Mohamed Shahin is an inspirational instructor, world-renowned performer, and challenging choreographer of Egyptian Oriental Dance (Raqs Sharqi) and Egyptian/ Middle Eastern Folkloric Dance. His powerful technique, magnetic personality, and masterful knowledge of all styles of Middle Eastern Dance has turned Mohamed Shahin into one of the most sought after dance instructors and performers in the world today.
A native of Cairo and originally trained as a mechanical engineer, Shahin discovered his passion for Egyptian Dance at the young age of fifteen. Throughout Shahin’s childhood, he was fascinated by all forms of dance. But at the young age of 15, Shahin decided quite suddenly that he would dedicate himself to learning Egyptian Folkloric Dance. After many years of the intense study of various Middle Eastern styles of dance, Modern dance, and Ballet- Shahin developed a complex methodology of instruction that has made him a Master teacher beloved to his students worldwide, today. Shahin currently lives in New York City but has been touring internationally full-time since 2004.
At Shahin’s workshops, students fall in love with his friendly personality and the level of perfectionism and fine attention to detail that sets him apart as an instructor of Middle Eastern dances. He is a master teacher/ choreographer of Classical, Traditional, and Modern Raqs Sharqi; Shaabi, Cairo Street Dancing, Saidi, Arab-Andalusian Muwshahat, Khaleeji, and all forms of Egyptian Folkloric Dance. His explanations of technical breakdowns of the body isolations, movements, and combinations that make up his elaborate and challenging choreographies, during his classes, have made Shahin very popular among his students internationally. He has a wonderful connection with his students. And rightly so, Shahin’s mission as an instructor and performer representing Egyptian dance is to share as much of his extensive knowledge of Egyptian dance and Egyptian culture with his students, as possible. Shahin introduces the rich dance heritage of the Arab World to the Western World through his masculine performance repertoire which also includes the incredible Egyptian styling of the Whirling Dervish Dance.
Shahin’s talent and expertise have taken him around the world to teach workshops, perform and judge international dance competitions in major dance festivals in many countries throughout North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa including the largest international Egyptian belly dance festival in the world- Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival ® (organized by Raqia Hassan). Mohamed Shahin is a foremost teacher at the Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival ® which takes place in his home city of Cairo 3 times a year during the months of April, June, and December. Shahin speaks Arabic, English & Russian which adds to his great array of skills and enables him to instruct students in these 3 languages.
At the start of Shahin’s career as a professional dancer; Shahin began his training with the famous El Qawmia National Dance Troupe in Cairo. During his training, Shahin acquired the skillful artistry and knowledge of Egyptian folkloric dance that initiated his lifelong love of Egyptian dance and career as a performer and instructor. Shahin has danced with countless renowned choreographers of Middle Eastern dance. Shahin performed with Reda’s private dance company and was a primary dancer in Hassan Afifi’s dance troupe. Shahin’s extensive training in Egyptian folkloric dance has made him a famous and noted expert on the subject.
Shahin was one of the primary dancers in Dr. Atef Awad’s ballet and modern dance company based in Cairo, for 10 years. He served as trainer and artistic director for Egyptian superstar singer/ actor/ television show host Samir Sabry's dance troupe. Shahin has made numerous performance appearances in various television programs, theaters, 5-star hotels, music videos, films, museums, and prestigious establishments worldwide.
During his career as a performer and instructor of Raqs Sharqi/ Egyptian folkloric dance- Shahin has been greatly inspired by Mahmoud Reda, Raqia Hassan and by such legendary Raqs Sharqi performers as Fifi Abdo, Naima Akef, and Soheir Zaki. Shahin is continually influenced by current Egyptian dance artists, performers, and teachers. Throughout his travels, he has been greatly inspired by his fellow peer instructors, and by his beloved students- who continually surprise him with their many artistic talents.
It is with enormous pleasure and great honor that we present to you a unique festival of oriental dance in Serbia – Oriental Fairytales. Our oriental dance festival will provide you with the opportunity to learn from many internationally acclaimed instructors, the great names of contemporary oriental belly dance, as well as to share the stage with the stars of the international oriental belly dance scene, make new acquaintances and establish contacts. Through the competition part of the Oriental Fairytales festival you will have the opportunity to distinguish yourself and be noticed, as well as continue your dance perfecting by means of awards winning.
All activities of the festival and accommodation of the participants, will be held in beautiful and luxorius Hotel Zira at the very heart of beautiful city of Belgrade. Address is Ruzveltova 35.
The Oriental Fairytales team will be responsible for flawless organization of the event and ensure your comfort, and is always available for all your questions and inquiries.
Come and tell us your own oriental fairy tale. We are always here for you! You are more than welcome and we’re expecting your arrival!
Friday: Workshops, Competition, Opening Show
Saturday: Workshops, Teachers Gala Show
Sunday: Workshops, Competition, Closing Show
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