Sensual and Sexy Belly Dancing
The words sexy and sensual comes to mind when speaking of belly dancers. Both words may mean the same to some people and others define these words individually.
The word sexy refers to sexual stimuli and the word sensual refers to human senses. Each of the audience members would classify the performer from their individual viewpoint.
Let’s visit the beach scene for a moment. There are bikini-clad ladies strolling along the shoreline. One person may say “She is hot and sexy”. Another viewer may say, “The bikinis look great on their figure types.” And the last person may say two of those ladies are sexy and one is sensual; look at how she carries herself and glides along the shoreline.” “She is more than her bikini.”
The belly dancer is also more than her appearance and her costume. The manner in which she moves her body with her attitude and emotions combined with her senses makes her both sexy and sensual as she interprets the musical rhythms.
Fit Mind and Body
Everyone who takes belly dancing does not become a public entertainer. There are many reasons women take belly dancing. The primary interest is exercise. It is a pleasant method of maintaining a fit mind and body. Thousands of women worldwide take lessons for personal reasons.
Other reasons for taking classes include:
Sixty years have passed since marketers and promoters of belly dancing introduced this dance to Americans. Many dancers became famous during these years and the dance continues to be popular.
People have some strange ideas of what belly dancing is all about. Sub culture entertainment industries portray this dance with an attitude not desired by most women. This has been detrimental for artists who wish to advance this dance to a higher level of art.
Different styles of this dance are learned everyday in private sessions, small classes, seminars, and workshops worldwide. It has become a dignified outlet for those who enjoy dancing. There are few dances which do not require a partner. This is another advantage and benefit for those who love to dance.
If belly dancers are labeled sexy, then this term reflects our feelings of passion, desiring challenges, and an overall sensitivity to the excitement for the dance, its costumes, the music, and performances that makes people feel happy.
The audience admires beauty, athletic abilities, and enjoys relaxing to an assortment of slow, medium fast, and fast movements by the entertainer.
Both the dancers and the audience find this art form intriguing and appealing to our senses. I guess we can also label the audience as being sexy.
The dancer experiences sensuality through her natural senses. The dancer feels through her mind, body, and soul. The physical senses of seeing, hearing, touching, and feeling are arousing. A person may also experience the senses of smelling and tasting while dancing.
Middle Eastern music rhythms causes the human body to move. Sounds and emotional vibrations from the music stimulate the mind. Sensations of “at one” with self elicits euphoria while dancing.
A dancer may experience a spiritual state while performing. As the audience embraces the performance they may also experience a spiritual state of being. I would describe this state of mind as being euphoric and at one with the universe. It is a world onto itself wrapped in love and warmth.
Hobbies are Pleasurable
Human beings are sensual creatures. We use all of our senses to survive and enjoy life’s pleasures. No one should feel guilty about experiencing pleasures from their selected hobbies.
Those women who feel self conscious about their bodies or their appearance learn to overcome these self defeating thoughts or abuse from others as they feel comfortable and beautiful with the gifts of this dance. It builds self confidence and self esteem. As the inside beauty of an individual is changed so will her attitude outward appearance.
Many women do not put the emphasis on feeling sexy while dancing as they are having fun moving their bodies to music. The dancing environment allows freedom to experiment with their creative self and focus on moving their bodies to the assorted rhythms. They are lost in self. It is a dance exercise in self awareness.
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