World Dances: Origins of Belly Dance

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There is much debate behind the true and real origin of belly dance, but it’s considered one of the most antique dances there is. Being so ancient, its origin can be traced back to different cultures. This Middle East dance is considered to have some religious background, as it’s related to fertility rituals that were recorded as early as 1,000 B.C in Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece. Even current wedding traditions in Egypt include having a belly dancer in the celebration, where the couple takes a picture with their hands on the stomach of the performer. Another association to this dance’s origin is childbirth rituals. There are several movements taught in a Lamaze class that are quite similar, if not identical, to belly dance moves. One last speculated place of origin is India, from where many Gypsy migrations helped spread out their culture across the Middle East; in countries such as Turkey, where this beautiful dance is currently practiced.

Belly Dance in Western World

It is agreed that the official introduction of belly dance into Western civilization took place in 1893, in Chicago’s World Fair, where a belly dance performer captivated the Americans with this exotic dance and rhythm. Belly dance has always been associated with femininity and the power of feminine. The feminine movements in 1970s and 1980s, rediscovered this dance as it empowered women. In many cultures nowadays, belly dance is considered a folk or social dance, as well as a performance art.

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We offer Belly Dance lessons for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced students. Our classes are thoroughly planned series in which we cover all belly dance moves, including hip and arm moves, body isolations, traveling moves and shimmies.

Our prices:
4 week month series = $52
5 week month series = $65
$15 Drop-in rate (if spots are available)


Bella Diva Dance’s  new studio is located in the Glendale Center on E. Mississippi Ave and Birch St, near Colorado Blvd.  We offer you: Belly Dance, Samba, Yoga, Bollywood, Hot Hula Fitness, Afro-Caribe and Kids’ World Dance. Contact Caitlin for more information about classes: 303.359.9414 or email us at [email protected].


Bella Diva Dance Community: Sharing the Passion for Dance

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“Bella Diva Dance Studio is one of my favorite places to be!
The instructors are all such wonderful people,
great dancers and just full of knowledge to teach everyone
about dance from all around the world!
This is what I love about the Bella Diva Dance community,
having the passion for dance and being able to share it
with everyone around us.”

Zenia ~ Student

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You can join us for World Dance Classes in Denver

If you were still waiting for a reason to dance to the beat of the world… this testimonial by Zenia, one of our students, should help you get off the couch and head to Bella Diva Dance’s  new studio in the Glendale Center on E. Mississippi Ave and Birch St, near Colorado Blvd.  We offer you: Belly Dance, Samba, Yoga, Bollywood, Hot Hula Fitness, Afro-Caribe and Kids’ World Dance.

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or email: [email protected]

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Why Bella Diva World Dance?

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Bella Diva World Dance is a Denver-based world dance company that strives to bring the magic of movement to Colorado women, while also creating a community for these women to be part of.
We strive to bring culturally authentic world dance forms to Denver and provide unique performance opportunities for our students in the form of two yearly Student Showcases held at popular, various Denver venues.

Bella Diva Dance is home to two Faculty members, a resident Costume Designer, a Professional Performing Company, and hundreds of students who have studied with us over the years. In addition to weekly class instruction, Bella Diva Dance also offers seasonal workshops for students to study more in depth Brazilian Samba and Middle Eastern Belly Dance.


To bring culturally authentic world dance movement to Colorado in order to smile while we sweat & highten our sense of self esteem through the magic of dance!

Empowering Colorado women with the magic of movement from around the world by offering fun, exciting weekly classes and professional themed shows!


2012 First Runner Up on the Denver A-List for Best Dance Studio
2013 Finalist for Denver’s Best Dance Studio A-List
2014 3rd Place Denver A-List Best Dance Studio