I AM... Yasser

Yasser is an Egyptian name, it means - with ease.I was born in Alexandria, Egypt on the coast of the Mediterranean. I learned to dance as a child from my uncle who led a semi-professional dance group that performed at weddings and local community events. When I was 18, I studied with the Alexandria Folk Dance Group, the State dance company that offered a training program for promising young dancers. After only one year, I was invited to join the professional performing company and toured with them internationally.

I have performed on public television and large-scale national celebrations for prominent celebrities including the president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak. I worked with the company for ten years before joining the National Folkloric Dance Company of Egypt. I participate on national tours with this group for almost two years. During this time, I became a master of Tanoura or the Whirling Dervish dance: a style inspired by a meditation associated with the mystical religious order Sufism – originating from present-day Syria and Turkey.

I later founded the Egyptian Celebration Company in 2001. Its goal: to present the rich culture of Egypt and the Middle East to people around the world. Collecting talented dancers, musicians, and artists, Yasser presents the folkloric dances/music of his heritage infused with modern streaks of inspiration.

When I perform, I feel like I am bringing my ancestor's presence to my show.  ~Yasser Dawish

The Egyptian Celebration Company can be seen at heritage festivals, schools, universities, television programs, weddings, nursing homes and private parties. Recent appearances include Good Day New York (Fox 5), and The Riverside Theatre (NYC). The Company also provides educational workshops and demonstrations/performances and travels Nationally and Internationally. Yasser is a currently a resident Folk feet Artist of the Brooklyn Arts Council.