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Welcome to my new 8 Week Series about MELAYA – Alexandria & Cairo Style! It's a dream come true, I always wanted to teach and use more the melaya since the first workshop that I took in 2012. Mainly it catch my attention because the character of the Egyptian women in this dance. Furthermore, it's part of my mission to share the importance of understanding the Egyptian traditions and folk dances in New York City. I would like to remind you how important it is to obtain knowledge about the Egyptian Folklore in general. Nowadays many dancers are focusing in Oriental modern style and forget to look back of the oldest traditional dances and keep looking forward to the trends movements. It should be pointed out that many famous dancers like Dina Talat, Randa Kamel, Mohamed Kazafy, Mo Geddawi, Mohamed Shahin, Tommy King, Mohamed Salah and others, were Folklore dancers before becoming internationally recognized. I'm excited to explore the traditions and dance of the melaya with you.

Are you ready for the challenge? Yallah beena!


Series will start on September 3rd and ends October 22nd. All students are encouraged to come for the entire course, we welcome students from all levels. The curriculum and schedule are designed to support the serious dancers who wishes to have a deeper understanding in Egyptian traditions and dances. We will give priority to those who sing up for the 8 weeks, while we receive drop-in. We offer certificate of completion for those who attend the entire course. Payment must be completed upon admission in the given time period to guarantee enrollment in the MELAYA - Alexandria & Cairo Style 8 Weeks Series.  

Registration is now open!



The melaya leff or melaya for short is the name that receives the black fabric wear by Egyptian women used to cover themselves modestly when they went outside the home. Covering the body with the mantle is no longer used. The melaya was used both by working people and by people from highest society. Mahmoud Reda, the Egyptian dancer and choreographer from the Reda Troupe created a representation of the melaya as a dance theater. Reda wanted to personify the woman of the Egyptian people, inspired by everyday life. The spirit to be transmitted from this character it's a flirtatious woman, somewhat shy, somewhat sassy but innocent. Two of the cities where melaya was most popular to use were Alexandria and Cairo.  During the series we will explore the difference characters of Egyptian women from this cities.  A brief introduction of the history from the period when the melaya was commonly used will be cover.  All the information will help you to clarify the differences of the traditional uses of the melaya and what was the product of the theater dance genre that was very particular to the Reda Troupe.


Tuesdays 8:00pm - 9:00pm

September 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, October 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd. 




- Certification of Completion for those who complete the 8 Weeks Series.

- Series include technique instruction and combos.
- Brief introduction of the melaya traditions.
- Technique drills to develop the skills necessary for a high-level execution of the movements.

- 20% discount on Private Lessons during the 8 Weeks Series or for a makeup class in case that you are missing one of the weeks.


Early Bird Price $195 (Before August 27th)

Regular Price $225 (After August 27th)

Payment must be completed to guarantee enrollment in the 8 Weeks Series.

Reserve your spot at:

Limited space: 8

Drop-in $30 Available for participants who are not able to come for all the series.


Melaya available for purchase $65 (Limited) Order in advance. The melaya is black with gold, silver or multi color sequins. 




Ripley Grier Studios

305 W 38th St. 2nd Floor - Studio 211

New York, New York



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