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"... I improvised, crazed by the music...

Even my teeth and eyes burned with fever.

Each time I leaped I seemed to touch the sky and when I regained earth it seemed to be mine alone."

                    Josephine Baker

 

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          Raqs Sharqi

 

 

 

The best teachers are the ones

 

                  who keep learning.

 

 

Instructor,

 

   Choreographer,

 

        Performer 

Badaweyah Kareem is no stranger to performing.

 

Growing up in Middle America, she took her first steps on the stage at the age

 

of 6 and has never stepped off.

 

Spending her childhood through adulthood as a violinist, a stage actress and a

 

nightclub blues singer, she naturally made her way to NYC.

 

Her love for poetry and music paved a path to the sounds of the Middle East.

 

 

It was during Badaweyah's research on her first love, the life of Bedouin and Berber

 

Culture and rituals, that she was reintroduced to that essential Egyptian cultural artistic

 

expression, Raqs Sharqi.

 

 

Approaching Raqs Sharqy as an anthropologist, it was only fitting that she would learn

 

from Middle Eastern dance legends here in the US and North Africa.The plethora of

 

knowledge of Middle Eastern dance and culture iminating from these great minds only

 

intensified Badaweyah's desire to assimilate a truly authentic understanding of Egyptian

 

folklore.

 

 

Immersed in the illustrious Middle Eastern muscial heritage, it is not surprising

 

that the vocals and poetry of Umm Kulthum and other great classical Egyptian

 

works of the 20th century defined Badaweyah's interpretation of this dance.

 

 

It is these classical sounds that she longs to express, emote and teach which is

 

what often lends the comparison to Egyptian Pioneer Performers from that

 

crucial renaissance era.

 

 

 

 

Badaweyah teaches weekly classes in NYC, focusing on

 

technique and relating to the music lyrically. 

 

Badaweyah was embraced on the stage of the Ahlan Wa

 

Sahlan festival in Egypt and has performed at the Lincoln

 

Center and performs regularly in NYC. 

 

Her emotional connection and classical grace has continued

 

to be sought out, requested and studied here in the US as well

 

as internationally.

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