Raqs Sharqi translates
as 'The Dance of the East', or 'Oriental Dance'. Raqs Sharqi is also a form of Egyptian classical dance, but the expression
has broadened in meaning to include other forms.
The central concept of the dance lies in a spiritually centered and earth
grounded set of movements formalized by women. Some believe the dance originated in temples during Goddess worship; some
believe the dance came from women helping
the birth mother during her labor.
"Suppose you scrub
your ethical skin
until it shines,
but inside there is no music, then what?"