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Bal Anat

Jamila Salimpour's famous performance group
active in the 1960s and 70s

Jamila and Bal Anat are often described as the original 'tribal' dancers... the root of a tree that sprouted many branches, including Fat Chance Belly Dance and Compton's Hahbi Ru. Jamila organized the group when the local Renaissance Fair complained that her student dancers were over-running the event, performing everywhere they could find a blank space and an audience. Jamila drew on her circus background to design a format that is still famous (and imitated) today.



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