Saturday, 7 July 2012

Stars of the 1980s: Suhaila Salimpour

This weekend I'm in the London workshops with Suhaila Salimpour.

If what I have heard about her courses is true, I may not make it back. In which case, thanks for reading. It's been an honour.

Suhaila has been the Great Unspoken of this blog. If you're taking belly dance classes, you've heard of her so I figured it was a bit of a waste of time to post about her. On the other hand, she really matters and I've never quite got away with not mentioning her at all. If I'm ever going to dedicate a "Stars of" post to her, now's as good a time as any.

Going back to the dark ages of 1977 (no really; you can't make out her face), here's Suhaila v1.0:



Ah, 1985. Ronald Regan was sworn in for his second term as US President. We Are the World. The Oscar for Best Picture went to Amadeus, but Back to the Future was the year's highest grossing film. Like a Virgin. The Brixton race riots. 10,000 people were killed by an earthquake in Mexico City. Keira Knightley was born. This:



This is from 1996's Suhaila Unveiled. It's so weird seeing her in chiffon:



By 2007, she's all grown up and performing in Cairo with Khamis. And you know what? He's just not doing it for her. So at about the five-minute mark she gets fed up and lets rip:




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