Nawarra

Hailing from Casablanca, Morocco, Nawarra studied Arts and Drama at University before coming to the UK in 1996 to continue her studies in Leeds. In Morocco she was a member of various theatre and also worked with some of the top Moroccan comedians. The traditional music and folk dances which had so fascinated her as a child began to be a way of expressing herself and of forming friendships. She found that Leeds had an emerging interest in Middle Eastern Dance, and began to share what she knew. From these small beginnings Nawarra has gone on to become one of the UK’s most recognised teachers and performers with a growing International reputation. After realising her dream in 2012 of staging a theatre show dedicated entirely to the folkloric dances of the Middle East, Nawarra co-founded Funoon –a new venture spreading access to traditional ME dance.

This has drawn a high interest from the Arab Media like BBC Arabic , Aljazeera Alarabiya as well as Al Ghad Alarabi Channel. Nawarra hopes that Funoon will go on to become an inspiration and ongoing resource for British dancers as well as a source of pleasure and pride for people of Arabian descent coming or growing up in the UK.

“With a Very Strong Link to her country of Origin through her teaching and her organised trips…, She Started in this platform, and introduced us to so many the styles from Morocco, always present with her charisma, she never fails to entertain. Please join me in welcoming Nawarra”

Nawarra will be teaching the following workshops:

  • Iraqi Khaleegy, Quawliyyatte style. Discover the many styles of the Arabian peninsula and the Persian Gulf inc Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Kuwait, and parts of Iraq. Learn how to maintain the groovy feeling and the original moves from each region.(would include the use of sabers or rifle twirling, hair tossing, spins, some footwork, and moves in the torso and upper body).
  • Bedouin. The Bedouin are an Arab semi-nomadic group, descended from Nomads who have historically inhabited the Arabian and Syrian deserts. Dance is a form of Earthy grounded style, with lots of hip moves, circles and shimmies.

About

Celebrating Dance is an annual dance festival held each October at the Toorak Hotel in Torquay, Devon. It is the only belly dance festival in the UK that is held in a 3 Star hotel and has a strong reputation for its friendly & fun atmosphere, offering quality workshops from international stars and popular UK-based teachers. It was created and run for 16 years by International Teacher & Performer Afra al Kahira & John F Hancock. Although Afra & John remain on the team, from 2017 they have handed over the reins to new Group Organiser Nikki Livermore a well-respected Teacher & Performer.

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