Egyptian born Mohamed Shahin is a world-renowned performer, instructor, and choreographer of Egyptian Oriental Dance and Middle Eastern Folk Dance. His powerful technique, magnetic personality, and masterful knowledge of all styles of Middle Eastern Dance has turned him into one of the most sought after dance instructors and performers in the world today.
A native of Cairo and originally trained as a mechanical engineer, Shahin discovered his passion for dance at the young age of fifteen. Throughout his childhood, Shahin was fascinated by all forms of dance. But at the young age of 15, Shahin decided quite suddenly that he would dedicate himself to learning Egyptian Folkloric Dance. After many years of the intense study of various Middle Eastern styles of dance, Modern dance, and ballet, Shahin developed a complex methodology of instruction that has made him a Master teacher beloved to his students worldwide, today. Shahin currently lives in New York City but has been touring internationally full-time since 2004.
At Shahin’s workshops, students fall in love with his friendly personality, level of perfectionism, and fine attention to detail that sets him apart as an instructor of Middle Eastern dances. He is a master teacher/choreographer of Classical, Traditional, and Modern Raqs Sharqi; Shaabi, Cairo Street Dancing, Saidi, Arab-Andalusian Muwshahat, Khaleeji, and all forms of Egyptian Folkloric Dance.
Shahin's in-class explanations of technical breakdowns of the body isolations, movements, and combinations that make up his elaborate and challenging choreographies have made him very popular among his students internationally. He has a wonderful connection with his students. And rightly so: Shahin’s mission as an instructor and performer representing Egyptian dance is to share as much as possible of his extensive knowledge of Egyptian dance and Egyptian culture with his students. Shahin introduces the rich dance heritage of the Arab World to the Western World through his masculine performance repertoire, which also includes the incredible Egyptian styling of the Whirling Dervish Dance.