Sahra Saeeda


Sahra has performed and taught Egyptian style Orientale and Folkloric dance on five continents.

Originally from the Los Angeles, California area, Sahra lived, danced, and researched in Egypt from 1989 to 1995. Since then she has been touring the world teaching and performing Egyptian Orientale and Folkloric dance: A Western bridge to an Eastern Art.

The "Sahra Show" performed over 1600 shows in Cairo, Egypt alone. The ensemble included Sahra, Egyptian musicians, singers, folkloric dancers and authentic Saidi musicians and dancers.

Sahra is currently director of Ya Amar! Middle Eastern Dance Company (California, USA) and a contributing choreographer to many European dance companies. She is also president of Layali Yasmine Productions, an independent recording and distribution label for Egyptian music, Middle Eastern dance performance and instructional videos.

Sahra has academic degrees in both Dance and Cultural Anthropology, and a MA in Dance Ethnology from UCLA. She regularly gives lecture/demonstrations on Egyptian dance, costumes, customs, ritual and folklore to doctorate-level symposiums, university ethnic dance festivals, museums, and dance ethnology forums.