Hi, I'm Bridget Poulter and welcome to my Egyptian dance website.

Egyptian or oriental dance - sometimes termed Raqs Sharqi - is often called bellydance; this term derives from 'danse du ventre', a phase coined by 19th century French travellers to describe the intricate torso and hip movements, that were in such a contrast to those possible for the corseted ladies of the West.

Today, 'bellydance' often describes the cabaret form with dancers dressed in a beaded 'bedlah' and maybe a bare midriff. But the differences between styles are subtle - the most obvious being that with traditional style dance, we are more covered up.

Both forms share the same heritage and it's really only since the Egyptian film hey-day with its Hollywood ideas of glamour that this divergence has occurred.

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