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I really squee for these historical references - these dancers are from the Ouled Nail tribe of Algeria. I could probably wikipedia it but, meh... so could you.
Egyptian Ghawazee dancers from here
People commonly think that belly dancing is the old-timey version of strippers/prostitutes but that's not true. There was no sex in the champagne room even then. Mostly... Do these ladies look like whores I ask you??!! Salome ruined it for everyone! Word on the street is that it was a social dance that had the added benefit of developing muscles to ease childbirth. The cutest thing I've ever seen is a girl about 6 months pregnant taking class. Awwww... Until I saw her do a belly roll and it was the most freakishly disturbing thing I've ever witnessed because I thought an alien was going to burst from her belly!! Wait, I mean it was pretty awesome... no judgment. I can roll my belly both ways but it looks like a
slightly mushy glamorous albino anaconda trying to swallow an entire goat and then regurgitating it. Sexy.
I forgot the source so he's going to give me the evil eye.
Even dudes can belly dance! At least I think that last one is a dude...
Famous turn-of-the-century "belly dancer" and slut Mata Hari. I just like the headdress really...
Claudette Colbert as Cleopatra. Ok so no belly dancing in that I don't think.
And then Middle Eastern culture came west and went Hollywood!!!
But of course I like belly dance when it went mod - all retro and polyester and sequins and smarmy lounge feel. There's something so wrong and so right about belly dancing in a bouffant.
I'm pretty sure this is the title of a current rap album but it also made a particularly awesome (and nasty-looking) belly dance cover.
Weeeeeeee!!! I'm in orange!!
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She'll cut a bitch with those eyelashes.
There was a time when belly dance went glittertastic in the 70's and 80's in the Cabaret style. Normally glittertastic really rocks my world but somehow this just ain't workin for me. But I can't say that because if you are a belly dancer then you give mad props to every lady belly dancer regardless of skill, taste, stretch marks, muffin tops, age, tan or size. It's part of the Code of Shimmies. So as a matter of fact I ADORE this lady - FUCK YOU for thinking otherwise!!! I once saw two glamazons in tube tops and broomstick skirts belly dance/mosh to a Korn song at a hafla and get a standing ovation. True story. (no seriously, it really happened.)
Zoe Jakes from here
But I prefer my style more like this. Other than Cabaret the current trend is called American Tribal Style or Tribal Fusion. It's gritty, little bit goth, largely improvisational and involves lots of eyeliner and accessories. I love it.
Fuck yeah feathers.
Zils or finger cymbals
both from here
Rachel Brice from here
Um... serious girl crush.
Here's a video showing EXACTLY what Madame Sunday looks like dancing as demonstrated by Rachel Brice.
A slightly more bootleg feel but equally badass.
Better go dust off my coin belts...