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Egyptian Belly Dance with master teacher Shareen El Safy ~ 8-week sessions

February 12 to April 2, Wednesdays 6:30-7:30, Intermediate-Advanced
Drum Solo and Shimmies, and Improvisational Taksim
Drum: Drills, steps, combos and short choreography. Step on the beat with
energetic, dynamic Egyptian movement that will wow your audience.
Taksim: Steps, combos, improvisation and performance skills. Create your own
dance to beautiful flowing music with dramatic emotional range.

April 10 to May 29, Thursdays 6:30-7:30, Intermediate-Advanced
*Very Current* Egyptian Oriental Technique, steps, combos, and drills with
some choreographic sequences. Dip into a rich vocabulary of movement using
authenticity in personal expression.

Single class at door $20 cash or personal check
8 weeks in advance $18 Total $144 (2 monthly payments of $72)
Cash, credit card or personal check
To reserve your space please contact Shareen

*Recital opportunity for Shareen's classes. (TBA)

Classes held in Studio 4
Santa Barbara Dance Arts
Brand new facility: 531 E. Cota at Salsipuedes
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

I am excited to be dancing together as we begin 2014! I look forward to
hearing from you. Feel free to share this upcoming schedule with your dance friends!
Warmly, Shareen

*Private and semi-private classes with Shareen are available by appointment.

Please call 805-962-9639 or email to confirm class schedule and reserve your
class space

Shareen El Safy, "The Spirit of Egyptian Dance," is an internationally known master instructor, performing and teaching Egyptian dance in sixty major
cities on five continents: in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, England, Scotland, Italy, Egypt, Israel, Canada, and in twenty-two states throughout America. She has received a number of awards for her teaching, choreography, and
instructional materials, and was honored by the Parliament of South Australia for her cultural contributions. Shareen has made many trips to Egypt, studying with the great choreographers and dance artists there, introducing students on her Dance Study Tours to Egypt's culturally vibrant atmosphere. She lived in Cairo, gaining Egyptian government permission to perform raks sharqi at Parisianna, El Leil, Siag Pyramids and the 5-Star Sunset nightclub during the 1988 to 1992 summer seasons. Shareen was invited to present a lecture demonstration and performance of Egyptian Dance for international dance educators at the ICHPER World Congress of Sports and Dance in Cairo in 2000. She has also taught and performed at the Nile Group Festival in Cairo, Egypt, where she is one of only a few western members. In America she co-produced the 1st and 2nd International Conferences on Middle Eastern Dance in 1997 and 2001. For the past thirty-five years Shareen has published articles and interviews featuring the celebrated artists of the Middle East. She was Publisher and Editor of Habibi Magazine from 1992-2002, and Editor-in-Chief in 2003. Habibi Magazine feature articles published by Shareen are now digitally available at She is currently writing about the development of Oriental Dance in Egypt over the last 50 years. Shareen is a native of Santa Barbara where she attended Santa Barbara City College in Art and Drama; and graduated from UCSB with a BFA in Art History and Studio Art. She has pursued graduate course work in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She resides in Santa Barbara, where she teaches group classes and privates in her home studio located near the ocean. Her unique movement method, "Dancing From the Inside Out™," allows each dancer to experience authentic, embodied movement that is physiologically and psychologically integrating, empowering and culturally viable. To access Shareen's travel and teaching schedule go to



Shareen El Safy in workshop 2013 Sherman Oaks

Little Egypt

Little Egypt 2011


Oriental Dance Retreat

"Summer at Shambhala -- Celebrating Freedom of Expression"

Developing Individual Style, Personal Meaning and Authentic Expression

July 2-6, 2012


"Has Shareen tapped into the spirit of Egyptian dance? The answer is an unequivocal yes! As a guide she is powerfully gentle and firmly grounded, with the ability to lead her students to a place where the dance can be found. Once there, she is also able to help us reacquaint ourselves with what we've known has always existed. What comes forth is a joyous and deeply satisfying celebration of this form at its best."  B.T., San Francisco

“I am amazed at people like Shareen El Safy who dance ‘without accent’—what an amazing accomplishment, to absorb the dance so completely and in
the heart and body, right from the source!” Andrea Deagon, Ph.D., UNC-W


Shareen in Tokyo, Japan, 2009



“Summer at Shambhala—Celebrating Freedom of Expression”


Shareen’s 9th Oriental Dance Retreat at Shambhala Ranch will be held July 2-6, 2012. “Summer at Shambhala—Celebrating Freedom of Expression” will focus on Egyptian movement that provides a foundational basis for embodied feeling, the generation of personal meaning, and artistic actualization found at the heart of raks sharqi, the solo dance of Cairo. In the revitalizing, renewing space of Shambhala, participants will explore our mutual passion by strengthening performance skills, crafting our dance presentations, and developing individual expression that reveals our unique inner language. 


"This was a journey of essence is now present which wasn't there before. It has deepened the feelings I can express through movement."  Sadia, international teacher, performer, and 2010 retreat participant


Morning classes consist of technique, steps and combinations in all areas of Egyptian dance including Oriental, taqsim, beledi, drum solo and shimmy movements, turns and perimeter patterns, veil entrance, and finale steps, all practiced individually and in short choreographed sequences. Afternoons will be spent on creative performance exercises, theatrical techniques, and improvisational skills, with in-class coaching that encourages mastery in the dance, supports confidence and expands emotional accessibility. Evening discussions consist of dance-related topics, sharing our personal goals and community-oriented vision. Shareen will comment on her Egyptian performance experiences and provide anecdotal insights into the famous personalities of Egyptian dance, along with  video-dvd viewing with movement analysis of Egypt’s dance luminaries, past and present. A visit to Orr Hot Springs after dinner is on the agenda. We will celebrate Fourth of July in the quaint coastal village of Mendocino, CA. On the last evening we will enjoy our enriching time together with a studio recital.



Some U.S. and International Retreat Participants Respond

This was such a peak experience!

“The Retreat put me together with other dancers from other countries and cultures, exposing me to their view and style of the dance, which is very enriching”

Very rewarding! Life changing!

For twenty six years, my dance style was pretty much the same. I feel like I am learning a whole new art form!

I came home relaxed and energized, with a deeper understanding of my body; the music and dance fit more precisely.”

“Shareen has inspired me to rethink how and why I dance, infusing it with new meaning.”

“Thank you for the alchemy that happens at Shambhala. It works its way through the whole year.”  

Shareen El Safy performing at El Leil Nightclub, Cairo, 1989

Shambhala Ranch

Dance Retreat and Workshop Center


The pulse of life permeates the 140 acres of beautiful rolling hills, located on a magical site of ancient Indian trails and spiritual rituals. It is a private, creative and natural environment, with panoramic views, redwood forest, swimming pond, and private beach on a river, hot tub, and organic gardens. The tastefully decorated, luxurious ranch house with comfortable bedrooms has a large mirrored dance studio with a sprung wood floor, large redwood decks, and music throughout. It is located two hours north of San Francisco between Ukiah and the coastal town of Mendocino near the famous Orr Hot Springs. (





  "The name Shambhala comes from a Tibetan Buddhist teaching that there is some magic in everything and it's up to the individual to discover it. Shambhala Ranch's magic lies not so much in its obvious natural gifts, but in the way it can help you find yours."  

J.B. Dance Retreat and Workshop Center visitor







Directions to Shambhala: 101 North from San Francisco to the last exit in Ukiah, "North State Street." Turn right onto N. State St. Take the first left onto "Orr Springs Road." 19 miles to Shambhala (6.5 miles past Orr Hot Springs). Look for an open valley with a large redwood lodge on the hillside to your right, and a white mailbox ("21200" with animal paintings). Shambhala’s office phone is 707-937-3341. Guest phone in the lodge is 707-937-3515. The Santa Rosa Airport is the closest airport to Shambhala and is serviced by several airlines. Connecting flights available from San Francisco airport to Santa Rosa, and other direct flights from some airports. Check with your travel agent. Call Shareen 805-962-9639 to coordinate transportation from Santa Rosa, Mendocino or San Francisco, if needed.


Education and Inspiration
The Retreat offers an intimate opportunity for students, teachers and professional dancers to study with Shareen El Safy, incorporating her unique Oriental dance method grounded in Egyptian dance vocabulary and top-of-the-line technique. Her comprehensive approach encourages each student to excel on an individual basis, and benefits intermediate to professional levels.


“Shareen is a great communicator, verbally and through movement, and as such her classes are challenging and inspiring.” Amar, teacher and performer

 “Shareen’s ability to analyze movement is multi-level, working with the physical and energetic aspects to get to the heart of the technique.” Ranya, teacher and performer

 “Integrating Shareen’s technique leads to a deepening of the dance. It becomes more profound. Shareen is a dancer’s dancer, and her workshop a very rewarding challenge.” Myra, teacher and performer

Evening Recital

On Thursday night, our last night of the retreat, there will be a studio concert with participants performing their solo pieces for the group. Shareen will also dance her latest choreographies. Bring your costumes and music on CD, and enjoy an evening celebrating individual artistry and mutual camaraderie!


Relax, Rejuvenate, & Invigorate
Free your creative spirit in a gentle, intimate and supportive environment. Hike in the old growth redwood forest and golden meadows with panoramic views; meditate by the pristine river, an ancient gathering place for Native American Indians; sun yourself on the
deck, take a cool dip in the pond or soak your cares away in the hot tub—all on site at Shambhala Ranch. Optional activities include an afternoon walk on the beach or shopping in the quaint coastal town of Mendocino; relaxing in the famous Orr Hot Springs; or hiking to the world’s tallest redwood tree. Massage and Aroma Therapy are available by appointment.



Nearby orchards supply a variety of fresh fruits. Organic herbs and vegetables are grown locally. Patio tables with market umbrellas provide casual outdoor dining. A professional chef prepares our delicious meals with special attention to individual tastes. Vegetarian, free-range poultry and local fish entrees are accompanied by wholesome grains, healthy salads and vegetables, and tasty desserts. Breakfast includes eggs, cereals, fruit, juices, yogurt, breads or bagels, coffee, teas, etc. Chilled water, teas, coffee, fruits and snacks will be available throughout the day. Participants are asked to bring their own beer and wine.


"The food was pure bliss. It made my heart soar."
Michele, 2010 retreat participant

Sleeping Accommodations
Bedrooms are light and airy with two to six comfortable beds in each room. Dancers may request their roommate preference. Bed linens, pillows, comforters, and towels provided.


Shareen El Safy

Oriental Dance Retreat

“Celebrating Freedom of Expression”  

Developing Individual Style, Personal Meaning and Authentic Expression

Shambhala Ranch

July 2-6, 2012


On Monday, July 2nd, we will meet at the acclaimed Francis Ford Coppola Winery, with a newly-completed restaurant, for lunch and wine tasting at 1 pm. The winery is located at 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, CA 95441; 707.857.1400. It is located north of Santa Rosa on Hwy 101, on our way to Shambhala. Please contact Shareen to confirm your reservation. Lunch entrees average $12-$15. ( *optional 


Daily Schedule


Check in at Shambhala Monday, July 2nd, 4 pm.

 Dinner 6:00-7:00 pm

Orientation 7:30-9:30 pm

Daily July 2-6
7: 30-9:30 am Breakfast
9:30 am-12: 30 pm Morning Class
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch
2-4 pm Afternoon Class
6:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:30-9:30 pm Special presentations & activities.

Tuesday evening at Orr Hot Springs after presentation (optional)  

Wednesday afternoon, 4th of July Celebration in Mendocino.

Thursday evening Studio Recital with Retreat Dancers 8pm
Check out Friday, July 6th, 11 am.


Shareen’s Oriental Dance Retreat July 2-6, 2012, "Summer at Shambhala-Celebrating Freedom of Expression" will focus on Developing Individual Style, Personal Meaning and Authentic Expression. In the revitalizing, renewing space of Shambhala, participants will explore our mutual passion for the dance by strengthening performance skills and developing individual expression that brings out our unique inner language. The Class Schedule offers an intimate opportunity for students, teachers and professional dancers to study empowering technique and Oriental dance method grounded in Egyptian dance vocabulary with both classical and current steps from Cairo and choreographic sections for musical interpretation. Evening presentations include discussion of dance-related topics, our performance goals, and the careers of dance luminaries past and present. 

“Shareen taught me the secret of Egyptian Dance—to dance from within, from your unique and beautiful soul; to dance from a place of honesty.” Gabriela, performer and 2011 retreat participant

Healthy gourmet meals catered by a professional chef, comfortable accommodations, outdoor fun and recreation, special evening presentations and the Studio Recital help make our Retreat experience rich and satisfying. Optional activities like wine tasting near Shambhala, lunch in the coastal town of Mendocino, and relaxing in the famous waters of Orr Hot Springs, further extend our enjoyment. Shambhala Ranch Retreat Center: 21200 Orr Springs Road, Ukiah CA 95482. 707/937-3341.(



Oriental Dance Retreat with Shareen El Safy

"Summer at Shambhala -- Celebrating Freedom of Expression"

July 2-6, 2012

Registration Form



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Dance name______________________________________dance level_______________

Roommate preference______________________________________________________

Early registration discount $695. Paid in full on or before February 1, 2012.

A non-refundable deposit of $185 holds your reservation. All-inclusive enrollment fee $785 until May 1st. Remaining balance of $600 due on or before May 1st, 2012. All inclusive enrollment fee $875 after May 1st until June 15th. Remaining balance of $690 due on or before June 15th. Enrollment is accepted only as space allows. Group size is limited to twenty dancers. Cancellations made on or before May 1st will be reimbursed enrollment fee minus non-refundable deposit, and must be received in writing (fax or email okay). No cancellations after May 1st unless substitute can be found by cancelling party. In the unlikely event that the Retreat is cancelled, all funds will be promptly reimbursed.

Payment Form

Personal checks, money orders, and major credit cards accepted in U.S. Dollars only.

 Payment enclosed:    $_______________________________________________________________

$185 non-refundable deposit holds your reservation throughout.

All-inclusive enrollment fee $785 until May 1st. (A non-refundable deposit $185 holds your space until May 1st. Remaining payment of  $600 due on or before May 1st, 2012.)

All-inclusive enrollment fee $875 after May 1st until June 15th. (A non-refundable deposit $185 holds your space until June 15th. Remaining payment of $690 due on or before June 15th, 2012.)

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Food Questionnaire


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If you have food sensitivities, the chef would like to consult with you. Please add $20 to enrollment fee if special dietary items are required. Describe:_________________________________________________________________

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Shareen El Safy

PO Box 90936

Santa Barbara, CA 93190-0936.

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