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    Thank you all for the welcomes and congrats! The performance was actually no big deal, the event was verrrry small and informal. I had to dance alone just because there wasn't enough space for more than one person to twirl the cane.

    I am still such a baby dancer, so it would be wise to listen more that speak, but I promise not to hold myself back, when I really want to say something.

    De-lurkdom is fun!

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    Now that you're here, it's a good opportunity for you to ask the questions that you've always wanted answered.

    Remember that while there are no stupid questions, there are plenty that have been asked & answered heaps of times before on this forum, so always check to make sure first.
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    This is a great thread, thank you Henna for unlurking!

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    Hello All,

    I guess I should have said 'hello' first before posting. I've been lurking off and on and originally joined just to answer a question, but since I've made a few comments now I guess I should introduce myself.

    I've been dancing for over 20 years though not professionally. I'm old school and old style - I do 1940's Cairo almost exclusively. It doesn't have much audience appeal, but I dance for myself. My idol is Samia Gamal, but as far as present day dancers, Fifi Abdo still reigns supreme. My latest purchase is the book Oriental Dance Technique by Nelly Mazloum - a true gem, and I'm always on the lookout for music from that era.

    I've found some interesting ideas and good advice here - it's nice to meet you all...

    Gloria

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    Ah! Another Samia fan. Can't have too many of those around here. Welcome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gloria View Post
    Hello All,

    I guess I should have said 'hello' first before posting. I've been lurking off and on and originally joined just to answer a question, but since I've made a few comments now I guess I should introduce myself.

    I've been dancing for over 20 years though not professionally. I'm old school and old style - I do 1940's Cairo almost exclusively. It doesn't have much audience appeal, but I dance for myself. My idol is Samia Gamal, but as far as present day dancers, Fifi Abdo still reigns supreme. My latest purchase is the book Oriental Dance Technique by Nelly Mazloum - a true gem, and I'm always on the lookout for music from that era.

    I've found some interesting ideas and good advice here - it's nice to meet you all...

    Gloria
    to the forum - I also love Samia Gamal truly one of the golden ones I just went & checked out the nelly Mazloum book, I must get that for my BD library, thanks for mentioning it.
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    Default Nelly Mazloum

    Thank you for your warm welcome, Mosaic. I hope you love the book as much as I do. It's not an instructional manual that disseminates information, but rather, Nelly addresses the more esoteric qualities of the dance and shares her wisdom. Here is a taste of her philosophy:

    "Egyptian Folkloric Dance is rapidly vanishing, despite the fact that an effort is being made to preserve as much of its expression as is available in the memories of those who still practice it. Nevertheless, it is bound to disappear...

    ...Certainly all is bound for a change and in our modern world of technology, what is beautiful in tradition tends to lose itself in the free market of exploitation. This tendency, I'm afraid, has reduced ALL Oriental Dancing to belly dancing. This is a tremendous pity!"

    Oriental Dance Technique by Nelly Mazloum, p. 157, copyright 1990

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