What is “classic” belly dance?
Primarily drawn from Egyptian Raks Sharki, with American Cabaret influences, in this sassy style the dancer translates and highlights the music with her movements, using core isolations, crisp hip lifts and drops, smooth arm movements, shimmies and more. We often use Egyptian music (traditional or modern), and dress with sparkly beads or coins, sometimes with finger cymbals (zills, sagat). The dancer may incorporate a veil into herperformance, as popularized by American dancers in the 70’s, or she might include sword, wings of isis, cane or other props!
Check out these examples of classic, vintage and modern belly dance: Souzana Vintage Orientale Belly Dance Performance