Classic oriental/ Tarab

Oriental flamenco


Drum solo

Oriental Routine/Mejancé





Silk fanveils





Karioca offers a comprehensive spectrum of themes, meticulously prepared with dedication, professionalism, and elegance to serve various purposes. If you’re interested in organizing a workshop with Karioca but are unsure about which theme resonates with you the most, here is an extensive catalog of possible topics. Of course, you’re also welcome to make suggestions about other themes not listed here.


Eastern classical music is refined, complex, and delicate. The lyrics are poetic and profound. Some notable singers include Oum Kalthoum, Abdel Halim Hafez, Warda, and Mohammed Abdel Wahab. It is crucial to understand the complexity of the music as well as the message of its lyrics in order to dance with the level of respect these pieces deserve. In this workshop, we will focus on a specific theme, exploring the various layers of the music. We will delve into technique and expression.


Flamenco and Oriental dance are two completely different styles, yet they complement and intertwine in a captivating way. This workshop introduces the foundations of Flamenco, its expression, and the main differences compared to Oriental dance. In more advanced workshops, we will explore how to find suitable music for this fusion (what requirements it should meet). We will learn technique, combinations, and if desired, participants can prepare a choreography.


Saidi is a folk dance originating from southern Egypt. It is characterized by an energetic, joyful style with jumps and dynamic movements. It can be danced with or without a stick (Assayah). Of course, the differences between the masculine and feminine styles will be explained. In this workshop, we will study technique with the stick, as well as combinations. For the advanced or professional level, we can include the double Assayah.


Drum solo pieces are characterized by great accuracy and precision in movements, as well as absolute mastery of body dissociation. In this workshop, I will provide tips for improving dissociation, strengthening muscles, and making transitions between movements more dynamic. For more advanced workshops, we will work on combinations and more advanced techniques, and even create a choreography if desired. There is the possibility of conducting the workshop with a professional musician and even holding a workshop solely focused on Arab rhythms, explaining the interaction between the musician and the dancer on stage.


An oriental routine includes elements of more modern and/or contemporary dance. It involves complex spins and above all, it’s very dynamic. As an entrance, elements like the veil or Isis wings can be incorporated. Despite all this, the essence of Arabic dance is not lost. The music is usually quite fast and powerful at the beginning and may contain fragments of folklore such as Saidi or Khaleegi. There may also be some segments of Baladi or a percussion solo. Due to the wide variety of themes and the technical difficulty of these choreographies, this workshop is recommended for intermediate, advanced, or professional levels.


Baladi, the king of Egyptian styles, is loved and danced everywhere in its birthplace, Egypt, and is deeply rooted in its culture. When performed on stage, it is refined, but it’s the musicality and the feeling of deep connection with the music that make baladi, despite its apparent simplicity, a subject of absolute complexity. It incorporates a lot of improvisation, or at least it must be presented as such. To master baladi, one must work extensively on interpretation in solos (taksim), the most common rhythms of the style, and mime, which is essential for achieving a «juicy» baladi.


This beautiful folklore, originating primarily from Libya, is a true spectacle to witness, enjoy, and dance. If you want to learn the typical steps, gestures, costumes, and rhythms, this is the workshop you need.


The Eskandarani or Iskandarani is an urban dance inspired by the lifestyle of Alexandria, the port city of Egypt. The dance and costume of Eskandarani are driven by the «mealy leff.» The Eskandarani attire is quite unique: it consists of a short dress to the knees, with frills, a headscarf with tassels or flowers, and high heels. The Eskandarani can be danced with a large black shawl called «melaya»; then the dance is called «melay leff,» which means «wrapped in a scarf.» We can also see dancers with their faces covered by a veil called «yashmak.» This dance is cheerful and flirtatious, and requires quite good acting skills. In this style, a dancer covers and uncovers herself with a shawl, thus flirting with the audience. The music for Eskandarani dancing mainly consists of songs about the sea, fishermen, and Alexandria.


Khaleeji dance is a blend of folk dances that incorporates traditional and modern styles from Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

The name «Khaleeji» literally means «from the Gulf» in Arabic and is often performed in groups at special events by women. Men also have their styles, but they are also performed in groups, with or without accessories such as rifles, sticks, drums, swords, scarves, etc. The word «Khaleeji» is used to describe more than just the dance aspect of the culture. For anything related to Gulf culture, this word is appropriate to use.


The Wings of Isis are a prop used to enhance entrances, making them more visually striking and spectacular. They are also utilized in fusion and fantasy songs with influences from Middle Eastern music. There are many types of wings made from different materials, each creating a completely different effect. This workshop focuses on technique, tricks, combinations, and, if desired, choreography.

silk fans

Another star element of fusion is silk fans, which add a very different touch to your dance. In this workshop, we study their technique of use, combinations, and even a choreography.

Mahraganat /Shaabi /Trap

Also within the realm of Baladi, this music, also of Egyptian origin, is probably the most popular style currently and the king in parties and shows in Egypt. It has a more local character and is closer to the more popular classes, both in its lyrics and its rhythms. There are differences between Shaabi and Maharaganat and Trap that we will explain in the workshop. Understanding their lyrics, gestures, and character is crucial for conveying with this style.


The Shamadan (written phonetically in various ways) is a large candelabra balanced on the head of the dancer, in a unique tradition of Egyptian dance. This beautiful dance accessory is historically used in Egyptian wedding processions, or zeffah. The Arabic word zeffah literally means «procession with noise». Now, as in years past, a zeffah is a joyful wedding parade, usually held at night, consisting of hired dancers (with or without candelabras on their heads), musicians, singers, and family members, parading through an entire neighborhood to escort the bride to the groom’s house. Currently, it is used in shows in many ways and is often very effective in group choreographies or to open a show. This workshop explains the basics of technique with exercises and combinations. A choreography with this element can also be created.


There are many theories and legends about the origins of sword dancing.

Dancing with a sword demonstrates sensuality, grace, power, incredible skill, and balance.



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