What is a Belly Dance?

The origin of the belly dancing can be traced as far back as ancient civilisations.  Historical evidence suggests that in Pagan societies 6,000 years ago, women were depicted as performing a belly dance when celebrating their fertility. 

In many cultures Belly dancing was considered a dance that reflects fertility and fertility cults, such as in ancient Egypt, where the belly dance was performed bare footed, in order for the connection between the dancer and nature (earth) not be cut off.  

As in many ancient cultures, belly dancing was depicted as being performed as a technique to connect to mother earth and a celebration of fertility.

Moreover, belly dancing can be traced back even further to the Lord Of Dance “Shiva”, depicted performing movements that were sharp, concise and deliberate, with absolute control of body, emotion, breath, mind and spirit.  A dance can demonstrate all elements from earth, fire, water, air, and ether, due to its fluidity to communicate emotions through movement with focused intent. 

Movements range from sudden to flow, lift to balance, passionate to soft and to big expressive movements that spread across space.

Belly dancing over the centuries has traveled across many empires and evolved to include many different rhythms and arrangements, with most styles moulding to the cultural influences that surrounds the dance. 

Belly dancing became popular in the West with the influence of the Ottoman Empire. It then spread further across many regions from England to North America and Australia.
In classical belly dance the body is expected to be one with the rhythm and move fluently like water. The hips, abdominal, and chest movements are in the foreground, while the arms represent the voice of the heart communicating, as they follow and outline the body while in expressive motion. 

Belly dancing is not only an artistic performance, it is also considered by most to be highly beneficial to human health: physically, emotionally and mentally. 

A high calorie burning practice, while toning up, gaining flexibility and feeling good! A belly dancer actively uses every part and layer of the body to perform the fast sequences. 

The dancer or performing artist must always dance to beats, words and rhythm of the song, as such a sense of musical rhythm begins to deeply develop.

Today, belly dancing is renowned as the type of dance in which emotions are expressed and lived with passion. The costumes and techniques used help to communicate emotional desires; hence Belly dancing, fed by hundreds of thousands of years of history, makes it one of the most aesthetic dance styles a person could ever witness.

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