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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

Foreigners Living and Working in Cairo (5.7.7)

Foreigners 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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Sahar Samara – Modern but Mellow (5.7.5)

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...

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Tourism Boards and Using Traditional Dance for Place-making

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Articles on Dance Heritage

Mona al Said – The International Influencer (5.6.3)

Mona al Said – The International Influencer (5.6.3)

About Mona al Said Biographical information about Mona al Said (منى السعيد ) is available from an article written by El Safy (1996) and from Mona’s own website (El Said, no date). She was born in Suez Canal and loved dancing folkloric dances at school. It was not...

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Lucy – The Last Classical Raqs Sharqi Artist (5.6.2)

Lucy – The Last Classical Raqs Sharqi Artist (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...

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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