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In Arabic, the dance is known as Raqs Sharqi ("Eastern Dance") or as Raqs Baladi in Egyptian Arabic ("Country Dance" or "Folk Dance").
Unlike many Western dance forms, the focus of the dance is on isolations of the torso muscles, rather than on movements of the limbs through space.
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Many of the local dancers went on to appear in Egyptian films and had a great influence on the development of the Egyptian style and became famous like Samia Gamal and Taheyya Kariokka who both helped attract the eyes to Egyptian style world wide.
Turkish belly dance is referred to in Turkey as Oryantal Dans, or simply 'Oryantal'.
We gebruiken cookies om inhoud en advertenties relevanter te maken en je een veiligere ervaring te bieden.There are large steps, backward leans to the torso, twisting hip rotations, large and busy arms and lots of shimmies.The types of techniques that are used in Lebanese style dance are quick layered shimmies and subtle internal movements.Some dancers and dance schools have developed their own naming schemes, but none of these is universally recognised.In addition to these torso movements, dancers in many styles will use level changes, travelling steps, turns and spins.