Some Middle Eastern Background

What we call "belly dance" in the west has its roots in the Middle East and North Africa (the Maghrib).

As dancers we interpret the music. Our bodies become a visual dimension of the music. But music is more than sound; more than melody and rhythm. It also can include the meaning of the words of the song - both literally and in a cultural context.

For this reason we need to know something of the people and culture who create the music we dance to. This section on Middle Eastern background is a very small start. I hope that some understanding of the geography and culture of this part of the world will enrich your dance.

Included here are:

© Copyright 2002-2008
Updated by JEWEL