el-Tanoura is a popular traditional Egyptian folk dance derived from the whirling dance performed as a Sufi religious practice. The word "tannoura" may refer to the dance, the dancer, or the large skirt used in the performance. Furthermore, the name of one particular group of performers in Cairo is the "Al Tannoura Dance Troupe".
The central dancer then folds the flag and passes it to a spotter. In the last few minutes of the show, the dancer performs several folkloric tricks with the skirt. The long portion of the show concludes as the central dancer ceases his spin.
The Tanoura dance is performed by Sufi men, Darawish. The dance is similar to the Sufi whirling in Levant and Turkey. In this version, the men wear long colorful skirts, where each color on the skirt represents one Sufi order.