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Old Mursi interview says dance ‘violates’ Egyptian constitution

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Dance has a ‘negative’ effect on viewers and ‘violates’ Islamic Sharia law, according to a statement made by the Egyptian president 8 years ago.

An online video of the interview has recently resurfaced on social media where Mohamed Mursi condemned a dance school saying “What is this school? What is its role? What are its goals?”

“This school, with the known concept of dancing, violates the constitution's article II,” Mursi told Egyptian presenter Wael Abrashi on Dream TV 8 years ago.

Mursi can also be heard saying that dancing has a “negative influence on the viewer,” adding that the school “violates” Sharia law as well as the Egyptian constitution.

Egypt’s fine art of dance has been taking a hit in the recent years particularly under the new Islamist rule.

Mursi’s old interview appears about a week after an Islamist lawmaker threatened to close a ballet school in the country.

The lawmaker stirred controversy on Saturday after describing ballet dancing as “the art of nudity.”

Council member Gamal Hamed, of the ultraconservative Salafist Nour Party, said ballet dancing promotes “indecency” in society.

“[Ballet] is the art of nudity, spreading immorality and obscenity among people,” Gamal Hamed, a council member told Al Arabiya English.

The member also called for banning the dance because it is prohibited in Islam, according to a statement.

Angry Artists took to social media to criticize the Islamist lawmaker. Some warned of legal action against him.