Polly Hallam

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Famed belly dancer Farida Mazar Spyropoulos, also known as Little Egypt. Farida introduced belly dancing to the United States at the 1893 Chicago World Columbian Exposition. Her shimmy and shake erotic bellydance was called the "Hoochie-Koochee."

Famed belly dancer Farida Mazar Spyropoulos, also known as Little Egypt. Farida introduced belly dancing to the United States at the 1893 Chicago World Columbian Exposition. Her shimmy and shake erotic bellydance was called the "Hoochie-Koochee.

From Many Tribes: The Origins of Bal Anat - by Jamila Salimpour

Seminal Image of Belly Dance Impresario Jamila Salimpour, founder of Bal Anat wearing an assiut robe and playing the doumbek

Alia Thabit in Assiut, from the article "Emotion Inspired by Song" on Gilded Serpent. Photo by Pixie Vision

My beautiful friend Alia Thabit in Assiut, from the article "Emotion Inspired by Song" on Gilded Serpent. Photo by Pixie Vision

Alia Thabit in Assiut, from the article "Emotion Inspired by Song" on Gilded Serpent. Photo by Pixie Vision

My beautiful friend Alia Thabit in Assiut, from the article "Emotion Inspired by Song" on Gilded Serpent. Photo by Pixie Vision

Katarina Burda- ethnologist/dancer/musician devoted to studying, performing & teaching Middle Eastern & Balkan dance & music. She has studied dance with Jamila Salimpour & performed in Bal Anat & has studied regional dance & music of Morocco, Turkey, the Balkan Roma, & Egypt. She formed & directed the acclaimed music and dance company Aywah!

Katarina Burda- ethnologist/dancer/musician devoted to studying, performing & teaching Middle Eastern & Balkan dance & music. She has studied dance with Jamila Salimpour & performed in Bal Anat & has studied regional dance & music of Morocco, Turkey, the Balkan Roma, & Egypt. She formed & directed the acclaimed music and dance company Aywah!

Bay Area Pro Belly Dancer, Setareh wearing assiut dress and bedlah set by Pharaonix of Egypt. Setareh: www.setarehdancer.com Pharonix of Egypt: www.pharaonixofegypt.com Photo by Dawn Devine ~ Davina: www.davina.us

The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiut is nearing completion and I’m so happy to be closing in on the end of this project!