Traditional belly-dancing is known as raqs sharqi or Arabian dance, but like Romany culture, its widespread throughout the culture of lands close to the Mediterranean sea; Like the one time ancient cult of the Bull, the art of sensuous dance, Arabian dancing, wriggles and wiggles its subtle influence throughout Mediterranean lands to far-away New York and Hollywood dance studios.
Traditional Belly-dance is often associated with Turkey, Egypt and North Africa. This traditional form of belly-dance is now more often known as Cabaret belly-dance. It's just more politically correct nonsense to say that traditions of centuries-old dance are degrading to women, more like empowering as far as i can see. This is especially true as regards the new forms of belly-dancing, Tribal Fusion and Gothic belly-dance.
Gothic belly-dancer Rachel Brice
Home-grown in north America, the sub-genre of Raqs Gothique or Gothic belly-dance along with Tribal Fusion belly-dance is thriving throughout America;
Gothic belly-dance embraces all the bling, paraphernalia, costume and music associated with the Goth sub-culture. It brings new music and dance interpretation to an art-form which was in danger of becoming a 1970's cliche of itself.
Gothic belly dancing as an art-form is greatly enhanced and developed through great performers with innovative choreography and dancing skills such as Ms. Rachel Brice.