Woman Arrested In Egypt For Dancing In Club

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A Russian woman has been arrested in Egypt for being too provocative while dancing in a nightclub.

Professional belly dancer 31-year-old Ekaterina Andreeva, who goes by the name of Johara while on stage, was dancing for a nightclub audience in Giza, north-western Egypt.

Although the crowd seemed to be loving her moves on the dance-floor, with many joining in dancing with her, the Egyptian authorities were less than impressed.

Police officials deemed her display too provocative and soon arrested Andreeva.

As reported by the local daily newspaper al-Masry al-Youm, the authorities accused her of dancing in an outfit that was ‘without shorts’.

They said:

The Department of Giza, headed by Counselor Ahmed Attia, began Tuesday its investigations with Ekaterina Andrina, known as ‘Johara’, on charges of incitement to immorality and wearing clothes without shorts.

Tourism police arrested Johara after they saw a video of the dancer wearing a revealing outfit in violation of standards that exposed the charms of her body without shorts.

She also used her hand to point at sensitive parts of her body to stir up the passions of young people.

The investigation of the Arts Police arrested Johara at a club inside a boat on the Nile Corniche in Giza on charges of incitement to immorality and immorality, wearing a dance suit in violation of the authorised specifications of tourism, and not having a permit to work inside the country from the Ministry of Public Power.

You can watch the video of Andreeva dancing that caused controversy after going viral here:

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Egyptian prosecutor Hatim Fadl added:

Rules for the dance performance oblige the performer to wear underwear of any colour but beige.

Johara did not have any underwear, and of course it was provocative.

Wearing a low-cut backless dress with a split down one side, it appeared that Andreeva wasn’t wearing any underwear and if she did it was of a nude colour.

A friend of Andreeva, known only as Anton, has claimed that the company that hired her is currently working with lawyers to resolve the issue.

Andreeva, who also runs a dance studio in Moscow with her husband, has been released on a bail of 5,000 EGP (£204).

She has also reportedly been temporarily banned from dancing while her case is being reviewed.

According to the Express Tribune, the arrest is a part of a ‘morality’ crackdown that is happening on artists across Egypt.

Under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisa, the police have been arresting several dancers using a wide-range of morality laws.

A little-known 21-year-old dancer known as Shyma was sentenced to two years in prison in December over the release of a racy music video.

She was arrested after the video, which showed her licking an apple and appearing to mimic fellatio on a banana, went viral.

Back in 2015 a fellow female dancer was jailed for a year after appearing in a raunchy music video for a song called Let Go of My Hand.