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Her Horses Drank Champagne!

   Sun, January 29, 2012 - 4:40 PM
I'm very, very excited to announce a fabulous new article on - "Shafiqa el-Koptiyya: The Dancer Whose Horses Drank Champagne."

Shafiqa is reputed to be the originator of the shamadan dance, and she was the most famous Egyptian dancer of the 19th century. Very little has been written about her in English, and she died before the Egyptian movie industry really got going. As a result today's dancers know almost nothing about her.

This is a translation of an article that was originally written in Arabic in 1955, in the Egyptian magazine Kawakeb. Many, many thanks to Priscilla Adum for allowing me to post her translation of this article on!

I hope you enjoy the article as much as I did!

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