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Index to Belly Dance, Then and Now



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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

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

Zouba el-Klobatiyya

Hekmet Fahmy


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


Isaac Dickson

Beba Ezz El-Din

ABOUT THE PHOTO: Beba Ezz el-Din was sometimes a friend of Badia Masabni, and sometimes an adversary.

Imtithal Fawzy

Amina Mohamed

Fathya Fouad

Hekmet Kamel

Beba Ezz el-Din

Taheya Carioca

Houriya Mohamed

Karima Ahmed

ABOUT THE PHOTO: Taheya Carioca originally achieved fame as a dancer, but also found great success as an actress in cinema. This scene appears in the movie Shatie el-Gharam (Shore of Love).


Khayria Sadki

Mounira Mohamed

Nabaweya Moustafa


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

ABOUT THE PHOTO: Nagwa Fouad makes her silver screen debut in the move Sharia el Hob (Love Street), which starred Abdel Halim Hafez and Sabah.

Soheir Zaki


Nagwa Fouad

Fifi Abdo


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



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.


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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