Stumble upon an women-only Egyptian street dance party.
The jury is still out on the correct procedure, so I'll just regale the story.
Natasha and I were wondering around the alleyways of Coptic Cairo, looking for some monastery (well, she was looking for a monastery). At one point, we heard loud music coming from around a corner. As we approached, we could see a group of people dancing, and some loud music blaring.
Rule #1: If you're foreign and get sighted by street dancers, you have no choice but to join the party.
Once they caught sight of us, that was it. We were dragged into the melee, only to find out that said melee was all women. Not that it mattered because I could barely hear myself think. I just wanted to yell out, "Whoa...ease off on the treble a bit." Not that they would've heard me.
And then we started dancing. The women showed us all sorts of Egyptian dance moves (some a bit stranger than others) and were definitely into the music. One of the older participants decided to put a koffeya (spelling?) around her waist (in true bellydancing fashion) and started shakin' it. Impressive.
Just outside the ring of women was a ring of kids. They kept trying to encroach, but the women would repel them. The ones that made it through ended up on my shoulder, with a clear view of the party. Outside the ring of kids as the male population. They just stood and stared, mobile phones in hand. No doubt we are on a lot of home videos.
At some point, it was suggested (to be polite) that Natasha and I dance together. And after repeated efforts to change the song to something more "western'ish," some gangsta rap came on.
From the annals of "Things I Never Thought I Would See Anywhere," there were the old women, bobbing their heads to the music. Simply hilarious. We couldn't help but oblige them with a dance.
Eventually we had to get out of there. I said a quick "Shukran" into the microphone, and we ducked out. About 20 of the kids followed us for quite awhile, until we decided to seek solitude in a cemetery, of all places.