Hey Guys! So I’m late to the game with this one – but tomorrow Ahmed Hussien is having a workshop in NYC – FACEBOOK PAGE !!!!!
ALSO his 3rd annual Spring Immersion is coming up in March! If you want to take class with a fantastic teacher and hang out in Southern California (like I do btw) then you should definitely mark your calendar!
Want to learn more about Ahmed? Read this short interview he did with The Belly Blog! 🙂
TBB: Being that you started dancing so young, what is your first dance memory?
AH: My first memory is dancing on the old Opera House in Cairo Egypt that was built in 1886. And I danced as the only child in the Don Juan ballet representing the Cairo National Ballet.
TBB: When did you know that dance was something you wanted to pursue as a career?
AH: Being that young, you don’t make a decision. I started the academy when I was 8 years old. So it’s not a decision that I made but was a decision was put in front of me. I was guided and encouraged by an older cousin. He saw something in me. He noticed that I was very talented and active. He suggested that I needed to be placed in a program with either in music or dance, something. So I went and applied to the Higher Institute of Ballet and was accepted.
TBB: How has your ballet background influenced your classical oriental style? From where else do you draw inspiration?
AH: All formal dances relates to each other. And they all also have the basic form from ballet. It gives you grace, lines, flexibility and provides you with musical interpretation. Grace is the most important quality that ballet training can provide dancers. Music gives me the inspiration. There is nothing to draw inspiration from without the music.
TBB: What is the most difficult challenge you’ve had to overcome as a dancer? How did you grow from it?
AH: Maybe not finding the right music, the right venue, the right stage, poor lighting and/or sound. You learn by adapting to different situations. The show must go on. I came from Egypt and I adapted to life in the US. Adaptation is what you do in dance.
TBB: What has been your favorite moment in your dance career?
AH: Being on Broadway. I learned a lot about how things work. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the processes of auditioning, planning, creating choreography, costuming. It’s amazing to see your final work on stage.
TBB: What is your favorite song right now?
I don’t have a favorite song. There is so many pieces of beautiful music and I like them all. I feel like it’s not fair to select one over the other.
Fair enough Ahmed!
Learn more about this great dancer on his website!