Sexy and Sensual Belly Dancing Costumes

How do you define the words sexy and sensual? These two words have different meanings for different people. The belly dancer wears her costume according to her intentions. For instance, she may wear her costume to entertain her husband or lover for an intimate evening. She would not wear this costume for public display.

The performing belly dancer wears a costume coordinated to reflect a culture and its music. We do not consider a folkloric costume sexy to a dancer. It is a full body cover as worn by a particular Middle Eastern tribal culture and history of a people. Male onlooker may view it as sexy.

Sensual is enjoying our human senses of seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing, and touching. The costume may be pretty and nothing more to the dancer, but an onlooker may consider her choice to be sexy and suggestive. It seems to matter not how a dancer sees herself, but how the individuals in the audience see her.

Costumes have changed from its beginnings of cotton and wool. Today there is an array of assorted fabrics from which seamstresses stitch costumes.

How a dancer selects her costume:

  • The style, fabrics, and colors are personal for the dancer to look her best.
  • Much research and planning goes into a costume.
  • Proper fit and secure fasteners to avoid any mishaps.
  • Dance style: folkloric, ethnic, or cabaret (night club).
  • Music selections of Egyptian, Moroccan, Lebanese, Turkish, Armenian, or other.
  • Availability of accessories from head to toe.
  • The costume has to make sense with the music and choreography.
  • No restrictive movements to handicap movements of veil, sword, or cane, or other props.
  • Correct footwear: bare feet, anklets and foot jewelry, sandals, or heels.
  • Hairstyles, headdresses, and jewelry appropriate to the costuming.
  • Facial makeup, tattoos, and other skin adornments for different costume styles.

There are occasions when a woman wants to feel and be a woman. This dance helps with natural female sensitivity and emotional desires. Women are sensual creatures and this dance is an outlet for mental, physical, emotional, creative, and spiritual sensations. She needs to feel free and alive with her femininity. She may dance alone in the privacy of her home or with other women to enjoy the pleasures of her senses without judgment or negative critiquing.

People have strange ideas of what belly dancing is about. I will not deny that there will always be a “sexy” stigma. This notion will always exist.

The women who have experienced dancing to the exotic music of the Middle East enjoy the passion, heartfelt desires, and overall sensual sensitivity of our mental and physical senses to the exciting rhythms of an ancient dance. This dance is designed by, for, and with women and it will continue to survive into future centuries.

Belly Dancing Is a Sensual Dancing Art

Belly dancing is a sensual form of dancing. Does the word sensual conjure negative visions in your mind? Sensual is feeling alive. We are in sensual sensations every minute of the day and night.

Sensual is using your senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. The sensations which we receive from these senses keeps us alive.

This dance requires that you hear the music, and feel the soul and vibrations of the music. The body moves to the rhythms with physical movements of discipline and the nerves respond to the emotional feelings of the music. Our active being (mental, physical, and emotional) is at one with the music.

The sensual delights which are experienced when dancing rewards us with pleasure, relaxation, and enthusiasm for living. We are spiritually enlightened, physical energized, and mentally attuned, We are ready to meet our daily responsibilities and any new challenges.

The most popular question which students ask, “Is it difficult to learn this dance?” I have always found this question to be difficult to answer as it has much to do with the desire and discipline of an individual.

A better question would be, “Will I need to dedicate time to practice?” This is not a dance activity to be done in the classroom. You can, but with passage of time you will see your classmates advancing and think yourself incapable of learning this dance. The majority of the students do take the time to practice. Many benefits will be gained from this art form with practice.

Becoming comfortable with your body as you do the movements builds up confidence of self. The results of losing weight, losing unwanted body fat, looking attractive in your clothing, and standing tall all help a person to feel better about themselves.

The difficulty lies in knowing that the female body is sensual and to mentally and psychologically become comfortable with the senses of this anatomy makes some women feel awkward. The challenge for these women is overcoming negative, off-hand verbal remarks, and negative experiences in public or privately which have been embarrassing or abusive just because they are females.

This dance is very understanding of these frailties and it helps every woman on a pathway to self-improvement and comfort with their female bodies. Belly dancing historically originated with women dancing for self or with other women for family gatherings.

Another popular question is, “Am I expected to perform?” The answer is, “No”. Thousands of women take this dance for self only and will never dance for the general public.