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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

Arabic Terms Used in Belly Dance Glossary

Arabic Terms Used in Belly Dance Glossary

Afrangi Afrnagi are considered the westernised 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...

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Glossary of Raqs Sharqi Belly Dance Movements

Glossary of Raqs Sharqi Belly Dance Movements

Belly Dance Movements The following list of terms for raqs sharqi movements is not the official codified terminology, as this does not exist for raqs sharqi or belly dance. It is instead the terminology I have learnt from my teachers over the years and from books and...

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Camelia – The Extremely Assertive Dancer (5.7.4)

Camelia – The Extremely Assertive Dancer (5.7.4)

Camelia Background Camelia teaches at the Nile Group Festival and, according to its website (no date), she started her career as a folkloric dancer in the late 90s and later she started dancing raqs sharqi. She is now performing in 5-star hotels in Cairo and she...

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Tourism Boards and Using Traditional Dance for Place-making

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Articles on Dance Heritage

The Last Big Raqs Sharqi Stars in Egypt (1980s and 1990s)

The Last Big Raqs Sharqi Stars in Egypt (1980s and 1990s)

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...

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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