Belly Dancing in Dubai


Oriental dance raqs sharqi, commonly known as belly dancing is an art originates from the Middle East and North Africa - a dance performed mainly (but not exclusively) by women. The modern stage dance, created in the early twentieth century, a combination of traditional dances of these areas of classical dance , with a touch of inspiration permeating from other types of dance. This is not a formal dance such as ballroom dancing, where there is one universally accepted canon for music, figures and how they perform. Oriental dance choreographers performed solo or in a group, as in classical dance .

Very important in oriental dance is to isolate from each individual body parts and muscle groups. Very characteristic element are called. shimmies , or a group of movements of the whole dancers' body (eg earthquake shimmy, shimmy knee) or any part thereof (hips, shoulders, abdomen, hand, leg) in the tremor. Proper movement of the abdominal muscles are very rare and there are only a few (wave belly, shimmy expansion, demand, locks abdominal muscles). Working the abdominal muscles is often the finishing moves while the hips or chest.

Belly dancing is an art of living, which is constantly developing and changing. The range of movements and figures used varies from country to country, so often distinguished national styles. For the layman, however, the differences are hardly noticeable. Dancers often use various props, the use of which increases the possibilities of expression and more attractive appearance.


The name "belly dance" is not the name of the original. In Arab countries the dance is called "raqs sharqi", which translates as "eastern dance", "oriental dance" or "raqs al-hizzi". Also sometimes called oriental dance, which some mistakenly perceive as the term dance all regions of the Orient, such as India and China, which has nothing to do.

The name "belly dance" introduced by representatives of Western civilization (French). First time apparently used to determine danse du ventre (fr. belly dance) in relation to dance Ouled Nail , danced in the village of Bou Saada in Algeria . It is characterized by the fact that only a dancer moving a muscle of the diaphragm . Then this term has been extended to all the dances of North Africa and the Middle East , which were associated with characteristic belly dancers work.


There is also another erroneous theory about the origin of the erroneous name. According to it, the term belly dance is derived from zasłyszanego determine Beledi (one of the species or group dance rhythms), which distorted the English belly dance . But this is not true because the term belly dance appeared in English as a translation of the French danse du ventre

Music and dance rhythms in Arabic



The task of oriental dance dancer / dancer is the most accurate representation of music (part of the song, the genre such as classical or folkloric, meter, rhythm, layers, individual instrumental solo, mood, and possibly a text layer) by means of the movement.

The individual instruments are usually interpreted by a particular group of movements (eg accordion suggests first of all movement of the body, hips and pelvis, kanoun - shimmy, etc.), but it is not a fixed rule. The same applies rhythms (e.g. malfuf - spatial movement). Rhythms also bring solid cargoes emotional (eg saidi - cheerful, Masmoudi kabir - serious).

The leading instrument in the percussion section is darbuka . Apart from the taksim (improvisation on solo instruments) foundation work is won on her rhythm. The rhythm is not the same meter: for example, in 4/4 time, there are many specific sequences beats darbuce rhythms.


A variety of belly dance

We can distinguish very many varieties of oriental dance, and dances that are associated with it or derived from it. Be aware of the limits and the penetration of liquid varieties, differences occurring in the countries and areas that each species or it will look at the teacher (worth comparing, for example, the Egyptian classics performed by Orit Maftsir and Lubna Emam).


One of the divisions take into account the country of origin of a particular style: Egypt, Turkey, USA, Lebanon, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia. In the case of mainstream Turkish and Egyptian distinguish additionally: classical and folk dances that originate also from other parts of North Africa and the Middle East . A separate category are varieties that are a fusion of oriental dance and other dance genres.

classical Egyptian dance , oriental, classical, Egyptian, raqs sharqi - style, which can not be treated as a single form of dance to certain rules. This is due to differences in music. A variety of songs can be called classic. They are usually difficult, saturated emotions. So we Megance - music composed for dancers. They consist of input (entrance), usually danced with a veil, and a dramatic ending. They can contain parts (depending on the song) Maksum, folklore as saidi or khaleegy, taksim (solo instrument), drum solos, etc. Megance dancer can show off a wide range of technical skills and knowledge of the principles of interpretation matching the figures for the corresponding rhythms and instruments. It is a dance for the stage, marked by large inflows ballet. Another kind of Egyptian classical music is a traditional song of the Egyptian films of the Golden Age , such as Tamra Henna and Zeina. We also have a kind of classic hardest to interpret - tarab - traditional songs Arabic-known composers (Atrash, Wahab), of which the most popular are those made ​​by Oum Kalthum - the most famous Egyptian singer of all time. It is famous for the wonderful voice and emotion that she put into singing. Composers for the best composers. The dancer should know exactly the lyrics to the dance and interpret it on a par with the music. Also, the public perception of dance to the songs of Oum Kalthum can be very difficult, western audiences are not always able to understand it.


Turkish classical dance - the style in which the characteristic is high mobility dancers, manifested in the spread of her on the stage. It is not a static dance, dance has many elements of Roma. So do not miss this style figures reflect the temperament of dancers, such as jumps, expansive movements of the hips, even acrobatic elements. In contrast, the hand movements of dancers dancing in this style are soft and smoother than the dancers dancing in the Egyptian style. In addition, Turkish style is characterized by less insulation between the movements of the upper and lower body and using zillisów (Turkish name of finger cymbals) in dance. His time in Turkey was said that the belly dancer who can not play zillisach is not a belly dancer. In addition, in-depth analysis of the movements of Turkish dancers can be seen that if you conduct a line joining the two iliac spines, in the Turkish stulu will often use body surface area below this line - unlike in the Egyptian style. Turkish belly dancers were prekursorkami figures dance called the "wave of the abdomen."


Beledi , Balady - dance, which, inter alia, raqs sharqi is derived based on the rhythms of the group Beledi (masmudi small and large, saidi and Maksum). It is a dance very versatile, can be both expressive and cheerful, as well as dramatic and full of tension. Baladi term refers both to the most traditional Egyptian songs and so. solo accordion.


Megeance - a kind of classical oriental dance that was created for large scenes. It is characterized by variable music, whose individual parts are different stylistically. The dancer should interpret properly any change in music. This is a typical dance competition, especially popular in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union ., by some counted among the classics of Egypt


Drum solo - dance performed to a piece of music, which uses only percussion type dumbek, tabla, etc. saggaty. There is a separate style of dance, and only a part of the performance on stage. The dancer tries to give his body hitting instruments, which often has the effect of playful and flirtatious. The American-style movements often originate from the popping of locking and are incredibly accurate. Drum solo is spectacular and impressive, for this reason is often the culmination of the performances of the dancers.


Raqs Assay (Assay - bamboo cane) - folk dance (mostly Egyptian folklore) performed most often with one, sometimes two or even three chicks. There are many varieties of raqs assay, the most popular among them are dancing with a cane saidi and dancing with a cane Beledi . Saidi is danced by both women and men, but the gender dancer has a different character. Beledi with a stick is fun and casual, a greater role to play in the work of the hips.


Fellahi - traditional dance popular among the farming population of northern Egypt ( fellahów ). This dance, performed to the rhythm of fellahi, refers to the daily life of farmers - shows the harvesting, carrying water in jugs, etc.

Debka , debke, Dabke - a traditional folk dance group, originating from Lebanon , Palestine , Syria and Jordan . It is a line dance danced by both women and men, dynamic and cheerful.

Raks tahtib , tahtieb - the most common group, only male dance, a native of Upper Egypt , the region Said, one of the oldest Egyptian folk dances.

© 2014 by Najla Ferreira Belly Dancer Based in Dubai UAE

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