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BELLY DANCERS* Show AMAZING Moves at Moscow Festival
(AMAZING team of SOULFUL Artists)

Location: Moscow, Russia
October 21, 2012

-Video from RIA Novosti
(Видео с Российское агентство международных новостей)

Moscow hosted an International Belly Dancing Festival from 18-21 October. Spectators could enjoy different styles of choreography presented by the winners of the festival's competition, guests, plus local and international stars.

The jury consisted of prominent dancers from Russia, Egypt, Syria and Argentina. Among them was a famous Egyptian dance teacher, choreographer and belly dancing star Lubna Imam, who has devoted 40 years to dancing.

She told that Russian women are very talented students:

"Russian women are very good at belly dancing, they have a very good dancing base, they just dance generally well. So it seems to me, it's easier for them to learn any new movements. There are long-standing relations between Russia and Egypt. So Russian students know a lot about my country, it helps to teach them."

Another professional belly dancer Tatiana explained what attracts people to Eastern dancing:

"Arabic music is really unique; it is so many-fold, there are so many instruments. It touches the very core of you. Besides you wear a beautiful costume, you have to be up to it, when you prepare a dance. You put on beautiful make-up, so there are many components."

1. Various views of belly dance show, spectators. 00:00 -- 05:43

2. Ekaterina Salbanova, belly dancer (speaking Russian):
"I used to be a ballet dancer so I had very polished movements. So I had to adapt a lot, break the rules, relax, listen to my emotions and body."
05:43 -- 06:07

3. Tatiana, belly dancer, teacher (speaking Russian):
"Arabic music is really unique; so many-fold, there are so many instruments. It touches the very core of you. Besides, you wear a beautiful costume, you have to be up to it, when you prepare a dance. You put on beautiful make-up, so there are many components."
06:07 - 06:26

4. Lubna Imam, teacher and choreographer of belly dance (speaking Russian):
"Russian women are very good at belly-dancing, they have very good dancing base, they are just dance generally well. So it seems to me, it's easier for them learn any new movements. There are long-standing relation between Russia and Egypt. So Russian students know a lot about my country, it helps to teach them."
06:26 - 06:54

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*Belly dance or bellydance is a Western-coined name for a "traditional West Asian" dance, especially raqs sharqi (Arabic: رقص شرقي‎).

The term "belly dance" is a translation of the French "danse du ventre" which was applied to the dance in the Victorian era. It is something of a misnomer as every part of the body is involved in the dance; the most featured body part is usually the hips. Belly dance takes many different forms depending on the country and region, both in costume and dance style, and new styles have evolved in the West as its popularity has spread globally. Although contemporary forms of the dance have generally been performed by women, some of the dances, particularly the cane dance, have origins in male forms of performance. Belly-dance first appearing at the women in positions in Greek tomb paintings (5,000 B.C.) and in ancient Greek sculpture.

Raqs sharqi (Arabic: رقص شرقي‎; literally "eastern/oriental dancing") is the style more familiar to Westerners, performed in restaurants and cabarets around the world. It is more commonly performed by female dancers but is also sometimes danced by men. It is a solo improvisational dance, although students often perform choreographed dances in a group.

Raqs baladi, (Arabic: رقص بلدي‎; literally "local dancing", or "folk" dance) is the folkloric style, danced socially by men and women of all ages in some Middle Eastern countries, usually at festive occasions such as weddings. However, this naming is used synonymously in Egypt with Raqs sharqi as a generic term for "belly dancing".

Belly dance was popularized in the West during the Romantic movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, when Orientalist artists depicted romanticized images of harem life in the Ottoman Empire. Around this time, dancers from Middle Eastern countries began to perform at various World's Fairs, often drawing crowds in numbers that rivaled those for the science and technology exhibits. It was during this period that the term "oriental" or "eastern" dancing was first used. Several dancers, including the French author Colette, engaged in "oriental" dance, sometimes passing off their own interpretations as authentic.

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