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Dancers' Performance Prevented at 2012 Egyptian Wedding


Translated by Priscilla Adum





Things were difficult for dancers in Egypt after Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood became the President of Egypt on June 30, 2012. Incidents like the one described in the article on this page were becoming more frequent. The following was reported in El Fagr on July 2, 2012.

El Fagr
July 2, 2012
Original link:
Accessed July 8, 2012

Wael El Abrashy (pictured in the photo to the right) interviews the photographer at a wedding where the dancers were not allowed to perform.

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People Prevented Dancers at a Wedding Reception in Kafr el Shaikh and El Abrashy Wonders: Are They Going to Act as a Substitute for the Government?

Essam Barakat who works as a wedding photographer in El Hamoul city in the governorate of Kafr El Shaikh reported that a group of people who appeared to be members of a religious group prevented dancers at a wedding reception from doing their work. The group impeded them from going onstage, prompting a fight between the owner and themselves. Barakat stressed during a phone call with journalist Wael El Abrashy that the owner of the wedding confirmed that he paid 500 pounds and now he wants the religious group members to reimburse his money if he is to accept their demands.

Barakat pointed out that the people who prevented the dancers from performing intimidate guests at weddings, and this has happened twice already in the same area. He added that this is a new phenomenon in the area and it had never happened before. 

In turn, Wael Abrashy asked: Are they going to act as a substitute for the government and for the law? And are they going to be the ones who approve or prevent? Is the government going to remain silent about these acts, especially after the death of the engineering student in Suez who was killed at the hands of some bearded people several days ago? (1)




(1) The engineering student referred to in the above article is Ahmed Hussein Eid (pictured to the right), a 20-year-old student in Suez City. He was standing with his girlfriend in the park on July 1, 2012. Three bearded men on a motorcycle stopped and told him that it was forbidden to stand with a girl. The student told them that the girl was his fiancée. The bearded men hit him with an assaya, and a fight ensued. One of the men was carrying a sharp knife which he used to stab Said in the upper thigh, cutting his femoral artery. They boy died five days later. The bearded men fled, but were caught by police several days later. On Tuesday, September 12, 2012, the criminal court sentenced the three men each to 15 years in prison for committing the murder. Ahmed Hussein Eid





About the Translator

Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who enjoys researching the Golden Era of Egyptian dance. She owns a collection of more than one hundred classic black and white Egyptian films which is continually expanding.

Priscilla has also gathered a large library of dance related articles and clippings from Middle Eastern magazines and newspapers, many of which she has translated from the original Arabic to both English and Spanish.

Priscilla currently resides in Central America where she is a dance instructor. 




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