Egypt's renowned ballet dancer and choreographer Esmat Yehia dies at 72

Ati Metwaly , Tuesday 19 Jan 2021

The former dean of the Higher Institute of Ballet and renowned figure in Egypt's culture field died in Cairo

Esmat Yehia

Esmat Yehia, the former dean of the Higher Institute of Ballet, died early Tuesday following a sudden health crisis, the Ministry of Culture revealed.

The Minister of Culture Ines Abdel Dayem said that Egypt's creative world has lost one of its prominent icons in art and academic education, adding that the Yehia was like "the father figure, friend and teacher for many artists."

Born in Cairo, on 20 October, 1948, Yehia was a ballet dancer, ballet teacher, and choreographer.

He studied ballet at the Higher Institute of Ballet, under Russian teachers. He later taught at the Institute and served as its dean between 1999 and 2004.

Yehia taught dance at the Higher Institute for Folkloric Art, where he was appointed dean in 2005, a post that he held until 2009.

He was also General Manager of the Academy of Arts between 2006 and 2008.

Yehia directed many ballet performances. He also worked on choreography for theatre, cinema and television alongside creating choreography for numerous national occasions.

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