The Best Belly Dance Videos

Although it originated in the middle east, belly dancing has become a lot more westernised the last 10 years. Why? Because it’s a form of dance that focuses on hip movements so it’s hell-a sexy and reasonably easy to pick up. Get ready to shake your hips! We’ve put together our 4 favourite belly dancing videos! Enjoy.

1. Teaser Trailer – Ula Sport

In case you were completely confused about what belly dancing is, this short 40 second video will get you up to speed and in the mood! We love contrast between her dark clothing and the simple white studio backdrop.

Belly Dance from Ula Sport on Vimeo.

2. Belly Dance Mini Doc – Malin Dang

This great mini documentary does a great job at explaining the history of belly dancing and explores what that means for us modern belly dancing westerners. It is definitely a plug for ‘Fat Chance Belly Dance’ a small dance studio in San Francisco but we don’t mind! It’s well shot, highly interesting and fun.

ATS Belly Dance – Insight video from Malin Dang on Vimeo.


3. Tribal Fusion Live Performance – Paul Bajcar and Shirley Lam

There’s nothing quite like the buzz of a live performance and this one is definitely buzzing! Tribal Fusion is a new take on belly dancing that is basically a lot more modern but still carries some traditions such as the costumes and those moving hips! Some different camera angles would have been nice but the lighting, music and performance seem to do the trick anyway.

Tribal Fusion Belly Dancing from Paul Bajcar & Shirley Lam on Vimeo.


4. Another Short Documentary – Ben Jacob

Ok, I know we just watched a mini documentary but we promise this one will be worth it! It is narrated by Kathleen Crowley, an extremely talent seamstress who makes beautiful belly dancing costumes. We won’t give away the details but we will say her journey into this career is definitely unique and worth a watch. Beautifully shot and edited.

Vagabond Princess from Ben Jacob on Vimeo.

Thanks for checking out our 4 favorite belly dance videos! Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!


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Our Favourite Dance Movies

As fans of all dancing, we love a good dance film. The genre has gone through many changes from sweeping dance numbers aimed at trying to get the high school sweet-heart, to gritty one on one street-battles with nothing but pride on the line – the genre is ever changing.

Here are a few of our favourite dance films:

Step Up 2 The Streets (2008)
This is the sequel to the 2006 hit “step up”. The film follows a young girl on her quest to live the life of a street dancer. The film has exactly what you should expect from a big budget dance flick – professional dancers, elaborate set pieces and high energy dance numbers. Yes, it’s a bit cheesy and yes the story is a bit one dimensional but the pace, tone and even the speed of the dancing it definitely worth a watch. This film, and its predecessor, were instrumental for putting the dance film back on the map.

Stomp The Yard (2007)

There seems to be a trend in dance films. A troubled inner city teen tries to fit in a new school but can only communicate through dance. We get it, the formula works – Stomp The Yard is no different. A young teen moves cross country and is head-hunted to join a stomping dance crew. The film exceeds both rhythmically through both music and dance – and both complement a cinematic style not unlike ‘step up and step up 2′.

Billy Elliot (2000)

A young boy growing up in a broken home wants to become a dancer to the disdain of his working class father. Ballet over boxing is the question that Billy Elliot must face in the film set in north-eastern England during the 1984 coal miners’ strike. The family dynamic, intertwined with grim locations, and a muted colour pallet make this a fantastic dramatic film. What’s even better is that the dancing is fantastic as well. But really, do yourself a favour and watch this great British film. 


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