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Goals of this site:

To answer the questions you may have about belly dance. In a Question and Answer Forum, we hope to give you the information and inspiration you will need to begin to learn to bellydance!

Why should one learn to belly dance?For physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual expansion. Belly dancing introduces the individual to a multitude of creative, social, cultural, and fantasy avenues. Belly dancing combines dance movement with the crafts of drama, costuming, exercise, and self expression.The world of belly dance has many facets that may not be recognized by popular society all at once. Of course, the simplest benefit achieved is exercise. In today’s world, we are all in search of an engaging physical practice that can keep us healthy. Beneath the surface of its fitness appeal, however, is a supportive sisterly community that shares a common understanding about what it’s like to be a woman and the liberating need to express oneself through the body. Belly dance is a language of the body and, as I’ve come to understand it from Delilah’s perspective (my teacher), it gives us opportunity for an expanded sense of communication. It’s as if we were given a poetic voice, a new range of physical mobility, or an expanded singing range or a pair of wings to fly. Quiet, seemingly unarticulated individuals all of a sudden are given new powers of expression. Delilah, as well as many other dancers, know this art form as having valuable healing benefits for the psychologic growth and well being of women. Lorraine Lafata is a dancer and therapist in Boston, Massachusetts, who is working on deep levels utilizing the art of bellydance as a healing tool. She welcomes woman to share their healing stories through the art of belly dancing on her web column, “Belly Dance as Healing Dance,” found on the Visionary Dance web site.

How to learn to belly dance? Well, there are more lengthy answers on the Questions page, but you learn by witnessing the dance, the music and the intention. Belly dancing is a living art. It’s handed down to you from someone who knows and opens you up to the intuitive understandings. You learn through classes, video, DVDs, web sites, reading materials, traveling to places and making friends with people. It’s an adventure. This site strives to help you on your journey.

Where to learn to belly dance? Yoga and dance studios. Dancers’ living rooms, night clubs, dance floors, retreats, workshops and Middle Eastern dance parties.

What do I need to learn to belly dance? A hip scarf, a pair of hips and a desire to dance. No special shoes or expensive instrumentation. However, there are lots of other beautiful things to invest in and to feed your appetite for the dance, if you want to: costumes, music, DVDs, trade magazines, weight belts, jewelry, books, and artifacts . . .

What will the dance do for the individual who wants to learn to bellydance? It liberate them to a rich, personal, joyful experience of their life.

Who are the belly dancers I need to learn bellydance from? Yes, there are some fabulous artists that we need to salute who have paid their dues and who have paved a way for our advancing understanding of the bellydance. Through the Historic Timeline and the Styles of belly dance pages, we can see how belly dance, women, and human freedom of expression parallel each other.

When is it time to learn to bellydance? NOW! at any age!

Enjoy my site!


No movement is owned, it is only rediscovered — Ruth St. Denis

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into actions, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, or how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. — Martha Graham

My favorite bellydance resource sites:

Delilah and Visionary Belly Dancing | The Art of Middle Eastern Dance, by Shira Sirocco-music.com

Last updated: in December 2008

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