Baladi refers to a folkloric style of belly-dancing popular in Egypt. The litheness and sensuality of the woman who inspired the sculptor, are the perfect combination for this traditional dance of seduction. Many family gatherings have been enlivened by her graceful and rhythmic moves. As she swings and sways to the hypnotic strains of Middle Eastern music, the flowing motions of her arms, hips and midriff mesmerize all the men around her. Our Baladi regally dons a transparent veil of steel wires, protecting her from peering eyes. It twirls around her joyfully, following her every leap and lunge. Majestic and enchanting, Baladi has given birth to several bronze reproductions.