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The Gilded Serpent presents...

Caroline Evanoff

Caroline Evanoff has been dancing in Egypt as a fully-licensed raqs sharqi performer since 1998 in 5-star venues (The Pharaohs, Sheraton Cairo & Heliopolis, Nile Peking to name a few) and weddings as well as appearances on television. With a strong background in ballet she moved to Egypt to study Egyptian style dance with the great master teachers such as Raqia Hassan, Aida Nour, Ibrahim Akef, Mahmoud Reda, etc and appears in 7 volumes of Raqia Hassan's technique DVDs (vol 4- 10).

She has also performed under contract in India, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE and Akhnaton Mediterranean cruises. She is a teacher at the annual Ahlan wa Sahlan festival in Cairo and 2010 at Raqs Britannia in England. Caroline regularly travels abroad to teach workshops in Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, China, USA, Mexico and Singapore as well as running holiday courses in Dahab (Sinai Red Sea) and private classes in Cairo.

During the ban on foreign belly dancers in Egypt, Caroline worked in various folkloric troupes performing in stage productions and on TV. The ban was finally lifted after she joined forces with Russian dancer Nour and singer Yasser Alswery and took court action against the decision resulting in the law being overturned.

Caroline is known for her pure Egyptian style choreographies because of her understanding of the language, music and feelings. Her choreographies are beautifully elegant, fun and sometimes a bit cheeky! Her ability to breakdown the challenging Egyptian Oriental technique makes her workshops a truly valuable experience. Caroline also teaches the various Egyptian and folkloric styles from Modern and Classical Egyptian, Shaabi, Baladi, Tarab, Saidi, Nubian, Alexandrian, Ghawazee, Shamadan as well as modern and traditional Khaleegy styles from the Gulf region.

Articles on Gilded Serpent by Caroline Evanoff

  • Nelly, Beloved Star of Egypt, An Interview with Nelly Fouad
    I asked Nelly if there was any comparison to the Awalim of Mohamed Ali street and she said no, they were different; the Alexandrian Awalim had a real school for teaching the arts — they were strict and corrected your mistakes.
  • Permits, IDs, Licensing, Foreign Dancers in Cairo,
    It dawned on me that some dodgy nightclub manager, whom I didn’t know personally, had complete control over my passport and my freedom to leave! So, I had no alternative other than to end my contract in order to get my passport back which also meant halting the lengthy paper process.