Little Egypt was a stage name given to two belly dancers, in the 1890s. They have both been credited with popularizing Middle Eastern and Striptease style dances in the United States.
The original "Little Egypt" was a Syrian dancer named Farida Maizar "Fatima" Spyropoulos, who gained fame when she danced at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, dancing to the song "Streets of Cairo".
After the Exposition, Little Egypt’s popularity spawned numerous copycats, and several other dancers who billed themselves under the name Little Egypt as well.
The most famous of these "Little Egypts" was an Algerian dancer whose real name was Ashea Wabe who became a sensation in 1896 after a bachelor party for a wealthy New York businessman she danced at was raided by the cops after a rumor was started that she would be appearing nude.
The popularity of "Little Egypt" inspired a movie in 1951 and a song that was a hit for both The Coasters and Elvis Presley.