Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Stars of the 1940s: Tahia Carioca



If the 1944 date is correct, Carioca (1915-1999) would have been about 24 years old at the time this performance was filmed.

This rather interesting article about her dancing from the Millicent and Carla Fran blog makes some of the classic assertions about belly dance (it developed as a means of assisting childbirth, for example, and Carla Fran trotting out the 'coin belts originated as a way of displaying a dowry' myth in the comments), but I really appreciated this post because its well written and includes clips -- always handy when discussing a visual art form!

From the 'Legends of Bellydance' DVD.

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