Nicola’s Teachers & Inspirations

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 and their time.

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
  • Ranya Renee

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
  • Om Khoulsom
  • “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