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 (co-ordinator 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. 

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


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

After the event we have a bus departing for El Gouna on the Red Sea 12/13 Oct, and a day trip to the Temple of Dendera, Luxor 14 Oct.

Special Guests joining us!

Nesrin Bahaa

Principle dancer of the famed modern day Reda Troupe shows us some great Saiidi style steps.

Vanessa Raqs

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

Hamdy El Hakim

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


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

Farida Fahmy

Legendary Principle dancer of the famed Original Reda Troupe gives a seminar on Egyptian Aesthetics.

Keti Sharif

Creator of A-Z Bellydance with live Egyptian Music, Keti teaches rhythmic warm ups daily.

Classical Egyptian Music

Enjoy the classics with rich orchestral sound, learn more about Maqamat and styles.

Traditional Saiidi & Percussion

Enjoy the earthy and jubilant musical traditions of Upper Egypt, with live Saiidi music.

Itinerary and Schedule of Classes

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


Day 1 Percussion

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

*Optional Tour: Museum & Citadel


Day 2 Baladi Songs

Mon 7 Oct
Abdel Halim and Baladi Music
Baladi Progression and Taqsim

*Optional Tour: Pyramids & Sphinx


Day 3 Saiidi

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

*Optional Tour: Coptic Cairo


Day 4 Classical

Wed 9 Oct
Farida Fahmy's seminar on Egyptian Aesthetics followed by Om Kolthoum with Nora, improvise to classics. 

*Optional Tour: Khan el Kahlili Bazaar, Zaar at Makan


Day 5 Shaabi & Nile Gala Cruise Party

Thu 10 Oct
A Fun modern Shaabi class, then Dance the night away on the Nile! Performances by participants to the live band are welcome!


Cost: $650 USD

Includes all live music workshops (4 hours per day for 5 days/ total 20 hours) plus Gala Nile Cruise and dinner.
Accom not included - see below.
Optional Tours may be organised in Cairo, at Egyptian rates. Bus departs Sofitel hotel to venue daily.

Additional Extras which can be Added:

A-Z Bellydance Intensive Participants Evening 11 OCT

Evening 3 hour dance intensive with Keti 6-9pm 11th Oct - the band plays ALL A-Z Bellydance classics, a chance to review and dance 10 x course choreographies LIVE! Cost is $100 USD, includes light mezze and coffee.

Private Music/Dance Classes

Private sessions available with Vanessa or Nesrin. Musicians and percussionists will available for private tuition. Book your sessions in Cairo directly with artists. Keti will also hold the Al Qamar 2 hour workshop during the event TBA.

Trip to El Gouna - Red Sea

We depart by bus early on 12th Oct and travel down the Red Sea coast to the resort town of El Gouna. $60 p/p one way bus contribution. You will need to get your own hotel for nights of 12 and 13 Oct via

Day Trip to Dendera Temple and finish in Luxor

Depart El Gouna by bus 14th Oct to the Temple of Dendera. Drive to Luxor in afternoon. $60 p/p bus contribution. You will need to pay site entry and organise your departure or stay in Luxor (flight or cruise, etc). END TRIP  

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, its just $650 USD. Hurry, limited places!

Download the tour itinerary and book below. Booking deadline is September 20th 2019.

This exclusive event is limited to just 26 participants! 

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

More Info about A-Z Night Fri 11th Oct

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 includes light mezze.   

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