Level One: Infinities Unit, Class 3
Updated: Mar 20
Today we learned the "snake" undulation, AKA side to side undulation by linking upper and lower body figure 8s, remember to keep your pelvis in neutral. For the twisting shimmy, again engage and keep yourself neutral to protect your lower back.
While bellydance is generally dominated by cis-women, there is a long history of men and gender-queer folks bellydancing as well, both socially and professionally. Although there is a trend, specifically in the competition world, for dancers to chase validation from male teachers and judges that I am opposed to, men and non-binary folks are a welcome part of the community, and there are some amazing performers doing both folklore and raqs sharki.
Student performances frequently are seen in groups (safety in numbers ^_~), however sometimes you do see troupe performances past the student level, like this fusion piece.
Usually the dance is performed solo, and the community Artemis talked about is gained through shared experiences.
Ozgen Turkish dancer famous for his Orientale (this clip) and his Romani folklore (the non-racial slur way to refer to "gypsies") performances. He sometimes comes to the US to teach, too.
Men don't often bellydance professionally, but do commonly dance in folk dance troupes, spiritual dance groups, as well as socially, as in this clip.