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When Men DanceChoreographing Masculinities Across Borders$
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Jennifer Fisher and Anthony Shay

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386691

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386691.001.0001

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Ibrahim Farrah

Ibrahim Farrah

Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer, Publisher

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(p.355) 11 Ibrahim Farrah
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When Men Dance
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Barbara Sellers‐Young

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386691.003.0012

Barbara Sellers‐Young details the life and career of Ibrahim Farrah, a Lebanese American who was one of the seminal figures in the performance, teaching, and popularizing of cabaret belly dance in the United States. As a male dancer in a genre widely regarded as performed exclusively by women, Farrah, through his performances and writings, embodied the tensions inherent in the cultural and gender issues surrounding belly dance in both the Arab American community, from which he first learned Oriental dance, and in wider American society after belly dance had become an important leisure activity for more than a million women in the 1980s. Many of those women followed the news and history of the genre in Farrah's groundbreaking journal, Arabesque.

Keywords:   Ibrahim Farrah, Lebanese American, belly dance, gender, Arab American community, Oriental dance, Arabesque

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