This is Lebanese bellydancer Dani Boustros (Bustros) in a stage performance. She’s wearing a blue bedlah.
Trivia: The Boustros family, of which Dani was a member, is well known in Beirut as one of the ‘seven families’ who traditionally were the land owners and commercial magnates.
The dancer in this scene is Hanan a popular Egyptian bellydancer from the 70s (not to be confused with actress and former ballerina Hanan Turk). The music is ‘Fi youm wa leyla’ (A day and a night) originally sung by Warda Al Jazairia.
This scene is taken from the 1979 film ‘Khalli Balak Min Geranak’ (Watch out for your neighbours) which starred Adel Imam and Lebleba playing newly weds Ahmed and Nawal. The couple move into a new apartment only to find that they have to share it with their eccentric painter neighbour Abdelsalam played by Fuad el Mohandes. Happy ending (eventually) as Abdelsalam meets Nawal’s mum Fawzia played by Madiha Yosri, falls in love with her and they get married.
The film also starred comedian Wahid Seif who died in 2013 aged 74 after a long theatre and film career.
This is actress Aida Riad dancing in a scene from the 1994 film اللي يعيش ياما يشوف (Those Who live Will Undoubtedly See). She’s a good dancer isn’t she? And there’s a reason for that….she started off her show business career as a 15 year old dancer in an Egyptian National Folk Dance troupe.
Trivia: Aida Riad was married to singer Muharram Fouad for some years. He’s probably best known for the song ‘Rimsh Enoh’.
Many thanks to Mona.