The Belly Dancing Association of South Africa (BDASA)
Yasmina of Cairo
in South Africa
Durban 18 – 19 June 2011
Cape Town 25 – 26 June 2011
Yasmina, sometimes known as ‘The English Rose of Cairo’, has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of Egyptian oriental dance as a performer, teacher and choreographer. Originally from the UK she spent many years travelling and dancing her way around the Middle East before settling in Cairo in 1995. Here she performed with her orchestra for eight consecutive years, building a reputation as one of the city’s best-loved dancers, and appearing at major Cairo venues such as Meridien Heliopolis, Safir, Pyramisa and the Semiramis Intercontinental hotels, the Nile Maxime, Tivoli Heliopolis, as well as hundreds of weddings and parties in Cairo and around Egypt. A long-time student of Raqia Hassan, as well as other Egyptian master teachers, Yasmina has spent the past decade teaching and performing at sell-out workshops and festivals worldwide, and developing her own unique style.
Yasmina is the producer of ‘Journey of Desire’, a full-length feature film exploring the relationship between Cairo and foreign dancers. Her music CD’s, Layali Yasmina, Heya di Yasmina, Aheb Masr!, El Warda and Baladi w’Bas, are among dancers’ favourites around the world.
In 2002 she gave birth to her son, Azzedine, and widened her cultural understanding of Egypt by coming full-circle and incorporating her original training into her life; she has worked extensively as a photo-journalist in Cairo and writes regularly for several Egyptian and foreign publications.
“The day I was swept away by the sounds of Egyptian music and took my first steps down the road of oriental dance, I could never have imagined where that road would lead. To me, this dance has brought much joy, fulfillment, and depth of self-expression, as I believe it has and will do for countless others. No matter how small or great a part it plays in your life, it is always life-enhancing and ultimately good for the soul.”
For more information please contact
BDASA Dance Relations Officer
082 829 3658
Yasmina of Cairo’s incomparable CD and DVD collection is available in South Africa through Maya Dance Company. Please contact Senta for more details.