belly dance


Definition of belly dance

: a usually solo dance emphasizing movements of the belly

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Other Words from belly dance

belly dance intransitive verb
belly dancer noun

Examples of belly dance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And Salit Cohen-Cheng now instructs her belly dancing students as individual rectangles in a Zoom video chat grid. Joey Lautrup, Time, "In a Socially Distant World, Artists Are Forging a New Era of Online Performance," 31 Mar. 2020 In addition to performances and residencies, Green Street Studios has hosted weekly instruction for all levels of experience in styles ranging from modern dance and jazz to flamenco and belly dance., "Cambridge’s Green Street Studios announces it will close due to significant rent increase - The Boston Globe," 3 Oct. 2019 Learn the basics of belly dance movement, including the fundamentals of arm, chest, hips, stomach and footwork. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "10 awesome Burning Man things to do on Day 6, Aug. 30," 5 Aug. 2019 Newsletter Sign-up Ms. Crowley, 37, started belly dancing 12 years ago. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "She Strikes a Pose to Break a Sweat With Vogue Classes," 23 June 2019 From belly dancing to the country’s superb mangoes and the possible influence of Egyptian culture on ancient Greek civilization (a heated debate). Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 One of her best traits is that Shantae can transform into a variety of different characters through the power of belly dance. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Loves Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, But What Exactly Is It?," 21 Dec. 2018 But for many Egyptians, the price of a career in belly dance can be too high. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Foreign Belly Dancers? Egyptians Shake Their Heads (and Hips)," 8 July 2018 Since moving to The Villages in 2012, DeLosier has tried everything from belly dancing to water aerobics. A.d. Thompson,, "The Villages Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of belly dance

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of belly dance was in 1889

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“Belly dance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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belly dance


English Language Learners Definition of belly dance

: a type of Middle Eastern dance done by a woman who makes rhythmic movements with her hips and belly

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