dance of the Middle East is commonly referred to as "Belly
dance". In Arabic this dance is called Raqs Sharqi,
which translates as "Oriental Dance" or "Eastern
Dance". This is the oldest dance in the world. Archeologists
have found statues of women in the typical poses of this dance
in the cradle of civilization in Summaria and Mesopotamia. These
were Goddess Cults where women were worshipped and played a very
important role in society. Music and dance were part of religious
ceremony, rites of state, and celebrations in every social function.
Oriental Dance has been part of the culture of every great
civilization in the Middle East. Egyptians, Persians, Assyrians,
Babylonians, Phoenicians, and the Ottoman Turks all developed
this style of dance. The foundation of the dance is a birth ritual,
and to this day a dancer is part of the wedding celebration.
The eternal power of this dance is that since the beginning of
time the people of the Middle East love this dance, it is in
their blood; they bring a dancer to the wedding to bless the
bride and groom, to bring good luck. Bellydancing is now so popular
all over the world that women everywhere are enjoying this beautiful
been expressing their femininity and finding their power through
this dance since the beginning of time.
and light into your life through the knowledge of this ancient
Asmahan is a professional Oriental Dancer whose
stage career has spanned twenty years. She has danced in the
most prestigious night clubs and five star hotels in the Middle
Eastern show business world. She has worked with the most famous
dancers, singers, musicians, and composers of Arabic music. She
has been able to learn directly from the stage in addition to
training with the most respected Raks Sharqi teachers.
is renowned for her costumes and has designed and made her own
costumes throughout her career. She has done selective design
work for several dancers and movie stars. She created all the
costumes for her production shows in Cairo and for her film.
is teaching in London and is able to combine the knowledge
from her teachers with her professional experience of dancing
on stage. She is in an excellent position to teach others to
dance. Her extensive experience within the Arabic culture has
prepared her to teach Authentic Middle Eastern Dance as
one would see at weddings, night clubs, hotel floor shows, folklore
performances, parties or theatre. Her ambition as an artist is
to honor the traditions of the dance as it exists in the Middle
has produced a dance film which was shot on location in Cairo.
Ths is an Egyptian Dance Fantasy set to a score
of original music recorded in Egypt. The style is an avant-garde
rock video format with flashback scenes of dancers from various
romantic themes of the past and future.
Asmahan can be booked for entertainment at Weddings, Hen Parties,
Club Dates, Costume Balls, Hotel Shows, and Parties.