I am Roumany and I come originally from Egypt; my family and I left and moved to German when I was 10 because of discrimination that we faced daily due to our faith (we are Christians, Coptic Orthodox). I have always lived my life in Faith and following many strict rules. My life was enriched so much in 7th grade: as part of the music program, the teacher introduced to us blues and jazz and it was love at first sight. Not only the music, but also its history, have accompanied me since then. Many years later, I saw some dancing on the river of Saarbrücken, to a music that sounded very familiar to me: Lindy Hop. I got hooked up with this dance on the music I loved. Since there were no classes at that time in the scene, I looked for videos online, I just tried and tried to dig into the dance more and more. I even found a partner, who had as much enthusiams as I had, and we trained several hours a day: Martina, now my Wife. The dance became a big part of my life. I am happy that my love for the music came first, as I think it influences my connection with the dance and the partner.
Lindy Hop is the dance that gives me absolute freedom. No rules, no worries to think about. Just the music and its freedom. It helped me knowing myself and others better. I was in Herräng once, and when Norma found out I have Arabic origins, she told me: "If everyone could swing, there would be no war.”