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In Egypt, the practice of whirling has been adapted as tanoura. The word tanoura or tannoura refers to the colorful skirt worn by the whirler, with a color representing each Sufi order. The word may also refer to the dancer, traditionally a Sufi man. Tanoura is associated with Sufism and is performed at Sufi festivals, but it is also performed by non-Sufis as a folk dance or concert dance. Although it is mainly used for visual effects, the dancers also augment their balance with the tanoura, through a dynamic centrifugal effect.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Cairo, Egypt
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Copyright: © Shrouk Ghonim