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Meet Soraya

Interview from Shore Local News Magazine

 

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A Bride, a Groom, a Belly Dancer

Margate native Soraya El-Khouby has performed belly dances at weddings all over the world.

 

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Artist Of The Week: SORAYA
THE PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY
(At The Shore, South Jersey's official Entertainment Magazine)

International Middle Eastern Belly Dance star Soraya opens for Lebanese superstar singer FARES KARAM at Caesars Casino Showroom:

 

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Breaking Beads Under A Moroccan Moon
by Hip Mix

Soraya is flown to the Mediterranean to perform in a GALA event for his majesty King Hassan and the Royal family at their palace in Casablanca, Morocco

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Soraya's Explains Belly Dance Karma
by Hip Mix

While other children were at home with the baby sitter, Soraya was witnessing the world of belly dance firsthand.

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Inspire Belly Dance: Soraya, Educating and Preserving the Culture of Middle Eastern Dance
by Fotia of Chicago for Hip Mix

Before most children had an allowance, Soraya was buying barbie dolls with tips from a belly dance performance....

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SORAYA
THE BOARDWALK JOURNAL
(The premier Casino and Entertainment Magazine of
New Jersey and Philadelphia)

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Belly dancing is the embodiment of her heritage -
Cultural anthropologist was born to practice the art of her Syrian ancestors
Shore News Today

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THE PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY
"DANCING FOR A KING"

...The King Tut Gala at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA is
opened by International Belly Dancer SORAYA...

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The Press of Atlantic City, NJ
"Casino Scene"
SORAYA AT TAJ MAHAL

Margate native Soraya will be bringing her belly dancing act to Trump Taj Mahal on Saturday, March 11, in support of Arabic singing star Amr Diab. Soraya, who holds a degree in anthropology from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, has performed for the late king of Morocco and enjoys bringing cutting edge, professional Egyptian belly dancing to weddings, concerts, corporate theme parties, fund raisers and hotel banquets.

“Showing the general public how great belly dancing can be when done with a strong attention to detail, technique and style is my main focus in life,” says Soraya. “This dance is something that I have been doing since I was 3 years old with my family. I have made it into a very rewarding career and enjoy performing for people that appreciate the art.”

In addition to dancing herself, Soraya also runs an entertainment agency based out of Margate called Soraya’s Mid-East Dance and Music Productions. The agency services professional, cutting edge and authentic ethnic talent.

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Princeton University
"Party in the Desert"

Princeton University presented a magical evening straight out of the ‘Arabian Nights’ called: "Party in the Desert". Princeton University wanted the entertainment to be as authentic, traditional and professional as it could be so they hired belly dance star Soraya and her band "Soraya and Middle Eastern Sounds" to provide the belly dancing and live musical entertainment. DJ Mike also presented a professional showcase as he spun everyone's favorite popular music. Mike was not only a great DJ, but also was a talented and lively MC.

About 300 students attended and were treated to a wonderful Middle Eastern theme party extravaganza which not only featured the very best of belly dancing with Soraya and her live Egyptian band, but also foods from the Middle East and the Mediterranean. The food served was from Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Syria. The students and faculty were delighted by Soraya’s dynamic belly dancing style, technique and stage presence.

Soraya began the evening with a full belly dancing show of traditional "Raks Sharki" and then performed "Raks Assaya"”, the Egyptian cane dance, to give the students a perfect blend and authentic perspective of what traditional belly dancing is mixed with Arabic folkloric styles as well. Her band accompanied her every move to perfection adding drama to the awe of the students and faculty. After the belly dance show, Soraya returned to the dance floor and instructed the students to form a large circle. Soraya got in the middle and taught her precise signature steps, how to shimmy with perfection, authentic Egyptian dance movements and transitions as the students followed her every step. Soraya also presented her Egyptian belly dance "drills" and sequences as the students mimicked her movements.

Princeton University's “Party in the Desert” also presented other entertainment by Mark, a professional mentalist who wowed the students with his innate talents. There was also a tarot card reader telling fortunes, a sand art table and more...Everyone had a terrific time and look forward to the next one!

An interview with Soraya,
by Adry Svraka (CA & Hungary)

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