Eastern Bellydance (Oriental Dance) Styles
It is still not known where, when, or how bellydance (Oriental dance) originated (see our articles on bellydance history. However, it has been the cultures of the Near and Middle East that have preserved the core belly dance moves vocabulary from the time of antiquity.
Dance of the Saber in a Cafe - Jean-Leon Gerome, 1876
Modern and Western styles of bellydance have evolved primarily through the relatively recent transmission of belly dance moves through Near Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures. Eastern styles of bellydance include Egyptian / Raks Sharki, Turkish / Oryantal Dansi , Lebanese, East Indian /Bollywood.