Belly Dancing Books 

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into actions,
and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it,
it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. It is not your business to determine
how good it is, nor how valuable, or how it compares with other expressions. It is your business
to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe
in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware to the urges that motivate you.
Keep the channel open. - Martha Graham

A=Advanced, B=Beginner, I=Intermediate

  Book Title Price Author A,
B, I
Belly Dancing : The Sensual Art Of Energy And Spirit
Belly dancing is pure sensuousness and has enchanted people since ancient times. Yet beyond its erotic aspects, belly dancing offers many physical and emotional benefits. Belly Dancing covers all aspects of this ancient art, beginning with its origins and mythical connections to the moon goddess. Practical instructions with photographs and guidance in costuming are included
Belly Dancing Basics
Awe-inspiring color photography and complete instructions show women how to keep fit and express their sensuality through belly dancing. Would-be dancers who have longed to learn the intricacies of this ancient form can now experience the pleasure of mastering all the basic steps, putting together an individualized routine, and adding magic to their performance with props such as veils, swords, and the tiny finger cymbals known as zills.
Cooper, Laura A.
Belly Dance : The Dance of Mother Earth
Tina Hobin has written a book outlining the roots of dance in myth and religious practices around the globe. She takes the evolution of the belly dance as a representation of the rites of passage from Ancient Greece to modern times, focusing on different forms of belly dancing and its place at the core of fertility rites and marriage ceremonies in Middle Eastern societies. 
Hobin, Tina
Grandmother's Secrets : The Ancient Rituals and Healing Power of Belly Dancing
This strikingly original book blends personal memoir with the history and theory of the dance known in the West as "belly dancing". The author explores the history and technique of grieving and mourning dances, pregnancy and birth dances, and the dance's possibilities for healing and empowering women today
Al-Rawi, Rosina-Fawzia B
bd for fitness Belly Dancing for Fitness : The Ultimate Dance Workout That Unleashes Your Creative Spirit
Spice things up with exotic music, the twirl of silk, and the rhythmic clapping of finger cymbals. This instructional book includes floor gymnastics, back bends, poses, and stretches--and proves that belly dancing can be as easy and fulfilling as yoga.
Dallal, Tamalyn; Harris, Richard; Marino, Denise; DALLAL
Yoga of Indian Classical Dance : The Yogini's Mirror
A Yoga of Indian Classical Dance teaches movement as sadhana, spiritual practice. By balancing inner awareness with outer movement, we can avoid the artificial division between mind and body, uniting the two in a practice that flows smoothly and gracefully and celebrates the forces of nature. The book contains extensive photographs of sixty yoga routines, both old and new, that the aspiring yogini can use to develop her own practice and achieve a new perfection of form and spirit
Gupta, Roxanne Kamayani
Serpent of the Nile : Women and Dance in the Arab World
A unique celebration of the female dancers of the Arab World.
Buonaventura, Wendy






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