SO HERE’S THE DEAL:
Shooq is known as the first belly dancer of Egypt. She reached the peak of her career in 1871.
She established an honorable status for herself amongst the wealthy and important families of Egypt, she was the first dancer that was able to accomplish this.
She was the only dancer allowed to perform at parties hosted by the Viceroy. When he opened the Suez Canal, she danced at the ceremony.
In 1871, Shooq was invited to dance at the wedding of an upper class family. When she took breaks the family would dance for fun. It was there that she saw Shafiqa Al Qibityya dance for the first time. Soon Shafiqa became Shooq’s protégée.
Shooq became an example for many dancers like Badia Masabni, Tahia Carioca, Samia Gamal, etc. to look up to.