Stavros Stavrou Karayanni

Photo taken in April 2008 at the International Bellydance Conference of Canada.
Stavros speaks into the mike while Tito listens. Both were members on the 5 person panel titled, "Men in Bellydance"

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Stavros Stavrou Karayanni

Stavros was born in Cyprus and pursued English studies in Canada on a Commonwealth scholarship. He has published widely on culture, gender, and sexuality in the Middle East but Oriental dance has been the main focus of his intelleictual interests and research. his book Dancing Fears and Desire: Race, Sexuality and Imperial Politics in Middle Eastern Dance, reveals apart from a great artistic passion, the intricate ways in which the present traditon of this controversial dance has been shaped by Eurocentric models that define and control identity performance. Stavros has broken new ground for this dance by incorporating it in his presentation of academic papers at international conferences, thus assisting its entry into cultural and critical debates. The United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dancing has made him an honorary Fellow while his book has won the European Society for the Study of English book award in cultural studies. He teaches English Literature and Cultural Theory in the school of Social Sciences and Humanities at Cyprus College.

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Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Stavros Stavrou Karayanni

  • Academia? Like it or Trash it!2 Books Reviewed: Dancing Communities & Dancing Fear and Desire
    One thing that I have found within our community is the general lack of scholarship and a feminine voice within the research.
  • From Toronto, Ontario, Canada The International Bellydance Conference of Canada
    including Masouma Rose, Shira, Lynette Harris and many others. Reports are presented in video format inbedded all on the same page. Wednesday Evening show- "Remix 2007", Daytime activities on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Main Stage Shows from Thursday and Friday Night.
    See the Friday Daytime Activities report for video of Stavros
  • Tito Seif: The Moment of Eternal Shimmy
    Tito is now an international phenomenon. And how wonderful that a man from Egypt has taken to the West’s belly dance stages establishing himself as one of the greatest belly dancers and showmen today. Such development flies in the face of those American belly dance instructors, students, and performers who have long considered this art defunct in Egypt and dependent upon their kind support and cultivation.