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A modern term that refers to an art form which is more appropriately known as Oriental Dance, Raqs Sharqi or Middle Eastern Dance.  The term “orient” is the French word meaning the East. In the late 1900’s adventures to the “Orient” were considered fashionable and exotic to the wealthy, aristocratic and elite society of Western Europe. Since French was the fashionable elitist language of the era, the French term became adopted to mean the East. Among these adventurous visitors, many historians and writers witnessed and commented on the displays of North African folkloric dance forms, including the Ghawazee of Egypt and the Ouled Nail of Algeria. Both of theses forms incorporate pelvic tilts and drops, which were then labled ‘danse du ventre’ i.e. belly dance.

Also see: Shaabi, Raqs Baladi, Raqs Sharqi

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