The organiser of the Oriental Dream Festival Bucharest is the Association for the Development of Oriental Dance, founded by Cintia Petrescu and Elmas Menacai. The wish to organise an oriental dance festival in Romania was born in 2008, after Cintia attented the most important oriental dance festival in Egypt, Nile Group Festival in Cairo.
Seeing so many dancers and instructors with Egyptian origins who shared the secrets of oriental dance and Egyptian folklore with hundreds of students and dancers from all over the world, and realising the high level to which this dance is internationally performed, Cintia wished to bring home, in Romania, the joy and beauty of this dance and also help develop its technique on a long term. Although Cintia is actually a dentist and the oriental dance was only a hobby at the beginning, she took courage to contact an internationally recognized dancer and choreographer, a special person, who accepted the proposal and became the main guest of every edition of the festival – Wael Mansour. So, Wael Mansour was the first Egyptian teacher who took dance workshops, who brought knowledge to Romania, basic information regarding the Egyptian dance style and the technique of oriental dance, and was the first teacher who had authentic Egyptian folklore workshops.
This is how an idea, born within the soul of a dancer who wished to share her passion and joy for oriental dance with all those who appreciate the egyptian culture, has grown and transformed into a festival who reaches its fourth edition in 2014. All the years round, Cintia had the support and help of Elmas, who decided, in 2013, to enter the team and get involved in all the organisational aspects so that the festival achieves its success. Wael supported the organisers and contributed esentially to the development of the knowledge and dance technique. His workshops brought together students from oriental dance schools and professional dancers and instructors from Bucharest and all over the country.
Oriental Dream Festival is the first oriental dance festival organised in Romania, which enjoyed appreciation from its very first edition, in 2011, both from the participants in the workshops and the viewers in the auditorium, who counted more than 250 people every year. Despite the very low media support and lack of sponsors, the festival attracted the attention and the interest of the lovers of this dance. The shows and performances of every edition impressed through quality and variety. We, the organizers, put a lot of heart into this project every year and despite the difficulties and challenges encountered along the way, we managed to bring in front of the Romanian public authentic elements from the Egyptian world of oriental dance. We believe that the existence of this festival has a big say in the history of belly dance in Romania. We want to thank all those people who supported us along the way throughout the first three editions. We promise the festival will continue to serve its main goal, namely to unite the belly dance community in Romania, and therefore change wrong mindsets and prejudices about this dance.