belly dance


: a usually solo dance emphasizing movements of the belly
belly dance intransitive verb
belly dancer noun

Examples of belly dance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a belly dance performance from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., belly dance instruction and henna body painting at 7:30 p.m., plus music, refreshments and socializing. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 6 Jan. 2024 Anything from belly dancing to salsa dancing to samba to hip hop. Mekita Rivas, Allure, 17 Nov. 2023 Bacardi involves intricate legwork, belly dancing, twerking, and more, set to amapiano music. TIME, 6 Oct. 2023 There will be a belly dance performance by Magnolia Dance Collective at 7:30 p.m. Beacon-News Staff, Chicago Tribune, 29 Aug. 2023 The win will take Shakira to the VMAs stage for the first time in 17 years, a performance that’s sure to include ample belly dancing and maybe even an appearance from her friend Karol G, who’s also performing. Vulture, 28 Aug. 2023 Hailing from Nazareth, she was influenced by a range of artists, from Adele and Etta James to Dalida and Nancy Ajram, as well as the hypnotic rhythms of cumbia, Arabic folk music, and belly dancing. Boutayna Chokrane, Rolling Stone, 26 June 2023 Guest speakers, live music, and multicultural classes including Japanese Taiko, Middle-Eastern drumming and belly dance, West African drum and dance, Angola capoeira, Afrobeat dance and Brazilian samba. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Apr. 2023 To amp up the occasion even more, the lively restaurant also has periodic live music and belly dancing on Thursdays. Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 13 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of belly dance was in 1889

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“Belly dance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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