More about Belly Dancing
Belly dancing is the oldest form of dance having roots in all ancient cultures. Historians traced its origins over 2,000 years ago from the Middle East to Persia to India. Belly dancing is natural to a woman’s bone and muscle structure with movements emanating from the torso rather than the legs and feet. The dance often focuses on isolating different parts of the body, moving them independently in sensuous patterns weaving together the entire feminine form.
Belly dancing is truly an art form that belongs to all women in the world. Belly dancing brings out every woman’s feminine side, and it makes us feel beautiful. That is probably one of the biggest reasons why it is so hard to regulate the dance and in turn have it recognized as an art form in the same way that other dance forms are recognized. Belly dancing is a form of therapy for a lot of women. It is also a dance form that has come from a very ancient part of the world. It is tied in deeply to the roots of the Middle East, and they view it as part of their culture and history.
Belly dancing needs study and a lot of training. Professional dance is professional dance. It does not matter if it is ballet, jazz, or Middle Eastern. I’m very proud to be a professional belly dancer or oriental dancer.
Belly dance is called “Raqs Arabi” in the Persian language.
Belly dancing originated in Egypt and then spread to Persia. In Persia, it started in the area which spoke Arabic, and it is similar to the Khaleegi style which is common in the Gulf and southern part of Iran. There are many forms and styles of belly dance—Turkish, Lebanese, Algerian, Moroccan—but the true roots lie in Egypt and Persia.