RHYTHMIC ESSENCE 
About Keti & Sam

Meet Dancer & Choreographer Keti Sharif & Percussionist & DJ Sam Nascimento!

The dynamic duo present exciting dance & drumming workshops online. Following their recent stay in Egypt where they researched & recorded a variety of traditional & rare rhythms with top Arabic musicians, Keti & Sam merged ideas & talents to usher in a new approach into the rhythm-dance-music connection. They enjoy working together as a creative team to offer a fresh, energized perspective to support both students & professionals interested in various Arabic musical cultures - old & new.

Both Keti & Sam have enjoyed a life-long immersion & passion for Arabic & World music & cultural dance arts. They believe that Arabic rhythms are the essential 'grass-roots' foundation of both Arabic music & dance. They teach participants how to understand, fel & integrate a variety of rhythms & their nuances. Their aim is to help dancers & drummers develop a stronger connection to the RHYTHMIC ESSENTIALS of Arabic music & movement.


Sam Nascimento

Sam (aka DJ Nas) introduced & pioneered Latin & world music & events Australia-wide. He held many long-term residencies, touring with international Grammy award-winning artists, as well as world-famous Latin dancers, He has played to audiences of thousands on a regular basis. Sam has recently shifted his focus to Arabic drumming & musical production. With Arabic lineage & having lived in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait & France in his youth, he recently returned to Egypt to explore the rhythms & music of his ancestors. Sam shares his deep knowledge of Arabic music & culture with new online resources & workshops.

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Keti Sharif

Keti is the creator of A-Z Bellydance, which she developed in Egypt, during the time she lived there, for 20 years. She performed to live Arabic music since her teens, & has spent her entire career researching somatics & musicality for dancers, as well as working with countless musicians & artists in Egypt, including Farida Fahmy, Mahmoud Reda & Shahira Mehrez. Keti's passion for bellydancing (Raqs Sharqi) & the Egyptian folkloric arts, blends with an interest in health & wellbeing. Her bellydance & fitness courses are taught in 40 countries & she has trained thousands of bellydance students, professional performers & teachers worldwide. Keti's new A-Z Bellydance courses also feature new classes with live rhythms played by Sam.

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Discover the Drum-Dance Connection with Keti & Sam!

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40 Arabic Rhythms CD Resource

A double cd resource pack recorded in Cairo, with a bonus Egyptian Tabla Solos CD! Learn a variety of rhythms from Adani to Zorofat!

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Online Classes for Dancers

Join Keti for fun Pulse8 fitness classes, or deepen bellydance skills with new Rhythmic Essence or Arabic Musicality workshops.

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Online Classes for Drummers

Sam's courses teach you how to play Arabic rhythms on darbuka, dof, riq or bongos. Up to 100 rhythms to choose from!

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