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PHOTO CREDIT: Above photo by John Rickman Photography, San Jose, California.

Index to Belly Dance, Then and Now



Table of Contents



In the Middle East


Personalities: Alphabetical Order

Personalities: Chronological Order

Dancers are listed in approximate chronological order according to when their careers were thriving. Or, use the alphabetical list below to quickly find the specific dancer you're looking for.

Kuchuk Hanem

Shafiqa el-Koptiyya

Bamba Kashar

Zouba el-Klobatiyya

Hekmet Fahmy


Badia Masabni

Ads for Badia's Shows at Her Clubs


Beba Ezz El-Din

Imtithal Fawzy

Amina Mohamed

Fathya Fouad

Hekmet Kamel

Tahia Carioca

Houriya Mohamed

Karima Ahmed


Khayria Sadki

Mounira Mohamed


Tahia Carioca

Samia Gamal

ABOUT THE PHOTO: Samia Gamal performs in a scene from the movie Sigarah wa Kass (A Glass and a Cigarette).

Fairouz Arteen (Child Star)

Naemet Mokhtar

Zeinat Olwi


Dawlath Soliman

Hind Rostom

Nagwa Fouad

Soheir Zaki


Nagwa Fouad

Fifi Abdo




The Working World

ABOUT THE PHOTO: Sabriye Tekbilek performs at the Khaleej Palace Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Sabriye Tekbilek


History & Folkloric Foundations

Ancient Times


Recent Centuries

Folkloric Styles


Flyers and Advertisements

Arranged in chronological order by when they appeared.


ABOUT THE PHOTO: This is a scan of a 1926 ad promoting the grand opening of Badia Masabni's very first club, Sala Badia.


ABOUT THE PHOTO: This photo is a scan of a 1940's flyer promoting a new show featuring Badia Masabni's and Beba Ezz El-Din's new dance company.

1940's & 1950's
Timing Unknown



ABOUT THE PHOTO: An alley in Cairo where a wedding is taking place in January, 1999.




Through Foreign Eyes




PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Bill Corwin, San Jose, California, 1986.



Product Reviews

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Randolph Lynch, Redwood City, California.



Dance Styles

ABOUT THE PHOTO: Photo of Arabella wearing a Pharaonic costume that she made.




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