Intercontinental Hotel, Cairo
was a typical show for Dina at the
nightclub in the Semiramis Intercontinental and
very similiar to the show that I saw her do four years
ago. There are always some warmup acts: the "international" singers
and an Arabic pop/standards singer. Then Dina comes
on with a bang and dances her way through 4 costume
She has multiple singers in her show and she always
does the set with the Nubian singer. I was lucky to
have a seat at the table next to the stage so I could
take good photos. It was a late night as usual as we
didn't even go out until midnight to have dinner and
watch Dina at around 3am . . . but who was watching
the time . . . It is CAIRO!
Originally, I planned to go to Cairo for the Nile
Group Festival. When I heard that Fifi was
going to be in Dallas, my hometown, the last weekend
of the festival, I shifted
my Cairo trip to be a bit earlier. After checking around
I decided to join up with Kay Taylor's small tour group,
which is likened to an "assault" on Cairo.
. All the participants were dancers from the United
Kingdom and we had a furious 5 days of touristing,
shows, costuming, shopping and eating. I was in Cairo
for 2 weeks during which I mostly did a bunch of dance
related stuff, some tourist stuff and also visiting
with friends that live in Cairo.
Semiramis is a big hotel on the Nile (Corniche el Nil)
not far from Downtown and Garden City, across from
Zamalek. Zamalek is a district on an island surrounded
by the Nile. I did go to the Nile Group Festival where
I attended the opening gala and took 4 classes. This
photo spread is just on Dina but I may just write about
my trip with Kay soon!
Photo taken from across the Nile from
the Times Tower
group at Semiramis
Pam is the first one on the left . . . of course I
forgot the others names!
is the band that started the evening playing international
This guy came out and sang Arabic standards
with Dina and that Tannoura guy.
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sponsored by Little Egypt on May 28-30, 2005 at the Crowne Plaze
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There are so many nuggets packed into these 3 DVDs other
than the 3 dancers for which I purchased them. I keep finding things
that I really enjoy as I go back to watch them time after time
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12-7-04 Mona el Said in Dallas, Part 1,
by Catherine E Barros
by Little Egypt at the Holiday Inn, Dallas Texas September 3
- 5, 2004.
It’s always nice when you find that someone, whom you’ve put up on a big pedestal,
is down to earth, just “folks” like the rest of us.
in LA, report
and photos by Catherine Barros
May 14-16 of 2004, Nora, Dee Dee & Ahmad Asad of Little Egypt
presented Dina of Cairo in a teaching workshop and show at the
Radisson Hotel at the Los Angeles Airport.
An American Dancer in Cairo by Catherine Barros,
would walk into these huge ballrooms filled with thousands of
people with a huge stage in the middle of the room while television
cameras on cranes are taking note of everything.
The Nile Group Workshops in Cairo by
absurd it sounds! How could we, in a small country that a lot of
couldn’t even locate on a world map, compete with her enormous
festival in Cairo?
Egyptian Dance - Has it crossed the line? by Amina
festivals, held in Giza were isolated and insulated from the people
and the Cairo
that I know and love.