In these essays, dancers and scholars from around the world carefully consider the transformation of an improvised folk form from North Africa and the Middle East into a popular global dance practice. They explore the differences between the solo improvisational forms of North Africa and the Middle East, often referred to as raqs sharki, which are part of family celebrations, and the numerous globalized versions of this dance form, belly dance, derived from the movement vocabulary of North Africa and the Middle East but with a variety of performance styles distinct from its site of origin. Local versions of belly dance have grown and changed along with the role that dance plays in the community. The global evolution of belly dance is an inspiring example of the interplay of imagination, the internet and the social forces of local communities.
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About the Author
Caitlin E. McDonald holds a Ph.D. in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter. She lives in London. Barbara Sellers-Young is a professor in the department of dance at York University, Toronto.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments 1
Introduction: The Interplay of Dance and the Imagined Possibilities of Identity Barbara Sellers-Young 3
What Is Baladi about al-Raqs al-Baladi? On the Survival of Belly Dance in Egypt Noha Roushdy 17
Finding "the Feeling": Oriental Dance, Musiqa al-Gadid, and Tarab Candace Bordelon 33
Performing Identity/Diasporic Encounters Lynette Harper 48
1970s Belly Dance and the "How-To" Phenomenon: Feminism, Fitness and Orientalism Virginia Keft-Kennedy 68
Dancing with Inspiration in New Zealand and Australian Dance Communities Marion Cowper Carolyn Michelle 93
Local Performance/Global Connection: American Tribal Style and Its Imagined Community Teresa Cutler-Broyles 106
The Use of Nostalgia in Tribal Fusion Dance Catherine Mary Scheelar 121
"I mean, what is a Pakeha New Zealander's national dance? We don't have one": Belly Dance and Transculturation in New Zealand Brigid Kelly 138
Quintessentially English Belly Dance: In Search of an English Tradition Siouxsie Cooper 152
Delilah: Dancing the Earth Barbara Sellers-Young 168
Negotiating Female Sexuality: Bollywood Belly Dance, "Item Girls" and Dance Classes Smeeta Mishra 181
Digitizing Raqs Sharqi: Belly Dance in Second Life Caitlin E. McDonald 197
About the Contributors 211