“(…) dance acts as overcoming factor releasing man of his own environment inexorably sinking him in front of nature. It is the fear, in front of the terribly grand manifestations of nature, but even greater than that, his relationship with the problems created by man itself, within him, out of his mental activities like dreaming… there are feelings draped in a the tumult of our passions, dances is able to express and even to bring out what is deep in our unconscious mind, where man finds the roots of his own thinking and the reason of his most unexpected acts. It is not just the expression of the of gesture that of the mime symbol, but also of the emotional act, suggestive and evocative, expressed with the variations of the body rhythm in a global assembly and not just being an episode of the full expression (…).

Dance expresses an estate of the soul and it makes her be a human projection of the universal movement of the Cosmos.”

Belly Dance

It is born in the Predynastic Egypt (before the Pharaohs’ time) with the real name in Arabic, Raks El Chark (The dance of the Sun or that of Ra). These dances were sacred rituals closely related to maternity and / or female fertility. They were not open to the public or to men. The goddess Isis exercised an important role representing the greatest creator and re-creative femenine power. Women represented Isis and danced in worship of the god Ra symbolizing fertilization. According to Egyptian mythology the dancer’s bare belly captured the energy of the sun (Ra); Captured the cosmic energy or prana through movement and returned to earth as an offering.

“ (…) A bridge between the earth and heaven, between the fragmented consciousness of man and his "self. " The true odalisque was the priestess of the sacred temples, was being initiated into the mysteries embodied in their dance, the power of the primordial fire, the fire origin of all creation, and the domestic counterpart of all that exists. "

In an era where our ancestors tried to understand and represent all aspects of human existence, the mysteries of life, wild nature, death, fertility cycles, birth ... etc. The priestess represented the epitome of extra-sensory perception and the intuitive talent, fruit of the harmony between the real currents of nature and the universe. Guardian of the mysteries of life and the origin of all, she discovered the inner universe, reflected infinitely towards the cosmos.
The priestess is beyond the threshold because she knows the dark night of the soul. Thus, bringing us patience, perseverance and love. She has the operating force that gives life, drawing on the inexhaustible source of the divine nature of the human essence, penetrating deep into the creative mind. The priestess is very knowledgeable, secretly, silently and inspired.

Dance is, in all cultures, the expression of life.

It is also called Oriental Dance (Turkey), Raks the Chark (Egypt), Belly Dance (USA) and Danse du Ventre (France) Danza del Vientre (Spain)... etc.
The dance was considered, a sacred ritual full of meaning, as an educational tool before becoming a purely exhibitionist. With the advent of Islam the sacred dance became a pagan dance (...).

Understanding the nature of erotic art that displays its dancing requires, in our culture, a particular mental deconditioning.

Tribal dance

Tribal Belly Dance is a fairly new form of dance is inspired by traditional dances of the Middle East. The lineage begins with the gypsy dancers of North Africa, particularly the Ghawazee of Egipt and Ouled Nail of Algeria.
Jamila Salimpour is considered the creator of "American Tribal Style ATS. Her dance troupe Bal Anat paved the way for others in the fusion of different regional dances of the Middle East and North Africa as inspiration for what would be his own version of belly dancing (...).
Masha Archer, who was a student of Jamila, added more consistency to the new style. She did not distinguish between different regions and continued to identifying it as Belly Dance.
Carolena Nericcio after studying with Masha, developed this style, and she began mixing the methodologies of the two teachers. Later on she founded the FCBD (Fat Chance Belly Dance).
Tribal style keeps an absolutely authentic, because of its influence with some Gypsy tribes of North Africa, Middle East and India.

Bibliography: A HISTORY OF AMERICAN TRIBAL STYLE BELLYDANCE, by Rina Orellana Rall, principal dancer FCBD, 1988-1998.


* The Odalisque was then, the priestess in the early days of Egypt, her ceremonies led to the ritual through dance. Nothing to do with the definition established later on, during the conversion to Islam.

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