Fatima Bassmah

photo by Gabriel Bienczycki of Zebra Visual

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Fatima Bassmah

Bassmah performs Egyptian cabaret influenced by Lebanese style belly dance and modern Egyptian dance. Involved in dance for over 10 years, she continues to study under two of the most influential teachers in the Philadelphia area, Habiba and Valerie Rushmere.

Bassmah is a member of the Habiba Dance Ensemble and performs with the Ensemble at a variety of cultural events at colleges and universities, as well as museums and cultural centers. She has most recently visited Egypt in June 2008 and plans to return in 2009 and continue to write articles about her travels.

By day, she is a law librarian, and is an assistant director at a top 100 firm. Her academic background includes two master’s degrees, in Library Science, as well as in Information Systems, and she holds undergraduate degrees in English and Communications. When not dancing or taking classes as a lifelong academic (Arabic being her current focus), she can be found relaxing or traveling with her husband and the cutest corgi in the world.

In addition to studying belly dance and performing, Bassmah also runs Philly Raqs - the website for belly dance news and events for the greater Philadelphia area, with over 3000 visitors a month.

Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Fatima Bassmah

  • My Dinner with Nadia Hamdi
    We asked if they had any videos, photos, or costumes from Nadia's life as a dancer, but they had none. When Nadia took the hijab and gave up dancing, she destroyed all photos and videos of herself since that life was over.