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)....
Fifi Abdou – The Strong and Charismatic Baladi Woman (5.6.1)

Fifi Abdou – The Strong and Charismatic Baladi Woman (5.6.1)

(1st profile and analysis of the three famous Egyptian dancers of the 1980s and 1990s) Fifi Abdou Background Fifi Abdou (فيفى عبده) was born in 1953 (Shams, 2016) and started dancing at the age of 12 (Shams, 2016), becoming a soloist in a folklore troupe at the age of...
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...
Nelly Fouad, Raqs Sharqi – Innovation in Movements (5.5.3)

Nelly Fouad, Raqs Sharqi – Innovation in Movements (5.5.3)

(Continuing on the section on Raqs Sharqi in Egyptian Cinema and TV (1970s and Early 1980s) The Early Career of Nelly Fouad Nelly Fouad (نيللى فؤاد), as Evanoff (2012) reports, was born in Alexandria and she first became famous in Lebanon, before returning to Cairo....
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...