What is Arabic Dancing?
Arabic dancing is a very up-beat dance. It is a very simple dance to do, and a lot of fun! The best part about dancing is that you are never wrong and can have your complete own stile of dance.
The word “dance” derives from the Sanskrit “tanha”, meaning “joy of life”. The Arabic word for dance “raks” derives from the ancient Assyrian “rakkase”, meaning “to celebrate.” Arabic dancing originated in Turkey, and was found across the Middle East and in some North African countries.
Lots of people are famous because of Arabic dancing and music. For example, Bayda Asbridge is a famous Arabic dancer, and Elizabeth Artemis Mourat is a famous composer.
I got to interview Dena , who is an Arabic dancer on November 11, 2006. She says she started dancing when she was 3 or 4. Dena likes that it is enjoyable and lots of fun and different hip movement. Arabic music is very up-beat. Dena thinks it is cool to understand a different language and to learn about a new region.
Arabic dancing is for women only. It is a solo dance, and mostly belly dancing. The costume requires a stylish scarf, shirt, and a pair of pants or a skirt. Any color will do.