Before They Were Belly Dancers: European Accounts of Female by Kathleen W. Fraser

By Kathleen W. Fraser

concentrating on Egypt through the interval 1760 to 1870, this publication fills in many of the historic blanks for a dance shape usually recognized this day within the heart East as raqs sharki or raqs baladi, and in Western nations as “belly dance.” Eyewitness money owed written by means of ecu tourists, the foremost fundamental resource for contemporary students, supply lots of the learn fabric. the writer shapes those a variety of money owed right into a coherent complete, offering an image of Egyptian girl entertainers of the interval as pros within the arts, instead of as a bunch of unnamed “ethnic” dancers and singers. research is given of the contexts of this dance—that was once a valid appearing artwork shape in Egyptian society favored by way of a wide selection of audiences—with a spotlight on real performances—and a new edition of choreography.

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