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Index to Belly Dance, Then and Now



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In the Middle East


Personalities: Alphabetical Order

These names are alphabetized according to the dancers' first names.

Personalities: Chronological Order

This list shows the dancers grouped in approximate chronological order according to when they first rose to fame.


The Articles

Afranza Hanem

Amina Mohamed

Badia Masabni

ABOUT THE PHOTO: Badia Masabni remains a legend even today in Egyptian entertainment industry history.

Ads for Badia's Shows at Her Clubs

Bahiya Amer

Bamba Kashar

Beba Ezz El-Din

ABOUT THE PHOTO: Bamba Kashar was one of the legendary dancers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Beba Ibrahim

Beba Ibrahim was an Egyptian dancer who worked at Badia Masabni's club for a time.


Dawlath Soliman



ABOUT THE PHOTO: Dina performs at the nightclub in the Semiramis hotel in February 2017.

Fairouz Arteen (Child Star)

Fardous Shalaby

Fathya Fouad

Fathya Mahmoud

Fathya Moustafa

Fathya Sherif

Fifi Abdo



Gina Markisian


Hekmet Fahmy

Hekmet Kamel

Hind Rostum

Houriya Mohamed

ABOUT THE PHOTO: Hind Rostum embraces Omar Sharif in a scene from a movie they made together.

Imtithal Fawzy

Isaac Dickson

Ismail Yassin

Hind Rostum and Omar Sharif

Karima Ahmed


ABOUT THE PHOTO: Lucy poses for a publicity photo.


Khayria Sadki


Kuchuk Hanem

Layla el-3amrya

Also known as Layla el-Chakraa, the Blonde Layla, and Juliet Masabni. Sometimes spelled as Leila al-Amriya.


Mahmoud el-Meligy

Mary Ezz el-Din

Mary Mansour

Mounira Mohamed


Na3ema Abdo

Nabaweya Moustafa

ABOUT THE PHOTO: Nagwa Fouad poses in a publicity photo.

Naemet Mokhtar

Nagwa Fouad

Naima Akef


Ragaa Tawfik


Safiya Helmi


Nagwa Fouad

Samia Gamal

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

Shafiqa el-Koptiyya

Soad Mahasen

Soheir Zaki


Taheya Carioca

ABOUT THE PHOTO: Taheya Carioca dances in a scene from the movie Shatie al-Gharam (Shore of Love).


Zeinat Olwi

Zouba el-Klobatiyya

Taheya Carioca


Photo Galleries

Photo by Van Leo


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

Reda Troupe
Other Folklore Topics

Flyers and Advertisements

Arranged in chronological order by when they appeared.

1800's through 1920's

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
After 2000



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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