Taheya Karioka (1942) كاريوكا تحية

Legendary bellydancer Taheya Karioka performs in a scene from the 1942 Egyptian film ‘Aheb al Ghalat’ (I Like Mistakes أحب الغلط) which starred Anwar Wajdi, Hussein Sidqi, Fardous Mohammad and Ismail Yassin.
Taheya plays a dancer named Badawia who falls in love with Alawi (Sidqi), a rich man’s son who’s trying to be successful in his own right as a music composer. The father refuses his son’s request to marry the dancer. Subsequently the father has a heart attack and is nursed back to health by the dancer. Badawia tells Alawi that she has fallen in love with someone else but the father realises what a good hearted person she is and then he gives his consent to his son and the dancer to marry.

Berlanti Abdel Hamid (1960) برلنتي عبد الحميد‎

Berlanti Abdel Hamid is the dancer in this clip from the 1960 film ‘Nida’a al ‘ushaq’ (The Lovers’ Call نداء العشاق). She’s dancing during the opening credits and again with a cane in a scene from later in the film. Berlanti was an actress more than a dancer, usually playing the part of an seductress. Directed by Youssef Chahine, the film tells the story of Ward (Rose), played by Berlanti, who runs away from her village after witnessing a murder. She starts working in a cotton factory and falls in love with a co-worker named Abdo (Shukry Sarhan). It all goes wrong and they are both die at the hand of the evil Metwali played by Farid Shawqi. (He’s the shifty looking guy shown at the end of the clip.) Berlanti certainly had a colourful life off stage! She was married to Abdel Hakim Amer the Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Army who was for several years the first Vice President to Gamal Nasser. The Chief of Staff had the power to rule Egypt should the President be unable to do so. Field Marshall Amer’s career came to end after the 6 Day War in 1967 and he died the same year after being arrested for allegedly plotting a coup to overthrow Nasser. Some say he committed suicide while others, including Berlanti, say he was poisoned by government agents. In the early 2000’s she was involved in a public slanging match with the team who proposed making a movie, ‘Al Rais wa’al Muhir’ (The President and the Marshal) based on her late husband’s life. The script was rejected by Egypt’s censors in 2004 who claimed that permission had to be granted by military intelligence who had previously rejected the script. In 2009 the production company obtained a Court ruling that overturned the censor’s decision and the project was approved. I haven’t found any info on whether, in the end, the film was made.
In 2000 an Israeli tv programme alleged that Berlanti along with three other Egyptian actresses (Hind Rostom, Nadia Lofti and Mariam Fakhreddin) had worked for the Israeli secret service Mossad. The claims were strenuosuly denied.
Berlanti Abdel Hamid died in December 2010.

Nadia al Gendi (1981) نادية الجندي


Actress Nadia al Gendi dances in a scene from the 1981 film ‘Ana al Magnoun’ (I’m the mad (as in crazy) one انا المجنون) which also starred Farid Shawki (the man in the suit watching her) and Adel Adham.

Samia Gamal (1950)

Samia Gamal dances and Souad Makawee sings in a 1950 film ‘Asmar wa gameel’ (Dark and Handsome أسمر وجميل). The man with the moustache is a well known Egyptian comedian of the time, Mahmoud Shekuku, who was usually known by just his surname. The film also starred Mahmoud Abdul Aziz, Marie Munib and Mohamed al Bakker.

The word ‘asmar’ means ‘brown’.

Dani Boustros

Lebanese bellydancer Dani Bustros combined traditional bellydance with elements of flamenco and modern dance. The fusion of dance styles probably isn’t obvious in this clip from early in her career but later on her interest in adding to her repertoire was evident. She was also a choreographer and singer. Sadly, Dani Boustros died by her own hand in December 1998.

Katy (1953) كيتي

Egyptian/Greek bellydancer Katy in a scene from the 1953 film ‘Al Mukadder w’al Maktoob’ (Fate and Destiny or pre-destiny المقدر والمكتوب ). The film starred Abdel Aziz Mahmoud, Hoda Shams el Dinn, Shekuku (the dentist in this scene) and the lovely voice of Suad Mekkawi.

Nehad Morad (1992) نهاد مراد

Nehad Morad is the bellydancer performing in this scene from the 1992 Egyptian film ‘Sera’a El-Zawgat’ (Battle between the wives صراع الزوجات ). In this scene the husband, played by Mahmoud Hemeida, has taken both his wives, together with his young daughter, to a nightclub. The two battling wives are played by Nahla Salama and Dalal Abdel Aziz (who’s married to comedian Samir Ghanem).
While ‘Sera’a El Zawgat’ went straight to video, its noteable for having a female director, Nemat Rushdi.
Thanks for the dancer ID Sherlock xx