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Where did Bellydance come from?

It is widely believed to have originated in Egypt and spread throughout North Africa, and north through the Levant and the rest of Western Asia (Turkey, Greece). It is referred to as Raqs Sharki in Arabic and was named "Danse Du Ventre" by the French when dancers were brought to Paris in the 1800s and the undulating movements of the abdomen stood out to Victorian era people in Europe. The French term "danse du ventre" became translated to the term we use today "Bellydance". It is worth noting that the dance form is more than just dance of the belly.


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