FAQ Belly Dancing:
Isn’t belly dance some sort of sex dance performed by "harem girls" for a "sheik" or "sultan?" Belly dancing is fun, but it’s also hard work and discipline as your body adjusts to the new movements. Quote from Morocco, an international star went something like, "Honey, I can think of a lot easier ways to attract a man; this is something I do for myself!”
Do belly dancers dance with their bellies? In reality, stomach rolls and undulations involve only a tiny fraction of our dance, and many belly dancers don't even do belly movements.
Do belly dancers really wear jewels in their navels? This is not a Middle Eastern tradition but started in Hollywood during the 30's as a form of censorship. Navels were too risque to show at the cinema. (Times have sure changed!)
Are belly dancers are strippers? Stripping is a different dance form. When a stripper wears a belly dance costume, she is no more a belly dancer than she is a law officer when she wears a police uniform in her routine.
Is belly dancing is sexual or lewd? Real belly dancing is family entertainment. It is a dance that children can do as well as older women. Simply put; if it isn’t family appropriate, it isn’t belly dancing.
Isn’t belly dancing is easy? Just like any other dance form, belly dancing takes a lot of practice and discipline to learn. It is an art form and, becoming an expert, requires learning steps from around the Middle East as well as the rhythms. A professional must also be able to accompany her dance and the music with zills (finger cymbals).
Does belly dancing have any credibility? Belly dancing is becoming more and more credible as time progresses. It is important for teachers to have the credentials and experience for quality instruction and education about the dance, rhythms, costuming and history. It wasn’t that long ago that ballet was considered the red-headed stepchild.
Doesn’t belly dancing degrade women? The reality is that belly dancing empowers women increasing their self-confidence and enhancing their self-image along with the physical benefits of the dance.
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