Raqs Sharqi translates as 'The Dance of the East', or 'Oriental Dance'. Raqs Sharqi is also a form of Egyptian classical dance, but the expression has broadened in meaning to include other forms.

The central concept of the dance lies in a spiritually centered and earth grounded set of movements formalized by women. Some believe the dance originated in temples during Goddess worship; some believe the dance came from women helping
the birth mother during her labor.

"Suppose you scrub your ethical skin
until it shines,
but inside there is no music, then what?"
meryem_veil.jpg   My mother was a classical singer. When she performed she often brought me along to experience the music and the people. At one venue, I started spinning to the music as my mother was performing an encore and the people around me started throwing money--coins--for good luck. My mother finished her performance, laughed and helped me pick up the coins. I never forgot the feeling--I was four years old and continued with dance classes after that.I had discovered a great pleasure in dance.

Meryem Vani seeks to place your heart on hold when she dances for you. She is the Enchantress, the giver and taker of dreams. Follow and see where the journey leads you...

"Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.  Help someone's soul heal.  Walk out of your house like a shepherd."

--Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

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