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Belly Dancers On Television

Maria's List

 

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 Shira.net.

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Scripted Series

This category includes fiction shows with plots and characters that recur on a regular (usually weekly) basis, such as situation comedies, detective shows, dramas, etc.

Series Title

Episode

Original Air Date

Dancer(s)

Comments

Airwolf The series pilot 1984   Part of the action takes place in Libya, and therefore belly dancers are part of the episode.
Alice     Linda Lavin & Beth Howland  
Are You Being Served? "Fire Practice", Season 4, Episode 4 April 29, 1976   An Arab comes to shop, and brings belly dancers with him.
Avengers "Honey for the Prince", Season 4, Episode 26 March 26, 1966 Diana Rigg Diana Rigg does a dance of the seven veils.
Babylon 5 "Quality of Mercy", Season 1, Episode 21 August 17, 1994    
Banacek     Little Egypt  
Baretta "Lyman P. Dokker, Fed", Season 4, Episode 9 October 19, 1977 Martine Beswick  
Batman "Hizzoner the Penguin", Season 2, Episode 17 November 2, 1966 Little Egypt Music for the performance is played by Paul Revere and the Raiders. Wild, playful, fun to watch.
Battlestar Galactica Episode 10 1978    
Benny Hill       Comedy scene of woman belly dancing for a "secret agent".
Beverly Hillbillies "The Sheik", Season 4, Episode 3 (Episode 109 overall) September 29, 1965 Nai Bonet, Lisa Britton, Diane Bond, & Marianna Case  
Big Country   1990's   Australian television documentary featuring belly dancers in Australia
Bionic Woman "Jaime and the King", Season 2, Episode 17 (Episode 31 overall) February 23, 1977 Lindsay Wagner and Annette Cardona  
Breaker High       High School kids perform with belly dancers on a trip to Istanbul
Briscoe County Junior     Atlantis  
Casablanca "The Cashier and the Belly Dancer", Season 1, Episode 4 (Episode 4 overall) August 27, 1983 Kim Almanzar The series starred David Soul as Rick. Several episodes feature Kim Almanzar as a dancer at the Blue Parrot.
Champions "Desert Journey", Season 1, Episode 25 March 19, 1969    
Change of Heart       Couple goes to DC-area Middle Eastern restaurant
Charlie's Angels "Angels on Ice", Season 2, Episode 2 (Episode 25 overall) September 21, 1977 Jaclyn Smith  
Charlie's Angels "To See An Angel Die" (Part 2 of "From Street Models to Hawaiian Angels"), Season 5, Episode 2 November 30, 1980 Mesmera  
Charmed "Y Tu Mummy También", Season 5, Episode 10 January 5, 2003   Phoebe wears an outfit vaguely resembling a belly dance costume. She does a seductive walk towards a guy while music that sounds vaguely Middle Eastern plays in the background.
Cheers "Money Dearest" October 9, 1986 Najwa  
Cliff Hangers   1980's    
Columbo "Identity Crisis", Season 5, Episode 3 (Episode 33 overall) November 2, 1975    
Columbo "Try and Catch Me", Season 7, Episode 1 (Episode 40 overall) November 21, 1977 Marie Silva Alexander, Mariette Hartly A dance class scene. Marie Silva Alexander is the teacher, Mariette Hartly one of the students.
Dancing Daze Episode 3   Robyn Moase Australian show.
Department S "A Fish Out of Water", Season 2, Episode 17 February 25, 1970   British drama.
E.R.       Dr. Carter hires two belly dancers for a birthday treat for another character
Diagnosis Murder        
Dick Powell Theatre "Three Soldiers", Season 1, Episode 11 December 5, 1961 Antoinette Stars Telly Savalas and Robert Webber.
Double Dare "Three's a Killer", Season 1, Episode 5 May 15, 1985    
Dynasty     Helena Vlahos  
El Clon       Brazilian soap opera featuring a belly dancer as a recurring character.
Evil Touch "Gornak's Prism", Season 1, Episode 21 March 3, 1974 Dancers include Kathie Brown  
Fame "Class Act", Season 2, Episode 4 October 21, 1982 Mesmera (credited as Laurie Rose)  
Fame     Suhaila Salimpour  
Fantasy Island "The Sheik", Season 2, Episode 1 (Episode 17 overall) September 16, 1978 Tamara Elliot (credited as Tamara Eliot)  
Fantasy Island "Night in the Harem", Season 5, Episode 6 (Episode 94 overall) November 14, 1981   Belly dancing appears only briefly.
Farscape "Lava's a Many-Splendored Thing", Season 4, Episode 4 June 28, 2002 Christina Ramon Dancer is an alien head with 3 eyes.  Guards see her as sensual belly dancer due to hallucinatory powder. The scene goes back and forth between the belly dancer and the dancing alien. 
Firefly       A dancer moves between the tables in a smokey cantina.
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air        
Full House "Luck Be a Lady", Season 2, Episode 21 April 28, 1989   At a Vegas hotel with Arabian Nights theme, women are walking around in belly dance costumes. No dancing, though.
Gavilan "Destination Hero", Episode 11 December 14, 1982    
Get Smart "Survival of the Fattest", Season 1, Episode 15 December 25, 1965 Tanya Lemani Maxwell Smart finds himself in an exotic Arabian nightclub. Tanya's character is Carla.
Get Smart "Appointment in the Sahara"   Myrna Ross  
Get Smart "Die Spy"   Poupee Bocar  
Gilligan's Island "Slave Girl", Season 3, Episode 26 (Episode 95 overall) March 20, 1967    
Growing Pains        
Happy Days "Marion's Misgivings", Season 5, Episode 17 January 24, 1978 Marion Ross  
Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries "The Mystery of King Tut's Tomb", Season 2, Episode 3 September 25, 1977    
High Tide     Yasemin Yildiz in one scene filmed at the Greek at the harbor in Ventura.
Highlander       Dancing in a harem scene.
Hill Street Blues     Mesmera During roll call, Mesmera performs for Sgt. Esterhaus.
I, Claudius "Queen of Heaven", Season 1, Episode 7 October 25, 1976    
I, Claudius "Old King Long", Season 1, Episode 13 December 6, 1976    
I Dream of Jeannie "The Lady in the Bottle", Season 1, Episode 1 September 18, 1965 Barbara Eden and others Silly, fun, playful, but short.
I Dream of Jeannie "Americanization of Jeannie", Season 1, Episode 8 November 6, 1965 Tanya Lemani Tanya's role was Sadelia.
I Dream of Jeannie "My Son the Genie", Season 3, Episode 13 December 12, 1967   Bob "Gilligan" Denver guest starred as Jeannie's cousin.
I Dream of Jeannie "Who's Got the Genie?"      
I Dream of Jeannie "Jeannie, the Governor's Wife", Season 4, Episode 17 February 10, 1969    
I Spy "The Medarra Block", Season 3, Episode 4 October 2, 1967 Helena Kallianotes?  
Incredible Hulk "Sideshow", Season 3, Episode 14 (Episode 48 overall) January 25, 1980 Tamara Elliot (credited as Tam Elliot) Two belly dance sequences.
Keeping Up Appearances     Judy Cornwell Daisy belly dances for Onslow
Kids in the Hall       In one sketch belly dancers are featured in a Moroccan club setting.
Lipstick on Your Collar   1990's   Belly dancers in 4 episodes
Lois & Clark, New Adventures of Superman     Teri Hatcher  
Love Boat       Dancer appears during cruise to the Middle East.
Mama's Family     Mesmera Dancing in a restaurant.
Man from U.N.C.L.E. "King of Knaves Affair", Season 1, Episode 13 December 22, 1964 Tanya Lemani  
Man from U.N.C.L.E. "Deadly Goddess Affair", Season 2, Episode 17 January 16, 1966    
Man from U.N.C.L.E. "The Come with Me to the Casbah Affair", Season 3, Episode 9 November 21, 1966 Abbe Lane  
Matt Houston     Kamala  
Maude     Adrienne Barbeau  
Max Headroom "Body Banks", Season 1, Episode 3 April 14, 1987 Suhaila Salimpour Suhaila dances on stage next to an enormous pig.
McCloud "Our Man in the Harem", Season 6, Episode 5 (Episode 38 overall) January 11, 1976    
McMillan & Wife "Aftershock", Season 5, Episode 3 November 9, 1975    
Mission Impossible Third episode of the "new" series     Belly dancer appears in a Middle Eastern club setting.
Mork and Mindy     Maria Lunahan Mork hires bellydancer for a birthday party.
Nanny "Not Without My Nanny", Season 5, Episode 14 January 28, 1998 Ansuya The Nanny is abducted by a sheik, and a belly dance scene ensues.
New Adventures of Beans Baxter   1980's Tahia, Hadia, Jennifer, MayJen, Senitza Two belly dancers try to seduce a spy for information.
Night Court       A dancer appears during Bull's stag party.
Odd Couple "The Odyssey Couple", Season 3, Episode 21 (Episode 68 overall) March 2, 1973 Kapi Lindos (credited as Lynne Miller) Kapi Lindos was credited as Lynne Miller in this one, then later changed her name to Kapi Lindos. Some say her connection to Ron Silver (who later became her husband) helped her land the role.
Odd Couple "The Rain in Spain", Season 5, Episode 1 (Episode 93 overall) September 12, 1974 Kapi Lindos  
Odd Couple "The Odd Candidate", Season 5, Episode 7 (Episode 99 overall) October 24, 1974 Kapi Lindos Kapi Lindos appeared in 3 different episodes of The Odd Couple, and each time she played a different character.
Odd Couple     Penny Marshall  
On the Buses "The Snake", Season 3, Episode 6 February 6, 1970 Julie Mendez Julie Mendez dances with a snake.
Petrocelli "Once Upon a Victim", Season 1, Episode 15 January 29, 1975    
Police Woman "The Young and the Fair", Season 4, Episode 13 (Episode 82 overall) January 25, 1978 Angie Dickinson  
Quincy M.E. "Hot Ice", Season 5, Episode 5 October 18, 1979    
Rat Patrol "Street Urchin Raid", Season 2, Episode 15 December 25, 1957 Tanya Lemani  
Rescue Me   2006   Belly dance class on show
Rosanne     Kamala's troupe, Flowers of the Desert  
Salomé      

Latin American television novella. An actress dances during the opening credits.

Secret Adventures of Jules Verne "The Book of Knowledge", Final Episode, Episode 22 December 16, 2000   It opens during a dance performance in a dive in Tangiers (with Passepartout shouting something about "camel"). A little dancing is glimpsed before Verne falls into the delirium which takes up most of the episode.
Sex and the City "The Awful Truth", Season 2, Episode 2 June 13, 1999 Raven and Shantal Riley Very little dancing shown by how the episode is edited. Dialogue very insulting to belly dancers.
Sex and the City "Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl", Season 3, Episode 4 June 25, 2000 Jenna Rosenberg Not belly dancing - the scene shows an exercise class called "Goddess Workout". Only reason for including it on this list is that Dolphina brags on her web site about this episode was inspired by her belly dance class.
Simpsons "Homer's Night Out", Season 1, Episode 10 March 25, 1990 Princess Kashmir (animated character) Insulting to belly dancers.
Stargate SG-1 "Thor's Hammer", Season 1, Episode 9 September 26, 1997 Bobbie Phillips Dance scene in beginning of episode.
Star Trek "Menagerie" Part 2, Season 1, Episode 12 November 24, 1966 Susan Oliver The character is Vina, the Orion slave girl. Very short, about 45 seconds.
Star Trek "Wolf in the Fold", Season 2, Episode 14 (Episode 36 overall) December 22, 1967 Tanya Lemani Positive portrayal of our dance form with excellent dancing.
Switch "Round Up the Usual Suspects", Season 1, Episode 23 March 23, 1976   Belly dancers appear in the opening credits.
Three's Company   1970's   Jack, Chrissy, and Janet, go to restaurant. A belly dancer in a red bedlah dances for them.
Trapper John, M.D.        
Two Ronnies "Death Can Be Fatal", Season 4, Episode 6 February 6, 1975 Princess Soraya  
Two Ronnies "Worm That Turned" (episode 3?)      
Weird Science     Ansuya  
What's Happening Now? "Dueling Menus", Season 1, Episode 10 1985 Marguerite Kusuhara Because of Marguerite's pale skin color, the makeup department painted her entire skin to darken it and make it look better on camera.
Who's the Boss? "A Moving Episode", Season 3, Episode 24 May 19, 1987 Najwa  
Wild Wild West "Night of the Grand Emir", Season 1, Episode 18 January 28, 1966 Yvonne Craig  
Xena Warrior Princess "Cradle of Hope", Season 1, Episode 4 (Episode 4 overall) September 25, 1995 Lucy Lawless  
Xena Warrior Princess "Who's Gurkhan?", Season 6, Episode 4 (Episode 116 overall) October 23, 2000 Lucy Lawless and Renée O'Connor  
Young & the Restless Two episodes   Mesmera  

 

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Unscripted Shows

This category includes talk shows, variety shows, reality shows, and game shows.

Series Title

Episode

Original Air Date

Dancer(s)

Comments

Alan Burke Show   1969 Serena & Yerevan dancers  
Andy Williams Show     Tanya Lemani  
Blind Date       Features a segment where a couple attends a belly dance class.
Caroline Rhea Show     Amira Mor Amira Mor teaches a belly dance mini-lesson to Joey Fatone from NSYNC
Christina       Latin America television talk show which has occasionally featured appearances by belly dancers.
Clip Trips       This is an MTV-like show from Canada. In one episode the VJ took belly dance lessons and interviewed the instructor.
Culture Shock   January, 2002 Yasmina Ramzy Featured a segment on Middle Eastern dance. Included clips of ethnic and troupe performances Canadian show via the CBC network. Hosted by Gregory Charles.
Dateline NBC   February 2004 Maria Performance at Mataam Fez in Boulder during a show
Dating Story       On TLC
Donny & Marie Show     Cast of V.I.P.  
Elvis 1968 Comeback Special     Tanya Lemani Tanya dances as Elvis sings the song "Little Egypt"
Emeril Live     Amira Mor Emeril was cooking Moroccan lamb.
Follow That Food "Follow That Orange" July 1, 2002 Shamira Segment filmed at L'Orange Bleu in Manhattan. Orange costume.
Good Morning America       August 1970, features several dancers.
Honey, We're Killing the Kids   April 2006   A belly dancer tries to teach an out-of-shape couple to belly dance.  The couple made some rude comments about the belly dancer.
Inside Entertainment       Features a local actress from Calgary, Alberta moonlighting as a belly dancer.
Jenny Jones "America's Sexiest Twins", Episode 3 October 25, 1995 Veena and Neena  
Merv Griffin Show     Helena Vlahos  
Mike Douglas Show     Helena Vlahos  
Modern Manners       Aired on WTN. A segment featured a belly dancer's thoughts on clubs.
Ni Ge Mie Ye Chang (Enjoy Yourself Tonight)     Helena Vlahos  
Premier Impacto     Lela Zahar Spanish-language news magazine. Segment on Puerto Rican dancer Lela Zahar.
Real People     Dahlena and John Compton About professional belly dancers and women who enjoy belly dance as a hobby, shot in Dahlena's studio in Chicago. Segment on a male dancer, which was John Compton, filmed in San Francisco.
Regis Philbin Health Styles        
Richard Simmons Show     Helena Vlahos  
Sabado Gigante     Shamira Talent show featuring belly dancers from all over. Shamira represented New York City.
SCTV       A belly dancer appears in a spoof of Casablanca.
Spectacular World of Guinness Records     Helena Vlahos  
Starting Over   September 28, 2004 Elanah Reality show. Elanah teaches the women of the house how to belly dance.
Steve Harvey's Big Time     Veena & Neena Talent show. Steve Harvey makes lecherous comments.
Steve Harvey's Big Time     Mali the Pyro Gypsy Talent show. She claims to be a belly dancer, but what she does is performance art with fire.
That's Incredible     Helena Vlahos Brief dance performance with incredible backbend, then quarter-rolling,
Thicke of the Night     Helena Vlahos Helena Vlahos performs tricks.
To Tell the Truth     Atlantis Episode titled "The Girl with the Golden Gut". Panel has to guess which contestant is the belly dancer.
USA Up All Night March 6, 1993   Benedene Cannata, L. Sharon Capo, Nesma Demopoulos and Shantal Riley, and dancers from Cleopatra, a restaurant in New York City Hosted by Gilbert Gottfried.
What's My Line?   1969 Serena Game show, Serena as the secret guest
Whose Line Is It Anyway? Season 5, Episode 25 July 25, 2003 Veena & Neena Bidashi The dancers and their snakes appear in two of the improvised comedy sketches.

 

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One-Time Shows and Mini-Series

These include fiction movies, mini-series, bio pics, awards shows, and documentries.

Series Title

Year

Dancer(s)

Comments

Alexander the Great 1968 Antoinette (featured), Marliza Pons, and Tanya Lemani Stars William Shatner, Adam West, John Cassavetes and Joseph Cotten.
Arabian Nights 2000   Hallmark version.
Blue Knight 1973   Stars William Holden and Lee Remick.
Cairo Unveiled 1990's Lucy Aired by National Geographic.
Cleopatra - The Most Powerful Woman on Earth 1999   Three-part TV movie
Gideon (Hallmark Hall of Fame) 1971 Little Egypt Little Egypt played the character Orpah. Broadcast March 26, 1971.
Hunchback 1997 Salma Hayek  
Key to Rebecca 1985 Lina Raymond Dancer appears in part 2 of the mini-series. Stars David Soul. Sonja (Lina's character) is intimate friends with a German Spy.
Mary Magdalene 2000 Ambra Angiolini Shown on PAX cable channel. Stars Maria Grazia Cucinotta. Herod's daughter belly dances.
MTV Music Video Awards 2000 Shamira, Natalia, Miranda, & Samara Christina Aguilera's performance had four belly dancers. Choreographed by Shamira.
Night Strangler 1973 Jo Ann Pflug Scene in a Seattle nightclub.
Perfect Woman 1981   Stars Fred Willard. Ruler of intergalactic empire watches a dancer on television.
Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story 1987   Stars Farrah Fawcett. A belly dancer appears at one of the parties.
Requiem Por Granada 1991   Dancers appear in chapters 2 and 4. Spanish mini- series about the last Muslim King of Granada.
Story Lady 1991 Mesmera and her snake Stars Jessica Tandy.
Sweet Temptation 1996 Mesmera Stars Beverly D'Angelo.
Top Ten Showgirls of the World   Birgul Ata On Travel Channel. Belly dancers in Istanbul made #8 on the list.  Tasteful and respectful segment!

 

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Commercials

Product

When Aired

Dancer

Comments

Alka Seltzer   Morocco "No matter what shape you're in".
AT&T Wireless February 3, 2002   Super Bowl 3rd quarter.
Coors Beer   Maybe Veena & Neena? A harem scene with Dr. Dre & Snoop Doggy Dog a rap video.
Episode of Monster House 2003   Belly dancer appears in a commercial promoting an episode of Monster House in which a house is being transformed into a Moroccan theme.
Jello 2006   A belly dancer in sweats does some dance moves.
Killian's Irish Red Ale     Belly dancer appears briefly with a veil.
Renault   Elayssa Dancer used to be known as Sa'Elayssa
Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino   Soraya of New Jersey  

 

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Local Television Station Shows

Show

Date

Dancer

Comments

A.M. Los Angeles with Regis Philbin (KABC)   Helena Vlahos  
Auction 21     Auction show for Long Island. One episode auctioned off a belly dance show.
Greatest Car Show on Earth July 4, 2003 Maria with Mehmet the Snake  
Helluva Town Fall 1969 Serena Serves the local New York market. Shows Serena and her students at her studio in New York City.
Maria Papadatos Show   Anjelika

Show airs for New Jersey market.

WB2 Morning News Denver April 14, 2006 Maria and students Giving lessons and dancing.

 

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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 Shira.net 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.

Maria

 

 

 

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