Belly Dance Around the World

Belly Dance Around the World

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Dancer/scholars from around the world have contributed essays on belly dance to this book. They all carefully consider the transformation of an improvised folk form from North Africa and the Middle East into a popular global dance practice. The essays explore the differences between the solo improvisational forms of North Africa and the Middle East, often referred to as raqs sharki, which are part of family celebrations, and the numerous globalized versions of this dance form, belly dance, derived from the movement vocabulary of North Africa and the Middle East but with a variety of performance styles distinct from its site of origin. Local versions of belly dance have grown and changed along with the role that dance plays in the community. The global evolution of belly dance is an inspiring example of the interplay of imagination, the internet and the social forces of local communities.Video clips can be like (un)sourced, extracted sections of text; often they do not bear any referent to their origins. ... In contrast, in Second Life users can buy or create animations that cause their avatars to belly dance, unlike real life whereanbsp;...

Title:Belly Dance Around the World
Author:Caitlin E. McDonald, Barbara Sellers-Young
Publisher:McFarland - 2013-06-27


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