Belly Dancing for Fun and Physical Fitness

Belly dancing students have a lot of fun learning the movements of this beautiful art form of dancing. It is a fun discipline because both students and dancers enjoy this form of freelance dancing. This dance is unlike repetitive exercises which are boring and make you feel that you are laboring grudgingly.

The dancer stretches, tightens and releases, flexes and contracts, and vibrates muscle tissues in order to accomplish the various movements from selected areas of the body. While interpreting the rhythms she is burning body fat. toning muscles, and redistributing the body’s appearance for a personalized physical fitness. There is so much fun having the body freely move and respond to the exotic music that a person wants to keep dancing.

Exercising to music or dancing is appealing because physical, mental, and psychological satisfaction can be gained by marking time with your favorite rhythms. The proof of one’s accomplishment is reflected in the mirror. Wearing a beautiful costume which enhances your figure is an added boost to making a woman feel beautiful.

Muscle strength enables a dancer to complete twenty and thirty minute dance sets. Her legs, arms, body torso, and head are in constant movement which keeps her smiling and happy with not a care in the world while dancing.

Benefits of muscle strength:

1. The walking, skipping, sliding and shuffling movements offer bone strengthening for feet, ankles, and legs.

2. Shoulder, chest, and arm movement strengthen bones of the upper spine.

3. Abdominal movements condition the center area of the spine

4. Pelvic tucks and other similar movements strengthen the muscles of the lower spine.

5. Strengthening the spinal muscles affords flexibility and corrects spinal alignment ensuring good posture.

6. Working the muscles helps to burn fat resulting in a lean and toned body.

Another fun part of belly dancing for physical fitness is wearing parts of the costume. By wearing the bra, belt, hip scarf, a pair of harem pants or a skirt, it will make you feel beautiful as the movements are being performed. However, the major reason for wearing these items as practice garments is to be able to see and correct dance movements.

Practicing these belly dancing movements will require focusing and viewing feedback from a mirror helps to confirm the accuracy of the movements. However, the benefits of losing weight and toning the body without boring repetitive labored exercises are a welcome surprise when dancing your way to physical fitness.

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 Or Not

Belly dancing for many women is fun, fun, and more fun. The American female thoroughly enjoys the dance movements and the exotic music of the Middle East. But when she mentions that she will be taking classes, often times it is not well received by family and friends.


Malicious stories, false stereotypes, and misinformation about this dance discourages potential students. Being a belly dancer is America does not automatically mean being a stripper or a prostitute. (Unfortunately, these viewpoints do exist in Middle Eastern countries.) American women enjoy dancing and this art form offers enjoyable freestyle physical movements to music.

The challenge of accomplishing muscle control and certain athletic maneuvers is an attractive feature. Belly dancing is not for everyone as it is considered a difficult and complex dance. For this reason, the faint of heart do not pursue it or take part in it.

Dance enthusiasts who do love the challenges of this art form and have the commitment, discipline, and patience to accomplish and succeed in learning this ancient dance become addicted to its rewards. Thousands of women worldwide practice this dance for either personal satisfaction or for a professional career.

Why does a man climb a mountain? Why do women want to belly dance? Because they are attracted to it, are compelled to pursue it, and enjoy doing it.

The interests by American women awakened the dance history of the Middle East. In the earlier years these women copied the dances of the Middle East and as they learned the reasons for this dance they started to develop their own techniques in both cabaret and tribal styles.

During the last fifteen years women who have had a tribal interest have designed their idea of folkloric dancing, now known as ATS or American Tribal Style. Folkloric refers to how a culture expresses itself. Cabaret and oriental refer to self-expression originating from the individual.

Through the years there is more influence in the Middle East from the American style than the reverse. Much of the costuming in the Middle East has also originated from the western world. The same is happening as this dance moves through other countries.

It is important to note that this dance is designed by women, for women, and by women. This art form will change its many styles as women advance their creativity and imagination. There is no comparison between the ancient originals and today’s styles.

Most students learn cabaret first, then tribal. Attending performances help students to identify the different styles and as they advance they are welcome to learn how to do others.