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Bellydancer locked up in Egypt for provocative performance
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Bellydancer locked up in Egypt for provocative performance

A Russian belly dancer detained by police in Egypt over her 'provocative' performances has opened up about her ordeal.

Ekaterina Andreeva, 31, also known under her stage-name Johara, was arrested following a dance show in Giza, north-western Egypt, and detained for several days. 

Mrs Andreeva took to Instagram to defend herself against accusations by Egyptian authorities that she had been performing bellydancing routines without wearing underwear.

Bad moves: Belly dancer Ekaterina Andreeva, 31, was arrested following a performance in Giza, Egypt, and accused dancing without wearing underwear

Mrs Andreeva hails from Perm Krai in Russia, but performs all over the world as a belly dancer and often shares videos of her routines on social media.

Addressing her 136,000 Instagram followers, Mrs Andreeva wrote: 'I’m finally out! My state of health is normal so do not worry about me!'

Revealing that she had spent several days in prison, she called the experience 'the worst days of my life'.

She explains that she did not know the 'real reasons;' why she was arrested, adding that 'those who are professional dancer know clearly my costumes are ok'.

Ekaterina Andreeva, 31, who takes the moniker Gawhara when on stage, was dancing in Giza, north-western Egypt - but apparently it was too provocative and was later arrested for 'inciting young people to disobedience and immorality' after footage appeared online A video taken by a member of the audience shows Ms Andreeva energetically dancing in a low-cut backless dress split up one side

Mrs Andreeva, who takes the moniker Johara when on stage, was dancing in Giza, north-western Egypt when she was suddenly arrested

Ordeal: The 31-year-old Russian, who performs all over the world as Johara, said that her time in Egyptian detention was 'the worst days of her life'

Ordeal: The 31-year-old Russian, who performs all over the world as Johara, said that her time in Egyptian detention was 'the worst days of her life'

Defence: Mrs Andreeva addressed her 136,000 Instagram followers in a post published after her release on bail

Defence: Mrs Andreeva addressed her 136,000 Instagram followers in a post published after her release on bail

'Me and my lawyer insure 100% documents are done, we spend 6 months with my employer to prepare everything clean and right. 

'I know that my beloved husband did just unreal job from Russian side and my amazing employer here in Cairo the same here. No words to thank you, all who were helping me

'It was the worst days of my life, but I’m out and JUSTICE TRIUMPHED, so it’s only proves that I’m innocent.'

Mrs Andreeva was arrested last week after a video showing her dancing in Giza came under scrutiny by authorities.

Criminal act? This video purports to show the performance which upset the Egyptian authorities to the point where they had her arrested

Criminal act? This video purports to show the performance which upset the Egyptian authorities to the point where they had her arrested

The films clip shows her energetically dancing in a low-cut backless dress split up one side.

But the footage was not taken lightly by police as they arrested her on suspicion of inciting young people to disobedience and immorality. 

Egyptian prosecutor Hatim Fadl said: 'Rules for the dance performance oblige the performer to wear underwear of any colour but beige. 

'Johara did not have any underwear, and of course it was provocative.' 

It has been reported locally that Mrs Andreeva is temporarily banned from dancing while her case is reviewed.