Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Belly Dancing In Turkey

During the summer months, in most of the restaurants in our local holiday resort of Kuşadası, you will see the brightly coloured belly dancers twirling around between the tables and waiters.

It is said that today's Turkish belly dancing may have been influenced by Arabic styles from before the Ottoman Empire as well as well as Egyptian, Lebanese and Syrian styles.

The Turkish belly dancing costume is know as 'bedlah style', which includes a fitted top or bra, a fitted hip belt or sewn into the skirt or harem pants.  The skirt or harem pants are decorated with a fringe, sometimes with the addition of beads or coins and the fitted top or bras are decorated with sequins, braid or embroidery.

These photos were all taken at the Saray Restaurant in the Kaleçi (Old Town) of Kuşadası.

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