WHAT IS EGYPTIAN & MIDDLE EASTERN BELLY DANCE?
Welcome to the Rich World of Middle Eastern dance
The Western world tends to collectively refer to these dances as ‘Belly Dance’ although there is no such term in the Arabic language. Middle Eastern dance styles range from Egyptian (more feminine, refined and elegant) through Turkish (more flamboyant, larger earthy movements.) Some other major categories within the range of Middle Eastern dance are Lebanese, Persian, Tunisian, Moroccan, and Khalligi. Each country or region has it’s own dance and costume styles and rhythms. All of these styles developed as social dances and have been kept alive for centuries.
What is Egyptian Dance?
Egyptian dance includes circles, spirals, and undulations. These movements are very kind to women’s bodies and create a sense of weaving and fluidity which can be calming for people to watch and trancelike in nature. Although Egyptian dance can be energetic, it is not overtly athletic. The dance incorporates all of life’s rhythms as it tones every part of the body. It is the original core-strengthening exercise and quickly restores the internal organs after childbirth. Our beautiful dance has been taught by women to their daughters for millennia.
How to Learn Egyptian Dance
Troupe Mirage Cape Cod Director Khadija (Katrina Valenzuela) offers basic and intermediate belly dance classes with emphasis on the Egyptian style of dance. She holds open classes and workshops at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels for pre-teens, teens and adults. Khadija is also available for private lessons and performance coaching.
Want to know more? Click on the Shira.net image for more information about belly dance.