Penn Museum Outreach Habiba: History and Mystery of Belly Dance
11:00 AM /CH
Habiba (Barbara Siegel)
“Raks sharqi” is the Arabic name for the solo interpretive dance that we call belly dance. It is one of the oldest documented dance forms, which can be traced back to ancient Egypt. It has a long history as a social dance that both men and women learn as soon as they are old enough to stand. Dance and music are inseparable from daily life, and are a vital part of weddings, feast days, and family gatherings. Habiba presents the history of belly dancing and explains how modern belly dance performances came to be. Habiba then performs and invites participants to practice some basic moves themselves.
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