Belly Dance History
How did belly dance originate?
The truth is ... nobody knows how or why the belly dance started as a dance. Modern archeology
is continuously using new techniques and technologies to shed more light on our belly dance past. Yet, at
this time, no one knows the exact reasons for the original development of belly dance. We do
know belly dance has been practiced for thousands of years by many different cultures for many
different purposes. The belly dance has been used in Goddess ritual, spiritual practices,
childbirth preparation, communal bonding, celebration, entertainment, physical education, and simply
Veiled Dancer - Alexandria, Egypt 3rd-2nd century BC, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Where did belly dance originate?
Again, no one knows for sure. There are indications that belly dance was common in pre-Aryan
India and ancient Egypt. However, new discoveries also support the theory that belly dance is even
older and was practiced in the Goddess cultures of neolithic
Europe, Africa, and the East - 6,000, or possibly many more, years ago!
Read more articles on
belly dance history:
"What Is Belly dance And What Should We Really Call It?" by Atéa
"The Goddess Is Dancing" by Christina Sophia
"The Phenomenon Of The American Belly Dancer" by Atéa
Return to the frequently asked questions about the belly dance.