Bellydance {raqs sharqi (Arabic: رقص شرقي‎)}

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Bellydance {raqs sharqi (Arabic: رقص شرقي‎)}

All about Bellydance, origins, regions, styles, costumes and how to.

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Belly dance or Bellydance is a Western-coined name for a traditional Middle Eastern dance, especially raqs sharqi (Arabic: رقص شرقي‎). It is sometimes also called Middle Eastern dance or Arabic dance in the West, or by the Greco-Turkish term çiftetelli (Greek: τσιφτετέλι).

The term "Belly dance" is a translation of the french "danse du ventre" which was applied to the dance in the Victorian period. It is something of a misnomer as every part of the body is involved in the dance; the most featured body part usually being the hips. Belly dance takes many different forms depending on country and region, both in costume and dance style;; and new styles have evolved in the West as its popularity has spread globally. Although contemporary forms of the dance have generally been performed by women, some of the dances, particularly the cane dance, have origins in male forms of performance.

* Raqs sharqi (Arabic: رقص شرقي‎; literally "oriental dance") is the style more familiar to Westerners, performed in restaurants and cabarets around the world. It is more commonly performed by female dancers but is also sometimes danced by men. It is a solo improvisational dance, although students often perform choreographed dances in a group.

* Raqs baladi, (Arabic: رقص بلدي‎; literally "dance of country", or "folk" dance) is the folkloric style, danced socially by men and women of all ages in some Middle Eastern countries, usually at festive occasions such as weddings.
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Belly dancing arose from various dancing styles which were performed in the middle east and north african regions. One theory is that belly dance may have roots in the ancient Arab tribal religions as a dance to the goddess of fertility. Some claim that in pre-islamic Arabia, Ishmeali arab women were the first people to perform this type of dance as part of religious rites to Hubal the moon god. A third theory is that belly dance was always danced as entertainment. Some belly dance historians believe that the movements of dancing girls depicted in carvings in Pharaonic times are typical of belly dancing. As the term belly dance has come to refer to a wide variety of dance practices, predominantly performed by independent female dancers, it is very difficult for any single claim to be upheld.

Another theory is that belly dance was originally danced by women for women in the Levant, and North Africa. The book "Dancer of Shamahka" is widely cited, it is a romanticized memoir written by a modern author, Armen Ohanian, published in 1918. In Middle Eastern society two specific belly dance movements have been used in childbirth for generations.

Because Belly dance derives from individual performance, it has a diverse history of origin, and continues to evolve to this day. Some suggest that belly dance shares origins from migrating peoples from all around the borders of the Mediterranean, resulting in the similarities that can be seen between 'belly dance' in Egypt, India, Turkey, Greece, and North African and Spanish traditional dance forms.

Belly dance was popularized in the West during the Romantic movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, when Orientalist artists depicted romanticized images of harem life in the Ottoman Empire. Around this time, dancers from Middle Eastern countries began to perform at various World Fairs, often drawing crowds in numbers that rivaled those for the science and technology exhibits. It was during this period that the term oriental or eastern dancing is first used. Several dancers, including the French author Colette, engaged in "oriental" dancing, sometimes passing off their own interpretations as authentic. There was also the pseudo-Javanese dancer Mata Hari, convicted in 1917 by the French for being a German spy.

Egyptian forms of bellydance, alongside the development of Egyptian music, were heavily influenced by the presence of European colonial forces, and increasing urbanisation in Egypt. This resulted in variations in the dance brought in by influences as diverse as marching bands, and the visits the Russian ballet. Many of the aspects recognisable as belly dance today in fact derive from these cross cultural hybrids.

Any or all of these factors may have contributed to the development of belly dance as we know it today.

The Middle East (Near East, Southwest Asia) has a rich and varied tradition of dance, spanning the entire Arab world, Cyprus, Anatolia, the Caucasus, the Balkans, and also much of Central Asia and South Asia. "Belly dance," is sometimes used in the West as a blanket term for oriental dance in general, but is more correctly used to describe raqs sharqi, which is only one of the many styles encompassed within Middle Eastern dances performed by both men and women.

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“Tribal Ecstatic Dance Experience Weekend” Sept 22-25th, 2011

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 29, 2011.

The Veil and Oriental Dance

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 26, 2011.

Oriental Dance: A Dance For The Whole Family by Shira

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 26, 2011.

What is Belly Dance?

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 25, 2011.

Belly Dance History ~ An American Odessey - by Helen Waldie

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 25, 2011.

Stretching, Warming Up, and Preventing Injuries - by Elayssa

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 25, 2011.

Naming the Dance By Amara / L. Osweiler

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 25, 2011.

Egyptian Belly Dance by Anuradha Muralidharan

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 24, 2011.

Put Together a Belly Dance Performance Bag by Susan Caplan

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 24, 2011.

Body Acceptance in Belly Dance: Is a Bare Belly Mandatory? by Meredith Rankin

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 24, 2011.

Putting Together a Dynamic Belly Dance Costume by Susan Caplan

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 24, 2011.

The Sacred Shapes of Belly Dance by Susan Caplan

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 24, 2011.

Belly Dance Practice Wear by Jennifer Thorimbert

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 24, 2011.

How to Belly Dance by Francine Morrissette

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 24, 2011.

Belly Dance to Better Health by Laurie Hodges Humble

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 23, 2011.

The Art of Belly Dance by Diana Petrucci

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 23, 2011.

Belly Dancing for Health by Esosa Edosomwan

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 23, 2011.

Comeback of the Male Belly Dancers by Inka Piegsa-Quischotte

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 23, 2011.

Why is Belly Dancing So Popular? by Francine Morrissette

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 23, 2011.

Movement Formula for Belly Dance Practice by Susan Caplan

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 23, 2011.

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Event January 4, Bristol, CT presents historical belly dance As part of my Steampunk themed benefit performance, Desert Moon Dancers will present several performances inspired by the origins of belly dance- Sol Bloom and the Algerian Village from the 1894 World's Fair, Little Egypt, and Fatima, the dancer Thomas Edison filmed.
We'll also have Frenchy and the Punk, Them Damn Hamiltons, White Elephant Burlesque Society, and more. For kink, Lady Clankington will be presenting a class on Victorian naughtiness. More event info at www.BrassRingCT.com.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on March 26, 2013 at 10:40am
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Annual show returns. March 16 Tribal at the Nile

by saraatsea 

Just a reminder everyone,
The BellyDance show Tribal at the Nile at the Nile bar and grill is coming up.
1721 19th st in Bakersfield
It is 12-9pm , with dancing all day Admission is $5
The evening show starts about 6 pm
With the main headliners at 7
Raffle prizes, shopping , bar, dinner and dancing !

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on June 26, 2012 at 9:36am

metal belly dance
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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on April 25, 2012 at 11:04am

Tribal Dance II Too Weekend May 11-13th, 2012

If you are in the Atlanta, Georgia area or want to come on down please check out the links.

Here we go . . . Tribal Dance Too II is right around the corner!

Event page is up so check it out here

Enjoyed it last year? Then its time to get on board, get on the list, bring your partner or a friend!

Missed it last year? Don't miss it this time and please feel free to pass this on around your area! Check out actual website here

Comment by Patricia Shettle on April 13, 2012 at 5:02pm

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