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Arts: Belly Dancers: Overview
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From local dance to belly dancing

The term “belly dancing” is a relatively new label for a dance form that evolved from age-old dances performed throughout the Middle East. Around 1900, Western visitors to Egypt called the local dancing in cabarets and cafés-ch…

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van Nieuwkerk, Karin, “Arts: Belly Dancers: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0286>
First published online: 2009

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