Belly Dance originated in Egypt thousands of years ago. It is also called Raks Sharqui, which means "dance of the east" in Arabic. This beautiful ancient art form has been loved and treasured by women as an expression of health, fertility and sensuality. Belly dance has survived many persecutions by being passed on in families from mothers to daughters to granddaughters. When you start belly dancing, you will experience both physical and mental well being. Belly dancing promotes positive self-image; it is a celebration of our natural more curvaceous feminine shapes and sizes as opposed to the current popular supermodel-thin look which so few of us are able to measure up to.