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Sept. 2013 - Zameena - Live Music With the Arab Quarter Aug.2013 - Zameena  

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Umm Kulthum - Am I not getting it?

 Am I not getting it? I am nine years old and I am in no way happy!! It is the middle of a hot Cairo day and I am at home with my auntie helping to stuff vine leaves whilst sitting on the living room floor. It’s not this that has put a scowl on my face. It is what plays on the small TV in the corner of the room. I want to watch

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HAVE FUN MAKING A FANCY STRAIGHT DANCE CANE FOR NEXT TO NOTHING

When I first started dancing with a cane / stick, I used an old wooden walking stick which I inherited from my grandad and happily used for years.

Then, when I was in Turkey on holiday I bought my first “proper” cane. I was very happy because it was much lighter and easier to execute the moves with than the fat, large walking

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Using The Belly Dancer’s Treasure Pack!

Using The Belly Dancer’s Treasure Pack!

By Guinevere Clar

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Tahia - Queen of the dance say I !

Tahia is one of the highest respected dancers, that ever was. Tahia is considered an artist, something dancers in Egypt are always striving for. She accomplished it nearly effortlessly, due her natural talent to dance beautifully with out fault. Nearly every other famous dancer, I have written about, has

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Samia Gamal - A never ending influence

I am at a dance course and meet a lovely dancer of Japanese heritage, she introduces herself as Samia. I didn't really thing to much of it, it's a nice name was probably the extent. Days into the course and having become very good friends with her, the topic randomly of names arises,

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Naima Akef

Naima Akef is probably my favourite dancer, when she dances I'm himotized I can't put in words how much I enjoy it. She was born in Cairo on the 7th of October 1929 (some sources may tell you 1939, which is wrong). Her family owned the Akef circus. Straight away from childhood, Naima was exposed to acrobats, dance, mus

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Nagwa Fouad

Nagwa Fouad was born January, 1939. Her father was Egyptian and her mother Palestinian. Her mother died quite soon after her birth. Her father quickly married another woman. To be a man and looking after a baby in Egypt wasn't really done at that time. His new wife was a caring lady, Nagwa and her took to each other in

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Sohair Zaki

I've been researching Sohair on the internet what did I find? Well the main thing was lots of fans quoting her on their websites as one of their most loved dancers and saying that they are envious of her amazing hip work.Sohair is an extremely well known dancer, and was very high c

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Fifi Abdou

(All the quotes from Fifi in this article are from Francesca Sullivan's interview with her - see bottom of article for details)

Fifi Abdou when was she born? I'm sure like most women Fifi doesn't answer that question. Her exact date of birth is unknown; she's in her late 50's.Li

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Randa Kamal - an eye opener

I was so, so excited! Why? I was in Egypt on my way to see none other than Randa Kamal. In the back of the taxi with my dance teacher Terri and a fellow dancer Shelly, I waited eagerly, wishing for the busy streets of Cairo to magically disappear. My cousin Ahmed was sitting in the front; chatting away to the driver as though it w


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SO WHY IS A BELLY DANCER POSTING RECIPES??? Have a read below.............

Feeling overwhelmed, relaxed, happy and gorgeously sun kissed, my boyfriend and I stand on the platform at Luton, waiting for a train to London. We had just touched down at Luton airport having spent over a week in Barce

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"ROZE BE LEBAN" EGYPTIAN RICE PUDDING

Rice pudding: This is one of the most common desserts in Egypt and during Ramadan, when food is nothing but indulgent, it is eaten nearly everyday. There are a few different ways to make it depending on which family you ask. Recipe books are not common place in Egyptian households. Instead recipes are passed down

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AUNTY'S REFRESHING DRINKS

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Koshri - Egypt's Best

Koshari - The favourite Egyptian fast food! In my experience kids and adults alike don't like this to be cooked at home and prefer the take-away version! There are shops on nearly every corner selling it. 0ne of best is considered to be "Koshari El Tahria" which is near El-Boston Mall. The owners

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Baba Ganoush

Popular in Egypt and all over the middle east this is an easy, tasty dip to make. Tahini is an oily, sesame paste and a good source of calcium. It is used in many middle eastern dishes and is used in hummus as well as baba ghanoush. You can find it in most supermarkets or health food shop

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Mashi - Stuffed Vegetables

Egyptians basically use any vegetable which can be filled. The most common (or rather my favourites) are: courgettes, baby aubergines, cabbage leaves and peppers.

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Set Your Goals for 2012!!

Do you want to set goals that you ACTUALLY go on to achive?

Below is a simple template for you to follow to set your goals for 2012. Just follow the steps and read the examples in the boxes to get an idea of what to do and then make your goals for 2012!
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