Introducing Sorraia Zaied
Egyptian mega star dancer, teacher and choreographer, Sorraia Zaied will teach 2-day dance workshops in San Jose. Come learn the feeling of Egyptian Oriental dance from one of the most loved and most accomplished oriental dancers and a master teacher at "Ahlan Wa Sahlan" dance festival of Cairo, Egypt. We are very fortunate to have such a dance legend come to us from Egypt. She will be sharing her wealth of knowledge in Egyptian Oriental dance as well as Iraqi Kawliya dance and performing her signature fiery style that is revered all over the world.
Sorraia Zaied is always featured as a star headliner at "Ahlan wa Sahlan" gala shows as well as a master teacher at the festival. "Ahlan wa Sahlan" is the largest dance festival in Egypt. Sorraia was born in Brazil and has mastered many forms of Brazilian and international dances. She moved to Egypt in 2001 and began to master the modern form of Egyptian Bellydance under legendary choreographer, Raqia Hassan. Sorraia is always innovating and creating her own signature performances that have captured the hearts and minds of everyone who watches her shows.
In her workshops, Sorraia will teach her very unique techniques of Egyptian Oriental dance, the fiery Sorraia touches that infuse Samba and other latin dances, her signature captivating shimmies and drum solos in addition to Iraqi Kawliya dance which she has been highly praised for.
Who is Sorraia Zaied and why should I care?
If you enjoy dancing or watching dance, you should not miss Cairo's mega star Sorraia Zaied. She will perform on Sept 26, ONE SHOW ONLY. Sorraia will teach on September 26 & 27. Details here...
"Why should I go?"
Sorraia is currently at the top of her game. If you were in Cairo and wanted to enjoy the best show in town, you would book an evening at one of the top 5 star venues. Chances are, Sorraia would be the headliner. She dances multiple shows a night, every day of the week. In order to reach such status in the Bellydance capital of the world, one has to perfect the art of Egyptian Oriental dance which Sorraia has done in a masterful way. Best news: She's coming to us. You don't have to go to Egypt to see her show.
"The workshops are too expensive"
Dancers and dance teachers: Sorraia will take your dance to the next level of professionalism. She will change the way you think about Egyptian dance. I used to think I knew how to shimmy until I took a shimmy workshop with Sorraia where she taught at least 20 different kinds of shimmies (I lost count after 20). As artists, we never stop learning. You owe it to yourself to study with the masters. Your audience, students and fans will notice and love the difference. If you don't invest in yourself, your fans will not invest in you.
If you live in the western USA, you can't afford NOT to study with her. It doesn't get any cheaper given that you don't have to fly to Cairo for her workshops. At "Ahlan wa Sahlan", the biggest dance festival in Egypt, Sorraia is a master teacher, which means her workshops are the most expensive. We are fortunate she will be coming all the way to us.
"Once you've seen one, you've seen them all"
Not with Sorraia. She's a mega star at the top of her game. Her shows are in such high demand that she performs multiple times every night of the week. She always headlines the Gala shows at "Ahlan wa Sahlan", the largest dance festival in Egypt. One doesn't reach that level in the Bellydance capital of the world without offering something unique and special. If she was not unique, innovative and an amazing artist, you would not have heard of her outside Egypt.
Watch Sorraia Zaied in action
Sorraia was born in Brazil where she began exploring different dance genres. After learning a few local forms she became interested in Bellydance. Although she gained local fame in Brazil, she was not satisfied and challenged herself by setting her goal on international acclaim. She moved to Egypt and began studying Egyptian-style Bellydance in 2001. She has become widely successful and can be seen performing in workshops, weddings and 5-star venues throughout Egypt and around the globe. She is also a featured master instructor at the annual "Ahlan wa Sahlan" festival in Cairo and has successfully trained a number of other dancers who are well known in Egypt. Her performances and workshops have taken her to almost every country in Europe. She has also been very successful in the Americas as a dance trainer and mentor. She is reputed to have a unique and clear understanding of Bellydance and is very patient and kind with her students.
On stage, Sorraia is absolutely phenomenal. She is always featured as a star headliner at the "Ahlan wa Sahlan" Gala shows which are attended by thousands of dance enthusiasts from around the globe. She mixes in her fiery Brazilian training with her passionate deeply moving Egyptian expressions forming her unique style that touches the hearts and souls of her audience. Sorraia is continually innovating her shows and performs regularly at top 5-stars Cairo hotels. Her dance performances feature around 15 musicians and she is said to dance with her emotions on her sleeve. She has gained international fame and regular followers around the globe.
Sorraia began to master the modern form of Egyptian-style Bellydance under legendary choreographer, Raqia Hassan. She arduously studied the pure, professional form of Egyptian dance then decided to innovate! Her present dance form is a beautiful blend of samba and Bellydance and through her own expression has successfully created a highly energetic, emotional and sensuous dance form. Sorraia is truly a magnificent dancer and an inspiration to all who wish to learn Egyptian Bellydance.
Students & Video Clips
Sorraia is regularly featured as a master instructor at the annual Ahlan wa Sahlan festival in Cairo and has successfully trained many dancers who are well known in Egypt and all over the world today. Her performances and workshops have taken her around the globe and she is well respected and loved as a dance trainer and mentor. She is reputed to have a unique and clear understanding of Bellydance and is known to be patient and kind with her students. Sorraia is also featured on many of Raqia Hassan's technique videos.
Enjoy the following teasers of what to expect:
Sorraia in 2006
Sorraia in 2008
Sorraia Workshop in Brazil
Sorraia Zaied video clips