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Orit Maftsir is currently the new talent in the Mediterranean sky. She gives concerts, teaches master-classes, produces her own shows, and performs in prestigious festivals and events. Ever since she discovered the gypsy in herself, she promoted dance projects and taught her personal technique, which is Egyptian-oriented with a touch of drama and a sense of humor.

In Israel, she is considered to be a very popular and favorite dancer, who gracefully entertains at various events and delights audiences that include local Arabs and Arab-born individuals who now live in Israel.

Her studies of the Egyptian style included traveling to Egypt (only an hour away), along with watching old Egyptian movies. However, her style is completely modern and individualized, as seen in the Cairo hotels. Her favorite current dancers are Randa Camel, who combines classical ballet moves with a folkloric base, and Fifi Abdu, who is her all-time inspiration in both energy and skills.

Orit is currently running her second show, “Star of the East”, with a live orchestra and a Lebanese singer. She will give workshops and performances this spring in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Novosibirsk, and also in the Mabruk festival in Brazil.

You can watch Orit and contact her through her web site or email.

Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Orit

  • The 2005 Eilat Festival, My Fete in Israel
    This was the first professional festival of its kind in Israel. Despite its being overwhelmingly exhausting and loaded with material, the celebrating continued in the lobby, well into the night, with endless conversations and the exchange of tales.
  • Belly Dance in Israel
    Belly dancers are the hottest trend at the moment, unlike the totally frozen attitudes towards the Arab culture in Israel.