We find the most notable, if not the only, purely Egyptian dancer of our time in the alme or Ghowazee.
The much admired alme is a picture of low scope, excusable only as an historic representation.
Sure enough, alme detached from her fair neck an elastic band, whereon were strung thirteen bright gold rings.
alme and Hannifar accordingly threw back their outer black veils, and appeared with the white ones underneath.
I think it is the ad libitum aria, "Bell' alme al ciel diletto" and he wishes me to write music for these words.