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Ahlan Wa Sahlan 2012 – Cairo, Egypt

Page 1: June 27-30

Photos and text by Gabriel and Helwa
posted September 27, 2012

Once more, Raqia Hassan, the sponsor of the Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival welcomes her guests from all over the world at the Mena House Hotel, the antique mystical palace beside the pyramids of Giza for the 12th annual of this worldwide party. On the 26th of June, a folkloric group welcomed all the guests who arrived by presenting a wonderful surprise; All readily accepted the invitation to dance and have fun. The surprise was seeing the biggest stars of Egyptian dance.

On the following days, there were many workshops and summer shows.  The teachers and all participants who wanted to dance with live music or with the classical or latest hits on CDs performed at the galas. Competitions were held for all categories and levels. During the entire festival and all these activities, the belly dancers who wanted to see the newest models of costumes of the Egyptian designers had their opportunity at  the vendor’s booths placed around the workshops rooms. The closing gala on the July the 3rd gave fans a good view into the future bellydance art.

Ahlan Wa Sahlan
Opening Gala- June 27, 2012

Egyptian Folklore Groups and Guests

Egyptian folklore groups and guests.
The party started in minute one.

Katia of Russia

Katia of Russia, was the first star to open the show.

Soraia Zayed of Brazil

Soraia Zayed of Brazil
The huge talent of the “Tiny Earthquake” on the stage.

Aziza of Cairo

Aziza of Cairo
A very creative and beautiful show woman, delightful.

Dina of Egypt
More beautiful than ever and dancing better than never.

Ramy Sabry
Ramy Sabry
A typical Egyptian show with a live band.


Ahlan Wa Sahlan – June 28, 2012
The Summer Show – Teacher’s Perform

Amara Luxor of Brazil
One of the teachers at the festival

Wendy Chui
Wendy Chui of Taiwan
Exotic performance of a teacher coming from Asia

Samara Hayat of Argentina
A teacher with her personal style

Almira of Russia
The dance of the new rising talents

Tahyra Nawar of Brazil
An enthusiastic performance


Ahlan Wa Sahlan – June 29, 2012
Summer Show and Teacher’s Day

Munique Neith of Brazil
The performance of one teacher at the Festival

Nata Fari
Nata Fari of Ukraine
The colorful performance for folkloric dance

A member of Antonina Prem Shakti Saidi Group of Colombia
The folklore dance is a must do for all dancers

Ahlan Wa Sahlan – June 30, 2012
Summer Show and Teacher’s Day

Chadija Aisha of Spain
Exotic tray dance

Montse Martinez of Spain
Young Oriental feeling

From China
The male talent coming from Asiatic lands

Wendy Chui of Twain
The teacher in a wonderful performance

Meera of India
The teacher of Oriental Bollywood

From Russia
The oriental style in its whole expression in Russian way

From Russia
Russia also gives new talents for baladi dance

Helwa of Brazil and Spain
A lively Shaabi dance

Shirin of Spain
A sharp sword dance

Al Macamah
Al Macamah Group of Spain
Saidi Cane Dance to represent the Egyptian Folklore


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  1. Dr. Mo Geddawi

    Sep 28, 2012 - 03:09:06

    Ahlan wasahlan is a great opportunity to meet dancers and teachers from allover the world and a chance to collect different experiences. Also it is an opportunity to market yourself and make business contact. Don’t miss it.

  2. Barbara Grant

    Sep 30, 2012 - 12:09:15

    The photos were very well done. An excellent example of the diverse talents in our community, the world over.

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