Nancy Arcayna of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin chatted with local belly dancer Shadiya about the resurgence of the art thanks to Shakira and Britney Spears. Shadiya thinks that pop idol Shakira 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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