If belly dancing is not really a seductive dance in the Middle East and is not cabaret style as in the West..?
Question by i.need.sleep.: If belly dancing is not really a seductive dance in the Middle East and is not cabaret style as in the West..?
what kind of dance is it known as in the Middle East and what is the difference in how belly dancing is done in the Middle East than in the West?
Answer by Chloe
Bellydance in Egypt is known as Raqs Sharqi which translates to Dance Oriental.
In Turkey I believe it is called Danse Oriyantal (not sure of spelling).
Bellydancing is a western term. A true bellydance will say that they are an Oriental dancer.
I am a Bellydance instructor and performer.
I dance Cabaret Fusion. Fusion is very popular in the West.
Western styles include: American, Industrial, Gothic and Tribal.
Traditional styles include: Tsiftitelli (Mediterranean), Classical Egyptian, Turkish Cabaret, etc.
Classical Egyptian and Turkish Bellydance are probably what you are thinking of. Turkish Bellydance involves a lot of Tabla/Drum Solo. But not necessarily all the time. Dancing to the sound of a Darbouka(middle eastern hand held drum)is where they make movements which mimick that of the sound of the drums it is very impressive.
Turkish dancers often dance to faster music. They wear quite revealing costumes a lot of time with very high slits in the skirt and push up bras. Very flirty in their performances.
Egyptian Bellydancing is quite different. They often wear floaty skirty with schiffon fabrics and lots of layers. The dancing is heavily emphasised with the feeling in the music. The dancers portray a lot of emotion through the dance.
Both are equally beautiful but goodluck finding a true traditional style dance school. Do some research on youtube.
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