World Dance Heritage

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Read the research on Dance as a Form of Living Cultural Heritage

Welcome to World Dance Heritage, with research, culture, lessons, teaching, and customs of dance. This site is about promoting and celebrating all dance forms and its protection and promotion from all over the world. The heritage section covers research on all aspects of  dance heritage and the cultural dimensions of dance, including on the issues, debates, and questions about dance genres as forms of cultural heritage of humanity Including the transmission of dance and the  Authenticity of dance)For tourist boards, dance can also be an important way of providing a memorable and positive visitor experience and we work with Tourism Boards to promote dance heritage and traditions. We also providing teaching and training online in dance, heritage, tourism via online teaching to students around the world. 

Dance Heritage & Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)  Research

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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Tourism Boards and Using Traditional Dance for Place-making

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Articles on Dance Heritage

Samia Gamal – The Innovating ‘Modern Woman’ (4.3.2)

Samia Gamal – The Innovating ‘Modern Woman’ (4.3.2)

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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Tahia Carioca – The Traditionalist Bint al Balad (5.3.1)

Tahia Carioca – The Traditionalist Bint al Balad (5.3.1)

Who is Tahia Carioca Tahia Carioca’s name (in Arabic: كاريوكا‎ تحية) can be transliterated in many different ways, including Taheyya Kariokka or Tahiya Karioka. In my writing, I will use Tahia Carioca, while in the quotations from other sources I will use whatever...

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

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

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 analyse videos of some of the most famous dancers of the time, to pinpoint the...

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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