Old forms of bellydance are often attributed to fertility and birth rituals . In America it became popular in the early 1900's when it was showcased at fairs and circus acts, people named it bellydance because of the ondulating moves of the abdomen. Ironically, in those days women did not show their bodies! The real name for this dance is Raks Sharqi.
During the Golden Era of bellydance(1930-1950) in Egypt the famous dancers : Samia Gamal Tahia Karioka and many others popularized the dance and the 2 piece outfit. Television was invented and egyptian films were made with egyptian dancers.
Today Raks Sharqi continues to evolve into many forms such as ATS(California Tribal), Neo -tribal, Funky tribal, Gothic, American style bellydance , Cabaret, Oriental, gypsy fusion all this dance forms come from the same root, the mother dance that celebrates the femenine body.
This is a dance that is beneficial for all women , no matter your age, body type or skill level.
Among the benefits of bellydance are:
Experience Bellydance! take a chance and BELLYDANCE!
Check my class information page on how to learn this magical dance!
yours in dance,
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