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Looking for some costume inspiration? I love these vintage circus photos. The costumes have so many interesting treatments, textures, and beading. Hope you guys like them!

xo

TBB

This weeks #TBT was recommended to me by my friend Raissa. Ragaa has been one of Raissa’s favorites for years, and it’s easy to see why! Ragaa’s dancing is very dynamic, smooth, and seductive all at the same time. I think she has a very unique energy – definitely a dancer to learn from!

There isn’t much information out there about Ragaa, but I did find some tidbits. Ragaa, an Egyptian dancer, began her career in the Akef Circus, and later she worked in the Helw Circus as an acrobat. In the first video of the playlist below you will see her do a killer backbend – definitely circus status!

Ragaa was featured in many films as both an actress and a dancer throughout the 50’s. On several occasions she danced in a duo with her sister Awatef Youssef.

Later in her life Ragaa formed a production company with her husband.

Enjoy TBB’s Ragaa Youssef YouTube Playlist!