With respect to foreigners, it’s not like they’re coming from impoverished countries and need the work to survive. They come seeking fame and recognition. While that’s all lovely under better circumstances, these self-serving goals should take a backseat during such hard times as these. These days, dancing illegally punishes those legal Egyptian and foreign dancers who actually need the work to sustain themselves, and who pump more money into the economy than they make (not to mention it’s dangerous). Legal dancers pay taxes, monthly dues (and fines!), agent commissions, hefty residency renewal fees, work permit renewal fees, etc. Not to mention all the costumes we buy (which are more expensive than our rent!), and, as is the case with us foreigners, all the classes we take.
More importantly, however, other people’s personal lives are just that—personal. And none of our business.