Farida Seif al Nasr فريدة سيف النصر (1992)

Actress Farida Seif al Nasr dancing in a scene from the 1992 film ‘Ibn al Jebal’ (Son of the Mountain or sometimes titled ‘Mountain Boy’). The film starred Poussi and Samir Sabri.

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Nagwa Fouad (1960) فؤاد نجوى

Nagwa Fouad dances in a scene from the 1960 Egyptian film ‘Gharem fil Sirk’ (Love in the Circus غرام فى السيرك ) which starred Ismail Yassin, Berlanti Abdel Hamid and the ‘cute as a button’ child actor Ahmed Farhat. In this film Nagwa Fouad plays Warda, who is one half of a circus trapeze act with her husband Hassan. Hassan is played by none other than Farouk (Frank) Agrama who went on to be a famous director of horror films in the US.
Trivia: Frank Agrama was the producer of ‘Bazy-e-shance’ that starred bellydancer Nadia Gamal.

Nabila Ebeid (1992)

This 1992 movie is based on ‘Samara al Amir’, a short story of the same name by Naguib Mahfouz, The film starred Nabila Ebeid who’s dancing in this scene.  Also starring were Mariam Fakreddine, Waheed Seif, Mohamed Wafik and Ramses Marzouk. Marzouk was also the film’s cinematographer. The film tells the tale of a poor girl who is exploited by those around her but who becomes a famous bellydancer.
(In case you’d like to see more of Nabila, there are other clips on TheCarovan and out on the net.  FYI alternate spellings of her surname are ‘Obeid”, “Ubeid”, “Ebid” and “Abeid”.)

A trio of bellydancers (1940) الباشمقاول

A trio of bellydancers performing in a scene from the 1940 film ‘El Bashmikawaal’ (حلق حوش ) which starred Mimi Shakib, Hassan Fayek and Bishara Wakim. Also starring are father and daughter comedians Fawzi and Ehsane el Gazayerly.  The film was directed by Togo Misrahi with camera work by one of the legends of Egyptian cinematography, Abdel Halim Nasr.

Samara Part 2

This is the second part of a really old clip of bellydancer Samara. Born in Iraq, Samara made her name in Lebanon being most popular during the 1980s.  This clip is Part 2 of her performance at an LBC party held on a boat.  Fabulous costume!

The Fanoos website is unabashed in describing Samara as ‘…an average dancer with boring tableaux’. The site continues with a bit of background, “In 1986, she (Samara) became a mother and had to shortly stop dancing or making appearances. Because of problems with her spouse Tarek Osman which ended up in a divorce, her career was also put on hold and she disappeared for a long while before making a weak come-back in 2008.  Samara was however busy giving private dance classes and opening belly dance institutes in all countries of the Gulf, and in 1997 she opened her first Academy in Brazil.”  Does anyone know whether the Tarek Osman referred to is the Egyptian writer or whether its just the same name?

Samara’s rise to fame seems to have been thanks to her connection with Simon Asmar, I guess you could say he was the Lebanese Simon Cowell of the time. Asmar developed talented artists, not only bellydancers but singers too, and showcased them via his tv talent show ‘Studio el Fann’. He also either directed or produced many of the Lebanese tv game shows where bellydancers or singers performed. The tradition continues as Asmar’s son Bashir has worked as a producer’s assistant on the Lebanese tv bellydance competition called ‘Hezzi Ya Nawaem’. For those who’ve never seen the show, its like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ but with bellydancers only.

Samara Part 1

This is a really old clip of bellydancer Samara. Born in Iraq, she made her name in Lebanon being most popular during the 1980s.  This clip is Part 1 of her performance at an LBC party held on a boat.  Fabulous costume!

The Fanoos website is unabashed in describing Samara as ‘…an average dancer with boring tableaux’. The site continues with a bit of background, “In 1986, she (Samara) became a mother and had to shortly stop dancing or making appearances. Because of problems with her spouse Tarek Osman which ended up in a divorce, her career was also put on hold and she disappeared for a long while before making a weak come-back in 2008.  Samara was however busy giving private dance classes and opening belly dance institutes in all countries of the Gulf and in 1997 she opened her first Academy in Brazil.”  (Does anyone know whether the Tarek Osman referred to is the Egyptian writer or whether its a man with the same name?)

Samara’s rise to fame seems to have been thanks to her connection with Simon Asmar, I guess you could say he was the Lebanese Simon Cowell of the time. Asmar developed talented artists, not only bellydancers but singers too, and showcased them via his tv talent show ‘Studio el Fann’. He also either directed or produced many of the Lebanese tv game shows where bellydancers or singers performed. The tradition continues as Asmar’s son Bashir has worked as a producer’s assistant on the Lebanese tv bellydance competition called ‘Hezzi Ya Nawaem’. For those who’ve never seen the show, its like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ but with bellydancers only.

 

Soheir Zaki (1982) سهير زكي

Soheir Zaki dances in a scene from the 1982 Egyptian film ‘Aroussa Wa Gouz Ersan’ (A Bride and Two Grooms’ عروسة وجوز عرسان). The film starred Samir Ghanem as Essam who goes missing after the ship he’s on sinks. Many years go by and his widow eventually marries Essam’s friend Shaker….then Essam returns unaware that his wife has remarried. The film also starred Waheed Seif, Younes Shalabi, Maali Zayed and Essad Younis. There’s a cameo appearance by Mohamed Reza as himself.