Nelly Mazloum (1929 - 21 February 2003), an Egyptian of Italian origin, was an actress, choreographer, dancer, and teacher of ballet, modern dance, Egyptian folkloric dance, traditional oriental dance and the creator of the oriental dance technique. She was a pioneer, in that she was the first to apply Egypt's traditional legacy of Folkloric Dances into a dramatised artistic form. Known for her sense of humour, she was known in Egypt in the 1930s as a child prodigy and from the 1940syo the 1960s for her many appearances in Egyptian films, her folkloric shows on Egyptian TV, and her company the "Nelly Mazloum Arabic Troupe of Dancers". She was not the mother of singer Demis Roussos how often is written in the net. Nelly Mazloum married a man whose surname was Roussos hence the mistake of believing mother of Demis Roussos , whose mother's name is actually Olga and she is of Greek origin although born in Egypt.