Farrah: Fananat al Raks al Masri, The Egyptian Dance Artists

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Farrah: Fananat al Raks al Masri is a group dedicated to learning and performing a variety of Egyptian dance forms. We wish to bring joy to audiences with the rich tradition of the Egyptian Dance, from folklore and baladi to classical and stage, from old and traditional to modern forms.

The word Farrah is Arabic for "bringing joy”, and as a non-profit incorporated association, Farrah’s purpose is to bring joy to its audience and members alike. As Sydney’s first and only Egyptian Folkloric Dance Troupe, Farrah is unique in Australia in its focus on faithfully and respectfully reproducing a range of Egyptian dance forms, using culturally appropriate music and costuming. The group was formed in 2003 by Päivi Mielikäinen and her students to promote Egyptian Dance. Since then, Farrah has achieved a growing reputation within both the Middle Eastern Dance and Egyptian communities, and we are frequently invited to perform at dance concerts as well as Egyptian cultural events. Our repertoire includes many choreographies by the famous Egyptian master teachers Mahmoud Reda, Aida Nour and Madame Raqia Hassan, as well as renowned choreographer Magdy El-Leissy; plus original choreographies by Australia's "Princess of Middle Eastern Dance", Amera Eid, and of course our own Päivi Mielikäinen - teachers who are both highly respected for their extensive knowledge and authentic Egyptian technique. We also pride ourselves on our range of colourful costumes that are stage-worthy while remaining true to their cultural origins.

Cover of Bellydance Oasis Magazine

Farrah was recently featured in Bellydance Oasis, Australia's only dedicated Middle Eastern Dance magazine.

Performances and bookings

Farrah is available to bring an authentic Egyptian flavour to your event, concert or fundraiser. Contact us for more information.

A non-profit organisation

Farrah is an incorporated association and a non-profit organisation. Any funds received are directed back into running the association or donated to charity. We are a supportive, spirited group of individuals with diverse talents, who come together to share our knowledge and joy in dance. The association structure means that Farrah operates collaboratively, with all members contributing their time and ideas according to their skills. Find out more by reading our constitution here.

Classes and Membership

Monthly Open Technique classes are usually held at Amera's Palace in Marrickville. Workshops cost $25 (cash only) for 1.5 hours. All dancers are invited to attend (minimum Beyond Beginner level recommended). Each workshop includes element of Mahmoud Reda footwork and style, as well as a focus on a specific technique or group of techniques from either Oriental or Folkloric. The topic is usually advertised in advance on our FaceBook Page. Upcoming confirmed dates are:

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We welcome enquiries from dancers with some experience who are interested in learning and performing Egyptian dance in a troupe context. Association members are invited to participate in rehearsals and potentially perform. Additional rehearsal dates are available for members only in the lead-up to major events. Contact us for more information, or join our FaceBook Page.

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