Dance Research

Read the dance heritage research from the PhD of Dr Valeria Lo Iacono by choosing from the posts below and from the additional pages.

Nelly Fouad, Raqs Sharqi – Innovation in Movements (5.5.3)

Nelly Fouad, Raqs Sharqi – Innovation in Movements (5.5.3)

(Continuing on the section on Raqs Sharqi in Egyptian Cinema and TV (1970s and Early 1980s) The Early Career of Nelly Fouad Nelly Fouad (نيللى فؤاد), as Evanoff (2012) reports, was born in Alexandria and she first became famous in Lebanon, before returning to Cairo....

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Soheir Zaki – The ‘Truly Oriental’ Performer (5.5.2)

Soheir Zaki – The ‘Truly Oriental’ Performer (5.5.2)

(Continuing the section on Raqs Sharqi in Egyptian Cinema and TV (1970s and Early 1980s) Soheir Zaki's Background Soheir Zaki (سهير زكي), Nearing (2012a) and Sullivan (2002) report, was born in Mansoura, in the Nile Delta and moved to Alexandria with her family when...

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Egyptian Folklore and the Reda Troupe (5.3.4)

Egyptian Folklore and the Reda Troupe (5.3.4)

1950s in Egypt and Egyptian Culture In the 1950s in Egypt, after the 1952 revolution, the government encouraged a renewed interest in Egyptian culture, particularly in the late 1950s. It was in this political and cultural environment that the Ministry of Culture...

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Naima Akef – Laban Analysis & Movements (5.3.3)

Naima Akef – Laban Analysis & Movements (5.3.3)

Introduction to Naima Akef Naima Akef (نعيمة عاكف) was also an innovator in the field of Raqs sharqi, because of her training and background and she was very influential for future generations of Raqs sharqi practitioners. The famous Egyptian dancer Nagwa Fouad...

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Samia Gamal Belly Dancer Laban Movement Analysis (5.3.2)

Samia Gamal Belly Dancer Laban Movement Analysis (5.3.2)

Samia Gamal Movement Vocabulary Samia Gamal (جمال‎ سامية) is the most famous of the dancers of the Golden Age of Egyptian cinema. The basic movements she used were part of the same movement vocabulary used by the other dancers of her time. However, the feeling and...

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