Changes in Belly Dance

Since I’ve been hanging out and doing my own thing, I’ve realized that changes in belly dance have happened that to be honest, I’m not too crazy about. I like ATS but I don’t like the line laid across the sand between Cabaret and Tribal dancers. We support the same dance form, just in different ways. I heard through the grapevine that Tribal was considered the authentic representation of belly dance and I wondered where Cabaret fit into this mindset. I think belly dance history is getting muddy and if women don’t do their own research, they will find themselves caught in the middle of hearsay, because they won’t know what’s true or false.

I’m wondering if Tribal dancers are saying they are the modern day Ghawazee or Gypsies. In, “Serpent of the Nile,” Wendy Buonaventura writes:

When they settle, however, gypsies assimilated the local traditions and made them their own. They took native folk dance and music, amplified and polished them, and then went on to use them as a means of livelihood.  

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Interpretive Belly Dance – The Right to be”You”

Interpretive Belly Dance – The Right to be “You”

Every year represents something that each of us holds dearly to our hearts. There are even those experiences that we let go of like dust in the wind. This year I decided to get back to my roots and talk about why I started belly dancing and what intrigued me about it in the first place. I know I stated in my bio that I saw belly dancing at age 6 and fell in love with it, that’s a given. But as I got older there was something else about it that caught my attention. I saw a chance to achieve my individual freedom to move and dance my way and be accepted for it. In my early years the women who stood out in my mind, understood their own unique style. They gave a different take on choreography and dance interpretation. These women have stayed with me all these years because they taught me it was okay to be me. Read more