- Rose "Khlaalida" Kali
"Soraya has a very unique choreographic infrastructure and warm personality, and thus creates a wonderful relationship with her band and audience…"
Her natural feeling and choreographic genius is unparalleled, passionate and envied worldwide. Even towards the end of her shows at the complex drum solos, her dancing is always just as powerful, vibrant and fresh as when she first entered the stage. You can learn a lot by studying Soraya's timeless dancing - her flawless and seamless transitions in her signature movements are tremendous. I love the way in which Soraya's arms and hands beautifully frame her precise hip movements and her perfect isolations. I can't stand it when a dancer looks like a nervous bird in a relay race or a limp string bean with no lift! Soraya has fabulously poised spins, and the glue that makes her work all the more amazing is the ease that she can successfully blend the Egyptian style improvisation (which is felt and can never be formally taught) into her masterful performances.
Soraya has a very unique choreographic infrastructure and warm personality, and thus creates a wonderful relationship with her band with audience.
Soraya has fabulous emotional expression, beautiful smile and a dynamite stage presence that mesmerizes all that witness her exciting ethnic artistry. Her dancing is always new and on the cutting edge yet she remains dedicated to preserving tradition.
There is only one Soraya and she is the essence of what Middle Eastern belly dancing is".
- Carolena "Zara" Johnson
"Soraya is one extraordinary talent and seasoned professional.
She is sophisticated, poised and dynamic in her art. Her natural understanding
of the beat, range of musical understanding and stage presence goes way
beyond any other. Whenever Soraya is on the stage, everyone in the theater
is immediately frozen and entranced by her delicate sense of timing, entertainment
virtuosity and her captivating Arabic beauty. There is only one Soraya,
and she is the best!"
"What makes an Egyptian dance truly great is that everything in the music is felt. We do not dance stiff, look like we counting steps or thinking too much, that is for the Western and European dancers. The true essence of the "Bint al-Balad" is knowing how to properly improvise inside of the Egyptian genre. Anybody can simply jump around a stage, but they do not know how to dance. A dancer that does not fully posses the feeling, cannot fool an Egyptian audience; they will know the difference immediately."
-Madame Raqia Hassan, Egypt
"Soraya's consummate artistry as an ethnic dance performer and outstanding creativity as a choreographer are matched only by her tremendous skill to be able to naturally improvise within the Oriental musical compositions and truly internalize the music just like a native Egyptian.
When Soraya belly dances it is clear to the viewer, that her amazing abilities lie in the ease in which she presents her movements and step combinations in a clear, complete and concise manner. There is nothing worse than a dancer being predictable, unexciting, counting steps, being overly American/European or dancing like a robotic fashion that is devoid of art.
Soraya's bellydance video and DVD collection is in such
high demand in the US and throughout the world that satisfies those searching
for the true essence of Egyptian style devoid of all Western influence.
As a cultural Anthropologist, Soraya strives to preserve the rich cultural
traditions before they completely vanish from the earth. It is her goal
to keep the authentic traditional dances and styles alive and well in
2004 and well into the future."
Soraya, Belly Dancer Extraordinaire and Entertainment booking
Whether you're seeking the best in energetic and authentic
professional belly dancing, an elegant quartet to play background dinner
music, a ten-piece high-energy orchestra with singers or a fully staged
production stage show, Soraya's Mid-East Dance and Music Productions will
happily accommodate all of your entertainment needs and personal requests
with finesse. Soraya's entertainment agency takes great pride in offering
a plethora of versatile, diversified, unforgettable and impressive ethnic
dance and music talent for events of the highest regard".
"Soraya has a vast movement repertoire
"This is the great natural gift of true Egyptian improvisation.
Many desperately try to obtain this amazing quality through years of study
A true artist never wants their show to look overly rehearsed
or mechanical, like you see commonly see with dancers that are not ofArabic
"…If you are looking for the real, authentic "over there" style and feeling of true Middle Eastern style belly dancing, then Soraya's DVD's and videos are for you!"
- Fatima Mizrahi, Philadelphia, PA
"Hi. Allow me to say that you are the most beautiful
woman in the world. I don't say this to a lot to women. I am not from
this kind. But I really liked you the first time I saw your picture and
wonderfully talented video clips. Your face has been tattooed on my head."
The true Middle Eastern style is all about the power of
improvisation, FEELING the music, something that too many American and
Europeans have a very hard time grasping, because this is not learned
in a classroom it is understood, which is a huge difference.
- Ibrahim "Bobby" Farrah, (the late great dancer chororeographer), NYC and Lebanon.
"....Improvisation is intuition in action, a way to
discover the muse and learn to respond to her call. The creative process
is a spiritual path. This adventure is about us, about the deep self,
the composer in all of us, about originality, meaning which is fully and
"Soraya is the total package, she has it all!
"Soraya is the consummate professional belly dance
star with the right formula. She successfully and masterfully blends all
of the elements of the essence of real Oriental dance.
She truly understands this unique balance of not only encompassing
and capturing the formula for technicality but to also achieve the delicate
balance of being an exciting and passionate entertainer."
I had the chance to meet her and her husband, the good
Thank you for the chance to see this beautiful dancer
"The Art of Improvisation is having the great skill to be able to dance freely, with no choreography getting in the way. This is far from easy…This is Arabic dance."
"The dancer must first learn to properly discipline
her body with much difficult choreography before she can open up her repertoire
to freely express her soul. It means that you must first train yourself
so well with technique that your body will flow when the time comes to
improvise and will allow your emotions to shine; there is nothing greater
than that in ethnic art. A lot of dancers can't accomplish this great
task which is the intangible and amazing essence of real Oriental dance".
"My wife and I have been fans for few years now. I visited your site about three months ago and was awestruck by your beauty when I saw you in your costumes. I thought about contacting you and I am so glad I did. You are a wonderful, sweet, understanding and very knowledgeable person on the subject of bellydance and culture.
I ordered your "Soraya El Malika, The Queen Of Belly
Dance" DVD and was astounded by your talent, your sheer love of bellydance
which shows in your performances and on the smile on your face.
SORAYA: The pure artistic transcendence of art at it's best!
"It is not often that one can observe a belly dancer who is not just going through the motions of the dance, but is able to express in his or her person the mystery, grace, humanity, and love of life that is at the heart of belly dance. Soraya's performances capture the delicate moments of transcendence, when art and artist become one. She is the only belly dancer that we will ever use for our events and parties!
Dr. Waleed Mounir,
"You are a sister to every woman out here dancing!!!"
"Soraya, I found what you wrote on your website about
the dancer not belittling herself by accepting low pay or a bad work environment
to be so powerful...so supportive! I am seeing that you're so sweet and
approachable! But, you have such a rich history in your work... Your photos
just speak volumes about your ability, but what you've written on your
site...it's powerful and honest and...just...perfect! It really touched
ME! Soraya...Well you are "it" when it comes to authentic perfect
dancers my dear! I can't think of anyone better to promote this dance!!!
To Soraya and Dr. Rob,
Most sincerely, Harry Saroyan of Saroyan Mastercrafts
"…It is never honorable to work in restaurants
and nightclubs, (especially in Egypt), it is considered low class. Name
recognition and reputation is created by performances at only the most
upscale weddings and other fancy shows and events. Soraya has never compromised
her integrity and I admire her so much for that as well as her incredible
natural dance talent (being a natural balady dancer, is truly an Egyptian
quality). Soraya is such an incredible artist and is the only one that
I have seen that is able to successfully mesh her jaw dropping technical
ability with an awe-inspiring natural movement vocabulary that captivates
audiences and keep them on the edge of their seats!"
"Soraya is electric…."
"I have seen dancers all over Middle East and around
the world, it is my business. Soraya is a rare performer who embraces
and perfects the art of this dance with all the talent, charisma and heart
we long for....
The party doesn't begin until Soraya dances that's for
- Mahmoud Zaki
Uncontrived and unguarded yet always proud she exposes the
many archetypal facets of her true personality and history.
Raqs Sharqi has its roots in ancient times yet Soraya knows
how to bridge the sacred with the modern and acheives artistic perfection.
"Soraya's dynamic, exciting and educational program
Soraya performed, instructed and gave so much to the students and used her Anthropology degree to educate the children with her own cultural truth of what real Egyptian belly dancing is.
She also enlightened us to Spanish Flamenco, Andalusian,
Gypsy dancing, Judaic, Coptic Christian and Islamic dances so nothing
was left untapped.
- The Goddard School
"Soraya Nour al Ayoun" (The Light of her eyes)
says famous Egyptian percussionist Gamal Magdy.
Soraya is a gift to Oriental dance and we should all be
lucky that she so freely shares it with us. She has a well trained ear
for all Arabic music, rhythms, time signatures, beats and the subtle changes
and it shows in her conscious control of choreographic phrases. When the
Egyptian music calls, Soraya promptly and appropriately responds with
her timeless dance.
I chose the smart thing which is to appreciate her essence since I find Soraya to be so fascinating as a person and as an International dance performer/trend setter. She is in such great demand with Middle Eastern clients wanting the best that it leaves the others baffled when it is so obvious to those in the know. Soraya doesn't dance like the typical foreigner trying so desperately hard to dance like an Egyptian. Soraya is the real essence of the ideal "Bint Al Balad" of Egypt who has become "The queen of Oriental belly dancing" all rolled into one magnificent package of dynamite.
- Dave Ayyoub