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Egyptian dancers
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The women in this photo were dancers who performed the Danse du Ventre at the
Street of Cairo Theatre. This style of dancing is very similar to belly-dancing and caused a scandal at the fair; many thought the dancing was too explicit. The cultural displays on the Midway were often sensationalized views of the cultures. Some critics argue that the fair exploited the cultures for entertainment value.

Harrison, Thomas. A Trip Through the Columbian Exposition With a Camera. Chicago: Globe Lithographing and Printing Co., 1893. Further reproduction or distribution is prohibited without permission.

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