“Do men belly dance?” It is a question I’m often asked belly dancing for different events, and the answer is yes. Some male belly dancers are considered better performers than many females. This answer usually prompts a funny reaction.
This next question soon follows, “What do they
wear? Do they wear the same costumes as you?” As amusing as this is to me, it is a legitimate question. If you have never seen a male belly dancer, how would you know? Styles of dance costumes for men are more masculine. I’ve seen male dancers in slack caftans with a sash tied at the waist, or harem pants and vest. Performer and costume designer, Asi Haskal, dances in his own creations, special Turbans, and royalty gowns, with no exposed belly.
Although male belly dancers are more common abroad, they are still a novelty, under-exposed here in the United States. Gratefully, we have amazing performers and teachers like Asi Haskel, able to bridge the gap between language, music, religion, race and sex. So come on guys, start dancing!
Below is a belly dance performance by Asi Haskal and his website. His shimmies and accents are so powerful.
ASI HASKAL BELLY DANCE SHOWE 18