Introducing Farida Fahmy

Mahmoud RedaMaster dancer and instructor Farida Fahmy will be teaching a 2-day dance workshop in the San Francisco bay area. Come learn the feeling of Oriental dance from the star of 25 years of the Reda folkloric troupe of Cairo, Egypt. We are very fortunate to have such a dance legend come to us from Egypt. This is her only stop in the Western United States as part of her 2004 teaching tour. She will be sharing her wealth of knowledge in Oriental dance and giving us the "feeling" of Egyptian dance.

Farida Fahmy is the co-founder and star dancer for 25 years of the Reda Troupe in Egypt. In 1959, Farida, Mahmoud Reda and his brother Ali Reda (Farida's late husband), formed the first Egyptian dance company to record Egyptian folk songs and dances and perform them on stage. The Reda Troupe became world famous with many followers. Their work has shaped and influenced what is known today as Oriental Dance (Raks Sharki). Many of the Reda troupe members became master teachers themselves teaching in Egypt, Europe and USA e.g. Raqia Hassan, Momo Kadous, Mo Geddawi, Aida Nour & more.

As a dancer & choreographer, Farida Fahmy played a major role in elevating dance into a fine art in Egypt. Her unique style of dance, social status and dedication has inspired generations of dancers. Together with the Reda Troupe, Farida performed in over 50 countries, participated in many international Folk Festivals and gave command performances for heads of states both in Egypt and abroad. She received Egypt's Order of Arts and Science of the first degree in 1967, The Star of Jordan in 1965 and the Order of Tunisia in 1973. Farida received her Master of Arts degree in "Dance Ethnology" from UCLA.

Farida succeeded in becoming a symbol of grace and truthful expressions of the spirit of Egyptian dancing. She gave her whole being to dancing as a dedication and a vocation to which she devoted endless hours of training. Her unmistakable talent has gained her worldwide popularity.

In addition to playing the lead role in hundreds of the Reda troupe productions, Farida has starred in two major musical films made by the Reda Troupe that are regarded as milestones in Egyptian cinema.

Farida is an accomplished choreographer in both Oriental and Folkloric Egyptian dance styles. She has her own very uniquely "Farida's" graceful and elegant dance style that she currently teaches in dance workshops all over the world. Using some of the experience she gained at UCLA in regard to teaching, Fahmy tries to help non-Egyptians feel the rhythm of Oriental music and understand the art that lies in the movement from one part of the dance to the other.

In this workshop, Ms Fahmy will teach Saidi style technique and choreography and "Oriental style Farida" technique and combinations.

Teacher

Farida Fahmy co-founded the Reda Troupe with Mahmoud and Ali Reda (her late husband) in which they developed a special method of teaching Egyptian Folk and Oriental dance (Raks Sharki) for the purpose of training the first theatrical folk dance troupe in Egypt which they formed in 1959, "The Reda Troupe". Their technique is based on the original folk dance movements that Mahmoud Reda and she researched, analyzed and studied from different regions of Egypt. These basics were developed, modified and enriched to suit theatrical production.

Performer

As a soloist, choreographer and star dancer, Farida Fahmy played a major role in elevating dance into a fine art in Egypt and the Arab world. Her unique style of dance, social status, grace and dedicaiton, has inspired generations of dancers (including Hala of Hala Dance). Farida made several world tours to over 50 countries with the Reda troupe. She performed on the world's most prestigious stages giving command performances for heads of states both in Egypt and abroad. Ms Fahmy received Egypt's Order of Arts and Science in 1967, The Star of Jordan in 1965 and the Order of Tunisia in 1973.


The Reda Troupe

Choreographer

Farida is an accomplished choreographer in both Oriental and Folkloric Egyptian dance styles. She has developed her own uniquley "Farida's" graceful and elegant dance style. In addition to starring in hundreds of troupe productions, Ms Fahmy played the lead role in two major musical films by the Reda Troupe that are considered milestones in Egpytian Cinema. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Cairo University in 1967 and her Master of Arts in "Dance Ethnology" from the University of California at Los Angeles UCLA.

Students

Farida Fahmy and Mahmoud Reda's work has shaped and influenced what is known today as Oriental Dance (Raks Sharki). Many of the Reda troupe members became master teachers themselves teaching in Egypt, Europe and USA e.g. Raqia Hassan, Momo Kadous, Mo Geddawi, Aida Nour and many more. Farida continues to teach through tours where she instructs in her uniquely "Oriental Style Farida" technique.