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belly dance

a solo dance of Middle Eastern origin, performed by a woman with midriff exposed, emphasizing movements of the pelvis and abdominal muscles.
Also called danse du ventre.
Origin of belly dance
Related forms
belly dancer, noun
belly dancing, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for belly dance
  • belly dance offers the same benefits as other types of dance-a great way to get moving and increase strength and flexibility.
  • The clapping starts, and for the whole hour-long journey revelers belly dance in a spontaneous combustion of fun.
  • Basic belly dance techniques for balance and mobility.
  • The day will start with belly dance workshops--one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
British Dictionary definitions for belly dance

belly dance

a sensuous and provocative dance of Middle Eastern origin, performed by women, with undulating movements of the hips and abdomen
(intransitive) to perform such a dance
Derived Forms
belly dancer, noun
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Word Origin and History for belly dance

also bellydance, 1883, from belly (n.) + dance (n.), in later uses translating French danse du ventre. As a verb from 1963.

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