It is fascinating that this dance has become so popular all around the world. What is it about bellydance that makes people adopt it into their lives? Perhaps it’s because bellydance music (which is incredibly diverse) can be so shockingly beautiful, emotive and soulful, and invites the body to express the music in a sensual, feel-good way. It is also inclusive – you don’t have to be this or that to be able to do it – you can still be you.
Bellydance in its authentic social form, which is difficult to see outside of the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey is done with friends and family, normally at weddings and parties. It is believed in ancient times in the Middle East a form of bellydance was practiced as part of rituals and aids for fertility and birth. As performance and entertainment it has romany, folkloric and balletic influences.