Egyptian Raqs Sharqi Analysis

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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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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