Belly dancing rocks Asia’s Latin City PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 00:00

Thanks to Positive Dance Studio, belly dancing as well as ballet dancing continues to rock the dancing industry of Asia’s Latin City. Last May 22, this dance studio had successful presented to the public their 2011 summer students and regular belly dancing class in a recital dubbed as Positive Energy Rocks Zamboanga City at WSMU Gymnasium.

My kudos to Atty. Helen Aguila-Flores, the belly dancing choreographer, for bringing out the best of her belly dancing dancers composed of ladies and young girls. In this show it was proven that it does not take to have a sexy or coca-cola body to dance this Middle Eastern or Arabic Dance. Beyond grinding the their body, it is the confidence in oneself what is important. Ballet choreographer Blancaflor R. Jimeno also did a splendid job.

Contrary to what many Westerners believe, Oriental dance (the correct name for belly dancing) did not originate as a dance of seduction done by concubines to titillate the Sultan.

For centuries, the role of Oriental dance in Middle Eastern society has been that of a folk dance that people would do at joyous occasions such as weddings, the birth of a child, community festivals, and other events that bring people together to party. It was a dance that men, women, and children did for fun, not a "performance" done to entertain an audience. Just as Americans at a modern-day wedding reception might do waltzes, two-steps, or even the chicken dance, so people in the Middle East would get up with their friends to shimmy to their favorite music (

Today, belly dancing has been proven to help release stress, cure body ailments (even cancer), and raises self-confidence around the world. And yeah, it improves husband-wife relationship, teehee.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 June 2011 16:34