History of Belly Dance Costume
The Belly Dance costume on Arabic language called “Bedleh”- it is a Belly Dance skirt, belt and bodice decorated with beads.
The Belly Dance costume is directed on underlining of the plasticity and grace of the Belly Dancer. Richly embroidered by paillettes, beads, rhinestones or brilliant threads, the costume for Belly Dance transmits spirit of the East – hot, magnificent, sensual. Some national Belly Dance costumes, for example, of the Persian dancers, differ from costumes of a modern Belly Dance and can be very closed, leaving to the audience a painful innuendo about an artistic image and the performer of the dance.
Belly dance: history of emergence and development
Initially belly dance appeared in Egypt. The Belly dance was simply a dance, not connected with any ceremonies, and was executed for entertainment. With arrival to Egypt of Moslem popularity of belly dance started decreasing until practically came to naught. In the nineteenth century, after a gain French of Africa, the former bewitching art of belly dance started reviving and getting into the Western world.
Dance evolved and developed, changed under the influence of dances of the different countries – Greece, Turkey, North Africa, Persia, India, incorporated elements of the Gipsy and Spanish dances. Under “Raks Sharqi”, often mean “female solo dance”, unlike the folklore group. Dance with a large number of movements of hips is associated with Baladi now, and the center of movements is displaced up. In the western countries of Raks Sharqi becomes known as “belly dance”. This name came from the wrong interpretation of the term Baladi or from the French saying “Danse du Ventre.” In our days the “belly dance” sometimes is called “Cabaret” and it is very popular now around the world.