Belly Dancing Television Takes Off in Egypt
Published Monday, November 14, 2011
Cairo – In one week the number of Arab channels broadcasting uninterrupted belly dancing performances shot up to ten, indicating a new trend in the Egypt’s TV landscape.
These channels include Sharqiyat, Farah, Moulad, Shaabiyat, and Darbaka.
These channels are viewed by Egyptians and Arabs through the Nilesat media service and hence are not registered with the Egyptian Ministry of Information. Egypt’s information minister Osama Heikal is thus spared the blame placed on him by critics of this new trend.
The popularity of belly dancing TV started to rise when several channels appeared on one frequency at the same time. The most distinguished of these, Altet, broadcasts belly-dancing without interruption. Others soon followed.
Some of these channels rely on videos of belly dancing gathered from dance performances held in prominent Egyptian hotels during recent years. Others feature dance clips from music videos, movies, and celebrations.
Belly dancing channels are attracting an increasing number of viewers, many of whom have lost interest in the numerous talk show programs available today.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.