Belly dance combines grace, fluidity, and serpentine movements that emanates from the torso, rather than in the legs and feet. The dance often focuses on isolating different parts of the body, moving them independently in patterns and shapes, weaving together the entire body. You’ve probably seen belly rolls, arm undulations, hip figure 8s, and shimmies!
With belly dance becoming more popular in countries around the world, we see the adaptation of a structured dance class and curriculum, and a fusion of technical aspects from ballet and modern dance. More dancers experiment with cross-over movements and inspirations paired with electronica, neo-classical, and other non-traditional music, and presented with a sleeker pared-down costumed look.
Magpie Movement acknowledges that the term “belly dance” is problematic as it is a colonial term that is used as a catch-all phrase to describe the rich and varied dances of Middle Eastern, North African, Helenic, and Turkish (MENAHT) regions. We understand that it is also the term most widely understood in the English language and as such may use it for clarity from time to time. As a fusion dance studio, we use different terms to describe our style including Fusion Dance, Transcultural/Transnational Fusion, and Contemporary Fusion Belly Dance. As we grow, learn, and evolve these labels will continue to evolve with us.