Belly Dance

Music and movement

Belly dancing has grown in popularity around the world and, in Hong Kong, introduces aspects of Middle Eastern culture to locals through public performances and courses.

Saturday, 25 February, 2012, 12:00am

A party out of this world with belly dancers, jugglers, nine-course meal ... and a soul singer

As Sanjeev Mahtani, chairman of Must Garments, celebrated his 50th birthday, he threw a party that was out of this world - well, certainly out of Hong Kong. More than 200 guests were whisked off to the Lotus Ballroom at Macau's Four Seasons hotel for a heady night of belly dancers, circus acts, jugglers and a nine-course meal punctuated with copious amounts of Cristal champagne.

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Step-by-step celebrations

There are many theories about the origins of belly dance. One is that it started as a way to worship a pagan goddess and celebrate women's ability to give birth. So, many belly dancers believe it empowers women.

11 May 2010 - 12:00am

Lord of the belly dance still shaking it up at 80

Seen as a passing fad when it was introduced to Hong Kong in the 1990s, belly dancing remains a fun pursuit and alternative way to stay in shape. It no doubt helped that pop icons such as Britney Spears and Beyonce began slipping classic moves into their videos and live shows.

5 May 2010 - 12:00am

Middle-Eastern 'lion dance' to celebrate 8 years for eatery

It's been eight years since Egyptian restaurant Habibi opened its doors on Wellington Street. In that time, it has certainly helped popularise Middle Eastern cuisine in this town, not to mention an appreciation for belly dancing, which occurs every weekend on their premises.

30 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Leila Haddad

The Tunisian-born oriental dancer (right) turns Ahmed Rami's poem Zikrayat into a dance, today-tomorrow; and teams up with seven gypsy musicians from Egypt on Sat and Sun. Shows start at 8pm. HK City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$120-HK$340 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2370 1044

24 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Former belly dancer helps others discover their 'delicious self'

Lucille Marie Essey has writhed as a professional belly dancer, was a senior member of the team that co-ordinated the athletes' parade at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympics, witnessed her grandmother's gruesome suicide, and received countless shock therapy treatments.

All that has provided her with fertile material for her latest venture as an inspirational speaker.

5 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Former army officer leads the blind in a dance to social acceptance

What gave you the idea of the dance class?

The Beijing Amenities Centre for the Handicapped decided in 2001 to organise activities for the blind. I used to work in the army and had never had any dealings with blind people, but I learned to dance at a young age and thought social dancing was a good idea to help them open up and mingle in society.

16 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Tum-twisters give the middle-class Middle Eastern midriffs

First hip-hop, then Latino. Now, with shimmying hips, waving arms and swaying bodies, belly dancing is the latest craze to hit the mainland, finding a niche among young, middle-class urbanites looking for novel ways to enjoy themselves.

18 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Hubei native seeks her fortune with belly-dance exercise regime

Q: How did you get involved in belly dancing?

A: I have dreamed of becoming a celebrity since I was very young. I am actually a professional singer and I studied pop music at university in Wuhan . I showed talent in many aspects of the performing arts, from singing to writing to dancing, and recorded an album with a record label.

27 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Mega Belly Dance Spectacular

Dancers from the Oasis Dance Centre give a belly dance performance in aid of tsunami victims. With Tamalyn Dallal, Pasha Umer and others. Today, performances at 8pm and 9.30pm, Jashan Indian Restaurant, 23 Hollywood Rd, Central, minimum purchase $300. Inquiries: 2522 6698, reservations:

3105 5300

8 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Naval display

Maybe you've already donated by eating at restaurants or drinking in bars that support tsunami victims. But CitySeen bets you haven't thought of this one yet: belly dancing. Oasis Dance Centre and Jashan Indian Restaurant are hosting the Mega Belly Dance Spectacular on Saturday from 8pm-9.30pm. Performers include Tamalyn Dallal (pictured). For reservations, call 3105 5300.

7 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Middle Eastern Dance Theatre Leyla Helwa (Beautiful Evening)

A one-hour performance of the best of Middle Eastern dance, originating from Egypt, Turkey and Iran. Performed by Florida-based dancer Tamalyn Dallal. Aug 6, 8pm, Aug 7, 7.30pm and 9.30pm, Studio Theatre, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central. $120, $150 HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 2521 7251

25 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Sway to the rhythm

Belly dancing ... the word conjures up images of beautiful women dressed in colourful flowing scarves and veils moving their hips in powerful swings and pelvic thrusts. It's believed by many to be one of the oldest forms of dance, having roots in the ancient cultures of Greece, Persia, Palestine and North Africa, among others.

12 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Belly dancing

It's not easy to shake your bum elegantly. That's the conclusion I reach after my first belly dance class. But, I did have a lot of fun, the music was cool and I got some good exercise, so who really cares what I looked like?

21 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

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