Episode 19: The Joy of Belly Dancing by George Abdo

Let’s head to the 1970s, the golden era for… belly dance? Indeed! This classic belly dance album that could be considered early “world fusion” with its traditional songs from the Middle East repackaged for American night clubs.

 Juliana rocking the chainmaille costume

Juliana rocking the chainmaille costume

 Flissy's version of the chainmaille costume

Flissy's version of the chainmaille costume

Joy of Belly Dancing on AppleMusic

Joy of Belly Dancing on Amazon

Joy of Belly Dancing LP on Smithsonian Folkways

About Juliana on the Occidental Dancer

Liner notes from Smithsonian Folkways release

My friend, Shems's, choreography to Miserlou

A lovely performance to Ya Mustapha by Naima