Middle Eastern dancing gains popularity among Europeans

Once upon a time, almost all belly dancers were Middle Eastern, but now the art form is catching on in Europe, and some European-born dancers are bringing the dance full-circle by performing in the Middle East.

Sharie Marie, who uses the stage name Asmahan when performing in the Middle East, teaches classes in London to students who want to learn the ancient art. Religious conservatism in lands such as Egypt, Lebanon, and Dubai has curtailed opportunities for locals but has opened new opportunities for Western dancers.

Contributed by Lord Zachariah von Marksburgh.