Belly Dance in the World


  teacher and performer
Teaching folk www.belly.co.nz
  teacher and costume maker
Talking Costumes
belt bases

Questions for Kashmir

Where does belly dance come from?
How many countries is belly dancing done in?
Do I have to know the names of all the rhythms?

Further Information

Shira's directory lists teachers in the following countries:

| Austria | Belgium | Bosnia-Herzegovina | Czech Republic | Denmark | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Ireland | Italy | Netherlands | Norway | Portugal Russia | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | Turkey | United Kingdom |

Africa & The Middle East
| Egypt | Israel | Morocco | South Africa | United Arab Emirates |

Asia and Pacific Rim
| Australia | Hong Kong | India | Japan | New Zealand | People's Republic of China | Russia | Singapore |

Latin America
| Argentina | Brazil | Chile | Mexico |

North America
| Canada | Puerto Rico | United States |

Shira's directory
Rhythm Information
Rhythm cds
(it appears that "Introduction to Egyptian Dance Rhythms" is now a part of "Rhythms of the Nile")
see music list
Here are three variations, the first with a double Dum, the second with more fill, and the third a triple dom version.

For drums the dum is in the centre and the tek on the edge.
For tambourines the dum is on the edge and tek in the centre.


D Dum (right hand clear low tone)
T Tek (right hand high crisp tone)
K Ka (left hand, sounds like Tek)
- space after note (sustain)
_ space during a rest

Used in classical Egypian music. Usually seen as a three, a four, and a three. For example,
Common rhythms each with a few variations. It also has .wav and midi files for each rhythm - so you can listen to how it should sound. This version uses Dum Tek notation but there is also a version of the site using conventional musical notation Jas' Middle Eastern Rhythms
Kashmir's thumbnail overview of
Arabic music & more Arabic music related links
Folk Information
Aisha Ali - dance ethnologist Egypt & North Africa www.aisha-ali.com
Morocco - dance ethnologist Egypt & North Africa www.casbahdance.org
Robyn Friend - scholar of Near Eastern and Balkan linguistics, folklore, and ethnology home.earthlink.net/~rcfriend/
Tunisian Costume
Note woollen belt
Tunisian costume
Authentic Period and Modern Ethnic costuming - a SCA links site authentic ME costume links
Hip Belt construction
This section can now be found in
"How To... Make a Hip Belt" .
Other belts
For other ideas including wrap around belts and student belts.
more belts
sewing technique where a thick thread is laid down and stitched down at intervals with a thin thread at right angles. In beading, the holding stitches are placed between the beads.
Couching - click to enlarge
Fitting a Belt - suggestions from the Costume Goddess (Dina Lydia) fitting a belt


First version Masmoudi Arabic Rhythms Volume Wahid Nourhan Sharif
Second version Masmoudi Introduction to Egyptian Dance Rhythms Hossam Ramzy
10/4 Samaai Introduction to Egyptian Dance Rhythms Hossam Ramzy
Tunisian Folk Girls' Dance from Gafsa Music of the Shikat Aisha Ali
Saaidi Arabian Knights Baladi Plus Hossam Ramzy
Intro & Outro Tears of Noura Oriental Belly Dance Bassem & Noura
Questions for Kashmir Kashmir No Quarter Jimmy Page & Robert Plant Unledded
Costume Talk Khatm al Nihaya Laura in Balady Movses Panossian, Hollywood Music Center

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