Meet Soraya

“This career chose me. I didn’t choose it”, explains Soraya.

 Soraya is a pro­fessional ethnic belly dancer. She was born on the United States of Middle Eastern beriage and began dancing at the age of 5 and family celebrations.

Belly dancing is a sa­cred art-form in Middle Eastern culture. Soraya performs at many Mid­dle Eastern weddings and in the showrooms of the casinos in Atlantic City. She is both a per­former and a booking agent. Soraya’s Mideast Dance and Music books productions for casi­nos that bring famous Middle Eastern singers to perform. Soraya has done opening performances for Middle Eastern celebrities and also performed at Caesars, Ballys, Golden Nugget, Borgata, Tropicana and the former Taj Mahal and Showboat in countless concerts since her early teens.

Soraya’s art has taken her all around the world. A highlight of her career was performing for King Hassan and the royal family of Morocco in the palace in Casablan­ca. She has toured many five star hotels in India. Soraya also performed at the black tie gala at the official opening of the King Tut exhibit at the Franklin Institute.

“My main goal or ide­ology is to break down all negative and cultural stereotypes with my own theatrical approach with­out ever cheapening or debasing this dance and turning it into something it is not. I hope for it to be as respected as Ballet one day, which is what I am striving for as an artist and Anthro­pologist,” explains Soraya. She is a graduate of both Atlantic City High School and Stockton Universit, holding degree in Anthropology. She now resides in Margate with her hus­band, Dr. Robert while pursuing her career in Ethnic Dance. For more information go to bellydancebysoraya.com