Shimmy to the left, shimmy to the right, move the torso side to side and shake your hips!
Yes, belly dancing which used to be a Middle Eastern folk dance has now become widespread and world famous. Although belly dance is synonymous to the Middle East, it is practiced in many other countries like India, England and the North America. Adventure Emirate’s Desert Safaris allow you to view this spectacular art form live.
Read on to find out more about belly dance and its history.
History of Belly Dance
Even though the origins of belly dancing are not sure, most speculate it to be of Rajasthan origin. Though proof of belly dancing was discovered in Egypt, the performers were of a darker complexion and had more kohl in their eyes and looked similar to the Indians.
Since India and Egypt were stopped on the silk route, there could have been a transfer of few performers to entertain the Egyptians. Additionally, the belly dancing moves closely resemble the Kalbeliya- Rajasthani Gypsies from the snake charming community.
During the Ottoman Empire, belly dancing was performed by both male and female in the King’s palace. European travelers who visited the Middle East have written a lot about these performers in the Egypt. If seen in the Middle East, Egypt was the first to showcase belly dancing.
Movements in Belly Dance
The moves of this dance form are mesmerizing and go in synch with the music. Many moves accentuate the music
- Percussive movements
These movements usually involve the hips, ribcage or shoulders. These movements are used to accent a beat or dramatize a pause in the music. Examples of movements under this category include hip drops, shoulder accents, hip twists, etc.
- Fluid movements
You might wonder if the dancer is made of water as these movements are smooth and the body is in continuous movement. These movements are usually made during the lyrical sections of the song or instrumental parts. These moves require a lot of control in the abdominal muscles. Examples include infinity loops of the hips, hip circles and more.
Shimmies are used to add depth to other moves and involve the continuous movement of the hips and the torso.
Now that you know a bit more about the intriguing belly dance, you will feel like joining in with the beat when you watch a live performance at any of our desert safaris. Also During the Ramadan the belly dancing shows are not taking place in Safari tours in UAE