Much of what our Oriental dance books and magazines have told us about Egyptian dance before 1930 is filled with gaps and errors. In this lecture, Shira unveils the fascinating world of belly dance as it was performed in Egypt before Tahia Carioca's rise to fame in the 1930's. Discover the dance stars of the latter half of the 19th century and early 20th century, long before Badia Masabni opened her first club.
Most research into the Egyptian side of belly dance history shows a gap for the century between 1830 and 1930. There hasn't been much written in English about that era. There are also many errors in what people think they know about the dance scene at this time.
In this lecture, Shira shines light into this part of our history, exploring dance stars of the 19th century, the rise of the nightclub industry long before Badia Masabni opened her first club, the invention of raqs al-shamadan, and more. Connecting the dots from diverse sources, Shira paints a picture of a vibrant dance scene starring larger-than-life personalities whose innovations still influence belly dance as we know it today.
Shira will introduce many fascinating dancers: the one who performed at the opening of the Suez canal, the one whose horses were offered champagne to drink, the one who was arrested for spying during World War 2, the one who was savagely murdered on stage, and many more.
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