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Dina: "My Dancing Will Help Egypt Get Through Its Economic Crisis"


Translated By Priscilla Adum


This article about Dina appeared on the web site for El Fagr Newspaper on May 11, 2011.

Dina has confirmed that she is trying to help Egypt get over its crisis by dancing, as well as through her nightclub which will reopen upon her return from Italy. She indicated that the future of belly dance in Egypt is at a crossroads and it's not clear yet whether the Egyptian people will accept the idea of bellydancing more readily after the revolution or not. She stated: "I am at present just trying to contribute to the revitalization of tourism by reopening my nightclub in order to attract tourists who come to Egypt repeatedly and who come to Egypt specifically to see me."

Dina added (during her interview with the Lebanese newspaper El Nashra), "It's difficult to gauge things at present. We are now going through a period that we can call a crossroads. I don't know what may change in the way people think and what won't change. It's too soon to judge and we'll have to just wait and see."

She pointed out that that the recent events in Egypt will not make her back down from her dream of opening a belly dance school in Egypt and to establish a dancer's union. But she will wait until the situation is more stable.




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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