HARAM! Unveiling the Mystery of the Forbidden Dance

October 21, 2011

CONTACT: Dr. Chad Stebbins

HaramJOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Magical, sensual and thought-provoking, Egyptian dance comes alive in HARAM! - a re-imagination of the evolution of one of the oldest dance forms to ever exist.

Combining elements of history, beliefs, drama, and dance, HARAM! is an enlightening and entertaining production that will surely transport the viewer through a time capsule about how Egyptian dance evolved throughout thousands of years. HARAM! unveils the relationship between modern Egyptians and a tradition that has survived many adversities throughout its long history.

"HARAM! Unveiling the Mystery of the Forbidden Dance" will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 25 at Taylor Performing Arts Center at Missouri Southern State University.

The event is free and open to the public.

Produced by the Sahar Dance Company, Academy of Egyptian Dance. Sahar Sami is the director of The Academy of Egyptian Dance, the largest school in Southern California dedicated strictly to Egyptian dance. Sahar is an inspiring, inventive, original choreographer whose work has been appreciated by tens of thousands of people. Her training and expertise in classical, modern and folkloric Egyptian dance make Sahar a highly sought-after instructor.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Sahar Sami and her dance company "evoke a Cairo cabaret." They perform in some the largest dance productions in San Diego, including Nations International Dance Festival, December Nights, and Celebrate Dance Festival.

Sahar¹s sold-out productions incorporate video based education supplemented with dance interpretation and storytelling where performers enact key historical moments.

Sahar's professional dance career started in the early 1990s when she was the headline dancer in some of the most prestigious nightclubs in New York, Los Angeles, Cairo and other cities throughout the world.

Her interpretation of Egyptian rhythms has touched dignitaries, royalties, Hollywood stars and other sophisticated audiences from around the globe. She has appeared in numerous television shows in the U.S. and abroad.