About me
My name is Debbie Phillips, my stage name is Nyla and I have been belly dancing for 14 years (teaching bellydance for 5 years).
Previously I was a primary school teacher for 12 years before leaving work to have a baby. I have learnt from many great teachers including Hossam and Serena Ramzy , Jacqueline Chapman ,Raqia Hassan and Dawn Harvey. I have done a variety of performances both within a group and solo, these include performing onstage with Dawn at The Barts & The London charity show and solo stage performances at the MADN dance platforms in Dec.2003 and July 2006. My passion for belly dancing has taken me to Egypt and inspired me to make my own costumes as well as costumes for my troupes.
About Bellydance
The origins of Belly Dance are ancient. There are dancers carved on the walls at the temple of Luxor in Egypt.
Many believe that the dance form began as a way for Middle Eastern and North African women to train their bodies for childbirth and this certainly makes
sense given the concentration of movements around the pelvic area.
The dance was predominantly danced by women for women and passed down from one generation to the next.
European audiences called it “dance du ventre” (dance of the stomach) which eventually became bellydance at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.
The dance has developed over the centuries into many dynamic and different styles, enhanced by fabulous costumes and the use of props such as veils, sticks or swords.
Find out more at Wikipedia.org

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