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Dance Like Egyptian: Build your choreography

Sunday: 10.30-11.30

Learn how you can build your choreography from your intro to the finale, by understanding your music and what technique should be appropriate.

You will also learn how you can incorporate other style: saidi, Ballady, Khaleejy, Awalem in your main choreography and where to have it. 


23 hours of folkloric and oriental classes for only $110
Egyptian Folkloric Influence on Oriental Dance

12 Recorded classes available: Saidi/Balady/Melaya Leff/Nubian/Awalem/Fellahy/Semsemeya/Haggallah/Andalusian/Shamedan/Ghawazee/Eskandarany

Technique A La Faten

11 recorded classes available: Pop modern/Kalthoumeyat/Haleem/Warda/Tarab 1 /Tarab 2/Classical and Modern/Balady and Shaaby 1/ Balady and Shaaby 2/Aldum weltak (Tabla0) /Khaleejy


Send check payable to

Faten Salama:

4001 N 5th street # 3

Arlington, VA 22203

Online payment :

Online Private Lessons via Powhow
Beginning May 15th
$90/hour or $320/4 hours


Pre-recorded videos via Powhow including  Old is Gold Collection


Raksanna from Chicago:

“If you want to learn Egyptian dance and you want to learn from one of the world’s best, then I highly recommend you start with Faten. I’ve had the distinct privilege to study with Faten for more than a decade, and am proud that her influence is a part of who I am as an artist.

Faten is the true definition of a great dance teacher. She is an artist who lives, breathes and loves the dance, and generously gives all her knowledge to her students. She loves teaching and provides the highest quality experience possible. She is supportive and encouraging, cheering her students’ successes while helping them understand and correct mistakes along the way. She is committed to the highest standards and accepts nothing less than the best from her dancers. She is committed to leading the process of self-discovery as her students transform into artists. Faten’s choreography is clever, authentic and beautiful.

You will learn, grow and develop under Faten’s guidance … and you will be delighted with the entire journey.  I promise!” – Raksanna

Shahrzad (Shahrzad Raqs):

Faten Salama was one of my main teachers and influenced me greatly as a dancer. I started class with her when I was young, maybe 14 or 15, and continued training with her into my 20s. She is an extremely generous teacher and because of her extensive knowledge and talent for both folklore and oriental Egyptian dance I was able to gain so much from her. I really believe that learning about folkloric dances and where they come from is essential to being a great Egyptian style dancer, Faten can give you this and soooo much more! Faten is really a treasure and I highly encourage everyone to train with her, you will fall in love with her and with this dance.

Victoria Teel:

Faten is a caring instructor whose choreography illustrates how to break down music, integrate traditional movements as well as add flair. She has an extremely vast knowledge of Egyptian Oriental & Egyptian Folkloric dance. I would recommend any student wanting to learn Egyptian styling to definitely study with Faten.  – Victoria Teel

Saphira, Founder of Saffron Dance, Washington, DC Metro Area :

“I have been in this art form for more than 25 years, both as a full time professional dance Artist, Choreographer and the Founder and Director of a school dedicated solely to Belly Dance as an art form.   I can attest that Faten is a unique and priceless jewel for Raqs Sharqi.  If you are serious about studying Belly Dance as an art form and preserving its cultural and movement origins, your work would be incomplete without ongoing training from Faten Salama.  She brings an unparalleled translation of the movement and musical roots, as well as a nuanced, authentic and native connection to the nascent inspiration influencing the dance.  And because of her appreciation and commitment of connecting historical accuracy with dance a living art form, Raqs Sharqi will live on through her students for generations to come.”

Blythe Jones:

“Faten is by far the most influential person in my dance journey. I started taking classes from her in 2007 after being referred to her by my previous dance teacher. I remember her saying to me: “We are very lucky to have Faten in our area, you should try her classes.”
But first I decided to order one of her DVD’s to see what she was all about, since there wasn’t much information online about her. In the DVD she taught an oriental routine and a haggalla routine. This was my first time seeing folkloric steps and choreography, and I immediately fell in love with Faten’s teaching style and steps.
Faten is a very generous teacher, she is gentle but tough if she needs to be, and charming and funny. I like that she honors the dance without taking it too seriously, she has a lightness and a sense of humor about it, which keeps things fun. She has taught me to be soft in the dance, and to have feeling, as well as the right way to do Egyptian style. I never have to worry that my dance will be unauthentic because she has firsthand knowledge of all the different Egyptian folkloric styles and what music and steps go with what style.
In addition to her abundant knowledge of folkoric dance, Faten is a master at oriental style: she is always inventing new steps and consistently has a fresh take on traditional belly dance steps. Every class I attend I learn something new and useful.”
Blythe; member of Faten’s troupe Al-Massraweya.
In the tradition of our own grandparents and ancestors, Faten captures the rich treasures of the old world to enrich the culture of her new American home. Her aesthetic is vibrant and imbued with the soulful emotion that is at the heart of this art form. Faten adds to this her very own quintessential feminine grace and passionate love and joy of the dance.

Faten is on staff at Saffron Dance Studio in Arlington, VA where she teaches choreography and technique classes every Thursday and Sunday

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