Native Egyptian Nada El Masriya grew up belly dancing fully immersed within the rich cultural and historical environment of metropolitan Cairo. Her first formal dance training began early, with her high school’s folkloric troupe. At Cairo University, Nada earned a degree in Egyptian Law, minored in the History of Egyptian Culture and Dance Traditions, and worked as dancer, assistant instructor and stage director for the Law College's folkloric troupe under the tutelage of Hisham Saleh. During this time she was selected twice for the honor of representing Cairo University at theIsmaliya International Folklore Dance Festival.
At early age Nada began her intensive training and performance with the prestigious Reda Troupe (Egypt's first and most famous folkloric dance company) as well as many of the Egyptian masters and soloists with the Reda Troupe. Nada's mentors included the venerableMahmoud Reda (founder, choreographer, and artistic director of the Reda Troupe), Hisham Saleh, Aida Nour, Hassan Khalil, Mohmed El Hosseny, Hassan Afefe, Fifi Abdou, Nagwa Fuad and Randa Kamel.
Nada toured across Egypt performing in over one hundred performances including full length shows such as El Hassad, Isis and Osiris, Weffe El Nil, and Folklore Egypt. Nada emerged from her experiences with the Reda Troupe with a remarkably expressive and elegant style, winning her many dance awards within the Egyptian Folkloric community.
Over the course of her professional career in Egypt, Nada danced numerous times for several Middle Eastern Royal Families, and members of the Egyptian government during “6th of October” ceremonies. Nada also performed several times on National Egyptian television, most notably on the weekly national cultural events program Layali TV, as well as El Touroth El Masri Channel 2, and Al Masriya TV. She has also given performances accompanied by well known Arabic singers such as Nadia Mostafa, Ali El Hagar,Hesham Abass, Hakim, Mahmmed El Helw, Latifah, Anoushka, Mohamed Tharowt, Nadiah Mostafa, Ahmed Adwyeh, Sahar Hamdi, Mohamed El Azaby and Sameer El Skadrany.
Nada give her first workshop at Cairo University in 1995, to a song by Nagaat El Sagheriah.
(For a comprehensive list of Nada’s career highlights and achievements please see her Curriculum Vitae)
In 2000, Nada immersed herself in six months of intensive ballet training with Diana Calenti.
In 2002 Nada emigrated to Canada inspired by a passionate desire to accurately preserve and pass on her rich historic native Egyptian culture. In order to bring her dream to life, she immediately began teaching classes in her native Egyptian dance traditions to warmly receptive Western students. Nada gave her first Canadian workshop on Egyptian Belly Dance in Prince George, B.C. at the Multicultural Heritage Society.
In 2005 Nada and her Canadian husband David relocated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she quickly became one of the local belly dance community’s leading lights, as a teacher and performer, widely acknowledged and highly respected for her expertise in Egyptian and Arabic Folklore, Music and Culture. Facilitated byDr. George Sawa PhD, her lecture at York University on a Medieval Baghdadi passage about historic cultural dance was eagerly received by a scholarly audience.
From 2005 onward, Nada continued to teach many popular classes and workshops in Egyptian Dance and Folklore, and to function as the artistic director, trainer and choreographer of The Rhythm of the Nile Dance Company.
Nada gave workshops in 2006 at Hannan’s Belly Dance Studio and York University in Baladi, Hagalah and Saidi. All classes and workshops she offered in Egyptian Dance and Folklore sold out in advance.
Beginning in 2007 Nada has represented Egyptian Belly Dance on Canadian TV in Much Music's "Much on Demand", Omni TV, and Dance Files.
She also gave workshops on Saidi at Om Layla Studio, and
In 2008, Nada directed and produced The Rhythm of the Nile Dance Company’s first successful full-length production "The Rhythm of the Nile".
Within the same year, Nada and her husband David bought the Toronto-based Hannan's Belly Dance Studio, which became known in 2011 as “The Egyptian Dance Academy”.
In 2010, Nada’s Egyptian Dance Company performed at The Fifi Abdou Show in Oakville, Ontario, organized by Little Egypt and Joharah of Belly Up, along with one of Egypt's most historically celebrated of belly dance, television and movie stars, Fifi Abdou. Fifi was so impressed with the quality and sincerity of their dancing that she invited Nada and The Egyptian Dance Company to perform again the following night. Fifi, often referred to during her lifelong career as "The Queen of Oriental Dance" graced Nada with the following title:
"Nada El Masriya is the Ambassador of Egyptian
Dance in Canada." - Fifi Abdou (2010).
In the same year Nada gave workshops in Kitchener, Waterloo on Egyptian Shimmies and Saidi. She also performed at the Montreal Ahlan Cairo Nights Festival along with famous stars Randa Kamel, Aida Nour and Lubna Emam.
2011 was a busy year for Nada. She teamed up with Little Egypt to bring one of Egypt's top Belly Dance stars, the dazzling Randa Kamel to downtown Toronto for a weekend of scintillating performances and jam-packed workshops featuring the latest in Egyptian Belly Dance techniques taught by Randa Kamel and hosted at Nada’s Egyptian Dance Academy. Nada opened for Randa’s Saturday night performance, and a selection of some of her most accomplished students to date performed in honor of Randa Kamel on the preceding Friday night.
Also in the same year, Nada opened for Hakim (The Lion of Egypt), dancing to live Qanun music played by Dr. George Sawa PhD at Toronto’s Luminato Festival of Arts and Creativity.
Nada presented the third full lenght production for The Egyptian Dance Company’s, “Egyptian Panorama” at the Betty Oliphant theatre in Toronto on March 2012. The production discusses and showcases the Egyptian Revolution and Arab Spring.
In November 2012 Nada taught with Randa Kamel and Aida Nour in Montreal, Quebec.
An incredibly busy year for Nada.
she taught and Performed in Dallas Texas with Randa Kamal for Little Egypt. Then taught and Performed in Seoul Korea with Aida Nour at the World Belly Dance Convention.
In June, Nada
taught and performed in Cairo Egypt at Salamat Masr.
Nada is highly sought after as an instructor in Canada. Her foremost goal as a teacher of Egyptian Dance is to take her students beyond mechanical technique and to nurture their development into culturally fluent, artistically fluid belly dancers.
As an artistic director, performer and teacher, Nada employs her unique in-depth insider’s perspective to enrich the hearts and minds of her students and her audiences with an accurate understanding of the rich cultural and historical traditions of her country of origin, Egypt.
Nada El Masriya and her husband David own and operate The Egyptian Dance Academy (Hannan’s Belly Dance Studio) in Toronto, Canada's premier source for Egyptian Belly Dance and Folklore.