Laban Movements Analysis of Belly Dancers from the 2000s (5.7.9)

Laban Movements Analysis of Belly Dancers from the 2000s (5.7.9)

Dance Movements Analysis Table 39 below summarises the movements noticed in this timeframe. The only new kineme I have noticed is the heel stomps, lifting and lowering both heels at the same time once, to stress an accent in the music. Most of the innovations instead...
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 analyse, 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...