Samraa al Nil, Badia'aText Box: A Celebration of Egyptian Dance

Text Box: Star Egyptian dancer, performing in the
San Francisco bay area on July 27th 2002
Oriental Dance show following Mahmoud Reda* workshop with an excellent cast of local dance stars including MaShuqa, Ghanima, Parri, Shoshanna, Hala Dance Company among others

* To register for Mahmoud Reda's workshop, please visit http://www.HalaDance.com

When: Saturday July 27, 2002, 7:00 - 9:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)

Where: Veterans Memorial Center Theatre. 1455 Madison Ave. Redwood City, CA 94061

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door (if space available).

Advance registration has to be received by July 24th 2002

No refunds. No video cameras.

To register, please fill out the form below, mail it with your check (payable to Hala Dance) to 1478 Calabazas Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95051 Clara. Tel: 408-246-1129

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TESTIMONIALS

"When she dances, the world changes" - Mahmoud Reda about Badia'a's dancing

"I judge a dancer by how she performs to Om Kolthom… Badia'a is perfect!" - world renowned dance choreographer Raqia Hassan

"She made me feel like I was in Cairo again" Zahra Zuhair, star dancer of LA, CA

"When I see her dancing, I actually feel her" Robert Randolph, Badia'a's husband

Badia'a, Samraa al Nil started her dance career in 1983 and has risen fast to stardom because of her dedication, beautiful dance style and continuous hard work. She danced and acted in many stage productions in Egypt, appeared with several famous TV personalities including pop singer Amr Diab, and lead her own Egyptian folkloric dance troupe in many performances in Egypt and other Arab countries.

Badia'a acknowledges the contributions of many wonderful teachers to her dance and show business career including Mahmoud Reda's top troupe members. She says about Mahmoud Reda "Later in America, I traveled with Mahmoud to two cities and witnessed his workshops. I feel such a kinship and closeness to him. I can't help but feel that although I had not signed his contract to be a member of his Reda Company, that it is in fact, Reda blood that flows through my veins". She not only was the star performer in Hassan Ali's troupe but she was also the Artistic Director and co-troupe leader with many spectacular performances in Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

Badia'a continued her long artistic journey which had taken her throughout Egypt, from summer performances along the beautiful waters of Alexandria, to the sprawling metropolis of Cairo to her home away from home, Luxor and Aswan. She had started out performing at nightclubs, then moved to 5-star hotels. She had appeared in festivals, on TV, in movies, many theatre productions and had danced for Royalties and Heads of States ranging from North Africa, through the Middle East and throughout the Arabic Gulf countries.

Her greatest journey, however, came when her agent contacted her to join a tour to the US with famous singer Samira Saeed and comedian Hamada Sultan. The five-city tour began in Orlando and ended in Los Angeles where she met her husband and soul mate.

Samraa al Nil, Badia'a resides in Los Angeles from where she frequently travels to teach workshops and provide special shows. She has appeared on Arab American TV and performed for the President's party at the Democratic National Convention. She has appeared in America for concert tours for Amr Diab, Samira Toufik and Ehab Toufik. For more information, please email her at samraaalnil@maktoob.com

MAHMOUD REDA is an Egyptian choreographer and teacher who is internationally esteemed both as an artist and a collector, conservationist and reformer of Egyptian Folk Dance tradition and indigenous dances of Egypt.

In the 1950's Reda began to record Egyptian folk songs and dances and assembled a group to perform them on stage. The Reda Troupe, founded by Mahmoud Reda as the first folk dance company in 1959, became world famous with many followers. "The Reda Troupe" presents Egypt?s rich dance heritage in theatrical form. Reda is still in charge of his dance school and group in Cairo and travels around the world teaching Oriental dance.

Soloist, choreographer and director of hundreds of productions, Mahmoud Reda has toured in more than 60 countries, performing on the world?s most prestigious stages. He has also been principal actor, dancer and choreographer in popular Egyptian films.

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Details on: http://www.HalaDance.com

Volunteers are needed to help organize this event. If interested, please email hala@haladance.com