I know that in Egypt, a "belly cover" is essential, but what does that mean? I think I've seen some mention that it is, in fact, just the navel area - so something like this dress would count as a belly cover, even though it shows quite a bit of tummy. Is that true?
I think it depends a lot on who is in power, who is enforcing the regulations/laws and where the dancer is performing. Just in the time I've been a dancer it has changed a LOT so my advice is if you are planning on going to Egypt to perform, ask a local dancer or six before heading over just so you don't run afoul of the law on the basis of what you knew was right last week.