Esraa Warda

Esraa Warda

Esraa Warda is a North African performance and teaching artist originally from Algeria who grew up in Brooklyn, New York, now residing in Harlem. Having grown up between Brooklyn and Algeria, she was introduced to dance within informal women's spaces and weddings and was quickly acknowledged as a talented dancer within her community and family. Esraa has always been involved in the NYC "underground" North African culture scene since youth but now professionally teaches and performs Moroccan Chaabi and other Algerian dances such as Rai, Chaoui, Kabyle, and Allaoui. Her dance style and teaching methods are non-commercial and focused on the "transmission" of body knowledge mirroring the same way she learned - through women's dance circles. Her dance principles focus on legacy, that we should leave behind dance artistry that is valuable to the transformation and evolution of culture. Esraa hopes to keep North African dance authentic and reflective of how her people dance back home. 

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