Yasser Darwish, a performer and teacher of Egyptian folkloric dance, was born in Alexandria, Egypt.
At the age of 18, he became a member of the Alexandria Folk Dance Group. Later he moved to Cairo and danced with the National Folk Dance Company. In 2001, Yasser immigrated to Brooklyn, where he adapted group choreographies to solo shows and learned styles that appeal to his diverse New York City public. He is a popular performer of sa’idi tahtib
, a stick dance from Upper Egypt, tannoura
– a captivating secular Sufi spinning dance – and the Arabian horse dance, which he performs at festivals, theaters and weddings. He directs his own Egyptian Celebration Company. He began teaching residencies and workshops in schools through City Lore in 2008.