Naima Akef – Polished Performances (5.3.3)

Naima Akef – Polished Performances (5.3.3)

Introduction to Naima Akef Naima Akef (نعيمة عاكف) was also an innovator in the field of raqs sharqi, because of her training and background and she was very influential for future generations of raqs sharqi practitioners. The famous Egyptian dancer Nagwa Fouad...
Samia Gamal – The Innovating ‘Modern Woman’ (4.3.2)

Samia Gamal – The Innovating ‘Modern Woman’ (4.3.2)

Samia Gamal Movement Vocabulary Samia Gamal (جمال‎ سامية) is the most famous of the dancers of the Golden Age of Egyptian cinema. The basic movements she used were part of the same movement vocabulary used by the other dancers of her time. However, the feeling and...
Tahia Carioca – The Traditionalist Bint al Balad (5.3.1)

Tahia Carioca – The Traditionalist Bint al Balad (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...
Raqs Sharqi in Egyptian Cinema (1930s to 1950s)

Raqs Sharqi in Egyptian Cinema (1930s to 1950s)

The Golden Era Introduced The time span from the 1930s to the late 1950s is the golden era of Egyptian cinema and the time when we find the majority of dance scenes. In this section, I will analyse videos of some of the most famous dancers of the time, to pinpoint the...
Birth of Modern Raqs Sharqi (Late 1800s to 1930s)

Birth of Modern Raqs Sharqi (Late 1800s to 1930s)

1920s Cairo and Hybrid Dance Egyptian raqs sharqi, in its modern form, developed in Cairo in the 1920s and was a hybrid dance genre from the beginning. The origins of raqs sharqi lie both in Egyptian traditions [1] and in transcultural elements coming from near Middle...