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Men and Belly Dance! It’s Not Just A Girl-Thing

Do Men Belly Dance??

From Belly Dance Lifestyle website: HipMix.net

It is a rare occasion when we have a man enroll in belly dance classes here at The Belly Dance Studio in Beaumont, Tx… but it is NOT unheard of.   Here’s a great article from our friends at HipMix.net — enjoy!

The History of Male Belly Dancing
No one is quite sure when belly dancing began, although there is evidence to suggest that it has been around for centuries. It is believed that, in most places, belly dancing began as a ritual in which both men and women could participate. As Islam began to spread through many countries, it became inappropriate for women to dance in public. Men, dressed as women, would take the place of women in the ritualistic dances. As belly dancing has spread throughout the world it has been transformed into mostly a feminine activity. However, there are still many

Serkan Tutar, personal friend of Dilara Sultan and Male Belly Dancer of The World, 2008

men performing the dances.

Differences Between Men Belly Dancing and Women Belly Dancing
Men and women are constructed differently, which can create challenges for men trying to imitate women’s belly dancing styles. Women have larger hips, which are well suited for side-to-side use, while men are better at forward and back movements. Most women who belly dance use a hip-tuck quite regularly, but men should not. Men normally do a pelvic thrust, instead of a pelvic tuck, while doing side-to-side movements to avoid the damage that could be done to their back. With the right amount of training and patience, men can learn to dance the same way women do, but it may take them longer.

Styles of Male Belly Dancing
Men can perform nearly any kind of belly dancing with a little practice and a few modifications. Many male belly dancers perform with women troupes and perform the same moves along with their female counterparts. Other men belly dancers prefer to cast themselves as the male protectors over their troupes and perform strong masculine moves. Male belly dancers can be found all over the world performing any kind of style. Most male belly dancers perform either in the folkloric or raqs sharqi style.

Learn more about Famous Male Belly Dancers and check out some videos here on HipMix.net>>

 

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