The Ghawazee of Egypt, their connection to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and their continuing influence on dance today.

Presented by Eudora Happenstance

Did you ever wonder how Raks Sharki (belly dance), came to America? Who really WAS Little Egypt? This presentation will be covering a brief history of the four nomadic tribes, collectively called the Ghawazee, their presence in Egypt, and their connection to the 1893 Chicago’s World’s Fair. Also discussed is what came after the World’s Fair for the Ghawazee, Hoochie Coochie dances, and cultural appropriation in America. Finally, let’s talk about the lasting influence and legacy of the Ghawazee on dancers in both Egypt and America.