The history of belly dancing
It is believed that belly dancing [wiki] originates from the Middle East where it is culturally used as a social dance. There are however reports of similar dancing routines originating from Asia and Spain where ‘thigh and rippling movements’ were documented.
The costume used for belly dancing is called a bedlah, which is Arabic for ‘suit’, and consists of a top or bra, a secure hip belt and a full length skirt. These are often decorated in jewellery such as beads, sequins and chains. A full length dress can be worn for dancing, particularly for more baladi syles
The modern bedlah style is accredited to Badia Masabni, a cabaret owner in the 20th Century, who could well have been influenced by the fashionable Hollywood lifestyle to appeal to the Western market.
Styles of belly dancing
There are three main styles of belly dancing. First of all are ‘percussive movements’ which are movements (most commonly of the hips), which can be used to punctuate the music or accent a beat. Fluid movements are also another style of belly dancing. This is where there are flowing movements in which the body is in continuous motion, which may be used to interpret melodic lines and lyrical sections in the music.
Shimmies, shivers and vibrations are also common when belly dancing. These are small, fast and continuous movements of the hips or ribcage, which create an impression of texture and depth of movement.
Belly dancing costumes in Romsey
Belly dancing fancy dress costumes are ideal for an Eastern themed party in and around Romsey. They are also a great addition to a ‘round the world’ party theme as well, especially if you’re looking to inject a slice of glamour. The vast range of colours you are able to choose from, as well as fabrics means that you can personalise your costume as to how you want.