We had our friends visiting from US of A.. and wanted to taste the flavour of middle east - dance and food..
For me too this was a first time at this place..the dancer was very versatile and great entertainier..
As Wikipedia says:
Belly dance is a Western term for a traditional Middle Eastern dance form. Some American devotees refer to it simply as "Middle Eastern Dance."
In the Arabic language it is known as raqs sharqi (رقص شرقي; literally "oriental dance") or sometimes raqs baladi (رقص بلدي; literally "national" or "folk" dance). The term "raqs sharqi" may have originated in Egypt. In Greece and the Balkans, belly dance is called tsiftetelli (τσιφτετέλι).
The term belly-dance is a creation of Orientalism, and is first attested in English in 1899, translating French danse du ventre
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danasam (1075) 2008-07-11 8:54
Hi Paddy, you've been going to good places lately ha ;)? very good eye contact, i would play with the light reflection on the face onley. very good job in giniral.
chirasak (2) 2008-07-13 6:22
beautiful portrait, i never see or heard about this dancing before so i can't imagine how does it look like, but guess it must be interesting dance TFS
alftrek (3270) 2008-07-15 22:29
I always thought that ths kind of exposure for a lady is rare i the middle east. I must be wrong.
Not a bad action shot under such lighting condition. I like the colours and details of her costume