The sensuous Arabian Belly Dancing didn’t always resemble what it is now. In the ancient times belly dancing was a sacred way that was used to worship the Goddess. In reality this art does not just involve the belly but also other parts of the body. The origin of this dance form has been traced back to the Mesopotamian era, identified from the engravings found in temples.
This beautiful dance form bypasses all age and figure differences. There is no differentiation in terms of how heavy or thin you are. When it comes to this art form it doesn’t matter how you look, just that you need to have the passion to learn, an interest and the self-motivation to perform. Belly dancers require to be dressed in a specific manner. There are specific pieces of clothing that need to be considered.
Hip Scarves – The More Sparkling, the Better
If there is something a belly dancer cannot do without, it is the hip scarf. The most important function of the hip scarf is to correct your hip movements by helping you check your moves as you start performing. Sparkling Egyptian hip scarves are hot favorites among belly dancers, so are the scarves with beads, coins and frills. In the modern times the hip scarfs are being replaced by belts that are glittery. In a way the belts are better as they are rigid and stay sturdy.
Skirts That Accentuate Your Moves
The skirts that belly dancers use are of different types. Tribal style skirts, fish tail skirts, long and flowy chiffon skirts are all popular among dancers. The gypsy skirts are wide and are much heavier comparatively. Chiffon skirts that are long with splits are light and make the dancer look sexy.
Tops That Tilt
The tops are classic and usually cabaret styled, with coins or beads stitched on. They are of different types like the bolero tops which are short and need to be tied with a knot in front. Choli tops are cut above the naval.
The Harem Pants or Pantaloons
The baggy pants tied to the waist with the drawstring are comfy pantaloons. They are designed to be longer than the legs but allowed to puddle at the ankle with the help of elastic ties. The pantaloons are great partners for belly dancers.
The Traditional Bedleh
This is a cabaret style costume which has a bra top which may be beaded, a hip belt that is beaded and a skirt the flows and is long. Rhinestones are the current day alternatives for beads. The Bedleh is made in a light and easy to carry fabric these days to allow women to dance gracefully.
The extended, floor-length Beledi
A floor-length dress that is slit to the hip is the Beledi. This is originally a one piece and simple, made of cotton fabric. However, it is made to look exquisite with beads and sparkles attached.
Last but Not the Least Are the Sarongs, Shoes and the Headbands
Headbands are used to hold the hair up as they dance away. Sometimes in the place of headbands are the turbans. Most often than not the shoes match the embellishments on the dress. The shoes are similar to the ones worn by ballet dancers if worn. Shoes are not an absolute necessity, it is used as per ones discretion. A long scarf serves as a sarong and it resembles a skirt. The swing and swirl of the sarong with its long fringes keep the spectators on their seats till the end.