Samisha Shami is a master instructor, choreographer and performer whose career has spanned decades. She is also one of the founding members of MEDGE, being present at the guild’s first show in April of 1991 and later at the first formal MEDGE meeting in July. Her tireless efforts in the years that followed, along with the work of many others, are what gave us our current successful guild!
Samisha has taught all over the U.S. as well as Holland, Belgium & Germany. She has performed in clubs, hotels and gala shows in New York, L.A., San Francisco, British Columbia, Las Vegas, Germany, Turkey and Egypt. She was nominated for Instructor of the Year In 1997 by the Academy Awards of Middle Eastern Dance, was the recipient of the Magan Baptiste Achievement Award in Dance and Music and in 1984 represented Egypt in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
Since the age of 3, she has studied all genres of dance and has been influenced throughout her years by some of the great names in Middle Eastern dance, such as Nadia Gamal, Nagwa Fouad, Sohair Zaki, and the one and only Ibrahim Farrah. Samisha has directed multiple troupes in California and Oregon and has worked with numerous private students choreographing and coaching solos and duets. She has inspired, influenced and instructed a generation of dancers in the art of mainstream Middle Eastern dance, music, and costuming. Her life and her passion have been this beautiful art form.
In May we will give that passion back to her in the form of a tribute performance showcasing her classic choreographies. Please join us for this very special, once in a “guild-time” show.
Please Note: This special show will be held at The Reach Center, 2520 Harris St., Eugene, Oregon, not at our usual venue. See map below for location and directions.