A Russian dancer performs during a belly dancing festival in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Regarded for centuries as the home of belly dancing, Egypt has seen its dance community shrink, largely due to the profession's increasing notoriety, and the authorities' broadening crackdown on freedoms. Photo: AFP A Russian dancer performs during a belly dancing festival in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Regarded for centuries as the home of belly dancing, Egypt has seen its dance community shrink, largely due to the profession's increasing notoriety, and the authorities' broadening crackdown on freedoms. Photo: AFP
A Russian dancer performs during a belly dancing festival in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Regarded for centuries as the home of belly dancing, Egypt has seen its dance community shrink, largely due to the profession's increasing notoriety, and the authorities' broadening crackdown on freedoms. Photo: AFP

Egypt

In Egypt, belly dancers from Eastern Europe and Latin America step into the shoes of locals who increasingly shun the profession

  • The number of home-grown belly dancers in Egypt has shrunk as the profession has changed, incorporating new moves and street music, and more revealing costumes
  • While foreign dancers perform to enthusiastic crowds at weddings and in nightclubs, Egyptians have become more conservative and see the dance as racy and vulgar

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A Russian dancer performs during a belly dancing festival in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Regarded for centuries as the home of belly dancing, Egypt has seen its dance community shrink, largely due to the profession's increasing notoriety, and the authorities' broadening crackdown on freedoms. Photo: AFP A Russian dancer performs during a belly dancing festival in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Regarded for centuries as the home of belly dancing, Egypt has seen its dance community shrink, largely due to the profession's increasing notoriety, and the authorities' broadening crackdown on freedoms. Photo: AFP
A Russian dancer performs during a belly dancing festival in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Regarded for centuries as the home of belly dancing, Egypt has seen its dance community shrink, largely due to the profession's increasing notoriety, and the authorities' broadening crackdown on freedoms. Photo: AFP
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