Belly Dance Around the World

New Communities, Performance and Identity
Author: Caitlin E. McDonald,Barbara Sellers-Young
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786473703
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 224
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Dancer/scholars from around the world have contributed essays on belly dance to this book. They all carefully consider the transformation of an improvised folk form from North Africa and the Middle East into a popular global dance practice. The essays explore the differences between the solo improvisational forms of North Africa and the Middle East, often referred to as raqs sharki, which are part of family celebrations, and the numerous globalized versions of this dance form, belly dance, derived from the movement vocabulary of North Africa and the Middle East but with a variety of performance styles distinct from its site of origin. Local versions of belly dance have grown and changed along with the role that dance plays in the community. The global evolution of belly dance is an inspiring example of the interplay of imagination, the internet and the social forces of local communities.

Egyptian Belly Dance in Transition

The Raqs Sharqi Revolution, 1890–1930
Author: Heather D. Ward
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476629633
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 220
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Raqs sharqi, the Egyptian dance form also known as belly dance, has for generations captured imaginations around the globe. Yet its origins have been obscured by misinformation and conjecture, rooted in Orientalist attitudes about the Middle East—a widely accepted narrative suggests the dance was created in response to Western influences and desires. Drawing on an array of primary sources, the author traces the early development of raqs sharqi in the context of contemporary trends in Egyptian arts and entertainment. The dance is revealed to be a hybrid cultural expression, emerging with the formation of Egyptian national identity at the end of the 19th century, when Egypt was occupied by the British.

Belly Dancing

The Sensual Art of Energy and Spirit
Author: Pina Coluccia,Anette Paffrath,Jean Pütz
Publisher: Park Street Press
ISBN: 9781594770210
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 192
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A comprehensive guide to the art of belly dancing • Covers the origins, mythology, and history of the Middle Eastern dance, including its physical and mental health benefits • Contains practical instructions with easy-to-follow photographs • Includes recipes for perfumes, cosmetic creams, and food from the Middle East Belly dance is pure sensuousness and has enchanted humans since ancient times. Yet beyond its erotic aspects, belly dancing offers many physical and emotional benefits. On the physical level it helps with muscle stiffness, autonomic nervous system disturbances, mobility of the abdominal region, and strengthening the back, which in turn enhances the body’s overall posture. Belly dancing also relieves menstrual problems and has been shown to be extremely useful during pregnancy and childbirth. On the emotional side belly dancing increases the libido and has enabled women to overcome self-esteem issues and regain healthy feelings of sensuality and sexuality.Belly Dancing covers all aspects of this ancient art, beginning with its origins and mythical connections to the moon goddess. The authors provide practical instructions and easy-to-follow photographs for the most important dance movements as well as guidance in costuming and related accoutrements. Additional information on foot reflexology and Indian chakras aid the further understanding of the art. The book also contains recipes for Middle Eastern perfumes, cosmetic creams, and food as well as suggestions for musical accompaniment.

Global Moves

Belly Dance As an Extra/Ordinary Space to Explore Social Paradigms in Egypt and Around the World
Author: Caitlin E. McDonald
Publisher: Caitlin E McDonald
ISBN: 9780985706128
Category: Belly dance
Page: 391
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This book is a study of how dancers throughout the world use Egypt as a reference point for situating themselves within the global belly dance community and how Egypt gets romanticized and fantasized in global narratives about belly dance. I address the purpose that dance serves as an expression of joy in Egyptian culture as well as its potential to be a site for defining appropriate gendered behavior, a space for competition (friendly or unfriendly), and even a tool of resistance as cultural norms shift. I provide a comparative analysis of how dancers in the international dance community utilize dance for similar purposes, particularly those related to using dance as a site for questioning existing social paradigms, as well as the ways in which dance serves different roles for global belly dancers than it does within Egyptian society. All types of dance provide a space outside ordinary life to challenge or to uphold predominant social paradigms. One effect of globalization is the increase in worldwide exposure of local dance forms from many regions. These not only fuse to create new forms but operate alongside one another in what can be seen as a global marketplace of dance. Different dances are then imbued with values and norms of the receiving culture. Choosing to dance in non-local styles becomes a reflection of a locally value-based choice. This book examines the way globalization via cultural, economic, and technological vehicles affects a culturally rich, values-laden social phenomenon practiced in the Middle East and by an increasing international community. The book has a particular focus on paradigms of gender that are explored in dancing and in community discussions about dance.

Belly Dancing Basics


Author: Laura A. Cooper
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402710780
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 143
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Sumptuous color photography combined with comprehensive and detailed easy-to-follow instructions demonstrate a unique way for women to get and keep fit while expressing their sensuality through Belly Dancing. Would-be dancers who have longed to learn the intricacies of this ancient dance form can now experience the pleasure of learning and mastering all the basic steps, putting together an individualized routine and adding magic to their performance with veils, swords, and the tiny finger cymbals known as zills . Each complex movement of the body is painstakingly broken down into concise step-by-step directions that are easy to follow. Perfect for the basic beginner, the instructions also offer alternatives and additions to the movements to accommodate a dancer’s growing skill. The lavish sequence of images captures each delicately curved hip and splayed finger; the arch of a foot and the arc of a backbend; and the careful placement of a leg. You can practically see the stomach rippling sinuously, the hips shimmying wildly, and the hair whipping around as the dancer twirls.

The Belly Dance Reader


Author: Lynette Harris
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780615735597
Category: Belly dance
Page: 280
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The Belly Dance Reader is an anthology of essays from many of the leaders in our Middle Eastern music and dance community. The contributors range from PhD scholars to hobbyists. This book is illustrated with hundreds of photos and artwork from current to vintage, including various sub-styles of the dance, gathered from around the world. Subjects covered include: An introduction, dancing at various ages and stages, history, costuming and appearance, regional and sub styles of the dance, theory and technique, as well as valuable resources such as Arabic scales and rhythms, glossary, maps and more.Belly Dance Reader ContentsSection 1 - An Introduction* Gamar a poem by Beatrice Parvin of the UK* Welcome to Bellydance by Najia* Belly Dance and Contemporary Dance Studies by Barbara Sellers-Young PhD* Reading Like a Researcher, Can You Trust Your Sources? by Mahsati* Orientalism, Zumarrad's Completely Non-scholarly Quick & Dirty Guide by Brigid Kelly* The Soul of Belly Dance, The Most Importatnt Thing is the Feeling by Alia ThabitSection 2-Dancing Through the Stages of Your Life* Teaching Children to Dance, Joys and Pitfalls by Martha Duran* A Dancer's Journey, From Beginner to Semi-Pro by Elianae Stone* The Teacher-Student Relationship, A Psychological Point of View by Izzah Isabelle Gagnon PhD* Bellydance Class... or Cult? Artwork by Leela Corman* Turning Pro, From Hobbyist to Star to Teacher by Lauren and Jillina* Boomerang Career, Life and Dance in the Land Down-Under (Pro to Teacher/Hobbyist) by Amera of Australia* It Ain't Easy being the Crone by Shelley MuzzySection 3-History* "Harem Girls", Dance in Historical Harems, Early 1700s - Early 1900s by Andrea Deagon PhD* The American Belly Dancer in Early Burlesque and Vaudeville Theatre by Catherine Mary Scheelar (married name here)* Belly Dance as a Performance, Historical Phenomenon or Logical Evolution? by Iana Komarnytska* Dancer Trading Cards- Artwork by Leela Corman, Stats by SausanSection 4-Biz* What a Band Needs, But Doesn't Always Get by Denise Mannion of Pangia* Dancing with Live Bands, The Little Book of Etiquette by Leyla Lanty* Selling your Dance, A Series of Elevator Pitches by Athena* Marketing Belly Dance for Fitness, Is It A Good Idea? by Mayada* Tip O' the Hat to Tipping, Practices of Appreciation by Samira SharukSection 5-Costume & Appearance* Raqqin the Retro, Vintage Costume Care by Princess Farhana* Omani Jewelry from the Collection of Nancy Hernandez Photography by Alisha Westerfeld* Practice Makes Perfection, Make up Artists Share Their Secrets by Davina ~ Dawn Devine* A Costume GallerySection 6- Regional Styles* Beyond Sequins, Meaning in the Movement by Yasmina Ramzy* The Rom, Nomads of the Spirit by Sierra (Sadira) Suraci* Romani (Gypsy) History An Introduction by Renee Rothman* The Zar, Dancing with Genies by Yasmin Hekesh* In Search of Zambra Mora by Dondi Dahlin* Improvisational Tribal Style, Constructing Self and Community by April Rose* The Ghawazi by Jalilah* Two Weddings and a Dancer, The Beledi and The City by Leila Farid* Zeffat Al 'Aroosa, Ritual Procession for the Egyptian Wedding by Sahra Carolee KentSection 7-Theory & Technique* Belly Dance Motivations, Context and Content of Performance by Jezibell Anat* Contextualizing, Giving Your Dance Context! by DaVid of Scandinavia* Performance Enhancement by Mahsati* How to Balance Anything! by Stasha Vlasuk* Improvising with Ease, Strategies that Work by Anthea Kawakib Poole* Shimmylab, Muscular Activation Patterns in Belly Dance by Venus Marilee Nugent* Are the Stars Out Tonight? Fitting Music & Dance to Your Gig by NajiaThe Backside* Maps- Sahra's Regional Dances of Egypt, The Mid East, Mediterranean, and North Africa* A Few Maqamat and Rhythms* References, A Bibliography Project, Bonus Material, Disclaimers, Errata* Gig Form* A Glossary of Common Belly Dance Terms* Contributors Bios* Photo Credits* Late Additions photos

Belly Dancing for Fitness

The Ultimate Dance Workout That Unleashes Your Creative Spirit
Author: Tamalyn Dallal
Publisher: Ulysses Press
ISBN: 156975117X
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 144
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Ethno Identity Dance for Sex, Fun and Profit

Staging Popular Dances Around the World
Author: Anthony Shay
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137593180
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 270
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People all over the world dance traditional and popular dances that have been staged for purposes of representing specific national and ethnic groups. Anthony Shay suggests these staged dance productions be called “ethno identity dances”, especially to replace the term “folk dance,” which Shay suggests should refer to the traditional dances found in village settings as an organic part of village and tribal life. Shay investigates the many motives that impel people to dance in these staged productions: dancing for sex or dancing sexy dances, dancing for fun and recreation, dancing for profit - such as dancing for tourists - dancing for the nation or to demonstrate ethnic pride. In this study Shay also examines belly dance, Zorba Dancing in Greek nightclubs and restaurants, Tango, Hula, Irish step dancing, and Ukrainian dancing.

The Belly Dance Handbook

A Companion for the Serious Dancer
Author: Princess Farhana,Pleasant Gehman
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780615938318
Category: Belly dance
Page: 226
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The Belly Dance Handbook is the definitive resource for anyone committed to this incredible ancient art. Starting from the ground up, internationally acclaimed dancer and author Princess Farhana shares her extensive knowledge on the practical application of belly dancing as a lifestyle. For new dancers just beginning their journey to seasoned performers, there is something in this book for everyone. With information ranging from technique and history to costuming, props and stage make up; from community-building and networking to turning professional, teaching and traveling, you will learn invaluable tips and tricks culled from Her Majesty's twenty-plus years of performing, teaching, researching and personal experience. Princess Farhana learned these things the hard way...so you won't have to! "No matter what style of belly dance you do, or if you didn't know there is more than one style, you need this book in your arsenal. Everyone will learn from this world-renowned dance master's experiences. After all, not just anyone earns the title Princess!" -Kajira Djoumahna, author of The Tribal Bible "Princess Farhana entertainingly brings you everything (really everything!) you need to know about navigating the treacherous waters of becoming a professional dancer...or a consummately polished performer. Sew a secret compartment in your dance bag for Princess Farhana's gem of a book, and take control of your destiny!" -Marta Schill, author of The Compleat Belly Dancer "Princess Farhana brings us all closer to the dancers we would like to somehow become, the dancers we want to grow up to be. She is absolutely glittering, shimmering and pulsating with life - which is what you want in a dancer, a teacher, an artist, a friend, a mentor, and a force of nature." -Margaret Cho, comedian, actor, dancer

Oriental Belly Dance


Author: Kemal Özdemir
Publisher: Milet Limited
ISBN: 9789757054115
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 160
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Oriental belly dance is a unique and exciting dance form. This book reveals the history of belly dancing -- and the widely unknown fact that its origins are in the imitations of fetal kicks and the act of giving of birth. Belly dancing is a celebration of vibrant sexuality and new life. Fully illustrated with photographs and artwork.

Tribal Vision

A Celebration of Life Through Tribal Belly Dance
Author: Paulette Rees-Denis
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780979160301
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 141
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The vision is pure Tribal Vision, the dance, tribal belly dance, and this once sub-cultural now immensely popular dance gives women of all ages and body types the opportunity to find peace, personal truth, renewed sexuality, and an exhilarating sense of fun and community. Through Paulette Rees-Denis's artistic vision and experiences we see this dance form--physically, emotionally, and spiritually--as a celebration of womanhood using the foundation of an ancient dance made contemporary. Original.

Sacred Woman, Sacred Dance

Awakening Spirituality Through Movement and Ritual
Author: Iris J. Stewart
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1620550547
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 256
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Shows how dance, the highest expression of spirituality in cultures and traditions all over the world, is being integrated into the lives of women today • The first book to explore women's spiritual expression--women's ways--through a study of dance • Investigates how dance came to be excluded from worship, and reveals how dance is once again being brought into spiritual practices • Includes resources for further instruction in sacred dance Today we primarily think of dance as a form of entertainment or as a way to exercise or socialize. There was a time, however, when dance was considered the way to commune with the divine, a part of life's journey, celebrating the seasons and rhythms of the year and the rhythms of our lives. Dance is a language that reunites the body, mind, and soul. While the role of women's sacred dance was most valued in goddess-worshipping cultures where women served as priestesses and healers, dance was once an integral part of religious ritual and ceremonial expression in cultures all over the world, including Judaism and Christianity. In this book the author investigates how dance came to be excluded from worship and reveals how dance is once again being integrated into spiritual practices. Sacred Woman, Sacred Dance is the first book to explore women's spiritual expression--women's ways--through a study of dance. It describes sacred circles, birth rituals, ecstatic dances, and dances of loss and grief (in groups and individually) that allow women to integrate the movements of faith, healing, and power into their daily life.

Grandmother's Secrets

The Ancient Rituals and Healing Power of Belly Dancing
Author: Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi
Publisher: Interlink Publishing
ISBN: 1623710111
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 224
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"Come, sit by me," says Grandmother. "Take this chalk in your hand. Now draw a dot and concentrate all your energy into this one dot. It is the beginning and the end, the navel of the world." So Fawzia Al-Rawi describes her grandmother's first lesson about the ancient craft of Oriental dance. Grandmother's Secrets always circles back to this grandmother and this young girl, echoing the circular movements of the dance itself. Al-Rawi has written a strikingly graceful and original book that blends personal memoir with the history and theory of the dance known in the West as "belly dancing." It is the story of a young Arab girl as she is initiated into womanhood. It is a history of the dance from the earliest times through the days of the Pharaohs, the Roman Empire, to the Arab world of the last three centuries. It is a personal investigation into the effects of the dance's movements on individual parts of the body and the whole psyche. It is a guide to the actual techniques of the dance for those who are inspired to put down the book and move. Al-Rawi conveys in this book not only the history and technique of grieving and mourning dances, pregnancy and birth dances, but the spirit of these age-old rituals, and their possibilities for healing and empowering women today.

Moving History/Dancing Cultures

A Dance History Reader
Author: Ann Dils,Ann Cooper Albright
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 0819574252
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 544
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This new collection of essays surveys the history of dance in an innovative and wide-ranging fashion. Editors Dils and Albright address the current dearth of comprehensive teaching material in the dance history field through the creation of a multifaceted, non-linear, yet well-structured and comprehensive survey of select moments in the development of both American and World dance. This book is illustrated with over 50 photographs, and would make an ideal text for undergraduate classes in dance ethnography, criticism or appreciation, as well as dance history—particularly those with a cross-cultural, contemporary, or an American focus. The reader is organized into four thematic sections which allow for varied and individualized course use: Thinking about Dance History: Theories and Practices, World Dance Traditions, America Dancing, and Contemporary Dance: Global Contexts. The editors have structured the readings with the understanding that contemporary theory has thoroughly questioned the discursive construction of history and the resultant canonization of certain dances, texts and points of view. The historical readings are presented in a way that encourages thoughtful analysis and allows the opportunity for critical engagement with the text. Ebook Edition Note: Ebook edition note: Five essays have been redacted, including “The Belly Dance: Ancient Ritual to Cabaret Performance,” by Shawna Helland; “Epitome of Korean Folk Dance”, by Lee Kyong-Hee; “Juba and American Minstrelsy,” by Marian Hannah Winter; “The Natural Body,” by Ann Daly; and “Butoh: ‘Twenty Years Ago We Were Crazy, Dirty, and Mad’,”by Bonnie Sue Stein. Eleven of the 41 illustrations in the book have also been redacted.

Belly Dancing Basics


Author: Laura A. Cooper
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402710780
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 143
View: 4646

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Sumptuous color photography combined with comprehensive and detailed easy-to-follow instructions demonstrate a unique way for women to get and keep fit while expressing their sensuality through Belly Dancing. Would-be dancers who have longed to learn the intricacies of this ancient dance form can now experience the pleasure of learning and mastering all the basic steps, putting together an individualized routine and adding magic to their performance with veils, swords, and the tiny finger cymbals known as zills . Each complex movement of the body is painstakingly broken down into concise step-by-step directions that are easy to follow. Perfect for the basic beginner, the instructions also offer alternatives and additions to the movements to accommodate a dancer’s growing skill. The lavish sequence of images captures each delicately curved hip and splayed finger; the arch of a foot and the arc of a backbend; and the careful placement of a leg. You can practically see the stomach rippling sinuously, the hips shimmying wildly, and the hair whipping around as the dancer twirls.

Bellydance

A Guide to Middle Eastern Dance, Its Music, Its Culture and Costume
Author: Keti Sharif
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781741143768
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 132
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Beautifully packaged and highly practical guide to the exotic, expressive, alluring art of bellydancing; its history, its culture and the many health benefits it can bring.