cover of this LP-
a successful career in Spanish dancing, Dalilah journeyed
to Cairo in 1954 where she began a three-year tour of the
Middle East performing. During that time, the exposure to
the mystical music of the Middle East and the beautiful form
of Bellydance so enthralled her that in 1957 she became a
oriental dancer, virtually overnight. At her first performance
her audience was talking about a "little" Samia
Gamal being born before their eyes. The following two years
were spent touring Persia, Syria, Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon,
ending up back in Cairo in 1959. With a mere two years of
belly dancing, Dalilah, together with Nagwa Fouad,
was asked to perform at the grand opening of the Nile Hilton
Hotel, one of the most important events to occur in Cairo.
During the next ten years, Dalilah had the honor of performing
for such notables as the Shah of Persia (Iran), King Hussein
of Jordan, King Faruk of Egypt, King Saud of Saudi Arabia,
President Chamoun of Lebanon, President Nasser of Egypt
and many others too numerous to be named. Following this,
Dalilah performed her "Oriental Dance" all over
the world, arriving in the United States in 1974.
in the United States, Dalilah established herself in Las Vegas
as a foremost teacher of the Oriental Dance. Her charm, fluency
of movement, and unique personality have added to her professional
mystique, drawing applause from her many fans across the nation.
As a master
teacher, Dalilah preserved the authenticity of the Oriental
Dance, while using easy and simplified teaching techniques.
Her unique concept of teaching established her as the "Ambassador
of the Modern Egyptian dance".
had a teaching association with Roman
"Bert" Balladine, with whom she toured
the United States. She is the dancer featiured on the album
cover of the record titled "Bert's Baladi". Dalilah
was the organiser who introduced Mahmoud
Reda to American dancers, when she sponsored and
co-taught his first U.S. teaching tour.
organized in 1977 in collaboration with the Egyptian Embassy
and Bert Balladine, the very first oriental dance study tour
to Cairo for American oriental dancers. For the first time
Americans had the chance to study with Tahia Carrioca,
Sohair Zaki,and Samia Gamal. She will be
deeply missed by all her friends, fans, and admirers!