Mona Said was a renowned belly dancer and actress born on August 16th, 1931 in Cairo, Egypt. She was one of the most famous belly dancers of the 1950s and 1960s, and her career spanned over four decades.
Mona Said began dancing at a young age, and she quickly gained a reputation as a talented and graceful performer. She was known for her unique style, which combined traditional Egyptian dance with modern influences, and for her ability to convey emotion through her movements.
In the 1950s, Mona Said rose to fame as a member of the Reda Troupe, which was led by the renowned Egyptian choreographer Mahmoud Reda. She performed with the troupe for several years, traveling all over the world and gaining international recognition for her skills.
Mona Said also appeared in several films during her career, including "Maw'ed Ma'a Al-Hayat" (Appointment with Life) and "Ard El-Salam" (Land of Peace). She often played the role of a dancer or singer in these films, showcasing her talents on the big screen.
Despite her success, Mona Said faced criticism from some conservative members of Egyptian society, who disapproved of her profession. She was banned from performing on state television and from traveling to certain countries, but she continued to dance and perform in private venues.
Mona Said retired from performing in the 1990s and devoted herself to teaching dance to future generations. She opened her own dance school in Cairo, where she trained countless dancers and helped to preserve the art of belly dancing for future generations.
Mona Said passed away on March 21st, 2017, at the age of 85. She left behind a legacy as one of the most iconic and influential belly dancers in history, whose talent and grace inspired generations of dancers around the world.