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A professional belly dancer in Cairo, Egypt.
She started belly dancing in 2007 and fell in love with the art of belly dance.
She’s won the prizes in Egypt and started dancing in Egypt in 2012.
She’s the only Japanese who dances there as a professional dancer.
She teaches in Japan when she comes back to Japan and many belly dancers in Japan respect her and love her real Egyptian belly dance.

Interview

When was your encounter with belly dance? Why did you become interested in it?

Almaz:
I first become interested in belly dance because I wanted to go on a diet and do some kind of exercise.
But soon my interests for belly dance changed. I got interested in cultures and histories of the Middle East, especially Egyptian culture and history.
A year later, I joined the belly Dance Festival in Egypt, and after that I started going to Egypt every year.  


How did you become a professional belly dancer in Egypt?

Almaz:
A belly dance egency in Sharm El Sheikh scouted for me.
At the time, I was working as an instructor in Osaka and first I got in two minds, but I thought the experience of dancing in Egypt would be great and it would also help when I teach in Japan, so I decided to give it a try.

Almaz Workshop in Osaka, April 2014

When you look Japan, your home country, from outside of Japan, what do you think the best thing of it?

Almaz:
Everything goes as scheduled in Japan, so it’s really easy to make plans when I go back there.
In Egypt, things don’t go as planned. People are often late for meeting, and things like that happen, so it’s sometimes hard for me.

Where can we see your performances?

Almaz BellyDance Show in Osaka, April 2014

Almaz BellyDance Show in Osaka, April 2014

Almaz:
I dance at 5 star hotels, wedding parties, night clubs and 5 star Nile Cruises.
I used to dance in Sharm El Sheikh mainly but last year I moved to Cairo and started dancing here mainly.
I also perform in Japan when I go back there.

At one of the Nile Cruises in Cairo, Egypt

Disco Time at one of the Nile Cruises in Cairo, Egypt

Her dance is…

Her dance is sensual but elegant, and she still doesn’t loose the cuteness of a Japanese girl! That’s amazing, isn’t it?
When I saw her dance on YouTube for the first time, I fell in love with it right away.

I took her workshop in Osaka last month and I also went to see her show, and it was a fantastic experience.
I could learn Egyptian spirits and the “real” Egyptian belly dance.
Her show was breathtaking and exciting, and I even forgot to take photos since I was enjoying it so much!

I respect her for her success as a Japanese dancer who performs in Egypt, and I just love her dance.
I hope you will have a chance to see her performances!


MIRIKA

At a wedding party in Cairo, Egypt

At a wedding party in Cairo, Egypt

At a wedding party in Cairo, Egypt

At a wedding party in Cairo, Egypt

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