"... 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














          Raqs Sharqi




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 US as well


as internationally.