Belly Dance is the world’s oldest dance form. Many historians believe that there are Hieroglyphs from Pharonic times in Ancient Egypt that depict the earliest belly dancers.
Some say the words “Belly Dance” was born at a World’s Fair in New York over 120 years ago, when the expression was used to get the crowds into the Egyptian Pavilion and see the traditional dancing.
Egypt has always been at the centre of the belly dance world and what is belly dance today evolved in Egypt through its stars; from Badia Masabni, Taheya Carioca, Samia Gamal and Mahmoud Reda, to Fifi Abdou, Dina and Randa Kamal.
Belly Dance is known for being the best dance for women’s bodies. The moves accentuate and make women beautiful, and can be performed beautifully by woman of all ages and sizes.
Some of the basic moves are shimmies and undulations.
The Egyptian Dance Academy’s curriculum has a graceful progression from simple moves to advanced ones.
Belly Dance is also famous for using dance props like Cane, Finger Cymbals (zills or sagats), veil, and sword.
Many people today have discovered the health benefits of Belly Dancing. With most routine exercises, there is stress on our body that may alter or distort our skeleton or system, like ballet or running. Belly dancing is gentle concentrates on the movements that come naturally to the female form, “working with the body, instead of against it”, and fully expresses the truth that “When you feel good, You look good!”