What is Belly Dance?. Prehistoric Middle East to Modern America. What is Belly Dance?. Solo-improvised dance (or choreographed dance based on a solo-improvised form) Based on torso articulation, with arms used in countermovement to frame the body, often with delicate hand movements
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Prehistoric Middle East to Modern America
The Middle East
A Lebanese social gathering
The performance of belly dance may be an element in social rituals, in particular at weddings and other celebrations.
For some (mainly Western or elite) dancers, it may have a spiritual dimension.
It especially is thought of as fostering joy or celebration.
(Is there a conflict between this role as a social ritual, and the outcast status of some dancers?)
The Middle East is a large and diverse area:
Countries have traditions and attitudes that may vary widely
Individuals within countries have different perspectives
There has been change over time, especially in the 20th century
“The East” is a shorthand for this diverse area, not meant to imply that it is a uniform place
Likewise, “The West” is a diverse area, with many different opinions and attitudes.
A major difference for this topic is that in the East, belly dance tends to be learned as a social dance, while in the West, it is learned in classes as a foreign art and as a performance art, not a social dance.
In the East, belly dance is an integral aspect of culture, whereas in the West, it is “exotic.”
SensualOrientalism relies on supposed oppositions of Western and Eastern worlds:
The view of the East is often contradictory and this reinforces its supposed chaos and unpredictability
Delilah (Delilah Flynn)
American Style belly dance
“Live at the Yao”
Entrance and veil section
Lucy (Lucy Said)
Performance to Lessa Faker
Tribal Fusion style belly dance
“Belly Dance Superstars”
Performance to traditional music