The foundations of the belly dance museum were in the early days of and even before internet. Things change, so time to keep up... Bellydance Museum © 1999 to 2017 : Origins of oriental dance, bellydancing and famous historic bellydancers
"Intolerance" one of the first feature movies ever featuring oriental dancing of 1916 by D.W. Griffith.
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Oriental dance costumes from the 1700's, 1800's and the 1900'sBelly dance has evolved in many different countries through different ways and little is preserved to give an idea how it was centuries ago. This collection has pieces as old as 1714, probably the earliest account on printed paper.
It's origins are found in the Middle Eastern every day life. Women and girls dancing between themselves in schools, in their homes at weddings (separated from the men) and other festivities. Orientalists who watched women of gypsy tribes dancing at public places, witnessed one of the roots of oriental dancing
The very first Oriental dancer the Egyptians have known was "Shooq". She's reached the climax of her career in 1871 and starting from Shooq many Egyptian Belly dancers have successfully followed her footsteps.
One of her successors was "Shafiqah Alqebtieah" whom later has become the Icon of the Oriental dance that remains in the Egyptian memory.
Series of legendary Belly dancers have emerged in Egypt such as:
Badia Masabni, Hekmet Fahmy, Beba Ez-eddin, belly dancer and Egyptian freedom fighter for the Arabic revolution, Amina Mohammed, Tahieah Karryoka, Samia Jamal, Hajar Hamdy, Naima Akif (updated), then came Najwa Fouad, Nahid Sabri, a lesser known oriental bellydance superstar, Suhair Zaki and Farida Fahmi, the queen of Egyptian beledi.Among all those names were a big number of belly dancers who played what you call "strange" role in the evolution of the Oriental dance in Egypt and they shared the same start which is escaping home in searching for gold...
They became very famous dancers in Egypt and beyond Egypt as well. These oriental dance stars are featured with a unique collection of photos and stories only featured here in the Bellydance Museum. (copyright protected)
Last updated: april 21 th, 2016
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