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Nashwa Cahill
Nashwa Cahill
Assistant Professor of Health & Human Performance|Health and Human Performance
Portrait of Nashwa Cahill
Office Location
Seabury Center, Room 222
Office Hours
  • Mon/Wed: 4 – 5 p.m.
  • Tue/Thurs: 3 – 4 p.m.
  • By appointment only
Class Schedules
  • AST/HHP 204 (Mon/Wed: 10:40 am – 11:50 am)
  • HHP 206P (Tue/Thur: 5:10 pm – 6:30 pm)
  • HHP 248 (Tue/Thur: 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm)
  • WELL 102 G (Mon/Wed: 1:20 pm – 2:10 pm)
  • WELL 102 H (Mon/Wed: 2:40 pm – 3:30 pm)
  • AST/HHP 204: Yoga
  • HHP 206-P: Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble
  • HHP 248: World Dance
  • WELL 101/102: Wellness

Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, Nashwa attended Cairo University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She studied folkloric dance forms from the Middle East, providing her with a solid foundation before beginning her performing and teaching career. She studied the dance of the Arab World with masters of the arts. Nashwa utilizes traditional and contemporary props and acquired various performance styles, choreography, and staging. In 1988, Nashwa moved to Tokyo, Japan, where she continued to teach to a growing following. In 1999, she relocated to California, where she continued performing, teaching, and collaborating with the UCSB.
In 2005, Nashwa moved to Berea, Kentucky. Shortly thereafter, she obtained her master’s degree in Health Sciences. Nashwa is an Assistant Professor at Berea College and the founding director of the Berea Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble. She teaches Yoga, Middle East Dance and Culture, Wellness, and World Dance that fulfills International and Arts Perspectives. Also, she directs summer study tours to the Middle East. In addition to teaching, she choreographs for various concerts. Nationally, Nashwa is often invited to speak on traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern dance, including its social, spiritual, and cultural significance.

  • M.S. in Fitness and Wellness, Eastern Kentucky University,
  • B.A. in Literature, Ain Shames University; Cairo, Egypt,
Publications & Works
  • Acute Effect of Dance Exercise as a General Active Warm-up on Hamstring Flexibility
    KAHPERD Journal Vol. 49, Issue No. 1, November 2011.