Having battled numerous body image issues and eating disorders as a young teen, I agree with the statements made in this article by a sister dancer on MANY levels!
Belly dance is one of the oldest dance forms and has roots in culture and spirituality. It was never meant to be indecent or vulgar; rather, it is an expression of femininity. Belly dancers come in all sizes and shapes, one no more or less beautiful than another. Today, most women belly dance to affirm one another, to express their beauty, and to exercise control over their musculature. I would have little girls aspire to share such goals much more readily than the unattainable and superficial beauty of the current pop stars….