It is a significant form of self-expression at all ages and stages of womanhood; slow or fast, soft and sensual, controlled and commanding, passionate and powerful, assertive and addictive.
It is also an exciting way of keeping fit, reducing tension and inducing a feeling of physical and spiritual well-being.
"Love can evoke emotions, as can nourishing your soul with song or dance."
The name for Middle Eastern dance changes from country to country:
RAQS ORIENTALEOriental Dance. Covers all styles including Egyptian, Turkish, Lebanese, Armenian, Greek and Algerian.
RAQS (or RAKS) SHARQI (or SHARKI)(Egyptian). Oriental Dance, with three main forms: Folk, Classical and Baladi.
BELLY DANCEThis name dates from the 1893 Chicago World Fair's "Algerian Village" display. Finding that the lure of "Danse du Ventre" was minimal, the promoter coined the term "Belly Dance" and, in those Victorian times, was swamped with audiences. Jacqueline's personal view is that corrupting the name paved the path to corrupting this ancient art-form. Purists prefer the traditional titles, but the whole world now uses the all-embracing "Belly Dance".
Raqs Orientale will set free the inner mind and body with wonderfully stimulating movements allowing self expression of the soul and flexibility of body. Jacqueline's approach is to teach Raqs Orientale technically, providing the dancer with training but also giving confidence to dance with the heart and not just with the feet.
"To see Jacqueline dance or teach is to know that she is in love with her art-form"
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