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Dance (Pomona), Theatre (Pomona)

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rhythmic interlocking clapping, musical accompaniment, foot patterns, solo dance


The regional dances of the vast but sparsely populated peninsula that includes Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states and emirates, and Yemen are--due to political, religious, economic, and other reasons of access--among the least studied. Historically, the gulf region is one of the most ancient marketplaces, with traders from India, Mesopotamia, Africa, and the Arabian hinterland meeting here for centuries. Influences from all these groups may be discerned in the dancing.


Shay, Anthony. "Arabian Peninsula" in Selma Jeanne Cohen, Ed., International Encyclopedia of Dance, Vol. 1, pp. 101-102, 1998, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press.

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