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Dancing with the Stars: A Weekend with Mohamed Shahin and Kamelia Mourad

Dancing with the Stars: A Weekend with Mohamed Shahin and Kamelia Mourad

Get ready to shimmy and shine at the Egyptian Oriental Masters Super Weekend Workshop! This electrifying event, presented by Al Massraweya Egyptian Folkloric Dance, is set to take place from February 2 to February 4, 2024. It’s a spectacular showcase of authentic Egyptian choreographies and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from two of the most revered names in Oriental dance: Mohamed Shahin and Kamelia Mourad (also known as Camelia of Cairo or Camelia Masreya).

The event kicks off on Friday, February 2nd, with an awe-inspiring show at 8 pm, featuring the delightful Al Massraweya group, diverse solo artists, and of course, the guest stars Kamelia and Mohamed Shahin. It’s an evening not just of dance, but of cultural immersion, taking place at the Reinsch Library Auditorium at Marymount University in Arlington, VA.

The workshops begin on Saturday, February 3rd, and run through Sunday, February 4th, at the Galaxy Dance Center in Vienna, VA. Over these two days, you’ll be treated to 10 hours of intensive instruction covering various styles like Oriental Technique, Saidi and Malaya, Shaabi, Classical Oriental, and Baladi. Each session is meticulously designed to cater to different aspects of Egyptian Oriental dance, ensuring a rich and comprehensive learning experience.

What makes this event even more special is the opportunity to learn directly from Mohamed Shahin and Kamelia. Their expertise and passion for Oriental dance are unparalleled, offering a rare chance to delve deep into the art form under their guidance. The combination of their teaching and the vibrant performances promises a weekend brimming with energy, elegance, and enlightenment.

Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or an enthusiast eager to explore the world of Oriental dance, this workshop is an open invitation to immerse yourself in the rhythms and movements that have captivated hearts across the globe. You’ll not only refine your technique and expand your repertoire but also connect with a community of fellow dance lovers.

So, mark your calendars, grab your dance shoes, and get ready for a weekend that promises to be a dazzling celebration of Egyptian Oriental dance. With early bird specials available until January 7, 2024, it’s the perfect time to secure your spot for this incredible experience!

For more details and to book your tickets, visit Al Massraweya’s event page. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to dance, learn, and celebrate the rich heritage of Egyptian Oriental dance!

Day 12: The Final Day

Woman tourist wearing a hat visiting the Egyptian Temple of Luxor. Egypt

As I headed back to the Cairo Airport for my flight home, I reflected on my incredible journey through Egypt. This land of ancient history and vibrant culture has left an indelible impression on me, and I can’t wait to return. 

Day 11: Alexandria, Egypt’s Cultural Melting Pot

A three-hour drive from Cairo led me to Egypt’s second-largest city—Alexandria. From the Roman Amphitheater to the Library of Alexandria and the 15th-century Qaitbay Citadel, this culturally rich seaside metropolis was a delight to explore.

Day 10: Return to Cairo

Returning to Cairo, I visited the Civilization Museum and the Om Kalthoum Museum, immersing myself in Egypt’s fascinating culture and history.

Day 8-9: Serene Sharm

On the eighth and ninth days of our expedition, we retreated to Sharm el Sheikh, a beautiful coastal oasis where the desert meets the Red Sea. We embraced the tranquil mornings with sunrises over the sea, and spent our days diving into the crystal-clear waters, mesmerized by the vibrant marine life beneath the surface. This captivating underwater spectacle offered a refreshing contrast to the rugged Sinai mountains visible from the shore.

On land, our seaside exploration led us to a quaint local gift shop. This treasure trove was brimming with local artifacts and intricate handicrafts, each a testament to Egypt’s rich culture. Amidst the laughter and stories exchanged with the shopkeeper, we realized that these mementos were tangible pieces of our journey, symbolizing the unique blend of experiences Egypt offers, from its thriving marine life to its vibrant bazaars and beyond.

Day 7: Luxor’s East Bank

Visiting the Luxor and Karnak temples was like living in an Egyptian epic. The sheer scale and detail of the architecture were astounding. A late flight to Sharm and check-in at a 5-star hotel with an enchanting sea view were the perfect end to the day.

Day 6: Luxor’s West Bank

Exploring Luxor’s West Bank was a day steeped in history. From the spectacular Hatshepsut Temple to the famous Valley of the Kings, each site held a unique charm. The Saidi Dance and Tahtib Show

in the evening were the perfect way to unwind.

Day 5: Kom Ombo Temple

My next stop was the Kom Ombo Temple. With the Nile as the backdrop, the temple radiates a mystical aura that I will never forget.

Day 4: Abu Simbel and Edfu Temple

My journey continued with a visit to the impressive Abu Simbel temples. These enormous structures, carved directly into mountains, offered a remarkable glimpse into Egypt’s ancient civilization. Their scale was incredibly striking, providing a profound sense of the grandeur and intricacy of the past.

After this memorable visit, I returned to Aswan to resume my Nile cruise, my next stop being the Edfu Temple. This well-preserved temple stood as another testament to Egypt’s rich historical heritage. Its detailed hieroglyphs and architectural elegance were fascinating to explore. As my Nile journey proceeded, the experiences at both Abu Simbel and Edfu Temple further cemented my admiration for Egypt’s compelling blend of history and natural beauty.