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Dance Heritage & Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)  Research

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Male Belly Dancers (5.7.8)

Male Belly Dancers (5.7.8)

Men Performing Raqs Sharqi I have not found any videos of men performing Egyptian Raqs sharqi to analyze, dating back to before the late 1990s/early 2000s. Back in the early days of Raqs sharqi, even though Badia Masabni stated that, in her troupe, ‘we also had men...

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Foreigner Dancers Living and Working in Cairo (5.7.7)

Foreigner Dancers Living and Working in Cairo (5.7.7)

Non-Egyptian Influences As mentioned by Dina at the end of the previous section, the musicians, the feeling and the heart of raqs sharqi are still in Egypt. This is why many raqs sharqi practitioners (those who want to discover the roots of this dance) from around the...

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Belly Dancers in Contemporary Egyptian Media (5.7.6)

Belly Dancers in Contemporary Egyptian Media (5.7.6)

Other Egyptian Dancers Apart from the dancers who perform and teach internationally, there are other examples of Egyptian dancers I found online. These are the ones who appear on shaabi music videos and I have found references to some of them on an article from a...

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Articles on Dance Heritage

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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Raqs Sharqi in Egyptian Cinema (1930s to 1950s) – 5.3

Raqs Sharqi in Egyptian Cinema (1930s to 1950s) – 5.3

The Golden Era Introduced The time span from the 1930s to the late 1950s is the golden era of Egyptian cinema and the time when we find the majority of dance scenes. In this section, I will analyze videos of some of the most famous dancers of the time, to pinpoint the...

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Books on Dance

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Dr Valeria Lo Iacono (Symonds)

Dr Valeria Lo Iacono (Symonds)

Owner

Hi. I am the owner of World Dance heritage and I completed a Ph.D. in dance as a form of in cultural tangible heritage. I also have worked as a lecturer of sociology, and physical movement, in the University of Bath (England), and Cardiff Metropolitan University (Wales). Valeria also provides online teaching in dance studies, and heritage studies. Learn more about Dr Valeria Lo Iacono

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