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The Gilded Serpent presents...

Rachael Lundy

"The Ruby Lady"

New Zealand-born and bred, Rachael Lundy, aka The Ruby Lady, is an award-winning international performer specialising in Egyptian Belly Dance and Folklore now based in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. She performs on a nightly basis in luxury hotels and tourist attractions around the South Sinai region, and continues to hone her craft through travel and training with international master teachers, as well as learning from and taking inspiration from her contemporaries and co-workers. Her style draws heavily from Egyptian belly dance both old and new with a cabaret twist.

Trained in belly dance from an early age, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies from the University of Otago. This academic background has fuelled her interest in analysing the myths and conventions that underpin the global bellydance world, which she explored in her touring “boylesque” production The Ruby Lady’s Harem. She performed alongside heavyweights Jillina, Heather Aued and Louchia in the Australian production of Bellydance Evolution: Dark Side of the Throne and has taught at the long-established Sydney Middle Eastern Dance Festival, New Zealand’s national MEDANZ festival, and at private studios around New Zealand and the United States.

It is through dance that the Ruby Lady has found a home, a community, and a life-long obsession. Through her journey in dance, she has discovered her own strength of mind, body and character, as well as the strength and beauty of those around her, no matter their shape, size, age and physical ability. It is, and always will be, her most important goal in life to share the liberation that she has found through learning, teaching and sharing the art of belly dance.

Articles on Gilded Serpent by Rachael

  • A Bellydance Production of Dante’s La Divina Commedia, Interview with Francesca Pedretti,
    Over a cold winter weekend in New York City, The Ruby Lady encountered a dancer and her project unlike anything she had seen before. Completely collaborative, experimental, theatrical and soaking in a uniquely Italian emotional authenticity, Milan’s Francesca Pedretti and her traveling production of Dante’s La Divina Commedia has the potential to transform belly dance communities around the world