There is not only woman belly dancers, but also men too. Both dance in different ways but dancing the same dance (belly dancing).
Belly dance in Arabic is called raqs sharqi or raqs baladi.
Techniques include doing the "snake" with the belly, ass shaking, boob shaking, and more.
It than became spread around the world and is a popular dance.
- Look at that ass wobbling!
but also the most mizunderstood dance in the world,
facts about belldancers
1. we are not all fat
2. we are not all sluts
3. it is not called wiggling your butt it's called a shimmy and it't bloody hard to do!
4.we are also not all stick insects
5.It takes talent
6.We don't all work in las vegas clubs
7.it is NOT lapdancing
Roy-Yeah she is a bellydancer but she is also my local docter
mark-does that mean she is not a slut
True students of belly dance do NOT do it for the "titillation" of men, and as such they almost never perform at bachelor parties or strip clubs. The type of "dancing" performed at such events - while appearing similar to an ignorant individual - has nothing to do with authentic belly dance.
In the West, women who perform bellydance are often accused of being "sluts," "dirty," "cheap," or "trashy." This is due to two factors: 1) The ignorance of most of the Western world of any cultural phenomenon which is not part of their narrow sphere of understanding, and 2) The refusal of individuals (primarily men, but women as well) to take responsibility for their own opinions and reactions to the imagery of belly dancing and those who perform it.
This dance includes many undulations of the belly, arms, and pelvis. Visits to Arabic countries include bellydancers performing at many parties, weddings, and cafes, to be enjoyed by both women and men.
"yea man, she's totally hot and respectable" (i'm not in anyway pushing this)
in the Classical Egyptian style, there is the side to side hip gyration, called the maya, which has been popularized by Shakira. there are also belly rolls, which are very hard to learn to do with the abdominal muscles. there is also the shimmy, which can be done with the knees or the hips, and can also be done with the chest. there's also ticking, which is isolating the hips back and forth, side to side.
in the middle east, belly dance is illegal to perform in public in many countries, due to Islam's influence on their laws. in America, it is often performed in Greek restaurants. most Arab people keep the dance alive by women performing it for other women, especially at bridal showers, baby showers and other celebrations and get togethers where men are not present.
"she can belly dance, her grandmother taught her"
"they used belly dance as a fertility exercise, and to prepare for childbirth"