Belly Dance: A Combination of Sport and Art

Belly dance gradually became a special art sport. It has not only strengthened its health but also developed into large playgrounds and tournaments that attracted the attention of many people, including children.

When it comes to Belly dance, people often visualize girls with graceful postures, slender bodies, sparkling outfits and glamorous smiles as if stepping out from Scheherazade’s One Thousand and One Nights story. However, not everyone is knowledgeable about the origins of one of the world’s most classical dance genres.

Belly dance, also known as Arab dance, originated from ancient Eastern culture, starting from India and spreading to Middle Eastern countries. Belly dance is a true art sport, not just an entertainment for men as misconceptions of many people.

Belly dance is the sublimation of the roots of ancient mystical wisdom. Later, specialized Belly dance was used to serve the grand party for the generals, kings. Belly dance dancers usually do not use shoes but barefoot when performing to emphasize the harmonious connection between them and their motherland. Their costumes are very diverse in color, material, and often show the charming curves of the wearer. At the same time, the accessories that accompany each belly dance show are abundant: finger cymbal, belly bands made from coins and gems, swords, water pitchers, even samadan.

Studies show that practicing Belly dance can help to burn 300 calories per hour, reducing the amount of fat around the hips and abdomen relatively, helping the body have a slim body. The movements of the hips, hands, shoulders, rotation, octave movement and muscle vibration help maintain the flexibility of the muscles. For office workers, belly dance also helps reduce the risk of spinal diseases and increase the flexibility of the back muscles. In addition, belly dance reduces the muscle pain caused by stress, and is effective in improving the digestive system.