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Astryd Farah

Currently residing in Jakarta, Indonesia, Astryd Farah deMichele spent many years making Egypt her home, while teaching and performing Egyptian Oriental dance throughout the globe. Trained professionally in both dance and fitness, Astryd Farah draws on her wide range of skills as an instructor and performer to bring an authentic Egyptian style to students and dance enthusiasts around the world. In Cairo she has been showcased at the JW Marriott and Sheraton Royal Gardens Hotels, as well as in weddings and parties, and in past years she's worked at other locations in both Cairo and Sharm el Sheik, Egypt - in addition to hundreds of performances throughout the USA and Europe.

Astryd Farah's powerful technique and stunning interpretation of Arabic music delights audiences East to West -- her extended time the Middle East having integrated into her body a profound understanding of this beautiful art form. She is one of the featured dancers in top Egyptian choreographer Raqia Hassan's technique videos (volumes 7 & 9); Raqia is one of Astryd Farah's main instructors of the dance form. She has had the pleasure of studying under countless master Egyptian choreographers -- developing her dance technique as well as her understanding of the music she loves. She has toured throughout Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco and Turkey for additional dance study and cultural research, as well as having pursued cross training in classical dance and yoga in India. Further cross-training has found Astryd pursuing her love of exercise and holistic health, becoming a certified Personal Trainer (American Council on Exercise), as well as certified group exercise instructor (AFAA), Spinning™ instructor and TRX instructor. For further information on Astryd’s health coaching, visit

Astryd Farah has extensive experience as an instructor, including four years teaching an accredited course as adjunct faculty for The University of Oregon, instructing Middle Eastern dance with an emphasis on Egyptian styling. She holds independent classes for the Astryd Farah School of Dance, (once based in Eugene, Oregon, currently based internationally) instructing all levels of dancers --from beginners to professionals. She teaches precise, defined technique as the vehicle to express the emotional aspects of the music, and her warmth and clarity in teaching has inspired hundreds of students. With her understanding of the mechanics of dance anatomy, Astryd Farah infuses her classes and workshops with more than just the breakdown of the dance: she draws on her wealth of cultural knowledge to bring the movements to life.

Astryd Farah’s love of music inspired her to help form the ensemble Ala Nar in 1999 – a collaboration of stellar musicians bringing classical and dance compositions of Arabic and Turkish origin to the western states. She was co-artistic director as well as principle dancer for the ensemble for many years until her move to Cairo.

Combining her first-hand cultural experience with her skill and enthusiasm for the art form, Astryd Farah performs and instructs Oriental dance from a passionate perspective. Her dance is timeless and earthy, elegant and joyous; she translates the intricacies of Arabic music impeccably, sharing her genuine love for the dance with every step.

Photo: Astryd Farah in Sakkara, Egypt. Photo by Mohammed Joudi, ©2007



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