The world of art is such an immense world including many kinds: singing, acting, painting, dancing ... The world of dance, itself is a large kind of art that is also very important and precious

We’ll highlight on one kind of dancing which is the belly dancing. 
The belly dance is a type of dance that is often concerned and limited to the participation of women. Belly dancing embraces all Eastern countries, as this kind of dancing style relates to the traditions and customs of the countries, and it depends on the different Arabic music: Egyptian belly dance  grips with the Egyptian songs, Iraqi dance goes with the Iraqi music, the same as the Lebanese belly dance ties with the Lebanese songs... 

Belly dancing consists of various movements that distinguishes it from other types of dancing: shaking the belly and shelling the waist, moving shoulders, and shifting center, and forthcoming chest and buttocks of chaos in all directions, and rotation, rolling, and the elevating of the hair... In short, "shaking the whole body!"    There are technical words you should know while you learn to belly dance, and learn certain belly dance moves: Belly rolls, Backbends, forward and back shimmy, walking shimmy, hip bumps, squeezing Glutes…It is not sufficient just to read about belly dancing, you have to seriously practice while watching belly dancing videos or enroll in a dancing school.  

The Darbuka has long been the basic musical instrument that leads the belly dancers, and will remain so always. The Kazoo (Daff) and Tambourine have also a key role in the Arab Eastern songs on which the belly dancers base their moves upon. 

The belly dancing is present in all ceremonies, concerts, weddings…as the old belly dancing existed in the Arabic movies and was an essential detail in the Egyptian films. Scenes of belly dancing was viewed in all of the Arabic films; the director would place belly dancing scenes even if they do not belong in the spot, but it was always there since it is nicely distinctive to the eye viewer. 

From the Arabic belly dancers that professionally belly danced and were very famous: Fifi Abdo (Egyptian belly dancer), Nagwa Fouad (Egyptian belly dancer), Suheir Zaki (Egyptian contemporary belly dancer), Samia Gamal (Egyptian belly dancer), Tahia Carioca (Egyptian belly dancer), Naima Akef Dina, Noura (Lebanese Belly Dancer) Asmahan (Lebanese Belly Dancer), Nadia Sultan (Lebanese Belly Dancer) and many other professional dancers, and don’t let us forget the famous Lebanese-Columbian singer who has her own style: Shakira belly dancing moves.  

Belly dancing in Arabic is called "الرّقص الشرقي" (Raqs Sharki) and this type of dance has spread all over the world in our time, not only in Arab countries. There are schools in foreign countries that teach belly dancing. Belly dancing has become a bridge between East and West. This is reflected also through the film "Whatever Lola Wants" and the TV program show broadcasted on LBC "Hizzi Ya Nawa3em", which is broadcasted every year featuring belly dancers from all around world like Hungarian Belly Dancers, this is the biggest evidence combining the East with the West, belly dancing is considered as an acculturation factor.    The belly dancing costumes are called ‘Badleh’ in Arabic and belly dance suits in English; it consists of a top that looks like a bra, a skirt with an optional hip belt or harem pants. Some belly dancers prefer dancing with high heels while others dance on the floor with no shoes. The belly dancer costume is often decorated with embroidery, attached coins and bead and sorts of decoration that would move along the belly dancing moves. Belly dance costume differs from country to country; some may include veils, belly dance hip scarf and belly dance accessories, while other Arabic belly dancers wear preserving belly dance outfits.

You can listen to Arabic belly dance songs and let the dancers sway on the sound of Arabic belly dancing music. 

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