Common Belly Dance Terminology

A style of belly dance that originated in Egypt, often characterized by earthy, grounded movements.

A rapid shaking or vibration of the hips, legs or shoulders

A style of dance and music from Upper Egypt, often featuring a cane or stick as a prop and energetic footwork.

Slow, improvisational movements often focused on showcasing the dancer’s emotional expression.

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What Does Taqsim Mean in Belly Dance?

A smooth, wave-like movement through the body, often involving the spine and abdominal muscles.

A flowing piece of fabric, used in dance movements to enhance expression and create visual effects.

Finger cymbals that are commonly used in belly dance to add percussive sounds to the music.