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date: 28 February 2020

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The solo improvisational forms of North Africa and the Middle East, most often referred to as belly dance, have played a definitive role in the global social imaginary of masculine and feminine identity. This essay looks at the life of three male dancers, Mahmoud Reda, John Compton, and Tito Seif, and the position they have played in their social and historical contexts in Egypt and the United States.

Keywords: solo improvised dance, Ibrahim Farah, Tito Seif, Mahoumoud Reda, John Compton, raqs sharqi, Egypt, male dancers

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