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Belly dance, more correctly referred to as oriental dance, is an Arabic expressive dance that has its origins in Egypt since ancient times. It features movements of the hips and torso. It has evolved to take many different forms depending on the country and region, both in costume and dance style, with the Egyptian styles and costumes being the most recognized worldwide due to Egyptian cinema. The Egyptian style with its traditional Egyptian rhymes is popular worldwide with many schools around the globe now practicing it. Names and terminology 'Belly dance' is a translation of the French term danse du ventre. The name first appeared in 1864 in a review of the Orientalist painting The Dance of the Almeh by Jean-Léon Gérôme. The first known use of the term 'belly dance' in English is in reference to the Middle Eastern dancers who performed at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1893. The informal, social form of the dance is known as Raqs Baladi ('Dance of the Country' or 'Folk Dance') in Egyptian Arabic and is considered an indigenous dance. Raqs Sharqi ('Eastern Dance') is a broad category of professional forms of the dance, including forms of belly dance popularly known today, such as Raqs Baladi, Sa'idi, Ghawazee, and Awalim. Belly dance is primarily a torso-driven dance, with an emphasis on articulations of the hips.
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