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

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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 The minister had a mail-order credential from the Universal Life Church and moonlighted as a belly dance instructor. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "April Fool’s Day a backdrop for love story to be taken seriously," 30 Mar. 2018 Throughout the afternoon, festivalgoers watched a fashion show, belly dance performers and a hip-hop concert by rapper Young Egypt. Ryan Gillespie,, "Arab Fest organizers hope event helps break stereotypes," 25 Mar. 2018 Sheila Minor Huff, the Times reports, is now a 71-year-old retiree living in Virginia who volunteers at her church and belly dances. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Meet the Trailblazing Black Scientist Twitter Helped Identify From a Single Photograph: Report," 20 Mar. 2018 Learn how to belly dance with the Germantown Parks & Recreation Department. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 things to do in the northwest suburbs this week," 22 Jan. 2018 The studio offers pole fitness, yoga, and belly dancing classes that are taught by various instructors. Vagney Bradley, Houston Chronicle, "Pole fitness offers patrons a different twist on exercise," 16 Jan. 2018 Variety of movement styles including belly dance, samba, modern fusion, and Chinese martial arts. Rasputin Todd,, "Things to do this week: Sept. 25-Oct. 1," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of belly dance

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of belly dance was in 1899

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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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