Happy Memorial Day 2014

Belly Dancer Jamila Johari (2)One of my favorite quotes. Belly Events wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday!

My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

~John F. Kennedy

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Hand Beaded Belly Dance Costume For Sale

Belly Dancers Dallas

Beautiful Hand Beaded Red and Silver Bra and Belt Set. This costume is one of the best fitting I have ever worn. Only worn a few times. Bra is unlined and lame skirt has one small hole that is unnoticeable. Includes two skirts, red lame and red nylon. Also comes with head band, wrist cuffs and arm bands.

Details:

Bra 34A with padding to 34C without padding.

Belt hips 32″ to 36″  hooks on both sides for easy fitting.

Skirts 32″ in length. Stay in place, elastic waist with side slits.

Contact me for pricing Jamila@bellyevents.com

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Happy New Year!

Belly Dancers DallasWishing everyone a year filled with dance, joy, good health and prosperity.

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History of Belly Dancing

Jamila Johari

In the Middle East belly dance is known as Raqs Sharqi (pronounced Roks Sharkee) literally translated means “Dance of the  East”. Raqs Sharqi is sometimes spelled Raks Sharki and translated as Oriental  Dance or Danse Orientale. This is the Arabic name for what Americans call  belly dance. The term “belly dance” is said  to come from the French “danse du ventre” – dance of the stomach. During  the French occupation of Egypt  (1798 – 1801). This label filtered back to Europe and went on to circulate  in America.

As with any dance of folkloric origin, the roots of belly dance are  uncertain. The authenticity of even “traditional” or  “classical” forms of belly dance is open to question and often hotly disputed.

One theory is that belly dance has  its roots in Middle Eastern fertility ceremonies – a dance performed by women  for women. It was originally taught to girls from an early age in order to  strengthen their abdominal muscles in preparation for childbirth. The muscle isolation techniques require practice and control, and the smaller the movement, the greater the control and the more the muscle is exercised. It’s a  fact that exercise mitigates pain. The women of the Middle East knew this, and so the dance was born through abdominal movements like pelvic rocking and belly roll.

Traditionally Middle Eastern dance was strictly performed only for women by women. Belly dancing during family and social gatherings,  these dances were a part of every young girl’s cultural upbringing. A girl’s  first performance for other women was considered her rite of passage to  womanhood.

Belly dance has been a part of many fertility cults of the  ancient world, and in the temples of ancient India.  The Greeks have participated in esoteric  religious rites which included dancing throughout their history.

The first recorded Western encounter with belly dance is during  Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt  in 1798, when his troops encountered the gypsy dancers of the Ghawazee, and the  more refined dancing of the Almeh.

Belly dance was later popularized during the Romantic movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, when Orientalist artists depicted romanticized images of harem life in the Ottoman Empire. Around this  time, dancers from Middle Eastern countries began to perform at various World  Fairs, often drawing crowds in numbers that rivaled those for the science and  technology exhibits.

The 1893 Chicago World’s Fair introduced Belly Dancer called “Little Egypt”. And some believe the term Belly Dancing was an advertising hook to draw visitors to an exhibit called “The Streets of Cairo” that featured snake charmers, camel rides and dancers. Belly dancing’s popularity grew tenfold by the wave of controversy surrounding Little Egypt.

The fantasized and often distorted version of belly dancing grew at a rapid  pace, becoming a popular subject in books, art and Hollywood movies. But in recent years more and more women have discovered the true elements of this incredibly feminine and self-affirming art form.

Belly dancing has entranced audiences around the world for centuries. Despite its name, belly dancing draws on full body movement from head to toe, not just the belly! Belly dancing has recently been made popular by Latin American superstar Shakira. Although she is Colombian, her part-Lebanese background has influenced her style.

Dance classes are being offered at many fitness studio’s and community centers. With a wide range of styles and levels of experience. A popular dance style is American Cabaret, Egyptian, Turkish and Tribal.

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