I have to say, accordian baladi are probably my favorite thing in all of of belly dance. Enjoy Yael Zarca performing a particularly good one!
One of my dance friends just called after a public festival performance to tell me that someone in the audience complained belly dance was ‘pornographic’ and not family friendly. Thankfully the organizers are belly dance fans and my friend is one of the most pro dancers I know, but that is EXACTLY why this blog exists and why representations of belly dancers as nude or overtly sexual are so harmful.
From their ‘about us’ page.
The Bellydancers of Color Association (BOCA) was formed by Dr. Sunyatta Amen in an effort to celebrate the sister/brotherhood, strength and beauty of people of color in relation to bellydance and other traditional forms of dance. Although we focus to unite dancers of African descent, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander, Asian, Native American, Rom, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, East Indian, etc. in a cohesive organization, ALL ARE WELCOME.
Just found out that belly dancers are all a bunch of elitists. So, I can have taken a few belly dancing classes and genuinely want to continue BUT THE INSTANT I TAKE OFF MY TOP AND SHOW MORE THAN MY BELLY I’M RUINING EVERYTHING.
Pompous pricks. <3
Back to Attack on Titan. I luffs everyone!
If you are truly really interested in learning belly dance, just read the history and understand why associating nudity or stripping with belly dance is HIGHLY problematic and can have real world consequences for professional belly dancers.
Not to mention negatively affecting Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian women.
Yes, thank you. I apologize for erasing them from this whole conversation.