Saffron is my guilty pleasure, escape from the craziness of life and my sanctuary. -Sarah

Saffron's Folkloric program draws on the rich and varied folk dance traditions of Egypt, the Levant, and the Arabian Gulf.  Spearheaded by Master Instructor and native Egyptian Faten, Saffron Folkloric technique introduces students to the music, costuming and movement vocabulary of a diverse range of dances that have influenced modern belly dance performance.  The Folkloric repertoire includes:

  • Saidi/Assaya (stick dance from Southern Egypt)
  • Haggalah (social ritual dance from Western Egypt )
  • Khaligy (womens' hair dance from the Gulf)
  • Dabke (regional line dance popular throughout the Levant)
  • Ghawaze (Egyptian "gypsy" style)
  • Simsimeyya/Bambuti ("sailor" dance from the Port Said/Suez Canal region)
  • Fallahi (Egyptian farm larborer dance from the Delta region)