Studio El Karnak

Various dances and workshops offered by Ehab Atia

Oriental dance

In Egypt this dance is called “Raqs Sharqi”. Following the underlying music, it can be danced in a classical, elegant way – but also quite trendy and lively, full of spirit.

Ehab Atia practice the authentic, Egyptian style.

Our courses give you the possibility to work on expression and technique likewise. You can experience oriental movements in combination with the specific music and feel the special correlation between your body and your feelings emerging thereof. As a result you will continuously adding vitality and expression to your dance.

Oriental dance basic level (G) – Introduction
Here you learn major elements, basic techniques and the overall feeling of oriental dance.

Oriental dance medium level (M) – enlargement of your repertoire
You successively becoming aware of the underlying music and learn a broader variety of combinations thereto.

Oriental dance advanced level (F) – development of your personal style
Step by step you develop your own style of dancing, your own authentic expression. Your feeling for the music will be broadened, your fine movements will get harmonised with melody and rhythm.

Choreography (from medium level onwards)
Oriental dance choreographies as well as folklore choreographies are being taught and can as well be presented as part of a performance or show, solo or within a group.

Oriental choreographies taught in the studio:

Drum solo - Choreography
Ehab will show you a spirited, lively drum solo choreography of a special kind.
He will convey to you a mixture of rhythms and techniques like isolations and accents, which include Shimmys and other interesting moves. These special combinations will bring your body in a powerful harmony with the drum and you will be able quite easily to dance to a solo drum.

Classic Oriental Dance with Veil
Ehab Atia shows a diversified choreography with a veil in the classic Egyptian style. The music will be perceived carefully while beautiful and harmonious combination of moves are learned. This authentic oriental expression, will enrich your dance style.

Oriental Dance “New Style”
With the slogan: “how can I refresh my style?” Ehab Atia will present you new ideas for the combination of movements in the Egyptian style, which will be brought together to an interesting choreography. The best part is that these sequences can also be applied to your favourite music.

orio® means "oriental" and covers /secures all dancing styles and concepts created by Ehab Atia

Ehab started in 1998 to create and develop this special type of dance.

Orio®jazz combines elements of oriental and jazz dance. Soft and fluent movements are brought together with quick and powerful elements - the result: a special attraction of a modern dance. Orio®jazz is being choreographed to current oriental pop-music.
Men are welcome as well in this course!

Oriental dance – technique
A good technique is an important basic of oriental dance. It increases the pleasurable feeling of the body and expands the possibilities to express yourself.

EL KARNAK dance group
A professional dancing group headed by Ehab Atia. The intensive training will take place during the current courses as well as outside of it. Systematic technical exercises, individual expression-training plus the dynamics of a group dance are the main centre-points in this course, where you learn various oriental and folklore choreographies. The results will be presented solo or within the group, at festivals, shows or by engagement.

Private Lessons
An individual and intensive training will lead you to your personal style of dancing. Together with you Ehab will identify your personal abilities and support you to advance them systematically.
Appointments by arrangement.

orio® means "oriental" and covers /secures all dancing styles and concepts created by Ehab Atia

The new dancing concept “Atia – the spirit of orio dance”
Inspiration for unlimited dancing…
Are you forgetting parts of your choreography? Is it hard for you to dance without a concept?
Are you dancing repeatedly the same sequences? Are you loosing your way during a dance?

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Dances offered:

The dances of the Folklore
For each dancer it is helpful after a certain period of time to know about background, peculiarities and roots of oriental dance. Basic elements, steps and combinations will be formed to typical choreographies in each course.

This dance is derived from the town Alexandria in Egypt, located at the Mediterranean Sea. The cheeky and flirtatious movements of this dance are supported by the mischievous use of the Melaya Leff (big chiffon veil used as cape)

Andalusian Style Dance
The andalusian style dance originally is a typical Moorish court dance, dating back to the middle Ages. Characteristic are the graceful and expressive dancing elements. The shape of these elements can as well be adopted in all dances of the classic oriental style.

This is a pristine style of oriental dance and follows the performance of the villagers. A very earth bounded dance, presenting various moods of every day life in Egypt.

A line dance for groups originally performed in Syria and Lebanon. Main characteristics are a proud demeanour of the dancers and intensive rhythmical moves like stomping, jumping and kicking, demonstrating liveliness and energy.

Dance of the Gulf Region
A dance coming from the Gulf region called “Khaleegy” is emphasizing the woman’s magnificent hair. It’s typical for the dancers to sway their hair to the rhythm and perform special chest and shoulder movements.

A dance of the Bedouins in the north-west desert, named after the special step called “Hagalla”. It includes accents on the haunches plus swivelling / rotating hips.

A lively dance of the fishermen coming from Egypt’s area of the Mediterranean Sea; it expresses the fishermen’s tales in dancing.

Nubian Dance
This charming dance is performed in all-female groups. It has his roots in Nubia, an area between Egypt and Sudan. The various dance formations of the group members giving a fascinating effect to this dance.

Raqs El Shamadan
The dance with candelabra on the head has already been known at the times of the pharaohs in Egypt. Nowadays it is performed at wedding ceremonials and is the highlight of every performance or show.

Sabre Dance

Originally a dance typically performed by men to express their fight for justice and pride. Later on female dancers have started to perform this dance in their own, fanciful way, expressing their feminine power and self-confidence, including a hint of playfulness.


Shaabi "egyptian street dance" - this is a special kind of Baladi, keeping a vivid mood until the break of dawn, especially during weddings. Traditionally a big tent was being built on these occasions and a dancer presented an erotic and spirited show on live music.

Stick Dance

Originally the stick dance has been performed by men from the south of Egypt only (Saidi). Today this dance is popular among women. Ehabs compositions of moves with the stick are fanciful, coquettish and powerful! The stick is not an object to carry but your dancing partner!

How can I dance with cymbals? (From medium level onwards)
Originally the gypsies and Gawazi made use of the finger cymbals as accompanying instrument to attract interest and to draw attention on them. Ehab will show you in this course that it is quite easy to dance with cymbals. It is the fine art of this style that the cymbals will be heard without being seen.


Various dances and 
workshops offered 
by Ehab Atia

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