A bit of history about Belly Dance

When you think of Belly Dance you probably associate it with a Belly Dancer entertaining crowds. Perhaps you have witnessed a Belly Dancer in a show; However this is a dance that goes beyond performance. Belly Dance is known by different names such as the Egyptian dance, Oriental dance, Middle Eastern dance. In Egypt is known as Raqs Sharki.

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Belly Dance & Rituals

Belly Dance was mainly practiced by women for ritual purposes. To mention a few rituals back in the day where fertility was a matter of survival women would dance and praise to their goddesses in efforts to conceive.  The movements of Belly dance also prepared women for giving birth. Another ritual was the Rahil- the menstruation dance it was a ceremony where the young girl that had her period for the first time was introduced to the community. All women of the family, girlfriends, and female relatives would congregate and the young girl would be admitted into the world of women.

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Belly Dance & Traditions

In a sense Belly Dance was a women’s dance passed from mother to daughter. There was really no formal training. Belly Dance brought women together and created a great sense of fellowship. Through Belly Dance femininity, sentuality  and spirituality became one. It is considered the oldest dance by history experts. To conclude the women’s dance has gone through a phase of great development on the North African coast, in the countries east and south of the Mediterranean, as well as in the deserts of the Near East. Of course in the present day Belly Dance has evolved and has gained popularity in various countries. But now it serves mainly to entertain. There are many styles of Belly Dancing and what I love about it is that every country has its unique way of dancing as well as distinctive costumes. In the Belly Dance world there so much to explore.

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