The roots of belly dancing run deep, but also far and wide. Steps and techniques differ in Egypt and Turkey, in Lebanon, Morocco and Algeria. But even with the overwhelming popularity of belly dance in the United States, many of those nuances are lost to modern students.
|Photo courtesy Bellydance by Sonia|
"You don't see that with other world dances," says Sonia Burns, producer of the Beyond Belly Dance 2013 festival scheduled for this weekend. "When somebody signs up for a salsa class, they know they're taking Latin dance. When somebody thinks of samba, they think of Brazil; when they think of flamenco, they think of Spain. With belly dancing, they think of Shakira. They don't understand that it has a cultural context."
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