Magda Saleh narrates footage from the film Egypt Dances, which
documents a variety of ethnic dance traditions in her native Egypt,
and discusses the introduction of western theatrical dance forms
into a predominantly Middle Eastern culture. Dr. Saleh's interests
span classical ballet, modern dance and dance ethnography.
A graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow, she was the first
prima ballerina of the Cairo Ballet Company, Egypt's national troupe,
and most recently, the founding director of the New Cairo Opera House.