About Amera

About Amera Eid  Master Belly Dancer …

From : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amera_Eid

Amera is of Egyptian and European background.

Her parents were born in Port Said and Shoubra, Egypt, emigrating to Australia in the early 1960s.

Exposed to Egyptian music and dance from a young age, she began professional training in belly dance with Rozeta Ahalyea in Sydney in 1983 and worked the restaurant and Arabic nightclub circuit.

She appeared as a support act in concerts for visiting singers such as Mona Merashli, George Wassouf, Rageb Alame, Rabih El Kholi, Amr Diab, Ehab Toufik, Melham Baraket, Tony Mohanna, Mayez Al Bayah, Pascal Mashalany, and Nawal El Zoughby.

Eid opened Amera’s Palace in 1987, which included one of the first bellydance schools in Sydney.

The school operated in Sheiks Tent nightclub on weeknights.

In the days before the internet the boutique acted as the hub of information on bellydancing in Australia through The Palace newsletter, which ultimately became a bi annual magazine. The magazine merged with Bellydance Oasis magazine in late 2006.

In 1990, Amera met Lebanese agent Toros Siranossian, and became one of only a handful of non-Arabic dancers on his books.

For the next 7 years, Amera lived in Beirut and performed throughout the Middle East on continuous contracts arranged by Mr Siranossian.

Between 1994 and 1999 Amera also traveled regularly to Egypt, where she trained with top choreographers Raqia Hassan, Ibrahim Akef and Aida Nour, and also performed two contracts 1999.

Amera returned to Australia and retired as a professional dancer but continued to teach and runs international workshops. In 2008 she hosted THE FARHA TOUR to Australia, the first time a Belly Dance event of this international calibre has ever happened in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2010 she hosted the famous Dina Talaat for workshops and a Concert.

In 2013 she sold Amera’s Palace to dancer and musician Ali Higson. It is now the only dedicated belly dance store in Australia with a physical shopfront as well as a website www.ameraspalace.com.au

Amera now concentrates on teaching belly dancing privately, and workshops nationally, and continues her passion of working in foster care for children.

The following Interview  was done by Helen Tucker for Belly Dancers of Australia facebook site  In 2019.

Why do you belly dance?

I’ve been Belly Dancing since I was a child and it was the only dance that accepted me for who I was.

How long have you been belly dancing and how did you get started?

I started private classes with Rozetta Ahalyeas in 1983. I always had a fascination as a child. My family are from Egypt, so I was influenced by culture and music and the feeling of family, laughter and celebration. Becoming serious about dance was something entirely different and wasn’t an acceptable profession. I am sure my family thought I was another “phase” I was going through.

What is your favorite belly dance memory?

Too many over the last 3 decades. I suppose you always remember “the first time’ so all my firsts! The first time I met Rozeta, the first time I put on costume and performed on stage , the day I opened Amera’s Palace in 1987, the first time I saw “Samira” aka Dee Wells dance, the first I flew into Lebanon – there was so many memories – you will have to wait for my book 😊

Who is your belly dance inspiration and why?

Many dancers and musicians and costume designers. I have to say Rozeta, Dee, Barb Wolfkamp, Shamira, Yasmina ,my manager in Lebanon Toros Siranossian, Egyptian Belly dance and Musicians. and I have to be real here and say my inspiration is always when I see a performer has the X factor – that’s inspirational. The other thing is that I am always inspired by dancers who look for their X factor – “Why“ they dance – that speaks volumes to me just by watching them – they are telling me without words – that is universal language for me.

What dance projects are you working on right now?

I have retired from performing and just teach some local classes (when I have energy) and do workshops on invitation. At present I am gearing up for the Newcastle Belly Dance festival, where I will be teaching a Lebanese workshop, then we have Egypt Revisited in September, and Adelaide festival – that’s my year as far as dance is concerned. I’m also working on revamping my website, and my other passion is helping Foster Carers. So, I am writing a book on foster care.

What is your belly dance goal?

I think I have reached them as far as belly dance is concerned! If there was one thing, it is that I would love to see a legacy left and the Australian Belly Dance scene moving forward acknowledges its roots and leaves a footprint of all the wonderful dancers in this country . We can contribute to the development of belly dance in this country and not be known as the Australian Belly Dance community that was inspired just by the USA. The dance is Middle Eastern in its indigenous foundation but each country has a part to play in development . We are need to recognise our pedigree.

What do you do when you are not belly dancing?

I always have something new on the burner . The eternal entrepreneur – these days though I don’t have the energy to keep the fire burning – so I need someone to take the flame!
Mainly I work in Foster care for an NGO, I support, train and assess people that want to be foster carers. I have my own child that I have adopted, and I also have my other 2 big kids that I raised.
I’m also writing a book on my journey of being a foster carer, which is more cathartic than anything else.
I also live in the most beautiful place in Newcastle Hunter area, so I make sure I pay a lot of gratitude to where I live. I walk my dog Rocket – who is my personal trainer!
I have two little pop up businesses called Cave Woman and Cave Dog in Caves Beach – which goes into hibernation in the winter months.

How would your best friends describe you?

Kind, caring, giving, entrepreneurial, funny (in a Mum kind of way) – I don’t know ! – you have to ask them!
I think I am different things to different people – I have a few besties – they know who they are, and they are the ones that I let get close enough to me – there the ones I let come over for sleep overs ! LOL

What is something about yourself that most people don’t know?

I’m actually a bit of an introvert – – and I only let a few people in my inner circle.

What are the most important things in your life?

My son Emmanuel, my family, my close friends, being grateful for my health, my good genes …

What do you worry about and why?

Oh gosh, what a loaded question! The older I get the more I worry.
I worry about the cost of living, I worry about my son and what sort of world he will have to navigate – and that’s only a few things I worry about.

What qualities do you admire in others?

I absolutely admire those when the going gets tough, they keep going. I admire resilience, I admire people that have look adversity in the face and hurdle over it .
I admire those that can share love – give and receive it unconditionally.

What would your autobiography be called?

Amera – same as on my pyramid when I pass over !

What is your greatest achievement in life?

Can I have 3? 1. To be the first Australian Belly Dance to have long term contracts in the Middle East.
2.raised my foster children 3. adopt my son.

Which colour represents you best and why?

Pinkie Purple – because I like Pink and Purple!

What was the last gift you gave someone?

To Dee, a bottle of wine – because she bought a new house.

What is the funniest / scariest / craziest thing you have ever done?

Go to the Middle East without a contract with a suitcase full of costumes and $100 usd and not come back till I got my first contract in Lebanon.

What is your favorite way to relax and have fun?

Summer sitting on my beach, go to an early dinner with friends.

What do you recommend?

Place to Visit: highly recommend a trip to Egypt and Lebanon with me
Book: In a Beirut Mood or The Yacoubian Building.
Film: The World’s Greatest Showman or Avatar.