Dani Boustros (Lebanon) داني بسترس

Lebanese bellydancer Dani Boustros in a grey/purple dress with Setrak Sarkissian drumming. During this show she uses a cane (assaya).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.
Sadly, Dani died by her own hand in December 1998.

Nariman Aboud ناريمان عبود

This is Lebanese bellydancer Nariman Aboud performing at an outdoor concert in Achrafieh, a suburb in eastern Beirut, Lebanon.
Nariman was originally spotted by Lebanese singer Melhem Baraket and her career started from there. Later she married singer Wissam al Amir and retired from public performing in the early 2000s to take care of their two children. In 2011 there was talk of her returning to the dance scene but whether that happened or not I don’t know. She still regularly hits the dance floor at the restaurant in Jouneih in Lebanon though.
Trivia: Off topic, Achrafieh has a terrific shopping mall on Alfred Naccache Street called ABC.

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.

Nadia Gamal (1965) نادية جمال

Bellydancer Nadia Gamal and legendary Lebanese singer Sabah together in a scene from the 1965 film ‘Al Siba wal Jamal’ (Youth and Beauty الصبا والجمال ) which is set in Lebanon.  The film starred Sabah, Muharram Fouad and Nadia Gamal’s husband at that time, Lebanese musician/actor Shafiq Hashim. Nadia Gamal married Shafiq Hashim in 1958 but the marriage ended in divorce nine years later.
Depending on who tells the story, bellydancer Nadia Gamal was born Maria Kariadis in 1935 (or 1936 or 1937) in Alexandria, Egypt (or Beirut) to parents who were Lebanese (or Greek or Italian or Egyptian).  Whatever the facts, she was a wonderful dancer.  Sadly she died in Beirut in 1990 of complications while receiving treatment for cancer.
Trivia: (1) One of the film’s stars, Egyptian singer Muharram Fouad, was one of bellydancer Taheya Karioka’s 14 husbands.
(2) Shafiq Hashim was Karem Mahmoud’s band leader for several years.

Nadia Gamal (1965) نادية جمال‎

Bellydancer Nadia Gamal in a scene from the 1965 film ‘Al Siba wa’l Jamal’ (Youth and Beauty الصبا والجمال ).  The film starred Lebanese diva Sabah along with Muharram Fouad and Shafiq Hashim who was Nadia Gamal’s husband at the time. Nadia Gamal married Shafiq Hashim in 1958, the marriage ending in divorce nine years later.  Depending on who tells the story, bellydancer Nadia Gamal was born Maria Kariadis in 1935 (or 1936 or 1937) in Alexandia (or Beirut) to parents who were Lebanese or Greek or Italian or Egyptian.  Whatever the facts, she was a wonderful dancer.  Sadly she died in Beirut in 1990 of complications while receiving treatment for cancer.
Trivia: (1) Shafiq Hashim was singer Karem Mahmoud’s band leader for several years. There’s a clip of Nagwa Fouad dancing while Karem Mahmoud sings ‘Samra ya Samra’ on this channel.
(2) Muharram Fouad was one of Taheya Karioka’s 14 husbands.  I think he was number 8 but can anyone confirm please?

 

Nadia Gamal نادية جمال (1968)

This 1968 film is named after the hero of the piece, a Robin Hood-like character named ‘Saqr al Arab’ (Arabian Falcon). In this scene Nadia Gamal plays a bellydancer who’s been hired to poison the Emir (in the white turban). After finishing her dance, she pours the poisoned wine into a goblet which she offers to the Emir. He raises the cup to drink but is saved by the Arabian Falcon who leaps through a window and knocks it out of his hand.

Howaida al Hashem هويدا الهاشم

Lebanese bellydancer Howaida Hashem wearing what’s come to be known, rightly or wrongly, as her “Cowboy Costume”.  The costume itself seems to be very polarising: some dancers love it  while others hate it, particularly the leggings.
This is another classic clip via the boys at Starlight Videos in Australia.