In Egypt, they don’t call it “belly dance”, their dance is not about the belly, it is a dance that consists of and is evolved from formal classical training and the unique technique from their Folkloric dance culture and history.
It is a very old expressive dance form consisting of many different dance styles. The dance consists of movements which interpret the melodies in the music.
The roots of modern day ‘Belly dance’ is Egyptian Folkloric dances. Egypt has her own music and dance which reflect identity. There are a lot of different traditional dancing styles, men are also as involved as women.
A huge fan of Egyptian folk dance. She started to learn dancing at a young age, and had the opportunity to come across “belly dance” (Raqs Shaqi). Since then, she has fallen in love with this art. She was attracted by the rich culture and history, as well as the intricate movements and music of this dance. She has also grown very fond of the warm and affectionate nature of the Egyptians.
As her knowledge of “belly dance” (Raqs Shaqi) began to deepen, she realized that it is an important and precious artistic and cultural heritage of Egypt, however, has been turned into casual entertainment by Western communities. May’s love for dance turned into a mission. She is dedicated to promoting this rich and life-changing culture. Her encounter with Osama Emam, a master in Egyptian folk dance, was a turning point.
May has been actively involved in dance performances and teaching for more than a decade, and is committed to promoting the authentic Egyptian oriental dance culture and techniques.