A - B - C - D - E - F- G - H -  I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

American Tribal Style

see ATS


American Tribal Style (sometimes incorrectly called FCBD) – is a belly dance fusion style created by Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman (see the website)


"of my community". When applied to dance and local dance. Used by belly dancers to label dance which is social or is stage dance is the older style; usually fully covered, to non-westernized music, and uses older movement vocabulary. (short video)


initially used by Tribal dancers to distinguish their dance from that of the more traditional dance performed in clubs and restaurants. Problematic as not all non-Tribal falls into this category and the word implies a dive in Europe and Egypt.

Danse du ventre

French phrase meaning "dance of the belly". Initially applied to the Ouled Nail in Algeria but eventually used for all Middle Eastern and North African dance women's solo dance. (short video)

Danse Orientale

French translation of the Arabic "raqs shaqi". This term was not in use under the 20th century. (short history video)


heavy (low) beat of the rhythm; played in the centre of a tabla or on the edge of a rik. For example a masmoudi is dom dom dom tek dom tek tek


"Fat Chance Belly Dance" troupe created by Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman. See ATS


the practice of moving one body part while either keeping the rest still or doing something else (the latter is "layering")


doing multiple movements at the same time often to different rhythms or instruments. For example stepping on the underlying beat while accenting the doms with the hips and flowing with the arms to the ney.


Arabic flute

Oriental Dance

English translation of the French Danse Orientale.


term used by professional dancers in Egypt to refer to non-folkloric dance. See Danse Orientale

Raks sharki

incorrect transliteration of raqs sharqi (for why this is incorrect see this video)

Raqs Sharqi

style of nightclub dance born in the 1920s in Cairo based on the existing professional and social dance but adapted to stage and Europhile audiences. The Arabic literally translates to "Eastern Dance" - but this is not east of Cairo but rather east of Europe. (short history video)


smooth, driven movement in double time (not just random shaking). Most commonly done with the hips or shoulders.


strong high pitched beat of the rhythm; played in the edge of a tabla or on the centre of a rik. See Dom


initially used for pseudo folkloric fusion styles in the USA. Then became associated primarily with FCBD and ATS and its later offshoots. These days used as a catch all for anything that is not traditional belly dance - even when there is no actual belly dance involved.


a wordless sound signifying joy


smooth movement between joints. Commonly done with the spine either forwards and backwards or sideways. Arm undulations are also possible.