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Egypt dances
Saleh, Magda Ahmed Abdel Ghaffar (Conceptor)
Mūjī, Ibrāhīm (Director)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1975 - 1977
Table of Contents
Vicinity of Mersa Marruh: Haggala (clapping dance of Western Desert Arabs); Shettaywa dance -- Siwa Oasis: Bormeyya (dances of Zaggaleen Palmgrove laborers) -- Port Said: Bumboateyya -- Suez: Henna el suweisi (wedding dance) -- Alexandria: Sohba -- Cairo: Sham'edan (chandelier dance); Lesson in "Baladi" (belly dance) -- Luxor: Welad Mazen Ghawazi dance -- Cairo: Almah -- Cairo: Zar (exorcism ritual) -- Cairo: Dhikr (ecstatic dance ritual of the Sufi rifai sect); "Dababees" skewers (ritual thaumaturgical exercise) -- Giza: Dancing horse -- Sohar Governorate, Maragha district: Gohena; Wahda wa nûs; Arabi; Tahtib (stick dance) -- Aswan, Baharif village: Kaf (clapping dance) -- Aswan, Tushka village: Dances of the Fadigga Nubians -- Qena, Nag el Sudaneyya: Rongo -- Aswan: Hosseb (martial dance of the nomad Ababda tribe).
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 1491
Dance -- Egypt
Belly dance
Tahteeb (Dance)
Sufism -- Egypt
Mambootieh (Dance)
Filmed dance
Motion pictures
Documentary films
Statement of responsibility: produced by Egyptian Cinema Organization International Productions ; project conceived and conducted by Magda Saleh ; directed by Ibrahim El Moky.
Citation/reference: For a detailed discussion of this film, see Magda Saleh's 1979 thesis, A documentation of the ethnic dance traditions of the Arab Republic of Egypt (in: *XMD-67)
Language: Titles in English and Arabic.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (U-matic) (90 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Documentary film representing a first major attempt to collect the traditional folk dances of Egypt. Presents 17 communal, ritual, and entertainment-oriented folk dances from rural, urban, and desert areas recorded 1975-1977.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY827033577-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12159646
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 2f554e80-f879-0130-e56b-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1975: Created (Approximate)
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Egypt dances" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1975 - 1977.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Egypt dances" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 19, 2020.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1975 - 1977). Egypt dances Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Egypt dances