Middle Eastern Dance and What We Call It

@article{Hawthorn2019MiddleED,
  title={Middle Eastern Dance and What We Call It},
  author={Ainsley Hawthorn},
  journal={Dance Research},
  year={2019}
}
This article traces the historical background of the term ‘belly dance’, the English-language name for a complex of solo, improvised dance styles of Middle Eastern and North African origin whose movements are based on articulations of the torso. The expression danse du ventre – literally, ‘dance of the belly’ – was initially popularised in France as an alternate title for Orientalist artist Jean-Léon Gérôme's 1863 painting of an Egyptian dancer and ultimately became the standard designation for… 

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