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TANNOURA: THE DERVISHES. One of my favorite things to do in Cairo is to attend the tannoura show, which features the Egyptian version of the whirling dervish tradition. The show at al-Wikala al-Ghouri also includes a taste of Egyptian Sufi tradition.

http://roaming-jewel.com/2018/05/19/tannoura/
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This blog post by Michael Collins Dunn, the editor of Middle Eastern Journal takes a playful look at the Life Magazine 1952 photo essay that featured Samia Gamal:
http://mideasti.blogspot.com/2013/01/life-magazine-1952-samia-gamals.html
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"We are emotional beings. How can one be a dancer and not have intense emotion?"

— Panayiota Bakis Mohiedden
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THE MYSTERY OF THE OSTRICH EGG. One of the reasons I love Egypt is that I'm fascinating by ancient cultures. As we study the archaeological artifacts, sometimes amazing mysteries present themselves. Here's one of them.

http://roaming-jewel.com/2018/05/13/aswan-egg/
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Will you be at Carnival of Stars in California this weekend? If so, come to my lecture on Saturday! I'm performing on Sunday. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible!
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In this 2016 article, "The Singing Waist", Yaser Abdullah offers an interesting view into the history of raqs sharqi in Egypt.
https://ma3azef.com/the-singing-waist/
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“Dance like a peacock, not a feather duster.”

— Bert Balladine
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THE KHAMSEEN: A SANDSTORM IN EGYPT. I grew up on a farm in the U.S. heartland, so I'm always fascinated by weather patterns everywhere I go. For that reason, even an unpleasant weather experience such as a sandstorm is really interesting to me.

http://roaming-jewel.com/2018/05/07/sandstorms/
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Fascinating look at a pair of Armenian photographer brothers who captured memorable portraits of Egyptian celebrities during the Golden Era, including Samia Gamal, Omar Sharif, Farid al-Atrache, and others.

http://www.johnzada.com/iconic-portraits-van-leo-armenian-egyptian-photographer/
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"A twig from heaven's choreography, are all the dances on earth,
And the dances of life are but branches of the dance of the soul."

— Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
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