Belly Dance Styles 2

Belly Dance Styles How do you label the many dance styles danced and performed by belly dancers? Defining the styles of belly dance can be a touchy subject, as some dancers mistakenly think that there are standardized terms for all belly dance styles. Yes, there are many universal names that are unchangeable, especially when defining […]

Saidi Dance

Saidi Dance Saidi Dance, also known as Raqs Assaya or cane dance, is one of my favorite folkloric dances.  It is currently a very popular folkloric dance, performed by men and women at festive events, such as weddings. Saidi dance originates from the male dance called Raqs Tahtib (Raqs Tahtyb) which is a stick dance performed […]

Khaliji Dance History

Khaliji Dance History by Mellilah Belly dancers use the term “khaliji” to refer to the style of dance and music from the Persian Gulf or Arabian Gulf region, the “Khalig,” including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. The dance is largely improvisational, performed by pairs or groups of women for their own […]

Beledi Dance

Beledi Dance Right now I’m currently in love with the beledi style of belly dance. I’ve talked to many people and seem to get a lot of different perspectives. For my own benefit, I’m going to attempt to put it all together. Please feel free to comment if you disagree or think I’m missing a […]

Tunisian Dance

Tunisia Dance: Written by Mellilah Tunisian dance is characterized by sharp, horizontal twisting movements of the hips with flowing upper bodies, danced almost entirely on demi-point (on the toes) with arms held in a “w” shape. This dance is seen at weddings and parties, and in the southern islands of Kerkennah and Djerba, the dance […]

Belly Dance Styles

Belly Dance Styles (Middle Eastern Dance) “Belly dance” is a common term used to represent past and present styles of folkloric, cabaret, and contemporary dance, originating in the Middle East. The term is used so broadly that a more specific title is warranted in order to properly represent the dance. Of course there is subjectivity […]

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