Introducing Atef Farag
Reda Troupe and the American University Folkloric Troupe dancer, choreographer and instructor Atef Farag will be teaching a 2-day dance workshop in the San Francisco bay area. If you had enjoyed studying with Mme Farida Fahmy last year, you'll love this workshop!! Come learn Atef's very unique and inspirational blend of Egyptian Folklore with Oriental dance. 30 years exprience with the prestigious Reda Troupe coming to us from Cairo, Egypt. This is his only stop in the Western United States as part of his 2005 teaching tour. He will be sharing his wealth of knowledge in Raqs Sharki (Oriental dance), Ethnic Egyptian dance, and more.
In 1959, Mr. Mahmoud Reda, his brother Ali Reda and his sister-in-law Farida Fahmy co-founded the Reda Troupe in Egypt. It was the first Egyptian dance company to record Egyptian folk songs and dances from many different and remote regions of Egypt 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 the USA. In June 2005, Mr. Atef Farag, who has been with the Reda troupe since 1975, will share with us his wealth of knowledge and experience in Egyptian Folkloric & Oriental Dance. He will teach us his own signature world renowned choreographies that beautifully blend the earthy ethnic with the more stylized Oriental dance.
Atef Farag and his wife Magda have been dance trainers with the Reda Troupe in Egypt since 1993. Atef has also been training and directing the Egyptian Folkloric Troupe at the American University in Cairo since 1989. Not only does he choreograph & teach, but he also produces the whole show from costuming to music, lighting and set design. His dance troupe has consistently won 1st and 2nd places in national competitions. In addition to teaching in Egypt to native and foreign students, Mr. Atef taught workshops internationally in the USA, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy and France. Since 1995, he has been teaching Oriental and Folkloric dance at the Arabic Language Institute in Cairo. His dance style is an innovative yet very authentic blend of the folkloric/ethnic dances and the stylized 'Raks Sharki'. Using the experience he gained teaching students of all nationalities and performing all over the world, Atef has evolved into a world master in Middle Eastern dance.
Mr Atef Farag and his wife Magda traveled with the Reda Troupe to hundreds of countries in the Arab world, Europe, the Americas and the Far East performing as soloists. Atef also trained with the National Folkloric Dance Troupe from 1970 to 1974. Atef and his Troupe (the American University Folkloric Troupe) presented authentic Egyptian dance at 45 international folk dance festivals all over the world including Germany, France, Spain, Turkey, Italy and the USA. He participated in the North Carolina International Folk Festival "Folkmoot" in 1995 and 2000 and performed at Epcot Center in Florida.
In addition to choreographing for the Reda Troupe for 15 years, Atef Farag has been the troupe director, trainer, choreographer and show producer of the Egyptian Folkloric Troupe at the American University in Cairo since 1989. He is an accomplished choreographer in both Oriental and Folkloric Egyptian dance styles. He has his own very unique dance style that blends the authentic with the modern, the earthy folkloric moves with the stylized Raks Sharki elegance. He currently teaches dance workshops all over the world. In his role as director of the Folkloric Troupe of the American University in Cairo, Atef not only choreographs the dances and trains the dancers, but he also designs the costumes, stage sets, lighting and all other aspects of producing a theatrical dance show. His group has consistenly won 1st and 2nd place in national competitions and have represented Egypt abroad at 45 different Folk Dance Festivals.
Atef's style and choreographies have been very highly praised by dancers from all over the world. Here are some testimonials from his students:
"Atef is a really great instructor. I highly recommend him. He taught internationally
and his style is Reda-ish with a bit more belly dance in it, so students will
really like his choreographies. I learned four so far and love them all!
I found him very easy to work with: he is a great teacher and very patient with students, and a genuinely nice person!"
Catarina of Santa Clara (currently studying in Cairo, Egypt)
"I met Atef in Cairo last summer, where I trained with him
and his wife Magda for two months (I had already been studying belly dance with
many teachers and have extensive ballet and modern dance training all my life
from Carnegie Dance Hall and the Joffrey Ballet). His style is absolutely unique,
inspirational and authentic, the likes of which cannot be found in the States.
And in the short amount of time that I trained with him, my performance improved
dramatically. He taught me choreography from the remotest regions of Egypt,
in addition to classic folkloric and Oriental dance. He and his wife are nothing
less than dedicated professionals who have been teaching and choreographing
for the Mahmoud Reda Troupe for thirty years, as well as the world-renowned
folkloric dance group at the American University in Cairo."
Diana Esposito of New York
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