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Yasmin Henkesh

August 27, 2:00 pm5:00 pm
Octagon Building

Yasmin Henkesh

For centuries African and Middle Eastern women have used trance dancing to cure physical and mental ailments. Followers of the Zar cult believe their illnesses are caused by “red spirits” – a subspecies of Jinn – who use human bodies as hosts. Connecting with spirit through movement is popular in the West, as well.

Promoted in the 1980s as a tool for self-knowledge and therapy, “dancing until you drop” is practiced around the world by many different denominations. Yet it is an ancient practice, rooted in the Paleolithic.

This workshop, based on the instructor’s book, Trance Dancing with the Jinn, is a practical overview of traditional Middle Eastern trance dance rituals (Islamic zikr, Sufi whirling and the zar), the history behind them, the science behind trance, a description of the Jinn, the music used to call these entities and a ritual to experience them first hand. Come learn Middle Eastern trance dancing from a dancer with over 40 years of performance and teaching experience.

Yasmin Henkesh is a dedicated performer and teacher with over 40 years of Middle Eastern dance experience, particularly in Egypt, where she lived for a number of years. She offers lively, fun classes and workshops known for their depth of research and easy-to-follow movement explanations. Her Sands of Time Music label releases traditional Egyptian music and Llewellyn Worldwide has published her Middle Eastern trance dance manual, Trance Dancing with the Jinn.

Yasmin Henkesh is an internationally acclaimed belly dancer, musician and music producer with over 40 years of experience. A master teacher of Egyptian dance known for her articles about the Egyptian zar, she has lived several decades overseas and speaks English, French and Arabic.





August 27
2:00 pm—5:00 pm
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Octagon Building
12 Library St
Lily Dale, NY 14752 United States


Yasmin Henkesh

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