While belly dancing is legal, dancers cannot perform on state-owned television in Egypt. Each one had her own style and audience, whether first-class belly dancers, or second and third class. Now she is married to Egyptian business man Wael Abo Hussein. In Oct , Dina was widely blamed — by officials, the media and the public — after scores of young men chased women through downtown Cairo groping them and pulling off their clothes — even those wearing Islamic headscarves and face veils. Wearing a beige tank top and tight fitting pants, and a golden necklace studded with blue charms, Dina said it was becoming increasingly difficult to be accepted as a belly dancer in Egypt, where 90 per cent of Muslim women wear the veil and the trend towards conservative Islam is growing. She ended up attending Ain Shams University where she earned her masters in philosophy. Her father was working there at the time as a correspondent for the Middle East News Agency and her mother was a secretary to the Indian Ambassador. Dina is practicing an art that dates back to the Pharaohs, but belly dancing, or raqs sharqi, is these days more often condemned as immoral than celebrated as a national pastime, as religious conservatism grows in Egypt. The audience, made up of upper class Egyptians, Gulf businessmen and tourists as well as a smattering of westerners, is enthralled. In April of Dina said she was done dancing because she wanted to go out on top. Dina was born in Rome, Italy. She became very depressed and unsuccessfully tried to do the same. The navel is always supposed to be covered, if only by transparent material. Dina, in her forties and who goes only by her first name, was taken aback by the reaction, though it is far from the first time her dancing has raised the ire of conservatives. She is not afraid to be herself and dance how she wants to dance and wear what she wants to wear. Like ballet — can the ballerina dance with a different outfit? She said she plans on getting her PhD in philosophy and wants to work with a charity she has become very involved with — Society of the Egyptian Deserts.