From the late 1930’s to early 1960’s, Cairo was the seat of cinema, promoting Egyptian oriental dance as it evolved from the traditional balady style to the raks sharqi style seen today. Dancers during this period used veils, as they relaxed into lush hip circles, and flirtatiously traveled around the space. The famous dancer and founder of the posh Casino Opera, Badia Masabni, is credited with many of these stylistic changes, inspired by the West.

The Inside Story Behind the Golden Era