Residents, staff and family members of St Basil’s Miranda participated in an Arabian themed lunch.
Special visitor, Rachel from Inspire Belly Dance not only entertained everyone with her moves but also educated them with the history of Egyptian dances, so they could understand and feel the movements better.
“I love having the opportunity to bring joy to people and share a little bit of a culture that I care about deeply and that I love. For some of them, it’s familiar and for some of them, it’s completely new that broadens their horizons. Either way, it’s good fun, lot of colors, movement, and music,” Rachel said.
Everyone’s participation, whether it was dancing in their seat or clapping filled the room with happiness and smiles. At the same time, an appetite was worked up and fittingly, a Middle Eastern Style lunch was served that included delicious and authentic tabouli.
Rachel showcased the Southern Egyptian men’s style using the stick, Arabian martial arts, and dances from Cairo, both traditional and modern.
Of course, the day couldn’t end without residents showing their moves on the dancefloor with Rachel and St Basil staff members.
No-one left the lunch without having a fantastic time and maybe a few tears shed.
It was heartwarming to witness residents telling Rachel how much they loved the lunch and her entertainment. Several of them noted that they come from Cairo, Alexandria and other parts of the Middle East, and this event really felt like home to them when she played music and danced.