When Shakira glued on some fringe, dangled some coins, wrapped scarves around her hips, and jangled her ass all over MTV, she made belly dancing accessible to soccer moms and adolescent girls all over suburban America. Some might rightfully decry encouraging young girls to perform ostensibly provocative dance moves, but belly dancing has a rich history that has nothing to do with sexual entertainment. Traditionally, women used it as a fertility ritual to help women during labor. But that was about 2000 years before the days of 24-hour... More >>>