So you want to hire a bellydancer: a “brief” primer on different styles in contemporary American bellydance

In the US, dancers use the term bellydance as something of a catch-all term to refer to multiple styles of dance that actually use different aesthetic and techniques. This can be quite confusing when you’re browsing through dancer’s web sites, trying to figure out who will be best to hire for your party! The following list is a high-level overview of the various terms that you may see and what they mean. Because dance is a continuously evolving art form, this list cannot be comprehensive.

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