Students on a tour in Egypt would have been in a nice protective bubble and wouldn't be aware of the general public's reaction. I know I didn't realise when I was there!
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It came as a shock to me because I ignorantly thought that the bad rep Belly dance gets is only because of wrong media representation by the west. I also always told my friends and family that its a social dance that has very different connotations in the countries it originated from. Oh well. This is discouraging but...I'll obviously hang on. Thank you for replying
Belly dance has been associated with prostitution in the Middle East for a long time. However, belly dance IN THE WEST has evolved into something different, and one that we can be proud of.
It's like ballet in the 19th century - in its country of origin, France, the dancers were all hookers, but that doesn't mean ballet dancers in other countries felt ashamed of their art form. They just got on with making their own version the best it could be - and look where it is now!
Belly dancing in the West has become an art form that empowers women (and some gay men) to express themselves regardless of shape, size or age. That's a great thing.
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Off dancing somewhere, probably.
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Most men in Egypt belly dance - does that make them gay?
I am one of the first to get annoyed when people accuse all male dancers of being gay! Having danced ballet, jazz, flamenco and ballroom I know plenty of straight male dancers (in fact my husband is one of them). But the only male belly dancers I've met have been gay, and I felt that bd gave them permission to be soft and feminine, (where other dance genres expect them to depict a strong masculine character).