There is a documentary about dancing in Egypt has been making the rounds on social media that is of interest to belly dancers.
It is about Egyptian dancers – not the famous dancers in the 5 star hotels, etc. This is about the dancers that do the rounds of the weddings and clubs that ordinary Egyptians go to.
Some dancers like what they do, others are ashamed.
check it out here
The story is reminiscent of “A Trade Like Any Other – female singers and dancers in Egypt” by Karin van Nieuwkerk
“In Egypt, singing and dancing are considered essential on happy occasions. Professional entertainers often perform at weddings and other celebrations, and a host family’s prestige rises with the number, expense, and fame of the entertainers they hire. Paradoxically, however, the entertainers themselves are often viewed as disreputable people and are accorded little prestige in Egyptian society.”
The film and the book are well worth watching / reading for those that are wanting to get a better understanding of the cultural nuances involved in the belly dance scene.
Have you watched or read either of these resources? What did you think? Was it a shock to you? Please comment below.