Mahafsoun is a 19 year-old Persian belly dancer with drops of Azerbaijani and Egyptian in her blood. This combination, aside many other reasons, makes her passionate about oriental dances, especially the spiritual, ancient and immortal art of belly dancing. She combines it in her own unique way with modern metal music and uploads videos of her dances to her Youtube channel. I came across this channel quite some time ago, because we have a very similar musical taste – Mahafsoun has danced to EPICA, Kamelot, Nightwish and many more. Mahafsoun, who is going to share the stage with EPICA in November, has agreed to give me a little interview. I am very happy to present it to you today:
How did you get into belly dancing and how long have you been practicing it?
What are the benefits of belly dancing and what does it mean to you personally?
There are countless benefits in this art form. Not only are you getting a good exercise out of it (although this highly depends on how you are dancing, how fast, how long, etc), but as a woman, I find that it brings me a sense of understanding about myself. It is a positive tool for empowerment in women, in my opinion. I’ve seen women becoming more confident in themselves when they dance. The movements of this dance make the body look beautiful and sensual, therefore the person dancing feels beautiful and sensual.
Any tips for girls who want to take up belly dancing?
How did you come up with the unusual idea to combine this ancient art form with metal music?
I will be performing with Epica on November 10th at club Fivesixty. I just approached the band and expressed the passion I have to some day dance with them, since Epica was also the very first band that got me into loving metal music. The very first band that I started listening to. Mark accepted the offer and everything went from there.
Which song(s) are you going to be in? Have you already worked out the choreography?
At this moment I am not sure of the song or songs that they want me to dance to. There is still time to decide the song, costume and all those details.
You have performed live with several other bands before. How were these experiences for you?
You are also a model who has done numerous photo shoots, appeared in magazines and recently graced the cover of a novel! In addition you are a talented photographer, makeup artist and composer – and you are only 19! How did you achieve all these things?
Thank you so much! I guess that almost all of the little things I do fall in the big picture. I have always enjoyed the art of photography and had concepts in mind for photos, so I had to model for them myself. Then I started working with other photographers, and because they were professional, I had to learn how to look the part, so I started to learn how to do decent makeup and edit photos. Through this, I got offered to model for the illustrations of a few books, and took the offer happily. I think that as a dancer who runs her work mainly online, you have to have professional photos, so this works nicely for me.
What is your musical education/background?
I don’t think that I have any, other than the little music classes that they force us to take in high school. I have never really been musically trained. I just love sitting behind my piano and hearing the beautiful sounds cerated by every touch. I love music.
What are your plans for the future?