Nagua Fouad was very popular the 70's and 80's. Nagwa's fame started to rise in the sixties. By the seventies Nagwa Fuad was the top belly-dancer in the Arab world and beyond. She was on the cover of Egyptian magazines like the one of 1966 of "Al Kawakeb" (showed on the next page). Dancing has always been her priority above anything else: "To be a dancer, a respected, famous dancer was my dream since I was about six, when I started dancing...".
Nagua Fouad was born in 1943 in Alexandria under the name Awatef. Her father was Egyptian and her mother Palestinian. Her mother died a few months after Nagua was born and her father remarried another Palestinian woman. Later in 1958, just before becoming 15, Nagua ran away from Alexandria to Cairo without a penny. Najwa became known as dancer in 1959. She was always been very impressed by Na'ema Akef and like to follow her footsteps. Arriving in Caïro she took up a job as a telephone operator at the Orabi Agency for the stars of the Egyptian Cinema. Her step-mom who had followed her to Cairo so now she was able to support her also. Her job at the Orabi agency was her first conscious career step to move from rags to riches. "When Orabi saw me dance, he persuaded me to rent a belly-dancer's costume for 50 piastres and hit the stage."
Not long after, Nagwa Fouad began dancing at "Sahara City", a famous night-club at the foot of the Pyramids. But "Sahara City" was perhaps more worldwide known as the title of the belly dance album it was named after. Some time later she moved to the more glamorous "Auberge des Pyramides".
The next important career step was Nagwa's marriage to Ahmed Fouad Hassan, the talented violin player, composer and conductor. Ahmed gave Nagwa Fouad her chance to appear in the very popular sixties stage show "Adwoua Al-Madina" (City Lights), which had featured such superstars as Abdel-Halim Hafez, Fayza Ahmed, Shadia and Sabah. Nagwa featured on many of the covers of the Ahmed Fouad Hassan LP's/CD's.
Partly based on information of "Al kawakeb" and "al ahram"