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Egyptian male ballet dancer performs on international scene despite bullying at home

Although he is the first Egyptian prizewinner in an international ballet competition, Luca Abdel-Nour continues to be bullied in his own country by those who believe ballet dancing is limited to women.
Luca Abdel-Nour poses on March 3, 2021 at Switzerland's Tanz Akademie Zurich

In 2013, Luca Abdel-Nour, who was then 11, traveled from Cairo to Zurich to receive professional training in ballet dancing — an art he has continued to be passionate about despite being bullied and mocked by some Egyptians who don't believe men should participate in ballet dancing. Once in Switzerland, Abdel-Nour placed second at the prestigious ballet competition in Lausanne. Yet that was still not enough to stop the bullying.

While Egyptian and Arab newspapers highlighted the story of Abdel-Nour, who has been touring European theaters since March 2020 as part of international shows after winning international fame and the Prix de Lausanne on Feb. 8, some Egyptians continue to mock his accomplishments.

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