Help me deepen my bellydancing studies in Egypt!
$200 raised
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2 Years running

Greetings, all!  


My name is Artemisia, and I am a bellydancer and music student based in New York City.  I am extremely passionate about this dance form, and was thrilled to find out that one of my friends from Cairo was going to organize a trip to Egypt concentrating on Egyptian culture and art, and of course, Raqs Sharki (Egyptian bellydancing).  I haven't ever gone to Cairo before, so I am very excited!  I definitely see this as  a stepping stone to take my bellydancing to a very serious level, as nearly every bellydancer I know makes frequent trips to Egypt for what I imagine is the same reason opera singers make pilgrimages to Italy.  I also need to start bellydancing professionally soon, and start entering competitions, which one needs professional costumes to do (not to mention the dance shows my friends and I are collaborating on).  As a music student, I've only been able to afford bellydancing classes and dance practice wear, so one can imagine that I haven't had any proper gigs yet.  I'm squeezing every bit of money I can out of my liturgical and voice teaching gigs, but I will appreciate ALL the monetary help I can get to make this very educational trip, to afford the proper tools (costumes) to dance professionally, and to make these important first steps to a serious dance career!  Please donate what you can, and I will think of you all every time I shimmy onstage!  Thank you!  Shoukran!  


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