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Male belly dancers break taboos in Egypt

While being shunned by conservative Egyptian society, male belly dancers are claiming their right to participate in the art form.

At a wedding party in one of Cairo’s hotels, a young man was encouraged to belly dance for the guests. His dancing astonished some of those present. A few of them applauded him, some laughed at him, while others rejected him.

Ramy, 23, who was born in a small village in Sharqeya governorate, traveled all the way to Cairo alone, after his father ejected him for insisting on practicing dancing.

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