I once saw a performance which was very Egyptian in it's way, yet it had a gothic feel to it. She used an Egyptian drum solo in a version that sounded a bit 'darker' and 'industrial' but was very much like any other drum solo and her costume was a very classic kind of black Egyptian bedlah, yet there was something gothy about it all. In that case it's not some far offshoot thing that has nothing to do with belly dance anymore.
I don't think it's easy to make crisp definitions of what belly dance is and what isn't, but there are some clear cases of course, I'm thinking gaisha-clogging-bhangra-malaya-fusion for example.
I think Gothic style fusion belly dance is extremely riveting to watch. Especially when it's done well, the whole audience is spellbound. It seems to go deeper, more emotional, and the moves are all so deliberate - no flinging hips into shimmies or out of control turns or flinging about the stage, the energy still seems to come out though. I also love how the face is a really important part of the dance, the expression can be joyful, cheeky, sultry, dark, secretive, all in the one dance. The music can be amazing too. I am a cabaret girl all the way when I perform, but how I love to watch Gothic belly dance.
Has anyone tried the new Elysium Classes Online that Ma'isah is doing?