Tai­wan belly dancer wins Egypt dance com­pe­ti­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.”

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