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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 for many years with her orchestra, becoming one of the city's best-loved dancers. Cairo is still Yasmina's home, where she hosts dancers and dance groups from around the world and provides services ranging from accommodation, choreography, training and coaching in oriental dance, to publicity photography and music production.
 


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Biography
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 a founder member and star of 'The Farha Tour', bringing live music and the best of oriental and folkloric dancers to foreign audiences. They have been twice around the UK and as far afield as Australia, as well as regularly holding 'Farha Festivals' with emphasis on teaching with live music, in the UK and Luxor. Yasmina is also 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! and El Warda, 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. In addition she is in demand as a publicity photographer helping other performers look glamorous. Yasmina's knowledge and immersion into the local oriental dance culture has also enabled her to introduce visiting dancers from around the world to the delights of the Cairo dance scene. Based at her home beside the Giza pyramids she is the coordinator and co-host for several international belly dance tours each year, and provides back-up to both groups and individuals in their adventures in Egypt.

Yasmina says:
"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."



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