Oriental dance (also known as bellydancing) has ancient roots and thriving international traditions that remain extraordinarily vital today. From the oldest ritual traditions of the eastern Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Mideast, belly dancing has spread throughout the world, finding many adherents not only in its areas of origin but also in such areas as the Balkans, India, and Central Asia.
The multitude of dance forms grouped in English as "belly dance" have a variety of names in the cultures that produced them. To Greeks, belly dance is the "cifte telli"; to Turks, "dans oryantal"; and to Egyptians, "raks sharki." Despite such variety, the belly dance traditions of different cultures share some generally recognized features. Each year we will provide you with excellent Oriental dance instructors from all regions of the world, representing the different styles from different countries. We welcome your requests for any specific type of dance you may be interested in. Each year we will offer Egyptian, Turkish style oriental dance and American Tribal Style Belly Dance.