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belly dance

noun
1.
an Oriental solo dance, performed by a woman with midriff exposed, emphasizing movements of the pelvis and abdominal muscles.
Also called danse du ventre.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
Related forms
belly dancer, noun
belly dancing, noun
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  • belly dance offers the same benefits as other types of dance-a great way to get moving and increase strength and flexibility.
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  • Basic belly dance techniques for balance and mobility.
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British Dictionary definitions for belly dance

belly dance

noun
1.
a sensuous and provocative dance of Middle Eastern origin, performed by women, with undulating movements of the hips and abdomen
verb
2.
(intransitive) to perform such a dance
Derived Forms
belly dancer, noun
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Word Origin and History for belly dance
n.

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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