Shakira And Britney Spears Popularizing Belly Dancing

Nancy Arcayna of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin chatted with local belly dancer Shadiya about the resurgence of the art thanks to and . Shadiya thinks that pop idol provides a great influence. “She is half Lebanese, and that is downplayed in the media,” she said. Britney Spears also does a bit of belly dancing, which brings it into the mainstream, she added. As for those that object to the sensuality of the dance? That’s impossible because art reflects all aspects of life,” Shadiya said. “It’s a positive expression for women, who can express both creativity and femininity.”

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