An introduction to Raks Baladi: dance workshop with Mahmoud El Haddad

Thursday 13 July, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

VideOdyssey at Toxteth TV
£5 / Pay What You Can
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Egyptian dancer Mahmoud El Haddad invites you to learn the elements of Baladi dancing in this practical workshop suitable for all levels of experience. 

Raks Baladi is a traditional type of dance used by Egyptian people of all ages to physically express joy and other emotions. Baladi means my country in Arabic, and this style of folk dance remains immensely popular.

In this workshop, Mahmoud will lead participants through a warm-up, technique exercises and a choreographed Baladi movement.

No previous dancing experience necessary. Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothing, trainers, and bring water.

Suitable for ages 16+.


Mahmoud El Haddad is an Egyptian actor and dancer, based in Paris since 2018. In 2014, he founded his own theatre troupe “Act-two”, formerly known as “Hand-Made”. He has worked with big names from the Middle East and Europe such as Ahmed El-Attar, Thierry Niang, Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, Henri Jules Julien and others. He has participated in many international theatre festivals including Festival d’Avignon in official selection for the years 2015 and 2019.

Mahmoud is a co-founder of Liberacts for Arts, a non-profit organisation based in France that aims to create an artistic bridge between East and West by creating, developing and promoting art projects in all forms.

Mahmoud El Haddad will present the UK premiere of his solo performance Self-Entitlement at Unity Theatre on Wednesday 12 July as part of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2023.

Venue location:

VideOdyssey, Toxteth TV, 37-45 Windsor St, Toxteth, Liverpool L8 1XE

Image credit: Mahmoud El Haddad

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