When many people hear belly dancing, they automatically think of things like erotic dancers, pole dancers and the like. In reality though, nothing could be further from the truth.
Belly dancing is about expression and celebration of the female form. This is what makes it such a great and powerful art form. The subtle curves and undulations of a woman’s body moving to the mystic beat laid down in the same fashion since time began.
When watching a woman who is truly enjoying her dancing, there is nothing more satisfying as you can see her entire body light up with joy and excitement both on the outside and inside. Her mind is set free and her body interprets the music. Every beat becomes a part in story, the up and down beats capture the passion and flow of an enthralling tale.
The beauty about belly dancing is that woman of all ages can learn to move with the music and adopt a multitude of different belly dancing styles. This is what makes it so empowering for woman. Through the language of dance women can express their true feelings, empower themselves and ultimately help each other through tough times.
There are unfortunately different levels of performing belly dancers. At all times a professional belly dancer who is dancing in public needs to remember one thing, and that is that they are a dancing professional. This means that their dancing needs to be done to the highest and strictest standards and the spirit of why they are dancing and what their dancing stands for needs to be self evident.
Professional belly dancing is a joy and a privilege and should not be dragged through the gutter by being portrayed as smut. The expression of self and the empowerment of woman is what draws so many of us to it.
Belly dancing has truly empowered me since I have been dancing; and I will continue to dance in the most professional way I know how.