Belly Dance Styles
Are there different belly dance styles?
Yes! There are many belly dance styles but they all have far more similarities than differences. All true belly
dance styles are based on the same dozen or so classic foundation belly dance movements. What determines
style more than anything is the type of music thats danced to. The three most commonly performed belly dance
styles around the world today are based on (1)
Egyptian/Arabic , (2)
Turkish , or (3)
modern fusion world beat music.
What belly dance style do you teach?
I specialize in classic belly dance. That is, I teach the traditional foundation belly dance movements,
techniques, and concepts that form the base of all the major belly dance styles.
These movements are introduced in my
belly dance video series. This series teaches
you slow movements, fast movements, hip lifts and hip drops. Many of these movements are demonstrated as
belly dance video clips.
This approach gives the student a solid base from which she can comfortably dance to the music of her choice. Being a contemporary
American woman, my preferred dance style is modern belly dance with a strong grounding in traditional
Do I have to belly dance to a particular type of music?
It depends. If youre belly dancing in private for your own enjoyment or self improvement,
you can belly dance to the music of your choice (youll learn fastest to the music that makes
you feel most like dancing). However, if you are learning a traditional or ethnic style of
belly dance, then you do need to master the authentic music for that style (example: using the
proper Turkish music for Turkish cabaret style belly dance). This site feeatures
belly dance music that you can download and
listen to as MP3s.
Return to the frequently asked questions about the belly dance.