My opinion about belly dancing

I love belly dancing since I was 10 years old and at the beginning I thought that I would never dance like this…

But now this is my passion and my favourite hobbie and I’m in an academy of bellydance and I dance very well or that’s what people say and when I’ll be bigger I’d want to be a profesional bellydancer apart of my studies at the university.

For me bellydancing is just fundamental in my life now and when I’m dancing I forget about all my problems and I just focus on me and on my movements there is like an spirit inside me dancing too, I think that music doesn’t need no language of words for it has movements to do the translation and when melody plays, footsteps move,heart sings and spirit begins to dance…




belly dance types


this is a diagram that resums all the types of bellydance that exists around the world and i will show you some of thye most important of them with  url of videos of them:


BALADI: Aida Bellydance – Baladi – YouTube













belly dance costumes

The costume most commonly associated with belly dance is the ‘bedlah’ (Arabic: بدلة‎‎; literally “suit”) style, which typically includes a fitted top or bra, a fitted hip belt, and a full-length skirt or harem pants. The bra and belt may be richly decorated with beads, sequins, crystals, coins, beaded fringe and embroidery. The belt may be a separate piece, or sewn into a skirt.

Badia MaSABNI, a Cairo cabaret owner during the early 20th century, is credited with creating the modern bedlah style. It has been suggested that the bedlah was inspired by glamorous Hollywood costuming, or created to appeal to Western visitors. Earlier costumes were made up of a full skirt, light chemise and tight cropped vest with heavy embellishments and jewelry.

As well as the two-piece bedlah costume, full length dresses are sometimes worn, especially when dancing more earthy baladi styles. Dresses range from closely fitting, highly decorated gowns, which often feature heavy embellishments and mesh-covered cutouts, to simpler designs which are often based on traditional clothing.

Costume in Egypt

In Egypt dancing in public with an uncovered navel is illegal, so if dancers wear a bedlah, they will wear a body stocking to cover the midriff. Alternatively they may wear a dress with mesh-filled cutouts. The modern Egyptian trend is to use patterned fabric rather than elaborate beading or sequins. Any embellishment is embroidered directly on to the skirt, which is tightly fitted around the hips and made of lycra fabric.

Costume in Lebanon

As there is no prohibition on showing the stomach in Lebanon, the bedlah style is more common. The skirts tend to be more sheer than Egyptian outfits, showing more of the dancer’s body. The veil is more widely used than in Egypt. High heels are commonly worn.Lebanese dancers have more freedom than Egyptian style dancers in the type of costume they choose to wear.

Costume in Turkey

Turkish costumes are usually in the bedlah style. Distinctive features of many Turkish costumes include a V-shaped or triangular belt which may be shaped or contoured around the top edge, and a great deal of embellishment and beaded fringing on both the bra and the belt. Skirts are often fuller than their Egyptian counterparts, and are likely to be made of chiffon or velvet rather than lycra.

In the 1980 and ’90s a very revealing costume style developed with skirts designed to display both legs up to the hip, and plunging bras or even pasties.Such styles still exist in some venues but there are also many Turkish belly dancers who wear more moderate costumes. Even so, many Turkish belly dance costumes reflect the playful, flirty style of Turkish belly dance.

this are some photos of the different types of bellydance costumes:

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bellydance history

It descended from a religious dance that was performed during fertility rituals by temple priestesses. As early as 1000 B.C., temple engravings depicting dancers have been found in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece.

Historically,belly dance has always been an important part of Arabic culture. One of the oldest social dances that Middle Eastern and North African people of all ages and both sexes have enjoyed at festive occasions is called Raks Beledi. In Arabic this means “folk dance” or “dance of the country”. In the ancient times, men and women did not dance together in pairs or mixed gender groups. Traditionally, in Islamic societies men and women led largely segregated lives. Women lived and socialized with female friends and family in a separate section of a house, called harem (which means “forbidden”). Men who were not members of the immediate family were not allowed to enter the harem quarters.