Sahra is a dancer, teacher and Dance Ethnologist.
As a performer, Sahra performs Orientale and Egyptian Folkloric worldwide. Los Angeles California based, she moved to Cairo to research in 1989, and within the month received a contract with the Meridian-Heliopolis 5-star hotel. She held a continuous 6-night a week contract there for nearly 6 years. She holds the record in Cairo Egypt for the longest running contract of a foreign dancer at a 5-Star Hotel with over 1600 shows in Cairo, Egypt alone.
As a teacher, Sahra has taught (and performed) Egyptian style Orientale and Folkloric dance on five continents. She continues teaching a full tour schedule 11 months a year. Her warm style of teaching encourages students to grow, learn and enjoy.
As a Dance Ethnologist, Sahra has University degrees in Dance Ethnology (Master of Arts UCLA), Cultural Anthropology and Archeology (Bachelor UCSB), and Dance (Associate of Arts Palomar College). After living, researching and performing in Cairo for 6 years (1989-1995) she returns to research in Egypt annually.
"JtE Journey through Egypt" - After studying Egyptian folkloric dance, both academically (in University and under Farida Fahmy) and in Egypt, Sahra felt the call to apply Dance Ethnology concepts to a systematic overview of the Dance Zones of Egypt. She developed the concept and content of her "JtE" Journey through Egypt"; first presenting JtE-1 in 2008. By 2009, JtE-2 was developed and presented in studios. She felt that the only way to continue the study was to actually be there; JtE-3 based in Cairo Egypt and JtE-4 Upper Egypt was first offered in 2009. JtE-5 South Sinai / Suez Canal will be presented for the first time 2012.