Egyptian-born Yousry Sharif is an internationally celebrated
choreographer, performer, and instructor of Middle Eastern Dance. Based
in New York City, he established the Egyptian Academy of Oriental Dance,
and he has coached and directed troupes and individual artists around
the globe. Sharif, celebrated for his acute musical sensitivity and
choreographic originality and sophistication, is responsible for
championing the fine art of oriental dance in the United States &
Grounded in Middle Eastern vocabulary, blessed with an acutely sensitive ear, and as an ingeniously creative artist continually questing for new expressions, Mr. Sharif has developed a body of work which exemplifies that unique synthesis of knowledge and originality.
He has also produced high quality classically-oriented CD’s and performance videos of his choreographies which are an invaluable asset to students, professionals, and the sophisticated audience. He is one of those rare masters of dance who has a distinctive “voice” - an aesthetic vision generated from musical inspiration - which demarcates his compositions with a signature vitality and authenticity.
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