Mona al Said

This is such a golden oldie that I’d completely forgotten I even had it, but what a gem it is! The dancer is Egyptian born Mona al Said and this is her taksim performance from one of the old ‘Shwaya Baladi’ VHS tapes. Despite Mona wearing the same black net costume, this clip is different from the long performance we all know where she starts with a veil trimmed with long gold fringe. LOL, if you don’t believe me: (1) The music is different. (2) Mona’s position in relation to the white staircase, on the right of screen, is different. In this clip the entire performance is on the same level as the staircase not on the level below as she is in the longer clip.

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