Taiwan belly dancer wins Egypt dance competition
Taiwanese belly dance teacher Alida Lin ( ) won a dance competition in Egypt earlier this month, becoming the first ethnic Chinese to win the annual contest.
Lin emerged as the winner of the Randa’s Crown Competition at the Raqs of Course Egyptian Dance Festival 2015.
She said she started dancing at the age of three but did not get into belly dance until about six years ago.
She told CNA that the sponsors of the competition this year offered various classes to the nearly 100 participants from around the world, and her long hard hours of practice paid off.
Lin, who won a dance competition in Beijing in 2011, said she practices for at least two hours a day.
As a belly dance teacher she must study every detail of the art, which originated in the Middle East, she said.
Lin said she was thrilled to know that she was able to beat dancers from around the world, including countries like the United States, South Korea, Japan, China and “Russia, in particular, whose nationals have dominated previous festivals.”