Esraa Warda, Dancer
"The slower you go, the sooner you get there"
Esraa Warda is a performance and teaching artist that preserves and transmits traditional Moroccan and Algerian dance forms through movement workshops and interactive performances. A young talent of Algerian origin, Warda is a community-taught dancer under the mentorship of women elders in her family and artists from Morocco and Algeria. She is a firm advocate in the power of intergenerational transmission, women-led traditions, and decolonizing euro-centricity, Orientalism, and oppressed bodies in dance.
Warda, meaning "rose" in Arabic, is a rebellious spirit who challenges patriarchy and misogyny towards women dancers in her community and also neo-colonialist impositions on North African culture. She is a cultural warrior driving North African dance styles out of the margins and into the global dance and culture scene.
"I am currently transitioning into teaching elementary and middle school aged children culturally specific dance. TAP has been teaching me how to develop age-appropriate curriculums with the concept of 'universal learning'."
Most Memorable TAP Moment:
"My most memorable TAP moment was learning how to make paint from home spices. I remember doing this activity at my mothers house. We were both so fascinated at the idea that "less is more" - that we can work with what we have at home. It made the whole teaching process seem less daring and scary. It also made me feel that I would have definitely appreciated that activity as a young child."
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