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Tonight it's Raqassa Haifa!

When I started my researches, I was searching Youtube for a specific dancer, because I wanted to show her to my students. And having found some footage of the dancer I was aiming for, I got sucked into exploring the right-hand sidebar, which makes tempting suggestions of other videos to watch. I really enjoy trying those suggestions out, especially when the clip title is in arabic and I've got no idea what it's saying. Somehow or another, from a dancer I knew about I found myself watching videos of dancers I didn't know at all. And that's how I found Haifa.

It took a while for me to work out that's what her name is, but I can just about recognise a few arabic letters, and google translate can sometimes give me a reasonable starting point.

Haifa is cute! She's got a beautiful calm elegance, with real strength and centredness. But she is also joyously playful.

Then I found a cute Melaya tableau, featuring Alexandrian sailors! Look away now if you're offended by short skirts, there's a lot of leg in this clip.

And finally, tonight I found a lovely Sa'aidi set, of Haifa dancing to El Dooa, which my students will recognise, as this was one of our class choreographies years ago!

I have started a Haifa playlist, but it's still a work in progress. But Haifa seems to have a couple of YT channels, which you might like to check out, here and here.

You're welcome...


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Jan. 11th, 2015 06:32 pm (UTC)
I kind of love her and I kind of love you! Been watching lots of your playlists this morning. THANK YOU!
Jan. 11th, 2015 06:40 pm (UTC)
It was so much fun researching these dancers. Now I want to go to Cairo and see them all dancing live.
Jan. 11th, 2015 07:54 pm (UTC)
Me too!

I'm using one of Haifa's vids for my video of the month (I do that in my newsletter thingy) and am crediting you!
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