Nicola’s Teachers & Inspirations

Eshta ya Amar means “Créme de la Créme – O Moon!”. It’s a high and heartfelt compliment to pay to someone. There are many people who have made my journey as a dancer more rewarding, more exciting, more inspired, and more passionate by sharing their gifts.  They are the best.

Master dancers who have inspired me:tahia_carioca

  • Hadia (what would I do without Auntie Hadia?!),
  • Tahia Carioca (what a goddess!),
  • Sahra Saeeda Kent,
  • Cassandra Shore,
  • Mona Said,
  • Souhair Zaki,
  • Dina (The Best, ever!),
  • Lucy,
  • Randa,
  • Mahmoud Reda,
  • Denise Enan,
  • Gene Kelly,
  • Cyd Charisse,
  • Donald O’Connor.

Favourite, most worthwhile workshop experiences:

  • Hadia,
  • Sahra Saeeda Kent,
  • Cassandra,
  • Denise Enan
  • Dina of Cairo

Favourite videos/DVDs:

  • Hadia’s videos, volumes 1-6; new series (all!)
  • Cassandra’s Performance videos, volumes 1 & 2;
  • Sahra Saeeda’s;
  • Ranya Renee’s;;
  • Nagwa Fouad and Souhair Zaki Live in Abu Dabi;
  • “Stars of Egypt: Tahia Carioca”.

My favourite songs, albums and artists:

  • “Ya Amarti” and “Mashaal” – the versions on Jalilah’s Raks Sharqi series;
  • “Leylet Hob”
  • “Olulu”
  • 1002 Nachts by Mohammed Ali;
  • Faddah and Source of Fire by Hossam Ramzy;
  • “Ana Fi Intizarak”;
  • “Enta Omri” (1–Hossam Ramzy’s version);
  • Amar 14— but truly the entire Jalilah’s Raks Sharqi series (volumes 1-6) is all you really need if you were stranded on a deserted island!
    Thank-you, Jalilah, for giving us all this gift of great music.
  • anything by Musiciens du Nil.
  • Fatme Serhan.


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    Contact Nicola

    204-957-7520
    nicolaraks@mymts.net
    Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.