Dance (Pomona), Theatre (Pomona)
danse du ventre, belly dance
Every few years there is a resurgence of interest in what has come to be known as danse du ventre¹ or, less elegantly, belly dancing. By whatever name it may be called, however, this dance has inevitably elicited an exaggerated response from those not accustomed to the social background to which it belongs. In the past a climate of disapproval has hampered any attempt at serious evaluation of this dance form; at the present time the situation has reversed to a point where the enthusiasm of its protagonists has become the chief hindrance to an objective assessment. A dance whose enduring charm has managed to survive not only a body of disparaging commentary, but the spurious and tawdry aura surrounding so many of its practitioners, seems deserving of a fresh appraisal.
© 1976 Congress on Research in Dance
Wood, Leona and Anthony Shay, “Danse du Ventre: A Fresh Appraisal,” Dance Research Journal 8, no. 2 (Spring/Summer, 1976), pp. 18-30.