Nagwa Fouad

Nagwa Fouad (Arabic: نجوى فؤاد, Arabic: [ˈnæɡwæ foˈʔæːd]; born Awatif Mohamed Ajami on 6 January 1939) is an Egyptian belly dancer.

Family

Nagwa was born in Alexandria to an Egyptian father and a Palestinian mother who originally hails from Jaffa.[1]

Career

She began belly dancing in the early 1960s. In 1976, the composer Mohammed Abdel Wahab wrote an entire musical piece exclusively for her belly dancing show titled Qamar Arba'tashar (meaning the full Moon of the 14th), it was her transition from traditional oriental dance to a choreographed stage performances.

After Fouad's marriage to Ahmed Fouad Hassan, the violin player, composer and conductor, she danced in the stage show Adwoua Al-Madina (City Lights), which had featured such performers as Abdel Halim Hafez, Fayza Ahmed, Shadia and Sabah. Fouad featured on many of the covers of the Ahmed Fouad Hassan's albums.

Fouad says: "Hassan nurtured my amateur's talents... He taught me the importance of studying and working on my talent if I wanted to be a big star."

She trained at the Nelly Mazloum Dance School and joined the National Dance Troupe to study folklore with Russian teachers. Nagwa Fouad learned showmanship and eye-catching techniques that she used in her performances of "Ayoub Al-Masri" and "Bahiya wa Yassin".

In 1976, composer Mohamed Abdel-Wahab wrote "Qamar Arbaa-tashar" (Blue Moon or 14th moon) for her. Her stage performance to this piece allowed her to change the way belly-dancing was presented on stage, transforming it from traditional oriental dance to more of a choreographed lavish spectacle, adding more dramatic elements to it than ever before.

The composition served as a transition for Fouad: "I was able to combine the oriental dancing of Tahiya Karioka and Samia Gamal with Na'ema's acrobatic style and created a stage show like a dramatic piece" she says. Fouad offered original stage shows in five star hotels and productions for television for many years, not only in raqs sharqi, but also using inspiration from raqs sha'biyya (noted as folklore, or 'baladi') sometimes with folk singer, Fatma Serhan, and often with chorus ensembles of other dancers. Fouad established her own dance group, but it did not last long; she later tried to retire from dancing to become actress. She played on the stage and in the cinema and finally became a cinema producer.

Famous performances

References

  • Bellydance superstars: Nagua Fouad at Belly-Dance.org
  • Hossam Ramzy:
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