Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Dance Forms in the World : A Study
What is belly dance where it originates?
The term "Belly dance" is a translation of the French "danse du ventre" which was applied to the dance in the Victorian era. It is something of a misnomer as every part of the body is involved in the dance; the most featured body part usually is the hips. Belly dance takes many different forms depending on country and region, both in costume and dance style, and new styles have evolved in the West as its popularity has spread globally. Although contemporary forms of the dance have generally been performed by women, some of the dances, particularly the cane dance, have origins in male forms of performance.
Belly dancing has its roots in various ancient cultures of the Arabian Peninsula, and was certainly in existence in pre-Islamic Arabia. It is suggested that women used to belly dance for the moon god Hubal and the love god Wadd.
Courtesy : Wikipedia
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