Egyptian Raqs Sharqi Analysis

Tahia Carioca Bint al Balad Laban Movements Analysis (5.3.1)

Tahia Carioca Bint al Balad Laban Movements Analysis (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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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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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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