In photos: Discovering the dazzling art of Sham’adan belly dancing in Egypt


In photos: Discovering the dazzling art of Sham’adan belly dancing in Egypt

image via Facebook via Women of Egypt

Raqs El-Sham’adan, or Candelabra Dance, is the art of dancing while balancing a candelabra on your head. Zeinab Hussein, known as Zouba Al-Kolobati and Shafiqa Al-Qibtya (Shafiqa the Coptic) were among the most famous candelabra dancers in Egypt.

The dance was originally introduced as part of the wedding zaffa (ceremony), but then it made its way to several stages in Egypt.

Although the dance is not widely practiced in Egypt today, it is one of the most difficult props to work with, as it requires precision and technique.

Dazzling the stages with their power and endurance are the Sham’adan dancers of Egypt’s past.

picture by ping
image via belly dance museum
image via maspero news
image via Facebook Dance Shamadan

Hind Rostom by Shafiqa Al Qibtya
picture from twitter
picture via Youm 7

Master traditional Egyptian craftsmanship in the art workshops of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization


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