OBC 2021 INSTRUCTOR
Esraa Warda is a performance and teaching artist that preserves and transmits traditional Moroccan and Algerian dance forms through workshops and performances. A young talent of Algerian origin, Warda is a community-taught dancer under the mentorship of women elders in her family and artists from Morocco and Algeria. She is a firm advocate in the power of intergenerational transmission. Warda honors her women ancestors by humbling herself to the value, power, dignity of these distinguished artistic expressions.
Warda, meaning "rose" in Arabic, is a rebellious spirit who challenges misogyny towards women and dancing and neo-colonialist impositions on North African culture. She is a cultural warrior driving North African dance styles out of the margins and into the global dance and culture scene.
Warda has been featured in Vogue Arabia, Al Jazeera Francais , NBC Asian America, Wada7, and Hespress - and has taught all over the world from the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago all the way to the National Algerian Centre in London. Warda collaborates with world musicians such as Bnat Houwariyat, Morocco's premier all women percussion ensemble based in Marrakech, and has performed at places such as Hassan Hajjaj's Mi Casa es Su Casa Exhibition, NYC'S Museum of Modern Art PS1, Cuba's Havana Habibi Festival, and Marrakech's Festival Ghiwane.