The exact origin of the ancient art of Belly Dancing is shrouded in mystery. But it is clear that this lovely form of musical expression came from Egypt.
The purpose of the dance is for the dancer to express the rhythms and melodies of the music through her body movements. She is essentially becoming another musical instrument in the orchestration.
Many dancers play finger cymbal or zills while they are dancing to accentuate both the rhythms of the music and their movements. The spectacular beaded costumes are designed to emphasize the torso and hip movements which are characteristic of the Belly Dance.
A skilled dancer will be able to move her head, arms, torso, legs and hips as separate entities all working in unison to uniquely express the beat and melody of the music.