Dancing Around Orientalism Academic Article uri icon


  • The performance of belly dancing in the West embodies a central paradox: while invoking Orientalist tropes in its appropriation of Middle Eastern dances, it is cast as a celebratory form of women's empowerment that destabilizes Western patriarchy. Exploring these contradictory claims, the author situates the predicaments of gender and interculturalism that surface in discourses about Western belly dance.

author list (cited authors)

  • Dox, D.

citation count

  • 23

publication date

  • December 2006