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n bellydancer and owner of an Australian bellydance school, Amera’s Palace. Amera is of Egypt
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ian and European background and was introduced to bellydancing at the age of twelve. She began her professional training with Rozeta Ahalyea
Rozeta Ahalyea was one of the earliest professional bellydancers in Australia with a performance career that spanned four decades. She trained Amera Eid and Terezka Drznik, who both became distinguished teachers and who themselves taught many of today's professional Australian belly dancers...
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in 1983 and worked the Sydney restaurant and Arabic nightclub circuit. She appeared as a support act in concerts for numerous visiting Arabic 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 bellydance boutique in 1987, which included one of the first bellydance schools in Sydney. ( The school operated in Sheiks Tent nightclub on weeknights , whilist the nightclub was closed in 1987) In the days before the internet the boutique also 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 due to Amera’s growing commitments to looking after three foster children.
In 1990, Amera was put in contact with Lebanese agent Toros Siranossian, and became one of only a handful of non-Arabic dancers to work with him at that time. Mr Siranossian represented Amera for the next 7 years, with continuous year-round contracts throughout the Middle East
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, taking up residence in Beirut as her home base. 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 in the summer of 1999.
Amera returned to Australia after this and retired as a professional dancer but continuing to teach and runs international workshops . She is now also a fully qualified aerobics & fitness instructor.
In 2008 she will be hosting THE FARHA TOUR to Australia, November 6-9th 2008, the first time a Belly Dance event of this international calibre has ever happened in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Amman Jordan Jerusalem hotel (2 months 1991, 1992 & 1993)
- Amman Jordan Intercontinental hotel (2 months 1994)
- Amman Jordan Regency Palace (2 months 1995)
- Aswan Basma Hotel (1999)
- Egypt Sharm el Sheik Gazala Gardens (1999)
- Greece Athens Shahraman Restaurant (4 months 1991)
- Greece Dubai Singapore New Caledonia (1985-1989)
- India New Delhi Hyatt Hotel (New Year's Eve 1989)
- Ivory Coast Abidjan - Al Sultan Restaurant (2 months 1995)
- Lebanon Beirut : Summerland Hotel (2 months New year 1995/96)
- Muscat Omman Al Bustan Palace (3 mths 1993)
- Syria Lattaquia Le Meridien (2 months 1994)
- Syria Le Meridien Hotel (2 months 1995)
- U.A.E Dubai Claridge hotel ( 2 months 1994 & 1996)
- U.A.E. Abu Dhabi Gulf Hotel (3 months 1992)
- U.A.E. Al Ain Intercontinental Hotel ( 2 months 1993 1994 & 1995)
- U.A.E. Al Ain Hilton Hotel (1 month 1992)
- U.A.E. Dubai St George hotel (2 months 1996)
- U.A.E. Dubai Carlton Tower hotel (2 months 1995)
- U.A.E. Dubai Vendome Plaza Hotel (2 months 1993 & 1994)