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The Belly Dance is one of the oldest dances of the world. It is a millennial art that nowadays has become in an effective system to maximize both self esteem and femininity. In Arabian countries it is known as “Raks Sharqi” which means east dance.

The Belly Dance combines traditional elements from the Middle East together with another ones from the North of Africa. Even though its origins are uncertain, there are different theories:

– It descends from the ancient Egypt dances (pose similitude).

– It comes from the gypsy folks migrations and groups of Indian origin (fusing the gypsy dance ways  with the raks sharqi).

– Women practiced it as a night dance to the moon so that it gave them fertility (now some doctors recommend the belly dance to pregnant women for preparing the belly before the childbirth and afterwards to recover the pelvic area and the abdomen).

Starting from s.XVIII ballerinas from the Middle East turned to exhibit these dances in fairs. That attracted a lot of public (specially European that were shocked by the belly and huckle movements which did not exist in European dances). Thereby in s.XIX it turned to use the name “Belly Dance” and west women took to learn this dance, as it did Mata Hari.

Benefits

The Belly Dance benefits are both physical and mental. It is a good cardiovascular exercise that helps to enhance the flexibility and the strength. The abdominal muscles tone up and you get firmness, so you improve the pose. At the same time, it works on the bodily energy centres, getting rid of stress and harmonizing the energy. All of it wrapped of a great sensuality. The Belly Dance is suitable for all ages and people who want to promote their self-esteem.

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