Dance in Egypt as a Celebration of Life – Royersford Library's Spring Lecture Series from the Penn Museum

The Royersford Public Library will host Dance in Egypt as a Celebration of Daily Life on Monday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m.

This presentation will be lead by Barbara ‘Habiba’ Siegel. It is the second in a series of lectures from the Penn Museum’s Outreach Lecture Program. Traditional dances of Egypt provide a moving record of a vanishing way of life. They reflect village life and symbolize a continuity of traditions in different Egyptian societies; such as the Fellahin, Bedouin, and Nubian communities.

Discussion, demonstration, and audience participation will reveal the character and essence of these people.

Siegel’s background includes training at the Martha Graham School in New York, and courses in Middle Eastern dance with some of America’s foremost teachers. She has also studied with the Tunisian National Folklore Troupe, and at the School of the Reda Troupe; Egypt’s most famous dance ensemble. As a performer Siegel has mastered a wide variety of dance styles from North Africa, and teaches regularly at her Philadelphia studio. As a dance researcher she has documented village folk festivals in both Egypt and Tunisia, is a staff writer for Arabesque Magazine, has presented papers before the Mid-Atlantic Region Society for Ethnomusicology, and has lectured at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Outreach Lecture Program is sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The fee for this lecture is being funded by the Bard Foundation. This lecture is suitable for adults and interested school-age children. Please call the library to register for this lecture – (610) 948-7277. Royersford Public Library is a branch of the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library. It is located at 200 South Fourth Avenue in Royersford.