Karim Nagi - Traditional Arab dance and traditional Arab music for school cultural arts assemblies - Arts For Learning Massachusetts


Karim Nagi

Type: Performance, Remote
Art Form: Dance, Music, Exploring Cultures
Grade Level: K - 12

Karim Nagi is a passionate ambassador of Arab culture with a mission to show students a world beyond sensationalist headlines that is rich in tradition, vibrant expression, and stirring rhythm. A native Egyptian and immigrant to the USA, Karim has been a professional musician for 30 years and is an internationally recognized folk dance teacher. As a percussionist, he has authored 14 CDs and instructional DVDs. He is also a TEDx speaker and a board member of Chamber Music America. His Arabiqa school assembly program is in its 19th year, and has performed over 400 in schools nationwide. 

Karim teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music and has lectured and presented at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Bowdoin, Princeton, Stanford, William & Mary, and several Community Colleges. He has recorded music for Bellydance Superstars, Bellyqueen, and the Bellytwins, as well as mainstream artists like Alicia Keys, and The Urban Griot Project.

His performances boast a dynamic concoction of live drumming and Arab dance, done in unison. Because of his proficiency in both music and dance, his workshops deliver students to a new physical understanding of the connection between these two disciplines. As a dance and drum teacher, Karim has taught in nearly all major bellydance festivals in the United States and Cairo, as well as all major Arab Culture festivals in the USA. 

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