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Belly Dancers in the Movies

Maria's List, Part 3 of 3: Others

This page is based on a list compiled by Maria in Boulder, Colorado. See the bottom of the page for a profile of her. It originally appeared on her former web site, which was titled "Boulder Bellygrams". After she discontinued that web site, she granted permission for her list to be published here on

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Middle Eastern
& North African Movies

This section lists movies made in countries of the Middle East and North Africa other than Egypt.

Movie Title




Ah Ya Leil Ya Zaman (Ah! Night Time)
Azza Sherif, Safaa Yusri, Liza Egyptian. Directed by Ali Reda (Mahmoud Reda's brother)
Alf Bouss wa Boussa (Thousand and One Kisses)
Nagwa Fouad and Yousra Egyptian. Stars Nagwa Fouad and Hussein Fahmy.
Assefa ala Petraa (Storm Over Petra)     Jordanian
Azab Fouk Shefah Tabtism, al- (Suffering on Smiling Lips)
  Egyptian. Stars Nagwa Ibrahim and Mahmoud Yassin.
Darga al-Talta, Al- (Third Class)
  Egyptian. Stars Soad Hosny and Ahmed Zaki.
Entkheb Dr. Soliman (Vote for Dr. Suleiman)
  Egyptian. Candelabrum scene. Stars Adel Emam and Madiha Kamel.
Maan Yhoutfi'a al Nar (Who Will Put Out the Fire?)
Mill, The     Turkish
Millianara, al- (Millionairess, The)
  Lebanese movie
Ngham fi Hayati (Melody in my Life)
  Lebanese. Stars Farid al-Atrache and Mervat Amin.
Noor Ey Eini   Fifi Abdo Egyptian
Orchard of Love     Lebanese
Paris wa-l-Hob (Paris and Love)
Poor But Happy     Egyptian
Sah al Nom     Syrian
Samt el Qusur (Silences of the Palace)
  Tunisian film.
Satin Rouge (Red Satin)
Hiam Abbass Tunisian & French
Shafiqa wa Metwal (Shafiqa and Metwal) 1979 Might have been Azza Sharif, needs confirmation Egyptian movie, stars Soad Hosni and Ahmed Zaki
Tahyatii Le Ostazzi al Aziz (Regards to My Dear Professor)
Thieves     Egyptian
Wake Up Happy     Syrian
Words of Love     Lebanese



Movies From Other Parts of the World

Movie Title




Accidental Spy, The 2001   Hong Kong movie, original title in Chinese is Dak Miu Mai Shing. No belly dancing, but a scene with Turkish-style whirling dervishes
El Mago 1948   From Mexico. Title means The Magician.
Las Mil y Una Noches 1958   Stars Tin Tan (Germán Valdés).
My Mother Is a Belly Dancer 2006   Hong Kong movie, original title in Chinese is Seelai Ng Yi Cho.
Prem Rog 1982   Movie from India. 1 1/2-minute belly dance scene



Movies That Some People Claim
Contain Belly Dance

The movies listed below have appeared on some other people's lists as allegedly containing "belly dance" scenes. However, they don't.


Movie Title



After the Fox 1966 Italian movie, originally titled Caccia Alla Volpe. Stars Peter Sellers. sister of thief stands out in desert with underwear on, but wearing a veil. No dancing. Maria included it on her list because she is a great fan of the movie, and one of her web site visitors recommended adding it. Thanks Steve!
Glass Bottom Boat
Rod Taylor's character fantasizes for 5-10 seconds about Doris Day's character being Mata Hari. Some people have called this a "belly dance" scene because the Mata Hari costume vaguely resembles a belly dance bra/belt costume. However, the fantasy scene involves no dancing at all, and Mata Hari had nothing to do with belly dancing.
Samson & Delilah
The only dance scene in this movie is a pair of men dancing with swords and shields. However, in one scene Delilah wears a fabulous dress made of Egyptian tulle bi telli (assuit) fabric. Read Shira's mini-review or vote in the opinion poll.



Needing Further Research

The movies in this section appeared in Maria's original list, but Shira encountered difficulties in verifying this information against the movie listings in The Internet Movie Database at

Title on Maria's Original List


Crimson Pirate, The Maria's original list mentioned Maureen O'Hara in connection with this movie. However, the entry in imdb does not show Maureen O'Hara as being in the cast of this movie.
Jungle Book, The Maria's original list said there was a belly dancer at the beginning of the 1985 version. However, Shira was not able to find a version of The Jungle Book on imdb that would have been released around that time.
Music In Your Heart Imdb does not contain a movie by this title, but there is a movie titled Music in My Heart from 1940. Unclear whether these are the same movie.
Penny Arcade Maria's original list included the comments "the original movie of The Projectionist - dancers Morocco and Zafrana". The only entry by this title in imdb is for a movie that was released in 1942, which was long before Morocco's dance career began. Therefore, it is unclear whether this movie has dancing, and if so, who did it.
Return of the Exile Maria's original list included this title with the comment "Cirocco/Shelley Schlueter". However, Shira has not been able to find this movie title listed in imdb.
Three Stooges Join the Foreign Legion, The Imdb does not list a movie by this title. It may be that the person who told Maria about this movie was referring to Wee Wee Monsieur, which is a Three Stooges short subject about them joining the Foreign Legion.



About Maria

The list of movies on this page was compiled by Maria over the course of several years, and used to reside on her own web site. After she discontinued her web site, she granted permission to Shira to place it here on so that it wouldn't be lost to the dance community.

Maria is a retired professional belly dancer and flamenco dancer from the Boulder, Colorado area. She was one of the main dancers at the House of Marrakesh in LODO Denver and the former Mataam Fez in Boulder.

Maria taught bellydance to hundreds of students in the Boulder area.  She was also Director of World Dance at former dance studio "Dance West". As former Event Manager for Boulder Creek Events, she coordinated and scheduled high profile Boulder events such as the "Boulder Community Dance Stage" at the Boulder Creek Festiva for nine years.

Maria was previously owner of Boulder BellyGrams by Maria, a successful entertainment company. Maria also co-founded a storytelling/musican/dance troupe called "Ziva Dunya" ("bright world"), developing a program "Tales & Rhythms from the Middle East" which they brought to schools, multicultural festivals, senior centers, etc., to great acclaim.

PHOTO CREDIT: This dramatic skirt photo was taken by Fritz Penning.

Photo of Maria

Maria has also worked with Broomfield Heights Middle School from 2000 to 2008, as a choreographer for the after school Dance Club Program. Maria has also been invited as a guest speaker/performer for the "Art Café" which had its premier at the Colorado Art Expo 2003. Maria has also been invited as guest dancer/teacher at women’s retreats, women’s events, and other cultural events in and around the country.

Maria has now retired from dance in order to pursue her education to become a Registered Nurse (RN). She is diligently studying and working as a nurse assistant while she pursues her degree.

Click on either of these two photos of Maria to see the image in more detail.




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