The term “Golden Era” is often used to refer to the period of Egyptian cinema beginning in the early-mid through the middle of the 20th century. During this period, many actresses/dancers became popular, not only in Egypt and the Middle East but around the world. Many of these dancers are still recognized as the best of the best and are still a source for inspiration for belly dance enthusiasts today.

The list below is certainly not inclusive of all Golden Era dancers, but it is a list of some of the most popular. YouTube clips are provided to give you a look at the moves and movies that made these dancers famous.


Samia Gamal
With singer/actor/composer Farid Al Atrache, who was her long-time boyfriend.
They starred in many movies together.


Naima Akef


Tahia Carioca


Nagwa Fouad


Suheir Zaki




Zeinat Olwi


Badia Masabni
Last, but not least. Badia is most likely the most important of them all.
She taught and hired many of the dancers in this list to work in her historic “Casino Opera”.