Get to Know a Bellydancer: Amoura

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Name

Amoura

Where are you from?

Toronto, Canada

Astrological Sign?

Scorpio

Who do you dance with (Soloist/Company/Studio affiliation)?

I’m a soloist and a member of Habeeba’s Egyptian Dance Ensemble. I’m also a member of Sisters of Salome and, while living in Argentina a few years back, I was a dancer with the belly dance company, Ballet Fatme.

What is your favourite music?

Anything that inspires me to move or that moves me emotionally. Bellydance-wise, I love the classics. I also love a good baladi or drum solo. Non-bellydance-wise, I tend to listen to a lot of house, lounge and dance music.

Favourite costume piece?

It depends on my mood, the audience, and the music. Whatever it is, it has to be shiny and sparkly; sequins, rhinestones and crystals; the more there is, the happier I am!

Your Vices?

The internet; I can get lost watching too many bellydance videos, but that’s research, right?! Also, reality TV, the Young and the Restless and chocolate.

Your Virtues?

I am an eternal student and love to seek out new challenges. I’m often described as a people-person, joyful and open-minded.

Upcoming project/event?

I’m a regular dancer at Jerusalem restaurant. I just finished Arabian Nights at the Toronto Fringe Festival with the Sisters of Salome. Coming up in the fall, I plan to teach classes and workshops at Habeeba’s Dance Studio. I will also continue performing as a soloist or with the dance groups I am involved with.

Why bellydance?

It really speaks to me. The music, movements, and history are rich and beautiful. It’s glamourous and earthy and mystical all at the same time. I can’t imagine who I would be without it and I can’t wait to see where it takes me next.

Who inspires you?

My teachers and colleagues for sure but too many wonderful dancers to name them all! I am drawn to dancers, and people in general, who possess a wonderful combination of strength, self-assurance and openness.

Some of my idols include: Fifi Abdou for ‘owning it’, Sohair Zaki for her earthiness, Jillina for her vision, Lulu Sabongi for her grace, Natalia Faddah for her technique, Orit Maftsir for her personality, Amir Thaleb for his creativity.

Photo Credit: Iden Ford Photography

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