Egypt! What a beautiful name, what a beautiful country, what a beautiful place to be. Egyptians! What a warm, kind, generous, and friendly people they are. Egyptian women! One could write forever about their beauty. They are kind, faithful, lovely and very sensual, especially when they are dancing. Not just any dancing, but when they are belly dancing. They can warm you to the depths of your soul when they dance. Belly dancing flowers in every Egyptian girl’s blood as she grows up. In fact, there is no Egyptian woman who cannot belly dance.
The name “belly dance” or “raks sharki” has a long and colorful history. Belly dancing does not mean moving only the belly. When women belly dance, they use their entire body including their head, hair, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, belly, hips, bottoms, legs and feet. It is magic!
Belly dancing is not popular only in Egypt; but in many oriental countries. Egypt, however, is the first country to come to mind when one thinks of belly dancing and famous belly dancers like Lucy, Dina, Fifi Abdo and many more. It is the country that most aspiring foreign dancer’s hope to visit and possibly participate in festivals, or take classes, attend a show, buy music, and purchase that special, custom made costume of their dreams.