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.
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!