Dancer Tribute 3/30/12: Debbie Allen (Houston, TX) original Tweet 10/10/11, Who is your favorite triple threat performer?

Debbie1Dancer Tribute 3/30/12: Debbie Allen (Houston, TX original Tweet 10/10/11

I have a saying that describes my performing motto:  JUST DO WHAT DEBBIE DOES!!!

You can’t go wrong if you follow the path of Debbie Allen!

Dancer
Choreographer
Singer
Broadway Star
Actress
Director
Debbie2Producer
Dance Studio Director
Emmy Winner
Academy Awards Choreographer

What can’t Debbie do?

There is no performing road block that Debbie can’t tackle with her magnificent talent, determination and strength.

Debbie3She opened so many doors of dance, that NO ONE, I mean NO ONE will be able to conquer the Dance World like Debbie did.  In fact, like Katherine Dunham before her, Debbie also integrated and KICKED DOWN the glass ceiling when it came to directing and producing.

If I could come back reincarnated as any performer, it would be Debbie Allen.

There are not many performers that I admire that have so many works that I admire.  I loved her performances in Broadway shows like Purlie, West Side Story and Sweet Charity.  I loved her acting in TV shows like FAMEAll of Us, The Cosby Show, A Different World, Quantum Leap, In The House and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE!  And I love it when I see Debbie’s name as a director for shows like Girlfriends, Hellcats and The Parkers!

Debbie4Debbie has so many incredible performances that it would be hard to pinpoint my favorite, but I can try to narrow it down to my TOP 3:

  • 1.  Choreographer for 1983 65th Oscar Awards Live to “A Whole New World” from the movie Aladdin.  The Belly Twins (Veena & Neena) and Atlantis did a great job of performing in that telecast.
  • 2.  The Debbie Allen special.  I have a copy of this somewhere on a VHS, but I remember Debbie Allen “Belly Dancing” in a yellow costume.
  • 3.  Debbie Allen as Joanna Chapman in Quantum Leap episode of  “Private Dancer.”  http://www.tv.com/shows/quantum-leap/private-dancer-60523/

I can sing my praise of Debbie Allen all day and all night, but let me close by saying:  DO WHAT DEBBIE DOES and you will never go wrong in Dance!  Debbie thank you for inspiring me and so many other dancers, you are a NATIONAL DANCE TREASURE!

 

Debbie5http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debbie_Allen
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000739/bio
http://www.museum.tv/eotvsection.php?entrycode=allendebbie
http://www.debbieallendanceacademy.com/
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/freetodance/biographies/allen.html
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000739/
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Debbie6I will be posting some of my original Dancer Tributes in WordPress, only the early ones that were in Twitter only, not WordPress.  Back when I first starting posting the dancer tributes on Twitter I only had 2 subscribers.  Now that I have more, I realized that a lot of people missed my early dancer tributes.  But as I am reposting those, I will also keep adding new content for topics like Dance Choreography, new Dancer tributes, etc.

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Who is your favorite triple threat performer?

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Belly Dancer Tribute 3/11/12: Nagwa Fouad (Egypt) original Tweet 10/9/11. Who is the queen of Egyptian Belly Dance?

Nagwa1Belly Dancer Tribute 3/11/12: Nagwa Fouad (Egypt) original Tweet 10/9/11

Who is the queen of Egyptian Belly Dance?

There are many contenders, past queens, new queens, imposters and posers.

We all love seeing the top belly dancers in Egypt – past & present from Tahia Carioca, Samia Gamal, Liz & Lyn Jamal Twins, Nagwa Fouad, Soheir Zaki, Fifi Abdou or Dina Talaat.

The one who sticks out in my opinion as the True Queen who can’t be topped is NAGWA FOUAD!

Everyone has their opinion, by to me she sticks out as queen for one reason and one reasNagwa2on only: VERSATILITY!

You never know what Nagwa Fouad will do next, she constantly changes her dance style and looks, so you know her show will always be exciting, innovative and FUN!.

As far as talent goes, you can argue that Soheir Zaki is just as talented and beloved as an Egyptian Dancer.  Speaking from personal opinion again, I knocked her down as 3rd place because of her HAIR!  She has different hairstyles in some of her early dance clips, but then it seemed like for 10 years in a row, all shows had the same “unflattering” hair style, that severe part down the middle.  Mix it up a bit Soheir and change your hair style every now and then, as Nagwa does.  I have Nagwa3seen clips of Nagwa sporting all sorts of different hair styles from curly, to different colors (mostly shades of red hair), different styles strait, Afro, different hair pieces.  Hair is important to any DIVA or entertainer, whether you an actress, singer or dancer; look at Cher, Diana Ross or Farrah Fawcett for proof.

Speaking of Egyptian Dance Divas, the 2nd place Diva is FIFI ABDOU!  She really puts on a show!  I love it when she runs and does the splits.  Or, she takes the shoes off and throws them.  Then if the audience seems bored, she’ll get right in their face and entertain them.  In her ,most recent shows, she is always fiddling with her costumes, but she does it Diva-StyleSoheir Zaki so it’s all good.  Her entrances are always spectacular and I love to watch her dance.  The best shimmies in Egypt belong to Fifi!

Then we have Dina.  Dina seems to be the most COPIED dancer currently, from everything to her costume style, singing the song while dancing, the hand gestures and the famous BUTT (look at my Ass!!!) move.  She is so copied that her antics are getting old, expected and somewhat “boring” in my personal opinion.  It was cool the first time she did them, not every Belly Dancer and their students are copying the DINA style by singing along, the BUTT (look at my Ass!) move.  It’s really, really overused, so the point that I get bored even when I Tahia Cariocasee her perform.  Change things up every now and again DINA and your IMITATORS!!!!  Those moves were cute and endearing the 1st few times, but after seeing it again and again and again by her and so many people, I just like to shout STOP, DO SOMETHING NEW OR DIFFERENT!  Let’s put her in 4th place.

Let’s show some love to the EARLY Queens of Egyptian Belly Dance:  Tahia Carioca, Liz & Lyn Jamal Twins and Samia Gamal!  Tahia was our first Belly Dance Queen Diva by appearing in over 300 movies and TV shows.  She brought Belly Dance to the MASSES!  Tahia’s fabulous costumes set the stage for the next generation of Egyptian Dance queens like Samia Gamal.  How cute were the Jamal Twins, Liz & Lyn?  Their costumes were adorable –Samia Gamal EATYOURHEARTOUTBELLYTWINS.  BTW, the Belly Twins (Veena & Neena) should TOTALLY make a movie about the Jamal Twins, there is no one else better in the world to play them, perfect casting!

All joking aside, I love, adore and respect ALL of the Egyptian Queens of Belly Dance.  If it weren’t for them, I would not be Belly Dancing.  SALUTE: Tahia, Samia, Liz, Lyn, Soheir, Nagwa, Fifi, Dina and all of the rest of the great Egyptian Belly Dancers.  Here is my favorite QUEEN OF EGYPTIAN BELLY DANCE – NAGWA FOUAD performing.  Show them how it’s done Nagwa!

 

 

Fifi1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagwa_Fouad
http://www.hossamramzy.com/stars/starsofegypt_nagwa.htm
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0137226/bio
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samia_Gamal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifi_Abdou
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dina_Talaat
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I will be posting some of my original Dancer Tributes in WordPress, only the early ones that were in Twitter only, not WordPress.  Back when I first starting posting the dancer tributes on Twitter I only had 2 subscribers.  Now that I have more, I realized that a lot of people missed my early dancer tributes.  But as I am reposting those, I will also keep adding new content for topics like Dance Choreography, new Dancer tributes, etc.

Now is your time to Join the Conversation! Comments, questions, concerns, controversy, rebuttals, tributes, blogs, guest bloggers, etc., are all welcome!  Who is the queen of Egyptian Belly Dance?