Definition of belly dance in English:

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belly dance

Pronunciation: /ˈbelē ˌdans/


A dance originating in the Middle East, typically performed by a woman and involving undulating movements of the belly and rapid gyration of the hips.
Example sentences
  • It's a slinky three-minute dance set to music combining belly dance with modern dance.
  • The open category dances saw a nine-year-old performing an Australian belly dance.
  • Did you hear she actually can do a weapons dance and a belly dance at the same time?


belly dancer

Pronunciation: /ˈbelē ˌdansər/
Example sentences
  • A trained belly dancer dances to the music of local and imported musicians to create a traditional oriental atmosphere.
  • Ringed by a circle of camels, we lolled on rich hand-woven carpets and cushions as the luscious dark-haired belly dancer gave an enthralling performance.
  • While they relax on embroidered carpets and pillows under the starlit sky, waiting for their barbecued buffet dinner, a enchanting belly dancer will perform to the rhythm of Arabic music.

belly dancing

Example sentences
  • Women dance flamenco and tango and belly dancing.
  • Egyptian dance is a centuries old art form, which evolved from ancient fertility dances and from which modern day belly dancing has developed.
  • An Arabic dance tradition that has become familiar to many Americans is belly dancing.
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