That goes double if you’re dancing with other belly dancers wearing bikinis.
Sofina Grigoryan, known as Safinaz, an Armenian belly dancer has been accused by Egypt’s Censor Board of “inciting debauchery” after videos of her dancing with fellow belly-dancers in bikinis were shared online.
She could face three years in prison and face deportation from Egypt if found guilty of the charge.
The video was taken during a performance that reportedly took place in a resort located in Egypt’s North Coast last month.
While on stage, Sofinar asked women in the audience to join her and one danced with her, before another followed.
The footage of them dancing has angered many in Egypt, who have deemed it ‘explicit’ and ‘unacceptable.’
According to Sayidaty Magazine, she will not be able to perform in Egypt while her trial is ongoing.
This seems pretty tame compared to say, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale, or a typical Miley Cyrus performance.
Speaking to Al Watan News, the bellydancer responded to the accusations: ‘I always adhere to rules concerning wearing appropriate belly dancing outfits. I was never on stage naked.’
These weren’t just women from the audience that joined her, they were other belly dancers that had performed before her.
She added that she could not be held responsible for the actions of two women who joined her on stage.
Sofinar said: ‘They both performed on stage half an hour before I went on. They joined me in on the show and it wasn’t my place to stop them from doing that.
‘This isn’t the first time women dance on stage like this [wearing swimsuits], especially at events held in beach resorts.’
Source: Daily Mail
Three years in jail and deportation seems a bit harsh for dancing, no?
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