Emily Esme Farrugia, of Maltese Australian heritage, heads the vanguard of rising stars in Middle Eastern dancing in Australia.
By the age of 20, Emily's accomplishments in the art have been truly staggering, receiving not only national recognition for her dedication to ongoing learning, but also multiple international awards for her captivating performances.
Travelling annually to Egypt, Emily has already undertaken prolonged studies in Egypt with master teachers of modern classic oriental dance, Randa Kamel and Aziza, the current principal dancer of Egypt's Folklore Reda Troupe, Doaa Salaam, and the late Nagwa Sultan, of Egypt's beloved Goldern Era.
On Australian shores, Emily's professional career as a dancer has been underpinned by studies since the age of 12 with Brisbane's Soul Dance School of Middle Eastern and Romany Dance where she has undergone intensive instructor-training in Principal Margaret Cunningham's teaching methodology and curriculum.
In addition, Emily has completed her teacher-training certificate with Egyptian Master, Doctor Mo Geddawi and has achieved Levels 1 and 2 in the internationally acclaimed course “Journey Through Egypt” with Sahra Kent, solidifying cultural and ethnological foundations in Egyptian dance. Emily currently teaches ongoing beginner to advanced level classes at Soul Dance, in Brisbane's north.
As a performer, Emily continues to delight her audiences whether they be in the restaurant setting, weddings, multicultural celebrations or gala dance events. Her dance exudes authentic Egyptian technique and character; dynamic and commanding one minute, soft and alluring the next. Her youth, energy and beauty combined with her masterful dance technique makes her a stunning addition to any event.