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Mm Mm Monday – Naemet Mokhtar

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“The Woman Who Conquered the Devil” was one of her best-known films, Naemet Mokhtar was one of the film dancer greats. But her career was not as long as some of the better-known golden age bellydancers, and her departure from dancing was swift and mysterious…until 2012 when she turned up in an interview in the newspaper, El Fagr. You can read the translated version on Shira’s website, but that isn’t why we’re here. We’re here to see this delightful gem of a video, brought to my attention by the incomparable Cassandra of Minneapolis. I was completely mesmerized by her tiny shoulder shimmies, her luxurious figure 8’s, and the swaying choo-choo shimmies…so much to Mm Mmmmmmm about!

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Shay Moore is the director and primary instructor at Deep Roots Dance in Seattle, WA. She loves writing, movies, costuming, knitting, cooking, and bellydance to the moon and back again; and loves her amazing husband and doggies even more than that.

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