Tahiya Karioka (1919-1999) was an Egyptian belly dancer and film actress. Tahiya worked for Badia Masabni, the owner of Casino Opera, one of the most prominent nightclubs of the time. Badia offered her a position in her troupe. Tahiya accepted and was given the stage name Tahiya Mohamed. She soon gained popularity as a solo dancer and as she became more experienced she learned a popular dance from Brasil called the Karioka. After that she became known as Tahiya Karioca. Tahiya began starring in movies during what is dubbed as the Egyptian film industries "Golden Age". She was a talented dancer, singer, and actor.
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