Belly dancers

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  1. Shakira



    Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (/ʃəˈkɪərə/; born February 2, 1977) is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, demonstrating Latin, Arabic, and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities. Shakira released her first studio albums, Magia and Peligro, in the early 1990s, failing to attain commercial success; however, she rose to prominence in Latin America with her major-label debut, Pies Descalzos (1996), and her fourth album, Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998).

  2. Salma Hayek

    Salma Hayek


    Salma Hayek Pinault (born September 2, 1966) is a Mexican and American film actress, director, and producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and went on to star in the film El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley) for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award. In 1991 Hayek moved to Hollywood and came to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies such as Desperado (1995), Dogma (1999), and Wild Wild West (1999).

  3. Jennifer Beals

    Jennifer Beals


    Jennifer Beals (born December 19, 1963) is an American actress and a former teen model. She played the role of Alexandra "Alex" Owens in the 1983 film Flashdance, and starred as Bette Porter on the Showtime drama series The L Word. She earned an NAACP Image Award and a Golden Globe Award nomination for the former. She has appeared in more than 50 films.

  4. Carmen Plant

    Carmen Plant


  5. Mayte Garcia

    Mayte Garcia


    Mayte Jannell García (/ˈmt/; born November 12, 1973) is an American belly dancer, actress, singer, and choreographer, best known as the former wife of pop star Prince. She is of Puerto Rican ancestry. Garcia was born on a military base in Alabama; during her childhood, her parents relocated throughout the United States and Germany as a result of her father's military reassignments.

  6. Nejla Ates

    Nejla Ates


    Nejla Ateş (March 7, 1932 - died in Istanbul in 2005) was a Turkish belly dancer and actress, born in Constanța, Romania. Born as Naciye Batır, she achieved fame under the stage name Nejla Ateş in Turkey and as Nejla Ates in the United States. She was also known as Turkish Delight. Notably, she appeared in the films King Richard and the Crusaders and Son of Sinbad and Fanny, a Broadway musical.

  7. Morleigh Steinberg

    Morleigh Steinberg


    Morleigh Steinberg is an American choreographer and dancer with the production company Arcane Collective. She is the wife of the musician The Edge from the rock group U2.

  8. Aveyanda Skye

    Aveyanda Skye


  9. Fifi Abdou

    Fifi Abdou


    Fifi Abdou (Arabic: فيفى عبده‎, ) (born Atiyat Abdul Fattah Ibrahim عطيات عبد الفتاح إبراهيم, April 26, 1953) is an Egyptian belly dancer and actress. She has been described as "synonymous with belly dancing in the years she was performing." In her acting career, she is known as the woman-empowering type where, rarely in Egyptian culture and film, she beats up and overpowers men.

  10. Samia Gamal

    Samia Gamal


    Samia Gamal (Arabic: سامية جمال‎, born as Zaynab Ibrahim Mahfuz, 5 March 1924 – 1 December 1994) was an Egyptian belly dancer and film actress.

  11. Dina Talaat

    Dina Talaat


    Dina Talaat Sayed Muhammad (Arabic: دينا طلعت سيد محمد‎; born March 27, 1965), 1964) is an Egyptian belly dancer and actress. She was named as the "Last Egyptian Dancer" by the American magazine Newsweek. She has a master's degree in Philosophy.

  12. Aïché Nana

    Aïché Nana


    Kiash Nanah (2 February 1936 – 29 January 2014), better known by her stage name Aïché(Ayşe) Nana, was a Lebanese-born Turkish actress, dancer and stripper of Armenian origin.

  13. Estelle Asmodelle

    Estelle Asmodelle


    Estelle Asmodelle (born 22 April 1964), formerly known as Estelle Maria Croot, is an Australian model, belly dancer, musician, activist, inventor, abstract artist and academic. She is known as Australia's first legal transsexual with the Births, Deaths and Marriages Department of New South Wales, and her transition helped gain recognition for transgender people in Australia. In 1986, she was labelled "Australia’s First Sex-Change Pin-up Girl". She is said to be the most photographed transsexual in Australia today.

  14. Helena Kallianiotes

    Helena Kallianiotes


    Helena Kallianiotes (born March 24, 1938) is a Greek-American film actress. In 1973 was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for her role as Jackie Burdette in Kansas City Bomber.

  15. Rachel Brice

    Rachel Brice


    Rachel Brice is a contemporary performer in Tribal Fusion Style Belly Dance based in Portland, Oregon. She is the artistic director and choreographer for The Indigo Belly Dance Company and a frequent performer with the Bellydance Superstars. In June 2011 she opened her own dance studio in Portland, OR, called Studio Datura. There she hosts regular dance classes along with workshops from her 8 Elements™ Approach to Belly Dance training program.

  16. Nelly Mazloum

    Nelly Mazloum


    Nelly Mazloum (1929 - 21 February 2003), an Egyptian of Italian and Greek origin, was an actress, choreographer, dancer, and teacher of ballet, modern dance, Egyptian folkloric dance, traditional oriental dance and the creator of the oriental dance technique. She was a pioneer, in that she was the first to apply Egypt's traditional legacy of Folkloric Dances into a dramatised artistic form. Known for her sense of humour, she was known in Egypt in the 1930s as a child prodigy and from the 1940syo the 1960s for her many appearances in Egyptian films, her folkloric shows on Egyptian TV, and her company the "Nelly Mazloum Arabic Troupe of Dancers". She was not the mother of singer Demis Roussos how often is written in the net. Nelly Mazloum married a man whose surname was Roussos hence the mistake of believing mother of Demis Roussos , whose mother's name is actually Olga and she is of Greek origin although born in Egypt.

  17. Nagwa Fouad

    Nagwa Fouad


    Nagwa Fouad (Arabic: نجوى فؤاد‎, Egyptian Arabic: born 1936) is an Egyptian belly dancer.

  18. Naima Akef

    Naima Akef


    Naima Akef (Arabic: نعيمة عاكف‎,‎ 7 October 1929 - 23 April 1966) was a famous Egyptian belly dancer during the Egyptian cinema's golden age and starred in many films of the time. Naima Akef was born in Tanta on the Nile Delta. Her parents were acrobats in the Akef Circus (run by Naima’s grandfather), which was one of the best known circuses at the time. She started performing in the circus at the age of four, and quickly became one of the most popular acts with her acrobatic skills. Her family was based in the Bab el Khalq district of Cairo, but they traveled far and wide in order to perform.

  19. Taheya Cariocca

    Taheya Cariocca


    Tahiya Karioka (Arabic: تحية كاريوكا‎) also Tahiya Mohamed (born as: Badaweya Mohamed Kareem Al Nirani), (February 22, 1915 – September 20, 1999) was an Egyptian belly dancer and film actress.

  20. Nadia Gamel

    Nadia Gamel


    Nadia Gamal (Arabic: نادية جمال‎) was an Egyptian dancer and actress. She is often credited as the originator of the modern style of Lebanese raqs sharqi, or belly dance.

  21. Zeinat Olwi

    Zeinat Olwi


    Zeinat Olwi (Arabic: زينات علوي‎) whose stage name was Zurah, (1930-1988) was one of the leading belly dancers in Egypt in the middle of the twentieth century. She appeared in many movies from the Egyptian Golden Age of cinema. One of her most famous performances was in Henry Barakat's 1955 movie Ayyam wa layali (Days and Nights).

  22. Sama El Masry

    Sama El Masry


    Sama El Masry (Arabic: سما المصري), also romanised as Sama Elmasry, is an Egyptian actress, belly dancer, television personality.

  23. Ighraa



    Ighraa (Arabic: إغراء), also romanised as Igraa, (19 January 1945 - ) is a Syrian actress and belly dancer who reached her fame mostly in Syrian cinema of the 1970s.

  24. Amar Gamal

    Amar Gamal


    Amar Gamal (born c. 1975) is a well known Cuban dancer who practices the art of bellydancing. She lived in Florida as a teenager.

  25. Serena Wilson

    Serena Wilson


    Serena Wilson (August 8, 1933 – June 17, 2007), often known just as "Serena", was a well-known dancer, choreographer, and teacher who helped popularize belly dance in the United States. Serena's work also helped legitimize the dance form and helped it to be perceived as more than burlesque or stripping. Serena danced in clubs in her younger years, opened her own studio, hosted her own television show, founded her own dance troupe, and was the author of several books about belly dance.

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