very much
appreciated by all us dancers.
Ok! Now! I am going to take a nap -- you guys wore me out!
Farida Fahmy is a very special person and excellent teacher. I definitely
enjoyed the workshop, and learned a lot of fantastic moves. Thank you
Hala for sponsoring this fantastic teacher and dancer.
Thank you Hala and all the volunteers for putting on this
wonderful event!! The workshop with Farida was very helpful. I think I
learned a lot especially about the spirit of the dance and where the movement
comes from. The dancers were beautiful and Dondi's speech & performance
very moving. Peace to all of you!! Thank you!