My dance sojourn would not be complete if I didn’t mention our trip on a boat to Ras Mohammed National waterpark in the beach resort of Sharm El Sheik. We were about twenty-five women going snorkelling on a boat usually reserved for Princes, called ‘Lady Dahab’ or, in english, ‘Golden Lady’. (When I commented that I loved gold, the guide laughed back, “All women do!”)
Lady Dahab was beautiful, big with white leather seats on the upper deck, a blue and white canopy and a fabulous sound system. They offered to play whatever music we wanted and naturally we chose Arabic.
Well, it turned out to be quite a day for the crew. After the first snorkel, they put the music on and we were all up and dancing, clapping, making trills of joy or oolalations.
The crew joined in. At one point, I realized that the boat was anchored and the captain was leaning against his chair rolling up a cigarette as he watched us. We weren't going anywhere!
Eventually, we headed back to the port and when we arrived, the Port Chief indicated that he’d been worried about us - we were actually the last boat in. The Captain told him that they were having so much fun, they didn’t want to come back!!! Apparently, it was the first time, they’d come across a bunch of foreigners who could belly dance!
And I might add, that it feels wonderful to dance on a boat with the ocean breeze and vistas of the desert mountains and red sea all around you!!! ...NEXT