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Places to see and learn belly dancing in Cyprus
Archaeologists have argued that belly dancing has been going on in Greece since ancient times. It is thought that the Tsifteteli (Greek belly dancing) was born when Greek women used to dance it for worshiping Aphrodite a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_GVi5NXGe_lY/TVHOU5nuE8I/AAAAAAAAAEQ/bfrRk6kmoro/s1600/Cyprus-bellydance.jpg"img style="MARGIN: 10px; WIDTH: 134px; FLOAT: left; HEIGHT: 200px; CURSOR: hand" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5571461072494138306" border="0" alt="Cyprus belly dance" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_GVi5NXGe_lY/TVHOU5nuE8I/AAAAAAAAAEQ/bfrRk6kmoro/s200/Cyprus-bellydance.jpg" //a(Venus) thousands of years ago.br /div/divbr /divThe Mediterranean island of Cyprus has many Greek and Turkish influences despite being its own republic. Many tourists travel to the island every year in order to see the Greek and Turkish influenced belly dancing that goes on and many come to get involved and learn how to belly dance like the professionals! /divbr /divIf you are staying in Pafos, then there are plenty of bars and clubs to choose from if you want to watch belly dancing although it isn’t uncommon to come across a non-local performing a dance which for many tarnishes the experience. If you pick some of the lower end establishments, it is also fair to say that the quality of dancer can be hit or miss. /divbr /divIf you are looking for the ultimate authentic experience then a trip to Agios Georgios is highly recommended. Not only will you find a range of local tavernas to sample the local cuisine, in some of the more livelier bars (ask the locals where’s best on the night you are there) and you will more than likely see a local Cypriot lady perform a technically astounding and truly breath-taking performance. This has normally been laid on for the locals’ entertainment but they are always happy to welcome new faces! /divbr /divIf you are looking to learn the ancient art of belly dancing then Paphos is probably the place to go with many dancers offering tuition on most evenings. They welcome individuals and groups and are usually very reasonably priced. They welcome beginners and can be a nice way to get you in the mood for fun-filled night out. If you are away without your partner then the skills you acquire could also prove to be a nice ‘souvenir’ for them on your return! /divbr /divWithout a doubt, the best place to see belly dancing on the whole island is on Saturday at the Layali Café on Evagorou Street in Nicosia where they have Belly Dance Fever. You can see the many beautiful women shaking their stuff and if you are feeling adventurous (or you’ve had one too many) you can get involved and the dancers are always happy to share some techniques and tricks of the trade. /divbr /divMany view belly dancing as an Arabian tradition but in actual fact (like most things) it was an advent of the ancient Greeks, therefore it makes sense that an island with such a rich influence of Greek heritage should produce some of the world’s finest displays of belly dancing./divdiv/divdivThis is a guest contribution from the team at a href="http://www.capstgeorges.com/"Villas for sale in Cyprus/a). Do you hold a href="http://www.worldbellydance.com/classes/"Cyprus belly dance classes/a?/divdiv class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/29399419-1687277004298840373?l=www.worldbellydancer.org' alt='' //divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/BellyDanceWorld/~4/Yl9RyYKJQmQ" height="1" width="1"/ More...
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