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Russian tribute to Yehia Abdel-Tawab, first ballet dancer in Egypt – City Lights – Life & Style

(Lr) Marat Gatin, Sherif Bahader, Tahani Hassan, Yehia Abdel-Tawab, Atef Awad and Sherif Gad Russian Center photo credit

EAGRSU and the Russian House held a seminar titled “Ballet in Egypt and Russian Experiences” earlier this week in honor of Abdel-Tawab, who is a ballet teacher at the Academy of Arts.

The seminar, held at the Russian Cultural Center in Dokki, was moderated by the President of the Association Sherif Gad and in the presence of the Director of Russian Cultural Centers in Egypt Marat Gatin, Dean of the Cairo Ballet Institute Atef Awad, former dean of the Sherif Bahader Ballet Institute, member of the board of directors of the Samia Tawfik association, and teacher at the Tahani Hassan Ballet Institute.

Gad pointed out that the seminar is part of a project presented by the association to honor its pioneer members who have contributed to the strengthening of Egyptian-Russian relations.

For his part, Abdel-Tawab said he was overwhelmed to attend this meeting at the Russian House, a place he likes and where he studied, and added that his relationship with the Russians began there by his study of the Russian language. , then obtaining a scholarship and traveling to Moscow, where he also found at the Ballet Institute there great encouragement from his Russian teachers.

“The return of political relations with Russia is an indicator that reflects not only political rapprochement, but also the culture that brings people together with civilization, who have made efforts and have been able to innovate continuously for centuries in relation to their environment “, he added. .

Abdel-Tawab also pointed out that ballet in Egypt has a solid base and that with the state’s efforts to build new opera houses, there will be many specialized ballet companies and called for more cooperation with Russian experts to exchange experiences.

Former dean of the Bahader Ballet Institute said Abdel-Tawab is considered one of the first Egyptian pioneers in the art of ballet and one of the greatest ballet dancers in the world.

“He is also one of the first double dance dancers in Egypt and the Arab world.”

Ballet teacher Tahani Hassan expressed pride in her teacher at the Abdel-Tawab Ballet Institute, noting that all of her students learned commitment from him, as he was precise in the timing and execution of movements.

During the event, a documentary film on the history of ballet art in Egypt was screened and Gad presented a certificate of honor on behalf of the association to Abdel-Tawab in recognition of his great career artistic.

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