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The History of Belly Dance in Argentina

belly dance, argentina, belly dancing in argentina, HipMix.netThe History of Belly Dance in Argentina
Originating from pre-Islamic Arabia, belly dancing has become popular around the world. Once a dance performed in the harems of the Middle East and North Africa, belly dancing is now a source of entertainment and exercise in places as far away as Argentina.

When Belly Dance Came to Argentina
Belly dance is associated with the Flamenco style prominent amongst Spanish Gypsies. In the 16th Century, Spanish settlers colonized Argentina, bringing with them aspects of culture including dancers of the Flamenco and belly dance styles. It wasn't until the Arab immigration during the 19th Century that belly dancing in its purest form was introduced to Argentina. By 1920, almost half a million Arab immigrants put down roots in Argentina and began to influence the culture of their society.

Who Brought Belly Dance to Argentina
Although dancers may have been brought as entertainment during the earlier days of colonization by Spanish conquistadors, it wasn't until Arab immigrants left their homes in Syria and Lebanon during the 

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19th Century that belly dancing arrived in Argentina. Belly dance is historically an Arab dance typically performed during celebrations. Dancing allowed Arab immigrants to preserve their culture and so the traditions of belly dance were passed down through the family.

Why Belly Dance Came to Argentina
The Ottoman Empire had long been in power, governing the Arab regions including modern Syria and Lebanon. In the late 19th Century, political problems increased due to ethnic conflict within the various regions of the empire. Amidst problems in the Balkans, including the Crimean War, British occupation in Egypt and Armenian massacres, escaping the conflict was the only option for many in the Arab world, and so Arab immigrants flocked to Argentina.

How Belly Dance Developed in Argentina
Originally a familial tradition not taught in schools, but passed down through the generations, it was only in the late 20th Century that Amir Dhaleb, an Argentine born Syrian, pioneered belly dance for inclusion in dance schools previously dedicated to styles like Argentine Tango. Unlike the original dances of Arabia, the Argentine belly dance is more theatrical, uses more of the stage and is focused more on technique, rather than feeling. Argentine belly dance is recognized internationally as a unique style.

Where to Belly Dance in Argentina
In the 19th Century, Arab immigrants settled all over the country of Argentina, but were concentrated mainly in Buenos Aires. It was here that belly dancing first became prominent, and where, thanks to Dhaleb and others, the traditional dance was first introduced into Argentine dance schools. Since belly dance became popular in Western culture, made famous by superstars such as Colombian-born Shakira, the dance has spread from Buenos Aires to Rosario, Tucuman and Cordoba. Buenos Aires is, however, still the best place to be for belly dance.

Sensual and dramatic, belly dance celebrates the feminine form, inviting women to feel comfortable in their skin and express themselves through a range of motions accompanied by intense music. Popular throughout the West, belly dance continues to gain popularity across Argentina.