There’s a new trend on the rise and it’s taking belly dancing by storm. Or, you could say it’s saying salsa dancing by storm, depending on your perspective. A few creative individuals have begun combining the two (very different) dance styles and creating an all new art form that’s exciting to do and fun to watch!
It’s true, belly dancing has been criticized in this fast-paced day and age for being a subtle, slow-moving art. But what’s changing today is the pace of belly dancing and that’s infused some much needed fresh excitement into the dance.
So how are they different?
Actually, they couldn’t be more different! True, belly dancing attire and salsa dancing attire can be similar and may even share similar origins, but belly dancing originated in Persia whereas salsa dancing actually began in New York City! How’s that for a big difference?
However, both dances have become respected artistic forces in the world and are learned by dancers young and old in almost every country. Salsa dancing is also extremely modern, it didn’t come to be known until the 1970s! However, like belly dancing, it’s taken on many different forms for different countries and regions. There’s a Cuban style, a Colombian style, and even a Los Angeles Style.
So combining the two is nothing short of a head spinning prospect, but it could be just what each art form needs to gain new followers and see a resurgence in interest. Even the National Parks Service is talking about and featuring a variety of shows and courses to show it to the world.
But truly, that’s what art is all about. We inspire each other, build off one another, and create new art forms almost daily. We expect big things to come from the salsa dancing belly dancing alliance, and we’re excited to see what other art forms get involved and continue to grow the movement.