The Art of Mid Eastern Dance

Its origins are difficult to pinpoint, but are mostly traced back to ancient groups within the Mid East. The dance was performed by women for women as part of a fertility, conception and labor ritual. Through dance, women were taught muscle control, grace and acceptance of their femininity and imperfections.

The costumes are glamorous and colorful but differ from country to country because of traditions. Rhythms and Routines are repetitive, exhilarating and support group participation. The movements and instruments (mostly drums) are earthy and traditional.

Cultural Exchange

The Spice Rout Provided A Central Site Of Cultural Exchange. Persians, Turks, Phoenicians, Indians And Spaniards Have Traded Throughout The Area Known As The Levant. Their Legacy Has Been A Fusion Of Cultural And Art. The Indian Temple Dances Are Believed To Have Inspired The Ornamented Dances Of The Middle East. Nomadic Gypsies, Traveling The Vast Ex Of The Desert But Can Be Traced Back Through Their Genealogy To India. Their Form Of Dance Brought Much Of The Lively Spirit Still Seen Today At Weddings, Births, Festivals And Other Celebrations.

Zaffa Wedding Celebration

All ancient Mid Eastern Wedding ceremonies included a belly dancer to bless the bride and Groom with fertility, good luck and prosperity. To this day communities of different Religions still use a dancer to accompany the couple to the reception room to greet their guests, to wish them luck and create a festival atmosphere.