Belly Dancer in Cairo
Luna is an American belly dancer living and working in Cairo. She is the latest addition to the Cairo dance scene, and performs daily on the Nile Memphis. Luna also makes regular appearances at weddings and corporate events.
In 2008, Luna left New York City on a Fulbright scholarship to write a book about dance in Egypt. While she was conducting research, she was presented with opportunities to dance at 5-star resorts across the country. She has since become one of the most sought-after dancers in Cairo. Due to her authentic Egyptian style, technical precision and stage presence, Luna was contracted at the Semiramis Hotel in 2010. She is currently contracted at the Nile Memphis. Luna also makes regular appearances at other 5-star venues, and has been featured on Egypt’s 24/7 belly dance TV channel “El-Tet.” Most recently, Luna has appeared in the music videos of some of Egypt’s most popular singers, including Higazi Mitqal, and is featured dancing in a new film called “Mamaleek.” Additionally, Luna is a teacher at Cairo’s newest dance festival Salamat Masr, which is organized by Hassan Ali every year .
In addition to her dancing, Luna holds a Masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, where she studied radical Islamist movements in the Arab world. She is fluent in Egyptian Arabic, Spanish, and English, and holds a B.A. in journalism and political science.
Luna also keeps a blog about her experiences as a foreign belly dancer in Cairo. You can keep up with her and her crazy adventures at Kisses from Kairo* ( Luna will be joining us to teach 3 fabulous workshops and perform in the Saturday night hafla! Registrations can be made by paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Molly Shaker Badr 4503 Whetsel Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45227 Workshops are $85 each. Hafla is $15
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO REFUNDS UNLESS EVENT IS CANCELED……………………..
Saturday April 20 9am-12pm Technique & Combinations $85
Luna will teach some of her favorite Egyptian dance moves, including popular traveling steps, and a series of steps she’s invented over the course of her career in Cairo. She will also explain the differences between American belly dance and Egyptian raqs sharqi¸ and demonstrate how the proper use of the knees can give the movements you’ve been doing all along a distinctly Egyptian flavor. Additionally, she will talk about the importance of projecting your energy inwards and keeping the movements and small, tight, and controlled as possible.
Pyramids and Nightclubs: A Travel Ethnography of Arab and Western Imaginations of Egypt, from King Tut and a Colony of Atlantis to Rumors of Sex ... a Marauding Prince, and Blonde Belly Dancers
Book (University of Texas Press)
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