Join World Belly Dance Day!!!

Every Second Saturday of May

Our Mission

Our mission is to unite the initiative of dancers around the world to celebrate the wonderful art of belly dance as a holiday on the second Saturday in May every year. We got inspired by the idea of holding an event that would serve as a reminder that belly dance is an ART form, a cultural event, a sport, and a social and family entertainment. It is also a wonderful chance to help those in need.

This website is a tribute to a decade of World Belly Dance Day. Our task is to show how nice it can be, that it is a lovely dance not necessarily done only in nightclubs or restaurants. It is an art form that brings lots of people together, of different ages, nationalities, countries, backgrounds, religions.

This is not a commercial site. Our focus is on the dance, we want to see this art flourish and enjoy all the respect it deserves. We need this kind of input from dancers, teachers and oriental dance lovers to promote the dance as a decent and beautiful art form.

If it is in your power to organize a dance event – a show, a dance competition, a workshop or just an enthusiasts’ get-together, please join us on the second Saturday of May. It is not necessary to make it a big event, as long as you contribute to the World Belly Dance Day and help a charity.

We encourage everyone to dedicate your event to raising money for a charity of your choice. Do it for the love of art, not for personal gain and profit.

If you do not think you can hold a fund-riser, then please encourage your dance school, troupe, or just your dance friends to hold a little Belly Dance Day event, just to share the love of the dance with so many people around the world. You could always ask an entry-fee of pet food or dry food(like rice, canned food) and donate it to a local shelter. Send some toys to an orphanage, flowers to an old age home? Every little helps!  Make a little Belly Dance Day banner, take a picture and send it to us together with a story around your event and your dance gathering and we will place it on our web site.

All the entries would be considered as long as your event:
• Promotes Bellydance as a decent and beautiful art form. (Many of us had to face remarks that belly dance is something indecent, something next to stripping. To avoid any controversy we encourage everyone to treat Belly Dance Day as a “family-rated” event, and therefore avoid questionable costumes.)
•  Is held on the second Saturday of May  in unison with many dancers around the world.
•  All profit from that day should go to a charity of your choice. (This is in case you are holding an event that raises funds.)
Join our Facebook group:

www.facebook.com/groups/worldbellydanceday

and feel free to discuss your world Bellydance Day plans and events!

 

AFTER THE EVENT

You are welcome to submit your reports and pictures from your event and YouTube links to marhaba.wbdday@yahoo.com

-Lydia Tzigane, Dubai, United Arab Emirates