In Arabian « Raqs al Sharqi » is know as one of the oldest dance in the world. People think her origin goes back to ancien fertility rite, associate both to religion and esotericism. Belly Dance is a means of corporal expression who offers harmony beteen the body and the soul.
« Belly Dance is a way to self-fulfilment. Each of her movement is a hymn to beauty, for which mystery stays up to the spirit who personifies it ». Raja Ibrahim
Indeed this term is a popularization adopted by French colonizers. Entharlled and lost face to a show defeating their Puritan spirit. Belly Dance indeed doesn’t limite herself only to pelvis movement. Belly Dance requests suppleness and tonicity of chest, shoulders, arms, hands, pelvis and stomach.
Before, we distinguished two different style of dancers.
In 1834, under the regim of the Sultan Mohammed Ali, these tsigane dancers have been banished.
In fact, it is only in 1930-1940 that the ghâwazi came back. They lived from their art in the big movies of Egyptian cinema. And dancing in the first Egyptian cabaret in Cairo : “ Le Casino Opéra”. Where appeared big stars like Samia Gamal and Tahia Tarioca. At this moment, Belly Dance living her Golden Age.
« The soul of the dancer lives in all her body ». Khalil Gibran