Belly dance or bellydance is a ern-coined name for "solo, improvised es based on torso articulation" inating from the Middle East, especially sharqi (Arabic: رقص شرقي). Other names h are sometimes used for the dance in ish speaking countries include Oriental e, Egypt... More
Belly dance or bellydance is a ern-coined name for "solo, improvised es based on torso articulation" inating from the Middle East, especially sharqi (Arabic: رقص شرقي). Other names h are sometimes used for the dance in ish speaking countries include Oriental e, Egyptian Dance, Arabic dance or Middle ern dance.
Belly dance takes many erent forms depending on the country and on, both in costume and dance style, and styles have evolved in the West as its larity has spread globally.
The term ly dance" is a translation of the French "danse du ventre", which was applied to dance in the Victorian era, and inally referred to the Ouled Nail dancers lgeria, whose dance used more abdominal ments than the dances described today as ly dance". It is something of a misnomer, very part of the body is involved in the e; the most featured body part is usually hips.
Raqs sharqi (Arabic: رقص شرقي; rally "eastern/oriental dancing") is the e more familiar to Westerners, performed estaurants and cabarets around the world. s more commonly performed by female ers but is also sometimes danced by men. s a solo improvisational dance, although ents often perform choreographed dances group.
Raqs baladi, (Arabic: رقص بلدي; rally "local dancing", or "folk" dance) he folkloric style, danced socially by and women of all ages in some Middle ern countries, usually at festive sions such as weddings. However, this ng is used synonymously in Egypt with sharqi as a generic term for "belly ing".
Origins and history of belly dance he Middle East
Belly dancing is believed ave had a long history in the Middle , but reliable evidence about its origins carce, and accounts of its history are n highly speculative. Some Greek and n sources describe dancers from Asia r and Spain using undulating movements, ing castanets, and sinking to the floor 'quivering thighs', descriptions that certainly suggestive of the movements we today associate with belly dance r, particularly in the 18th and 19th uries, European travellers in the Middle wrote extensive accounts of the dancers saw thereLess