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I have finally found a contemporary belly dancer I like. And guess what? She may be a cousin. Her name is Saida Helou and she is originally Syrian. I don’t think there are many Syrian Helous who are not from Mashta el-Helou. If her father is from there, then she is definitely a cousin albeit with better dancing genes. I have no sense of rythm and she has plenty. I love her sinuous movements, and her body although I can’t quite decide if the upper part is enhanced or beautifully natural. Anyhow, she lives in Buenos Aires where she performs and teaches belly dancing. I wish I’d known about her before going to Mendoza. I would have stopped over to meet her and perhaps even take a class or two with her. Not that it would have done me any good!



Just back from Syria where I am always tempted to buy some outrageous lingerie and a belly dancer’s costume in the souks. I did once buy an edible set of lingerie which is somewhere in my cupboard (hopefully not being gnawed by mice) but I have yet to buy a dancer’s ensemble. Perhaps next time although I am not quite sure what I would do with it. As you know from previous posts, I have no sense of rythm. In any case, it’s time for my November belly dancer who is Nagwa Fouad. She came later than Tahiya Carioca and Samia Gamal and was just as famous. My sisters and I always giggled when we saw her on TV in Beirut. To us she looked like a transvestite (not that I knew much about them in those days). Of course she isn’t and what’s more, she is a great dancer, albeit not as classy as Tahiya nor as jolly as Samia. Still, Nagwa Fouad is wonderful to watch and I hope you will enjoy this clip as much as I do. According to my mother’s neighbour, she now has her own belly dance school. You may be able to find something about it by going to this forum.