Dance, Movement

Soheir Zaki Appreciation

Ah.. SOHEIR ZAKI – The sweetness of Belly Dance..

Who is Soheir Zaki?

Soheir Zaki (Arabicسهير زكي is an Egyptian belly dancer and actress. She appeared in over 100 Egyptian films from the 1960s to the 1980s.

SOHEIR ZAKI was born in Mansoura, Egypt on January 4, 1945. When she was nine, her parents moved the family to Alexandria.

She began her career as a wedding dancer in Alexandria. Television producer Mohammed Salem saw her dancing and decided to launch her as a TV presenter on Egyptian television. However, she showed more skill as a dancer and became known for her appearances on shows like Adwoua El-Madina. She then moved to appearing in Egyptian films.

She played minor roles in most of her films, concentrating mainly on dancing. She also performed frequently in Egyptian nightclubs, particularly at the Nile Hilton Hotel in Cairo.[3] In 1964, she became to first belly dancer to dance to Umm Kulthum‘s music when she danced to “Inta Omri“.

She retired in 1992, although she later taught belly dance at Raqia Hassan’s Egyptian Academy of Oriental Dance in Cairo.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Scroll on below for more Suheir Zaki geekery… and tons of videos 🙂 

OK, Let’s see her DANCE!

Go to 2:04 to see her famous ‘Soheir Zaki Hips‘ movement (still taught in belly dance classes today!)

(If the video doesn’t play, try tapping here)

BONUS GEEKERY – About Soheir Zaki:

For the Time Travel/Online Class Lovers:

Soheir Zaki happens to be the first (but not the only!) muse for Season 2 of my online ‘Time Traveling with the Stars‘ BOOST Feel-good Program ☺️

Each BOOST Season is an 8-Week series where we focus on the moves and attitude of my fav stars of that era 💫😎✨

Our Themes for #BOOST2024 are:

⭐️ Season 1: Favs of the 40ies/50ies (winter)
⭐️ Season 2: Stars of the 60ies/70ies (spring) -> we are here! 🤓
⭐️ Season 3: Legends of the 80ies/90ies (summer)
⭐️ Season 4: Heroes of today (fall)

BOOST Season 2 is inspired by the fabulous Soheir Zaki – love her style!

How does BOOST work?

You can join the BOOST classes LIVE or at your own pace with recordings (full library is available to you via my Online BOOSTie Membership)

Each of our 32 BOOST weeks we have two 30 minute Live ZOOM/FB classes (Body/Mind and Dance) that complement each other, focusing on a different dancer/move every week.

You can sign up to become a BOOSTie Member here.

The weekly BOOST schedule looks like this:
💫 Tue 12:30-13:00 CET(Berlin Time) – Body/Mind
💫 Fri 12:30-13:00 CET(Berlin Time) – Dance

PS: More Soheir Zaki videos to enjoy!

Soheir dancing in ‘Matloub Zawga Fawran’, 1964

Soheir dancing in ‘Hadith al Madina’, 1964

Soheir dancing in ‘Nahr al Hayat’, 1964 (love her outfit!)

Soheir in ‘Ana wa Huwa wa Hiya’, 1965

Soheir in ‘Muharris Khusushu’, 1965

Soheir dancing to ‘Rigal fi al Musida’, 1971 (gorgeous dress and styling!)

Soheir dancing in ‘Wakr Al Ashrar’, 1972  Love her smile and smooth moves in this one! and the musicians look very much like the Beatles 🙂

Soheir dancing in ‘Allo I’m the cat’, 1975 (excellent stageing :))

Soheir dancing to ‘Shik Shak Shok’, 1979 (a classic!)


xx K.

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PS: You can find more of my blog posts about dancers here.

PSPS: More about my online BOOST Program

What are the classes about?

Body/mind is for TRAINING (strength, flexibility, relaxation, weights, taichi/qigong inspired moves.. anything that helps you ‘get’ the moves of the week more easily)

Dance is for ENJOYING (getting to know ‘our’ star-of-the-week’s moves/style by watching short clips, and then DANCING together with their signature moves)

BOOST – my ‘online baby’ 🙂 aka the only way to study with me online this year!

Is BOOST for you?

I hope so 🤓 BOOST is a program designed for dancers of all levels who want to get inspired and feel better.

It combines conditioning workouts and relaxation with inspiration and motivation, so it can meet you no matter where you are at right now.

As a BOOSTie Member, you’ll get the possibility to interact live, get feedback/ask me questions via email (and join our BOOSTie FB community) if you like.

BOOST is created to support dancers who:

🤍 have not been able to train for a while
🤍 are not able to train ‘in person’
🤍 are seeking a way to keep dancing and moving next to regular training (and/or life 😅)

Join us HERE (it’s not too late!)

xx K.

BOOSTie appreciation <3

We are nearly 50 lovely BOOSTie Members already, from 11 different countries!

I look forward to welcoming you as a BOOSTie Member.

Much much love!

xx K.

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