Belly Dance Hafla #1


Bedford Arms, Balham, London.

Belly dance culture has been in evidence in the UK and Ireland since the early 1960s. A number of practising dancers credit many of the developments since the 1980s to Suraya Hilal, who performed throughout the Middle East and Europe during this time. Her influence was one which particularly drove home the distinction between belly dance as a cabaret act and the dance form as a theatrical performance and art form.

Today, many dancers in the UK have been greatly influenced by the US dance hybrids, and have gone on to create their own forms of urban and folk bellydance. There is also a thriving scene in cabaret bellydance/burlesque crossover performance.

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2 Comments to “Belly Dance Hafla #1”

  1. Loving your use of light/shadow, lady. Particularly like the colour and femininity of three and five.

  2. Thanks Richard! I’m a totally convert now……I think it could be my new project!

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