The best teachers are the ones
who keep learning.
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
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