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Arab dance: expression of a tradition

Arab dance is a traditionalist folk dance of the Arabs, which groups several styles. It has its origin in Egypt, where it was danced in the temples as part of a cult dedicated to fertility, both human and of the earth.

Types of Arabic dance

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Arab dance is divided into several types, of which both men and women are a part:

  • Belly dance or Raqs Shaeqi: It was developed as a dance dedicated to the Goddess of Fertility. It consists of making very complex circular movements with the torso.
  • The dance of the candelabrum or Rack el Shamadan: A person carries on his head a candelabrum with lighted candles that represent the light that is given to the spouses in their new life.
  • The Khaleegy dance: Known as the hair dance, it is a dance of great femininity, since the dancers use their hair and hands as essential elements for their execution.
  • The sword dance: The women perform sinuous movements with the sword to the sound of the music, keeping it in a unique way on the head, chest, hips and belly.
  • The Schikhatt dance: It is a very erotic dance that is offered to the bride before her wedding and is intended to teach her the correct way to behave on the wedding night, according to custom.


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