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Belly Dance by Tina Hobin

Belly Dance

by Tina Hobin

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Tina Hobin has written a book outlining the roots of dance in myth and religious practices around the globe. She takes the evolution of the belly dance as a representation of the rites of passage from Ancient Greece to modern times, focusing on different forms of belly dancing and its place at the core of fertility rites and marriage ceremonies in Middle Eastern societies.

Myths, including those of Isis and Osiris, and the role of the Shaman or Witch doctor in African tribes, are explained. The belly dance, with its roots in the birth dance of Saudi Arabia, is described through accounts of present day native societies. The book also contains examples of belly dance movements and exercises for enthusiasts.

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"Written by dance expert, teacher and performer Tina Hobin, this book is both a fascinating introductory history and a practical guide to the belly dance. It traces the origins of the dance from prehistoric rituals, the cult of the shaman and temple dances of Ancient Egypt, via the harems of the Ottoman Empire and right up to famous 20th century dances like 'The Dance of the Seven Veils.' Along the way Tina Hobin persuades us that belly dance can play a vital role in promoting health and happiness." "Ideal for any aspiring belly dancer or enthusiast, Belly Dance includes a step-by-step guide to ten basic moves, ten advanced moves, and suggested routines."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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