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Dance Heritage & Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Research
Lucy – Classical Raqs Sharqi Belly Dancer from Egypt Laban Movements and Style (5.6.2)
Lucy's Background Lucy (لوسى) was one of the star dancers of Cairo in the 1980s and 90s. She is an actress, singer, and dancer (El Safy, 1993a) and danced at the Parisiana, a club in Cairo owned by her husband (Taylor, no date; Rose, 2006; TheCaroVan, 2015c). Dancer...
Fifi Abdou the Baladi Dance – Movements Analysis & Dance Style (5.6.1)
(1st profile and analysis of the three famous Egyptian dancers of the 1980s and 1990s) Fifi Abdou Background Fifi Abdou (فيفى عبده) was born in 1953 (Shams, 2016) and started dancing at the age of 12 (Shams, 2016), becoming a soloist in a folklore troupe at the age of...
The Last Big Raqs Sharqi Stars in Egypt (the 1980s and 1990s) – 5.6
1980s and mid-1990 Raqs Sharqi (Belly Dance) The timeframe between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s sees a flourishing of raqs sharqi in Egypt and abroad (in countries such as Lebanon and the UAE but also in London, as we will see). I have found fewer clips with dance...
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...
Sahar Samara – Modern but Mellow (5.7.5)
Background of Sahar Samara Another Egyptian dancer who teaches at the Nile Group Festival is Sahar Samara. She also participated in the raqs sharqi competition Al Rakesa, organised by Dina, and she came second. I found a little bit more information about her from the...
Arabic Terms Used in Belly Dance Glossary
Afrangi Afrnagi are considered the westernized Egyptian upper class. Alma (plur. awalim) Alma is an educated woman who could sing, write music and poetry, play instruments, and sometimes danced and who performed mainly for women in the harem. Assaya An Assaya is a...
Articles on Dance Heritage
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...
Raqs Sharqi in Egyptian Cinema (1930s to 1950s) – 5.3
Research on the Golden Era of belly dance and Egyptian cinema in the 1930s to 1950s. Samia Gamal, Tahia Carioca and Naima Akef.
Birth of Modern Raqs Sharqi, Baladi and Ghawazee (Late 1800s to 1930s) and Belly Dance (5.2)
Baladi and Ghawazee dance and Roma dances. Cultural production, Awalim Badia Masabni, and transcultural dance. costumes and props.
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