Photo of Shira



PHOTO CREDIT: Above photo by John Rickman Photography, San Jose, California.

Ad for Badia Masabni's Show titled Chokehold
Thursday, August 25, 1938



By Priscilla Adum





Translator's Note: this advertisement doesn't identify the year this show was performed, but it was probably 1938. The ad says the show was on "Thursday, August 25." In the year 1938, August 25 indeed fell on a Thursday.


Either You Will Rescue Him or You Won't Rescue Him

Chokehold at Casino Badia at the English Bridge

The story is that a Village Elder fell in love with a Comedian (Hussein Ibrahim) at Badia's casino after seeing him wear a melaya leff [a woman's garment] on stage. The Village Elder insisted on marrying this pretty woman who was wearing the melaya leff (Hussein Ibrahim). And Hussein Ibrahim also insisted on not appearing with a melaya leff as he is shy and worried about admirers. 

So the other artists at the sala held him in a chokehold so that he'd obey orders and play the role of the sweetheart.

Beginning on Thursday August 25th 
Story: Soukr wi 3arbada
Play: Ghaneyat El Belaj

Dance: El Sagat

For the First Time in Egypt: The Byron International Troupe

New Monologues by the International Star Madame Badia Masabni

Ad for Chokehold



Editor's Note:
About the English Bridge

The Al-Galaa Bridge, which was completed in 1914 (five years before Egypt's revolution against British occupation), connected Cairo to Giza. It was originally called Kobri al-Ingleez al-Gadeed, which means "The New English Bridge". It replaced a previous bridge on the same site that had been built in 1872.

This bridge later became known as Kobri Badia (Badia Bridge) because Badia Masabni had owned a nightclub on the west side of it where the Sheraton Cairo Hotel stands today.

Another name sometimes used was "The Blind Bridge".

In advertisements promoting the shows at Badia Masabni's summer club at this location, Badia identified it as "The Blind Bridge" in 1930 and 1931. However, Badia's advertisements appearing in 1935, 1937, 1938, and 1940 all identify it as "The English Bridge".

The name Al-Galaa Bridge was given to the bridge after the 1952 revolution. It means "The Exit Bridge", in remembrance of the exit of British Troops from Egypt.

El-Galaa Bridge



About the Translator

Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who enjoys researching the Golden Era of Egyptian dance. She owns a collection of more than one hundred classic black and white Egyptian films which is continually expanding.

Priscilla has also gathered a large library of dance related articles and clippings from Middle Eastern magazines and newspapers, many of which she has translated from the original Arabic to both English and Spanish.

Priscilla currently resides in Central America where she is a dance instructor. 




Copyright Notice

This entire web site is copyrighted. All rights reserved.

All articles, images, forms, scripts, directories, and product reviews on this web site are the property of Shira unless a different author/artist is identified. Material from this web site may not be posted on any other web site unless permission is first obtained from Shira.

Academic papers for school purposes may use information from this site only if the paper properly identifies the original article on using appropriate citations (footnotes, end notes, etc.) and bibliography. Consult your instructor for instructions on how to do this.

If you wish to translate articles from into a language other than English, Shira will be happy to post your translation here on along with a note identifying you as the translator. This could include your photo and biography if you want it to. Contact Shira for more information. You may not post translations of Shira's articles on anybody else's web site, not even your own.

If you are a teacher, performer, or student of Middle Eastern dance, you may link directly to any page on this web site from either your blog or your own web site without first obtaining Shira's permission. Click here for link buttons and other information on how to link.



Explore more belly dance info:

Top >
Belly Dancing >
Index to the Belly Dance Then & Now Section


Share this page!

On Facebook


 Top > Belly Dancing > Index to the Belly Dance Then & Now Section

| Contact Shira | Links | Search this Site |