Introducing Mahmoud Reda
Master dancer and instructor Mahmoud Reda will be teaching a 2-day dance workshop in the San Francisco bay area. Come learn the feeling of Oriental dance from the master choreographer of the Reda folkloric troupe of Cairo, Egypt. We are very fortunate to have such a dance legend come to us from Egypt. This is his only stop in the Western United States as part of his 2002 teaching tour that includes Texas, Ohio and North Carolina. He will be sharing his wealth of knowledge in Oriental dance and giving us the "feeling" of Egyptian dance.
Mahmoud Reda has developed a special method of teaching Egyptian Folk and Oriental dance (Raks Sharki) for the purpose of training the first theatrical folk dance troupe in Egypt which he formed in 1959, "The Reda Troupe". His technique is based on the original folk dance movements that he researched, analyzed and studied from different regions of Egypt. These basics were developed, modified and enriched to suit theatrical production.
As a soloist, choreographer and director, Mahmoud Reda made four world tours to 58 countries with his troupe. He performed on the world's most prestigious stages such as Carnegie Hall (NY, USA), Albert Hall (London, UK), Congress Hall (Berlin, Germany), Stanislavsky & Gorky Theaters (Moscow, USSR), Olympia (Paris, France) and the United Nations (NY & Geneva). The Reda Troupe has performed for many world leaders and Heads of states. Mr. Reda received Egypt's Order of Arts and Science in 1967, The Star of Jordan in 1965 and the Order of Tunisia in 1973.
In addition to hundreds of troupe productions, Mr. Reda has choreographed for Egyptian TV specials, plays and operettas and authored "In the Temple of Dance". He was also principal actor, dancer and choreographer for three popular Egyptian films with Farida Fahmy, co-founder & star soloist of the Reda Troupe and a UCLA MA graduate.
Mahmoud's work has shaped and influenced what is known today as Oriental Dance (Raks Sharki). Many of his troupe members became master teachers themselves teaching in Egypt, Europe and USA e.g. Raqia Hassan, Momo Kadous, Mo Geddawi and Yosry Sherif. Mr. Reda served as the Artistic Advisor to the ministry of Culture in Egypt. He continues to teach through tours where he instructs in the famous "Reda" technique.
Some of the topics of his instruction will be: Mastering the basic steps and movements, using these movements in different combinations and routines, introduction to basic choreography as well as body and mind exercises for the healthy dancer.
For more information, visit the Mahmoud Reda workshop schedule. Places are limited, so be sure to pre-register to avoid disappointment.