Whilst living in Seoul, South Korea, a few of us performed in a local Egyptian restaurant. This is a photo of oriental dancer Alison while she was dancing The belly dance moves and step can be so fluid and are very natural for the body, as they do not force muscles out of their natural alignment. This was at the time when I was learning raqs sharqi with an Iraqi friend in Korea. Performing was a lot of fun and belly dance moves felt natural from the beginning.
This photo of me dancing to Arabic music during an oriental dance performance in an Egyptian restaurant came back accidentally blurred. However, I like it like this photo because it gives a good idea of movement and dynamism in dance.
This was my first ever belly dance performance in an Egyptian restaurant in Seoul South Korea. This is where I first learnt belly dance, this amazing art form, from an Iraqi-American oriental dance teacher. I performed with my teacher and another friend. I was so nervous that night that I was shaking like a leaf. Since then I have learnt how to control my stage fright while dancing, although nerves are always there just before and at the beginning of every performance.
See below this belly dance photo of Valeria Lo Iacono’s first performance in Seoul, South Korea.
Photo of Valeria & friend belly dancing in Seoul, Korea, as they perfect this Middle Eastern dance. Belly dancing is relatively new in Seoul South Korea.
Oriental dancers in South Korea