The Musical Heart of Egypt 

Enjoy 5 Days of Dancing to Live Music in the Heart of Cairo

Immerse yourself in the Musical Heart of Egypt with Keti Sharif and Guests

Discover a unique cultural experience and immersion into authentic Egyptian musical artistry, in the heart of Cairo. This unique event is hosted by Keti Sharif (former co-ordinator of Sphinx Festivals and Mahmoud Reda/Farida Fahmy intensive study events) and features over 35 musicians.

Suitable for all levels, the spectrum of live music & dance sessions are designed to deepen your dance experience as you work directly with musicians and learn about Egyptian musicality, maqamaat and structure, to develop your dance planning skills and boost responsive, improvisational confidence. Each session begins with somatic weight-sensing exercises for dancers with Keti to live rhythms, then focuses on a specific genre, with guest instructors or artists, and ends with optional performance time.

You will learn more about a deeply artistic and musically diverse Egypt which will benefit bellydancers and Egyptian arts enthusiasts. 

GUEST TEACHERS NESRIN & VANESSA
Plus her Percussion Ensemble!

A 5 Day Dance Immersion into Live Egyptian Musical Styles

Dance to Live Egyptian Music Every Day for 5 Days!

Improvise, jam, and work creatively with musicians, and dance to live music, with many opportunities to perform with the live band. Develop and fine-tune skills as you enhance your sense of musicality, lyricism and rhythm. Its a wonderful chance to get your dancing on film, get photos with the musicians and enjoy fun live musical memories that will last a lifetime!

(Photo of Emiliy dancing at the last Nile Dinner Cruise)

Optional Daily Sight-Seeing & Excursions Available!

Each day there are optional sight-seeing events, that you may book into and pay for - its easy and flexible. You can pick and choose what you wish to do on arrival. Budget around $20-$50 USD per event, or LE equivalent. We'll meet up at the hotel 5th Oct to decide.

Sunday: Museum & Citadel
Monday: Pyramids & Sphinx
Tuesday: Coptic Cairo
Wednesday:  Khan el Kahlili Bazaar
Thursday: Late night dance show


Special Guests joining us!

Nesrin Bahaa

Principle dancer of the famed modern day Reda Troupe shows us some great Saiidi style stage combinations!

Vanessa Raqs

Popular and dynamic Cairo performance artist shares great tips for dancing to live percussion.

Hamdy ElHakim

Talented singer gives us a taste of the true baladi style and also treats us to Abdel Halim classics.

Noura

Om Kolthoum songs come to life with this talented singer renowned for her striking voice,

Itinerary and Schedule of Classes

Music Program - Cairo: Saiidi, Baladi, Classical, Percussion, Shaabi.

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Day 1 Percussion

6 Oct
Dancing to live Percussion with Vanessa & her talented Percussion Ensemble

*Optional Tour: Museum & Citadel

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Day 2 Baladi Songs

7 Oct
Abdel Halim and Baladi Music
Baladi Progression and Taqsim

*Optional Tour: Pyramids & Sphinx

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Day 3 Saiidi

8 Oct
Traditional Saiidi Sounds - Mizmar & Rababa, with guest teacher Nesrin

*Optional Tour: Coptic Cairo

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Day 4 Classical

9 Oct
Beautiful Om Kolthoum classics with Nora, improvise to classical favourites 

*Optional Tour: Khan el Kahlili Bazaar

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Day 5 Shaabi & Nile Gala Cruise Party

10 Oct
A Fun modern Shaabi class, then
Dance the night away on the Nile!
Performances welcome.

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Cost: $650 USD


Includes all live music workshops (4 hours per day/ total 20 hours) plus Gala Nile Cruise and dinner.
Accom not included - see below.
Optional Tours may be organised in Cairo, at Egyptian rates.

Accommodation Offer @ Sofitel for Our Participants

Accommodation Special

Please note that accommodation is not included, so participants may choose where they wish to stay near the Zamalek area, depending on budget. Sofitel Gezirah in Zamalek has offered our participants a special discounted rate of $80 USD per night, per person in a twin share room, including a full buffet breakfast daily and all taxes. Rates are $150 single room, $160 double/twin room. Please email to organise this via the hotel manager. Airport transfers can be arranged at $25 USD with our driver, Sayed. Download the brochure for event details.

Book online with a $300 Deposit - Hurry, limited places!

Download the tour itinerary and book below. Booking deadline is August 1st 2019. Booking is fully refundable until Sep 1st 2019.

You can book NOW - but hurry, as this exclusive event is limited to just 26 places! Cost $650 USD. Book with a $300 USD Deposit NOW, pay the balance on arrival! 

Former Particpants and current A-Z members with a CODE - to book please contact Keti

EXTRAS: Music Lessons, Extra Workshops Fri 11th Oct

Private classes with professional musicians

Private music or percussion lessons are vailable for specific musical instruments (ney, rababa, oud, kemegeh, accordion, qanoon) and percussion instruments (tabla, doholla, req, sagaat) throughout the event. Local rates, and friendly, professional musicians. May be aranged at any tome during the event, even when classes are on.

Al Qamar - Classical Raqs Sharqi to new music with Keti

Keti's Raqs Sharqi instrumental 'Al Qamar' by renowned Egyptian ney player and composer Khaled Hassan features flowing multi-layered melodies and rhythms including Malfuf, Maqsoum & 10/8 Samaii. Enjoy a classical choreography with fresh combinations, emotional context and maqamaat.

Cost: $50 USD, 2 hour workshop with Keti
workshop time TBA dusing the event

BONUS! A-Z Participants LIVE A-Z MUSIC NIGHT Fri 11 Oct

A-Z Participants, we will be dancing the following 12 x LIVE songs with the band from our training course 6pm-9pm.
6-7.30pm A-Z ORIGINAL: Ganalhawa, Sawah, Tigi Neqsim el Amar, Enta Omri, Hawa Sayidi, Aziza,
7.30-9pm A-Z ADVANCED: Lesa Faker, Zay il hawa, Bahlam Beek, Khatwet Habibi, Tamra Hena plus Drum Solo

Cost: $100 USD, 3 hour workshop with Keti & musicians   

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