The dancer in this scene from the 1959 Egyptian comedy ‘Arees Merati’ (‘My Wife’s Husband’ عريس مراتى) is one of the film’s stars, Cairo born actress, dancer and singer, Loula Sedki (1923-2001). The actor with her is Tawfik al Deqn.
This film starts with a logo that says ‘Loula Sedki Films’ so she must have had her own production company at some point. Cairo born Loula Sedki’s film career in Egypt started in the 1940s and seems to have ended in the mid-1960s when she went to Italy where she appeared in several Italian language films. She died in Rome in 2001.
Trivia: The three people in the audience also star in the film; Ismail Yassin who’s trying to hide his eyes, Zeinat Sedki and Abdel Salem al Nabulsi.
This is an old video of Egyptian bellydancer and actress Lucy (لوسى). As this is a conversion from a VHS tape to a dvd then to an mpg the visual quality isn’t the best.
Trivia: She also uses the name Lucy Saad.
This is Egyptian bellydancer Hendeya performing at a private function held in a hotel ballroom in Cairo, probably during the 1990s. In this clip she’s wearing a purple and yellow bedlah and she also wears one purple shoe and one yellow shoe to match.
This is a performance by Brazilian dancer Gisele Bomentre during a Lebanese tv game show . Gisele became well known in the Middle East, firstly in Lebanon but later throughout the region where she performed extensively. She was noted for her sword work. To place Gisele in the Lebanese dance timeline, she’s of the same era as Amani, Samara and Australia’s Amera Eid. Gisele has since returned to her home country of Brazil where she teaches and performs and has developed a career as a singer.
Sorry about the jumps-and-bumps during this clip, its a conversion from an old VHS tape to digital.