Introducing… Little Egypt!

Posted by +Bellydancingbarbie on July 31st, 2013

The name Little Egypt carries an enchanting air of mystical legend within western bellydance history.

The story goes that once upon a time in 1893 a show was performed at the Chicago World’s Fair titled ”The Algerian Dancers of Morocco” at an attraction called “A Street in Cairo” One of the shows performers, a dancer of Syrian nationality reportedly named Farida Mazar Spyropoulos was billed as “Fatima” but because of her petite frame she was affectionately nicknamed “Little Egypt” Her stage presence and charisma completely stole the show. She popularised this exciting new form of dancing, taking it to the people. As a direct result of this newly sparked interest many tribute acts sprung up and toured across the entire US with many of their dancers also billed as thee “Little Egypt”

Farida Mazar Spyropoulos is believed to have been the original Little Egypt. The original show she performed in is believed to have been the first time the United States ever saw belly dancing. This ripple created the first wave of western intrigue in the sensational exotic dance that today we call Bellydance.

In the 120 years since then, Bellydance has continued to mesmerise western audiences and strengthen its passionate participants. It is a popular dance genre, very diverse in itself. It welcomes everyone and has a lot to give. It continues to grow in popularity and depth yet holds exclusive enough to endure whilst remaining deeply respectful of its roots, traceable back to prehistoric times. 

You might be drawn to belly dance for all sorts of reasons: health, freedom, fitness, love, beauty, strength, energy, culture, fun, community… I’m drawn to bellydance for the positive experiences I can share with you.

…and so, after a lifetime of dreaming and the culmination of over five years of blood, sweat, tears & plain hard work; including hundreds of hours of research, working simultaneous full time jobs, a ridiculous number of phone calls, legalities, legislation and the ultimate test of willpower…

Ladies, gentlemen, boys & girls, it is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to…

The UK’s first fully themed, custom designed, Bellydance Studio.

  • 50 Square metre regular shaped studio
  • Premium quality eco-friendly, non-allergenic, UV cured, solid bamboo flooring
  • Top end underfloor heating system with high performance underlay
  • Life on record wireless bluetooth audio systems with 3.5mm aux input & remote control
  • Full 8ftx16ft wall of mirrors
  • Daylight therapy lighting
  • Contemporary Middle Eastern & Mediterranean decor
  • Souk area & refreshments
  • Superfast broadband
  • On & off street parking
  • Excellent travel links
  • Neighbouring community park

Opening Autumn 2013 at:
11c Murieston Lane
Edinburgh
EH11 2LX

Check back to follow the progress of renovations and stay tuned for news of our launch events…

With love & shimmies,

Lindsey Marie Silver
Managing Director
Bellydancingbarbie | Little Egypt

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