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->"The philosopher's soul dwells within his head, the poet's soul dwells within his heart, the singer's soul dwells about his throat, but the soul of the dancer abides in all her body."
-->-- '''Creator/KhalilGibran''', ''The Wanderer''

Typically, a woman who wears a [[BareYourMidriff midriff-revealing outfit]] and a lot of {{jewelry}}. She moves her hips and stomach in a way that can [[DistractedByTheSexy mesmerize onlookers]]. Occasionally, men belly dance too, but this is less common and may be PlayedForLaughs or FanDisservice.

Often occurs in Middle Eastern settings. Serious performers of the sophisticated genuine article began to refer to it as "Middle Eastern Dance" in the 1980s. Strictly speaking, what Westerners think of as belly dancing is the Arabic ''raqs sharqi'' style. Some historians believe it was a way of exercising the muscles of the pelvis and abdominal area for women who were pregnant or had menstruation problems; or that it was part of a religious ceremony. Nowadays it's more for entertainment purposes, although it can be utilized as a form of exercise too.

Note that the revealing outfits are purely an [[NewerThanTheyThink invention and misconception]] made by people who don't know anything about belly dancing; female dancers of the original ''raqs sharqi'' style dressed more conservatively.

If a character dresses like a belly dancer, but is not actually one, she is a BedlahBabe.

Please place only particularly notable real-life examples in the RealLife section.

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* BellyDancer/AnimeAndManga
* BellyDancer/{{Fanfiction}}
* BellyDancer/LiveActionFilms
* BellyDancer/LiveActionTV
* BellyDancer/WesternAnimation
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' game, there's an old Ritual Monster named [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Performance_of_Sword Performance of Sword]], who not only dresses like a belly dancer, but appears to ''be'' one. (The required Ritual Spell Card is called [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Commencement_Dance Commencement Dance]], and also features a dancer dressed like this.)
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/ActionComics'': In issue #592, Big Barda was temporarily hypnotized by Sleez, a [[spoiler: former loyal servant of Darkseid]], and was forced to dance for his own entertainment.
* ''ComicStrip/BeauPeep'': One of the recurring characters in the strip is Vera of the Seven Veils, an exotic belly dancer who has captured the heart of Dennis at first sight. One of the gags of the comics ends up being Dennis constantly feinting/going absolute bonkers at the mere sight of Vera as well as constantly professing his love for her, despite all the rejections she gives him every time.
* Shown on the covers of issues [[https://s6.postimg.cc/eopet0aj5/Burrerias_0030.png #30]], [[https://s6.postimg.cc/5gx6cao1d/Burrerias_0089.jpg #89]] and [[https://s6.postimg.cc/eopet02td/Burrerias_0114.jpg #114]] of the 1960-70's Mexican comic ''Burrerias''.
* ''[[ComicBook/{{Fables}} Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love]]'': In this short one-shot series, Cinderella and Aladdin (from fairy tale fame) team up together to stop a trio of fully-garbed harem girls from continuing their smuggling of magical weapons with their benefactor, [[spoiler: who turns out to be Cinderella's Fairy Godmother herself.]]
* ''Comic Cavalcade'': Issue #5 introduces Zara, the leader of the Cult of the Crimson Flame, who typically dressed in belly dancer attire. She goes on to be one of the founding members of Villainy Inc., a group of villains dedicated to fighting against ''ComicBook/WonderWoman''.
* ''Magazine/{{Cracked}}'': In issue #126, the "[[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jJXIac6VVYQ/UMUf4bGvPTI/AAAAAAAANk4/CoY30yc92OY/s1600/Cracked+Magazine+126+034.jpg Products]] [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CQ6e5b5P6ck/UMUhLxYihPI/AAAAAAAANlE/Sc5dJlOXhbI/s1600/Cracked+Magazine+126+035.jpg and]] [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a5LKUkNv_IQ/UMUijpWsYZI/AAAAAAAANlQ/R-Ox74D1yZg/s1600/Cracked+Magazine+126+036.jpg Ads]] [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TCB8QzRSazU/UMUjy1bO9yI/AAAAAAAANlc/miVBcMXulSY/s1600/Cracked+Magazine+126+037.jpg Designed]] for the Arab Market" comic features gadgets and tools for Arab sheiks in mind, with many a dancer and harem girl showing off their usefulness.
* ''ComicBook/DeKiekeboes'': Fanny is forced to perform a belly dance in ''De Fez van Fes''.
* The ''incredibly'' controversial ''Foreskin Man'' comic features a dancer in its 4th issue, where the titular character has to travel to Istanbul to prevent the son of said dancer from being circumcised. Strangely enough, such a dilemma seems to be the only reason why the hero exists in the first place.
* One shows up on the cover of ''WesternAnimation/TheFoxAndTheCrow'' issue [[https://d1466nnw0ex81e.cloudfront.net/n_iv/600/686757.jpg #98]].
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': In the 34th book "Life to the Fullest", an extra strip reveals a few group of women considered to be Jon's worst dates, among them being Suki, a Japanese woman who is a combination of a sumo wrestler and a belly dancer.
* ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck'': In the story "Thief of Bagmom" from the series' first annual issue, Winda and Beverly are transported by magic carpet from their home in Cleveland to Bagmom (a parody of Baghdad), where they are taken in by the Caliph and added to the harem. Once garbed in their new outfits, they are told to dance and sing for the Caliph's entertainment.
* ''ComicBook/{{Jommeke}}'': Annemieke and Rozemieke perform as belly dancers in one of their albums where they are undercover in the Middle East.
%%* ''Love and Rockets''
* ''ComicBook/MillieTheModel'': On the [[http://static4.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_small/5/54649/1048276-millie_the_model_170.jpg cover]] of issue #170.
* In one issue of the ''[[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Power Man And Iron Fist]]'' series, the cover advertised "dancing girls" in a plotline set in the Middle East. The dancing girls in question were [[CoversAlwaysLie Power Man and Iron Fist.]]
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'': In the story ''[[http://scooby-doo.livejournal.com/143909.html The Spooky Spook House]]'', which was published in ''Franchise/{{Archie Comics}} #8'', the gang finds a mystery at an amusement park, and Daphne becomes a dancer to attract people to Scrappy Doo's ballgame stand.
* Shown on one of the [[https://s6.postimg.cc/vvisd4yzl/skorpio-1610358-10.43.jpg covers]] of the 70's Argentinian-Italian magazine ''Skorpio''.
* Plaster of Paris from ''ComicBook/TheSpirit''.
* ''Tales of Suspense'': Issue #44 details one of the earliest adventures involving ''ComicBook/IronMan'' as he helps out an archaeology team in Cairo. As Tony Stark, however, he enjoys the Cairo nightlife, watching a belly dancer as he slowly loses enough electricity to keep his heart going.
* ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage'': In issue #32, April takes up a chance to visit an Egyptian archaeological dig site and meet up with a local friend to uncover a legendary pharaoh's tomb. During her stay, April partakes in a nightly performance involving her friend and a local Egyptian dancer. And later on, after uncovering the tomb and reawakening a deceased pharaoh and a few Egyptian spirits from the afterlife, April and her friend are forced into wearing dancing slave outfits to mark them as new wives for the pharaoh.
* From ''Tell it to the Marines'' issue #4 from 1952.
* One shows up on the cover of "The Nazi Lust Ordeal of the Virgin Belly Dancer", the main story of the February 1960 issue of ''Wildcat Adventures'', which seems to be a popular American men's interest magazine during the '60s.
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[[folder:Doujinshi]]
* A doujin called ''The Moon and the Dancer'' takes place in a desert country, where a Japanese business representative tries to start a business relationship between the oil shieks and his company. During his stay, he meets with a representative from the shieks, who begins to fall for him. Some time later, at a party celebrating the new business deal, the Japanese rep thought he would never see his new acquaintance ever again...until she shows up at the party as the belly dancer for the party's entertainment, both greatly surprising him and leading the two into a romantic night together.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Genie conjures some up in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', during the "Friend Like Me" and "Prince Ali" musical sequences.
* ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'': During the ''Pink Elephants on Parade'' musical number (''easily'' one of the most trippiest and terrifying sequences in Disney history), the background changes to that of Egypt, where a Pink Elephant easily morphs between a camel, a snake, a bellydancer and finally [[ItMakesSenseInContext disappearing into an eyeball]].
* ''Edison and Leo'': Early on in the film, Thomas Edison decides to wait for his "fateful" encounter with his mysterious guest's wife by playing a short motion film of a belly dancer using a zoetrope and a [[ItMakesSenseInContext special organ played by his teeth]]. As the film plays, however, the dancer's movements begin to break out of its animation cycle, making the dancer come to life in front of Edison's eyes, both disturbing and arousing him before snapping out of the trance and leaving for the meetup with his guest.
* Some are featured in ''[[WesternAnimation/ElCid El Cid: The Legend]]''. Jimena even dressed like one.
* An elegant animation of a belly dancer is in the late-70s British film, ''Gulliver's Travels'' starring Richard Harris. The sequence with the bellydancer is a bit misplaced in the culture of Lilliput but well choreographed, drawn and executed. The funny thing is that although this is a children's animation feature, the dancer is bare-breasted!
* ''Ilya of Murom and Nightingale the Robber'': After [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMmTAh4_xDc landing]] at Constantinople, Alyonushka gets stopped by a smooth talking slave owner, telling her that he'll transform her into a world-famous dancing celebrity. Alyonushka then proceeds to imagine herself as being a talented belly dancer, before quickly snapping out of the owner's inviting trance thanks to the Prince of Keevs.
* ''Invitation to the Dance'': The "Sinbad the Sailor" act of the film takes place in an unknown Middle Eastern country, where the main character briefly watches a real dancer in a casbah before confronting an animated Sultan and his beautiful wives; this encounter quickly leads to a short belly-/tap-dancing sequence in the palace, where the protagonist tries to distract the royal guards while admiring the beauty of the harem girls.
* Released concept art from ''[[Creator/{{Disney}} Disney's]] Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' showed that one possible puppet design for Stromboli's show was to be modeled after an [[https://s6.postimg.org/fpexy6p0x/Pinocchio_Dancer_model_sheet.jpg Arabian dancer]].
* Technically, Tzipporah from ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' could be considered a dancer, even though her costume isn't the usual bedlah that many dancers wear. This seems to reflect how conservative dancers' clothing truly was in ancient times.
** More dancers twirl around with ribbons in Rameses' throne room when Moses returns to Egypt to plead with Rameses to give the Hebrews freedom from slavery.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooInArabianNights'': Haman, dressed as the Prince in disguise, enjoys a dancer's movements in the royal palace, all before Aliyah-Din interrupts the session in order to present herself for marriage.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'': Some are shown in Saddam Hussein's "I Can Change" musical number. The black comedy of South Park rears its head again, however, as Saddam takes a dancer and snaps her body in half during the song.
* The 2008 Russian animated film ''The Tale of Soldier Fedot, the Daring Fellow'' (original title: ''Pro Fedota-Streltsa, Udalogo Molodtsa'') has the main character, Fedot, go on a worldwide journey to satisfy his King's demands; he comes across a [[https://youtu.be/KF0B5PeFRgU?t=53m49s dancer]] while passing through Arabia.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuicideShop'': For his sister Marilyn's birthday, Alan decides to get her a transparent veil and a CD of Middle Eastern music as her gift. When night comes, Marilyn [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn strips off all her clothes]], plays the CD and dances to her heart's content, finally being able to [[BeautifulAllAlong explore her femininity]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'': In ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerrySpyQuest'', a belly dancer is shown performing in Jade's club once Johnny and the gang reach Moldovistan.
* ''WesternAnimation/TweetysHighFlyingAdventure'': After Tweety lands in Egypt, he quickly escapes into the Pyramids of Giza to escape Sylvester and his posse of Egyptian cats. Once inside, he finds a room filled with antiques, including a piccolo; he begins to play it, and a nearby basket opens up, revealing a veiled/masked dancing girl moving to Tweety's melody (It's quickly shown that the girl is really Sylvester in disguise).
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Merrill Joan Gerber's YA novel ''Also Known as Sadzia the Belly Dancer''.
* On the [[https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0736/0537/products/Book0011_e6f67dac-851b-4ae0-96ac-2746c482b065_1024x1024.jpg?v=1451715884 cover]] of ''Assignment - The Cairo Dancers'' by Edward S. Aarons.
* Shown on one of the [[http://www.buchladen-erlkoenig.de/shop/media/images/org/hanley-boy-obelisk.jpg covers]] of ''Boy'' by James Hanley.
* Shown on the [[https://d1466nnw0ex81e.cloudfront.net/n_iv/600/3254432.jpg cover]] of ''The Curse of a Thousand Kisses'' by Sax Rohmer.
* ''Literature/GoldenDragonFantasyGamebooks'': One shows up at the local tavern in ''Curse of the Pharaohs'' [[spoiler: and gives you something to shake off your new friend, somehow knowing he's not to be trusted]].
* One is on the [[http://www.lwcurrey.com/pictures/medium/144151.jpg cover]] of ''The Eye of Karnak'' by John E. Muller.
* Shown on the [[https://pulpcovers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/28080106-5838216582_bfb78dd1d1_b1.jpg cover]] of ''The Far Out Ones'' by Dell Holand.
* Transito Soto, the HookerWithAHeartOfGold from ''Literature/TheHouseOfTheSpirits'', once dresses up as one as she speaks to Esteban about her and her friend's brothel. It lets her show off a snake-shaped tattoo around her belly button.
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' [[{{Gonk}} Nobby Nobbs]] is forced to dress up as one. He is not allowed to dance, though. It was subsequently implied[[note]]about as subtly as it's "implied" that Carrot is the rightful heir to the throne of Ankh-Morpork![[/note]] that he enjoyed the experience more than he'd expected to and took up crossdressing afterwards.
* ''Literature/TheMostBeautiful'' is a first-person memoir by Mayte Garcia, the first wife of the late pop star Music/{{Prince}}; the memoir describes how she had successfully started her career as a belly dancer during her teen years and how her life changes after meeting and falling in love with Prince.
* The ''Shimmy and Steam'' series, written by Michelle Kopra, details the adventures of a group of belly dancers who travel to distant lands to dance for royalty while also serving as spies for Queen Victoria and the British Empire.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The late R&B princess ''Music/{{Aaliyah}}'' often incorporated various dance moves borrowed from raqs sharqi (especially "figure 8's" and "hip/belly rolls") into her choreography. The most clear examples can be seen in her last video filmed just before her death, 'Rock the Boat'.
* Referenced in ''Creator/{{Akon}}'''s song "Belly Dancer." Taken even further in the music video, where Akon follows a woman into a secret hideaway crowded with dancers.
* ''Music/TheBangles'': Most of the band members dress up as Egyptian-style belly dancers in the music video for "Walk Like An Egyptian".
* ''Music/{{Beyonce}}'' performs a short belly dance along the beach at night in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ucz_pm3LX8 Baby Boy]].
* The cover of ''Music/BobDylan'' and ''Music/TheBand'''s album, ''The Basement Tapes'', features an [[https://s6.postimg.org/eda7mcqk1/Basement_Cov_Lg.jpg odd]] [[https://s6.postimg.org/ylxl82pv5/tumblr_m6vd2wl1_UA1qfelyxo1_1280.jpg cast]] of characters, including a midget, a weightlifter, a fire eater, and a belly dancer.
* ''Music/BritneySpears'' seems to have incorporated a few moves that focus on the abdomen and hips in her music video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mzybwwf2HoQ I'm A Slave 4 U]]".
* Dutch pop music group ''Ch!pz'' had a single titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRPdl8H7AQ8 "1001 Arabian Nights"]]. In the music video for this song, the two female singers, Rach-L (Rachel van Hoogen) and C!lla (Cilla Niekoop) performed a belly dance [[DistractedByTheSexy to distract an evil sultan]] while the male members of the group reclaimed a magic lamp that was being misused by the sultan.
* ''Country Joe [=McDonald=]'' sings all about one in his song "Jamila". An excerpt:
-->''She's one of the Eastern ladies, the hand of Fatima protects her.''
-->''She is a living Shiva, helluva belly-dancer.''
-->''Her body is hanging the silver rings''
-->''And when she's moving you can hear them ring''
-->''She moves her hips and she moves her hands''
-->''Her finger cymbals start to play with her now.''
* Turkey (not seen since 2012) often had these in the Series/EurovisionSongContest. [[SexSells For some reason]], they usually end up with a lot of points.
** Turkey, and other nations to have used belly dancing costumes from the singers or backing dancers (such as the belly dancing woman described as a "stage invader by Graham Norton" with Hungary's act in 2017) often use it in conjunction with religious, middle eastern, Latin or Flamenco music.
* ''Music/HilaryDuff'' plays a belly-dancer in her video for ''Stranger''.
* ''Music/KatDeLuna'' dons a Bollywood outfit and dances with similarly-clothed woman in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J745OsTkRVY Party O'Clock]]".
* Lorenzo Jovanotti's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpBD4ThRa2U L'ombelico del mondo]] video includes a belly dancer and [[EverythingsBetterWithLlamas a llama]], among other things.
* Three of these ladies (one of them being a WholesomeCrossdresser) appear in the video for ''Los Tres'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfxEyzUlWX8 "He Barrido el Sol"]].
* ''Natasha Atlas'' redefined the song "Whatever Lola Wants" as Middle Eastern pop, and the video is about what you'd expect. I think it used clips from an indie movie.
* ''Natasha Bedingfield'' ends up surrounded by dancers while slowly floating up to the sky on a large white lotus in her music video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gte3BoXKwP0 Pocketful of Sunshine]]."
* ''No Angels'': In the music video for ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_SSXw0VpZQ Still in Love with You]]'', Jessica Wahls is shown to be dancing right by a swimming pool.
* ''Music/{{Prince}}'': Prince sings to one in his music video for "Seven".
* ''Music/RedHotChiliPeppers'': Mentioned in part of the lyrics for "Can't Stop":
-->''White heat is screaming in the jungle''
-->''Complete the motion if you stumble''
-->''Go ask the dust for any answers''
-->''Come back strong with fifty belly dancers''
* ''Music/{{Rihanna}}'': Rihanna incorporates a few belly-dancing moves, as well as her backup dancers, in a beach at night in the video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD5MRBzY1uM If It's Lovin' That You Want]].
* ''Music/RKelly'': His music video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMbNc0dDV6g Snake]] features a tent in the desert where belly dancers perform.
* The music video for ''Music/SarahBrightman'''s "Harem" takes place in a Arabian setting, complete with an young sultan, servants and a couple of belly dancers.
* Music/{{Shakira}}, the world's most famous Colombian, is one-quarter Lebanese and incorporates Lebanese cultural elements into her videos. See "Ojos Asi" and "Hips Don't Lie" for the most blatant examples.
* "Stop, Stop, Stop" by Music/TheHollies is about a man who is so obsessed by a belly dancer that he grabs her in the middle of her performance.
* Music/{{U2}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxcDTUMLQJI It's all right, it's all right, ALL RIGHT! She moves in Mysterious Ways!]]
** She makes a reappearance in the video for "Mofo". She is very pregnant, which is strangely in keeping with the historian beliefs mentioned above.
*** The belly dancer in question is actually The Edge's ''wife''. Lucky bastard.
** A belly dancer shows up unexpectedly in the music video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2lbiS1fris "Numb"]].
* Music/{{Little Mix}} in the music video for Reggeaton Lento, a remix of a song by Latino boy and CNCO.
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[[folder:Pinballs]]
* The title character from Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/MataHari''.
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[[folder:Picture Books]]
* ''Aladdin: Look and Find''
* ''Where's Waldo? in Hollywood''
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* ''{{Wrestling/GLOW}}'' had Little Egypt, who danced her way to the ring and even wrestled in the costume - thus merging this with DanceBattler.
* ''{{Wrestling/Wrestlicious}}'' which is a SpiritualSuccessor to ''GLOW'' had a character called Azziza who was also a belly dancer. She never wrestled however.
* The Wrestling/BellaTwins dressed up as belly dancers for a Halloween photoshoot in 2009.
* WWE's developmental documentary series ''Breaking Ground'' shows a developmental Diva called Aliyah attempting a belly dancer type of gimmick, as she is of Arab descent. The gimmick never made it to TV but the outfit did, making her a BedlahBabe briefly.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Neddie Seagoon visits Arabia in one of the episodes of ''Radio/TheGoonShow''. At some point, he is treated to an exotic dance of the "seven army surplus blankets", which strip off to reveal that the belly dancer in question is actually Eccles.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Azuri, the villain of ''Theatre/TheDesertSong''.
* ''Theatre/{{Dralion}}'': Oceane's outfit and style of dance seem to draw on this trope.
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[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* ''Ride/BuschGardens'': In the Pantopia section of the Tampa Bay Park, the ''Dragon Fire Grill'' restaurant hosts the "Treasures of the Mirage" stage show, featuring belly dancers and Arabian musical performances.
* ''Ride/DisneyThemeParks'':
** The Tokyo [=DisneySea=] park from Tokyo Disney Resort had a dinner show attraction called ''A Table is Waiting'', which showcased different food dishes from cultures around the world. One of the countries shown was India, where performers dressed as belly dancers would sing about spice and curry with the song "Spice Up Your Life".
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERwyNWSvOdQ 2017 version]] of the ''Theatre/{{Fantasmic}}'' nighttime show in Disneyland shows a new segment featuring Genie singing "Friend Like Me", where he turns Ariel, Cinderella and Belle into belly dancers during the act. Eventually, however, the segment was considered to be a little adult for young audiences, forcing the show to use different characters/effects from "Friend Like Me".
** The ''Mickey's Soundsational Parade'' in Disneyland features the "Aladdin's Magical Cymbal Celebration" segment, with Aladdin and Genie leading a team of dancing harem girls, including a special "coin dancer" covered in shimmering gold.
** The World Showcase area in Epcot features the ''Moroccan Pavilion'', designed to appear like a real-life Moroccan street, where tourists can catch belly dancing shows either in the courtyard or inside the Restaurant Marrakesh. The Souk-Al-Magreb shop also offers books that can teach its reader how to belly dance.

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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors]]'': Lotus's main costume is that of a belly dancer. Turns out it still makes sense for her to wear such a costume (she takes belly dancing as a hobby but got kidnapped before she had the chance to change), as it's revealed to be her habit despite being an [[spoiler:incredible computer hacker]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Alteil}}'' features Kurina, who's also a CatGirl.
* ''VideoGame/ApeEscape'': Yumi from Ape Escape 3 dresses as this while wearing the Genie Dancer Morph, complete with a real genie used to distract enemies.
* ''VideoGame/Bayonetta2'': Bayonetta's Rakshasa costume definitely fits under this, complete with veil.
* Baladi Princess from ''Bugs Bunny and Taz: Time Busters''.
* Mikki from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'': In Soviet Mission 4 of the Yuri's Revenge Campaign, Romanov is shown to be alive and well from his plane crash; he spends the entire mission in a cabaret, eating dinner while a [[https://youtu.be/5wp6njhkGHM?t=18m34s dancer]] performs for entertainment.
* ''VideoGame/ConquestsOfCamelot'': While in Jerusalem, the player ends up in the home of Fatima, a sultry belly dancer who constantly offers the player (or Arthur, in this case) tempting offers to kiss her and end the journey right then and there. [[spoiler:Turns out Fatima is supposed to be one of the Guardians of the Holy Grail, testing you to see if the player is indeed worthy of obtaining the grail. Should the player give in to their desires and try to kiss her, she ends up choking you with her veil and proceeds to smother you to death. Not kissing her, however, guarantees you story progression and the info needed to enter the final area.]]
* ''VideoGame/CriminalCase'': In ''World Edition'', starting in case 7 you meet Asal Hawaa, a FemmeFataleSpy who disguises herself as a belly dancer while acting as an Israeli Intelligence Service member on the side. Given her looks, her deadly skills and her gyrating hips, she's one dancer you do ''not'' want to mess with.
* The ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' series has Helena look like an Arabian dancer in both ''Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate'' and ''Dead or Alive 3''.
** Ayane, Marie Rose and Nyotengu all have new dancer outfits in ''Dead or Alive 5: Last Round''.
* The Kali class, Dancer subclass and both the Blade Dancer and Spirit Dancer specializations in ''[[VideoGame/DragonNest Dragon Nest SEA]]'' definitely fall under this.
* Some examples from the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series:
** Maya from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' is an infamous example in Japan.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'', official art [[https://dragon-quest.org/images/2/25/DQVII_Dancer_female.png shows]] what your party member Maribel would appear while using the Dancer class.
** Jessica from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' dresses like one whenever she [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/f3/2d/cd/f32dcd014540d76d6f4de44d87a00f84.jpg wears]] the Dancer's Dress.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'', the "Lady of the Dance" sidequest involves you searching for the inheritor of the amazing belly dance left behind from Flamenca, a world-renowned dancer. The description states that the current holder is "very pretty, and he is always adorned with jewels", but before you start thinking about finding an attractive guy who can shake his hips and is adorned in glistening beauty...[[spoiler: the inheritor turns out to be a Goody Bag enemy, a bag-shaped monster filled with jewels.]] Regardless, once the sidequest is complete, the Belly Dance party trick is able to be used.
* The Blade Dancer class from ''VideoGame/EdenEternal''.
* Ellia from ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness''.
* ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey'':
** The Troubadours in the very first game of the series and in ''Heroes of Lagaard''.
** The females of the Dancer class in ''Legends of the Titan''. The NPC Wiglaf can count as well.
* Princia Ramode from ''VideoGame/FZero AX'' and ''GX''.
* A good number of examples throughout the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series:
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', when the player goes up to a certain woman (who appears in most towns), she gives the player a belly dance, instead of "paying her taxes". Obviously the main character has a bad reputation.
** Faris from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' wears a belly-dancing outfit while she's using the Dancer job. It's kind of interesting given that she [[SweetPollyOliver tries to pass herself]] [[{{Bifauxnen}} off as a man]] at first. As the game progresses, [[CharacterDevelopment she becomes a bit more comfortable with her gender]], though she doesn't really start acting differently.
** The female members of the Clayran tribe from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' dress up like this to perform a dance [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgSFF6zfjk0 in honor of a sandstorm that protects their settlement]].
** Penelo from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings'' dresses up as one, and does so again in her guest appearance in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2''.
** Said costume was made available for avatars to wear after the addition of the Heavenward campaign of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''; certain Miqo'te characters also dance in the in-game location of Ul'Dah.
** Matoya, an excellent example of the Dancer class from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyDimensions''.
** The Dancer class in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsS''.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** The women who belong to the [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Dancer Dancer]] class, which allows certain units to take an extra turn, generally dress as belly dancers. The [[TokenWholesome exceptions]] are [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Ninian]] and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Azura]], who dress more like medieval noblewomen.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'' may not have Dancers or any alternative classes, but a cutscene shows [[https://youtu.be/tLNYGZ3duko?t=23m59s many belly dancers]] performing in front of [[spoiler:the corrupt King of Zofia.]]
** In the ''Birthright'' path of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', the group befriends the famous songstress Layla, [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Layla whose portrait]] is based on belly dancers.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemHeroes'' offers the Performing Arts event, featuring an [[https://feheroes.gamepedia.com/media/feheroes.gamepedia.com/8/80/Full_Portrait_Olivia_%28Performing_Arts%29.png alternate]] dancing outfit for Olivia and finally introducing a [[https://feheroes.gamepedia.com/media/feheroes.gamepedia.com/1/12/Full_Portrait_Inigo_%28Performing_Arts%29.png dancing outfit]] for Inigo, which is fitting [[spoiler: considering that his future mother is Olivia and decides to take up dancing in her place in-game.]]
* The female elementalist dance emote in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' is a belly dance (and several of their armour sets in the ''Nightfall'' expansion were belly dancer costumes). The female paragon dance is based on an African tribal dance, but has elements of belly dancing as well.
* Selena from the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' series, showing up in both ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonTreeOfTranquility'' and ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAnimalParade''.
* As a dancing game, ''VideoGame/JustDance'' has its share of dancers dressing up like this for their choreographies. The most blatant examples are: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0jcc1TgFJM Hips don't lie]] (of course, [[FanDisservice save for the alternative version]]), the alternate version of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vzb_5YJJlu4 Lean on]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF1QK-tHSkk Leila]] (bonus for the latter being based on a Turkish pop song)
* The sequels to ''VideoGame/LEGOStarWars'' (''Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy'' and ''Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga'') have Princess Leia in her slave form perform a dance as her taunt.
* Jean from ''[[VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue Lunar 2: Eternal Blue]]'' is a [[http://i.imgur.com/5PoXLXv.jpg dancer]] that joins your party.
* Namira from the Arcade/[=N64=] game ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge''.
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' has Princess Velvet, who incorporates it in her [[WhipItGood chain]] [[DanceBattler fighting style]].
* ''VideoGame/OnePieceTreasureCruise'': Princess Vivi's new "Love" costume can fall under this.
* Rise Kujikawa dons a brand new Arabian-inspired outfit, complete with detached sleeves, in ''VideoGame/Persona4DancingAllNight''.
* Medicham and, as of Generation VI, its Mega Evolution from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fits this trope.
* Karli from ''VideoGame/PopnMusic''.
* Rouge from ''VideoGame/PowerStone'' (shown above) [[DanceBattler adopts this into her fighting style.]]
* ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'':
** Featured in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryII''. In this case, though, it's a literal CatGirl, which probably helped convert more than a few young gamers into [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom Furries]].
** In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryV'', the Dead Parrot Inn has a pair of former harem girls who will occasionally dance. In a plot event, the PlayerCharacter (who is decidedly male) gets roped into belly dancing at the other local inn.
* ''VideoGame/RabiRibi'': Kotri is a fox-eared DanceBattler who casts different magic spells depending on the dance she uses.
* ''VideoGame/RiseOfNightmares'' features Yeli, a Romanian gypsy fortune teller, dancing in a rather trippy sequence that ends with her [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs stabbing the player into entering the dream world.]]
* Sara from ''VideoGame/{{Risen}}''.
* Sista A's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTy4M9qWukw superstar persona]] in ''VideoGame/RumbleRoses XX''.
* One of Okuni's DLC costumes in ''[[VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors Samurai Warriors 4-II]]'' has her [[https://s6.postimg.org/x5dny2ntd/Okuni_Special_Clothes_SW4_II_DLC.jpg dressed]] as such.
* The main character of ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' not only dresses like a belly dancer -- her belly dancing is ''magical.'' She's half-genie. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It (sort of) Makes Sense In Context]].
* In ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', when the party reaches [[{{Qurac}} the Nasr region]], they bump into a beautiful dancer named Bellena. After she accompanies you for a mission, she [[spoiler:[[TheMole reveals her true nature]] as Belleza, Fourth Admiral of [[TheEmpire the Valuan Armada]]]].
* In ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'', to get past a heavily guarded door, Carmelita disguises herself as a belly dancer and performed a dance to distract the guards allowing Sly and the others to get through.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Solstice}}'': Constance rocks the [[http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steamcommunity/public/images/items/317280/849355404270a8baa9cbf531cfa06a2c5bd65fee.jpg look]] quite well.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'':
** Pullum Purna from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX'' is both a belly dancer and a DanceBattler.
** Menat from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'' is both as well an her dancing style is like this, although her default outfit doesn't fully bare her midriff, instead only exposing her belly button.
* Karin and Mina in ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' are both dancers you can recruit for your army.
* In ''VideoGame/SurgicalStrike'', early on in the first level, a belly dancer randomly appears in a doorway for a few seconds before a guerrilla comes to shoot you.
* The animated opening for ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'' features a belly dancer, whom is no one else but Mullenkamp, the ancient priestess with an entire cult named after her in-game.
* ''VideoGame/ViolentStorm'': In the Downtown stage (Stage 3 overall), the player goes through a bar/nightclub where the entertainment for the night is a belly dancer, prompting a change of background music for hard rock to Middle Eastern to fit the dancer. Once the player clears all enemies in front of the stage, the dancer stops and dancing and jumps for joy while the player continues on.
* [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/dynastywarriors/images/f/f2/MOZ-Sanzang.png/revision/latest?cb=20121104061449 Sanzang]] from ''[[VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi Warriors Orochi 3]]''.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', female trolls and draenei have this as their /dance emote. This makes some degree of sense for the vaguely UsefulNotes/{{Roma|ni}}-inspired draenei, but for the Caribbean-esque trolls...not so much. (Both dances are based on Music/{{Shakira}}.)
* One is in a computer game called ''World Dance: A Cultural Adventure''.

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* ''Dumbstruck'' offers a romantic night with a dancer as part of a "[[http://dumbstruckcomic.com/2004/02/16/a-priceless-valentines-day/ Priceless Valentine's Day]]" in its 2004 Valentine's Day strip.
* ''Webcomic/EnnuiGo'': Renee's persona during a [[http://ennuigo.smackjeeves.com/comics/2365275/tales-from-the-pigwater-inn/ group session]] of Dungeons and Dragons is shown to resemble a dancer.
* Araceli temporarily transforms into Jeanie and begins to dance for Neil in [[http://jeaniebottle.com/?comic=jeanie-bottle-172 strips 172 and 173]] of ''Webcomic/IDreamOfAJeanieBottle''. Kudos to the author for actually placing an ''animation'' inside a web comic.
* ''Webcomic/NerfNow'' shows a couple of instances: one where Angie ends up modeling/cosplaying/dancing as Shantae for Jo (after making the comment that Jo was only supporting a Kickstarter for Shantae just for "belly dancing fanservice"), and another when Shantae switches places with Ora from ''Videogame/MarkOfTheNinja'', where Ora learns dancing lessons from a citizen of Sequin Land.
* Monique dresses up as one a couple of times in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'': once for a [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2008-08-25 Bollywood parody]] and while she was [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-03-11 cosplaying as a gypsy]].
* Gwynn wears one of these in [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=070213 this]] ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strip, in a fiendish attempt to kill Doctor Schlock. He would have died happy, at least.
* Anna, the LoveInterest of the protagonist of ''WebComic/WhiteNoise''. In fact, they first meet during one of her performances, when she singles him out in the crowd to make him blush.
* ''Winter Moon'': After finally reaching the desert city of Abu Qanasta, Florence decides to relax for a bit and heads into a club with dancers performing. The female lead dancer tells Florence to leave a tip if he enjoys the perfomance --and is quickly shoved away by him. Turns out that Florence was trying to eye [[StraightGay the ]]''[[StraightGay male]]'' [[StraightGay dancer performing in the back of the club]].
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* Disbanded Japanese pop duo 294 ''(つくし, or Tsukushi, featuring members Kahori and Haruka)'' created a online video blog called ''294tv'', which greatly focused on their adventures while touring Japan outside of performances. In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx3qL4kvmMo one]] of the episodes, Kahori and Haruka decided to go to an Indian restaurant in the Shijuku ward of Tokyo, where they took a lesson of belly dancing from two accomplished dancers who regularly perform at the establishment.
* ''WebAnimation/BrainDump'': In Max's [[SarcasmMode scathing]] review of ''Film/RogueOne'', Max attempts to summon back Goofball for more product placement. Goofball decides to return, dressed up as [[Series/IDreamOfJeannie Jeannie]], and performs hip shakes while refusing Max's request for more product placement.
* ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'': Beth's "30% sexier" costume is a version of this in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9CKXMvfto8 Butter Lettuce]]". And thanks to Wankershim, the Beth hologram decides to perform a dance for Chris as a "reward" for his victory.
* ''Podcast/DrunkenPeasants'': In Episode 157, the "Troll or Not a Troll" segment involves a rather big-breasted belly dancer balancing a scimitar on her head while discussing her conservative political views. Best part? [[spoiler: She ends up being totally real.]]
* ''Luna of Cairo'' is a small short story [[http://narrative.ly/luna-of-cairo/ told by]] a real-life belly dancer in modern-day Egypt, who goes into detail of the struggles she deals with as a dancer as well as the surprisingly intricate social hierarchy for Egyptian dancers.
* [[https://averon25.deviantart.com/art/Dancing-Girls-Athena-the-Sudanese-Belly-Dancer-706788181 Athena]] from ''Oska Software'''s "Dancing Girls".
* The narrator of "[[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/hips-of-fools Hips of Fools]]", a story in ''Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary'', meets one on another planet's moon.
* In ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'''s review of ''VideoGame/InFamous'', Yahtzee says it best in terms of his job as a video game critic:
--> ... But then I realize that if I'm trying this hard to find complaints then I may have forgotten what I'm in this gig for: to depict the majority of games as the bland garbage that they are to highlight the few glittering belly dancers that rise above it, and ''[=inFAMOUS=]'' is good. In fact, it's great. Huge, creative and fun. It's rare that I find a game for which I'm willing to suffer haemolacria.
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* Alla Kushnir, a Ukrainian belly dancer who has competed in World Championships. Her performance at Ukraine's Got Talent can be found [[http://youtu.be/w6YZl_Wu254 here]].
* [[http://bellydanceevolution.com/ Bellydance Evolution]], an LA-based dance company that puts on massive productions complete with storylines and world tours, including auditioning and using local dancers in each country they tour.
* Japanese pin-up girl [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBGBv20FrZA Fumina Suzuki]].
* UsefulNotes/ModernEgypt is the home of modern belly-dancing, producing the following famous names in the art:
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dina_Talaat Dina Talaat,]] another great.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifi_Abdou Fifi Abdou,]] who [[TropeCodifier codified many of the norms of the art.]] She eventually shifted into ordinary acting. To this day, her name is synonymous with everything sexual in Egypt (she is long since retired).
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taheyya_Kariokka Taheyya Kariokka,]] the [[UrExample founder of modern]] ''raqs sharqi''.
* We really need to note that what the West knows as belly dancing is something of an artificial construction. As noted above, it's generally "raqs sharqi" (Oriental Dance), which is a more sexualized version of the traditional dance of the Arab world, developed for the entertainment of wealthy men, and thus only practiced by women. However, the traditional dance of several countries is similar; this is particularly true of the Egyptian ''raqs balady'' ("native/local dance"), which is practiced by both men and women and shares many moves with the other thing. So in other words, if you ever see a guy on the dancefloor who looks like he's bellydancing: (1) well, he is, but (2) he's probably just Egyptian.
* Sadie Marquardt, a dancer born from Minnesota, has gone on to become a leading world-class performer, even going so far to release dance [=DVDs=] and setting up workshops in several countries around the world. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YamDoDK71Ds Here's]] a sneak peek of her performances.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDFkbpntH8c No fighting!]] Music/{{Shakira}}, [[Music/HipsDontLie Shakira]]!
* We now have SteamPunk [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sydlYE6qH4 belly dancers!]] I say... There is also Gothic bellydance.
* Western dancers blended ''raqs sharqi'' (often called "cabaret" in the West) with hip-hop and ballet to create "Tribal Fusion" bellydance, as demonstrated by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBqt_nnTbSc Edenia Archuleta.]]
* In Turkey, it is not uncommon for a slender, veiled dancer to perform a belly dance on the more sensual end of the scale, and then unveil to [[UnsettlingGenderReveal reveal that it was a male dancer]], to the consternation (and in some cases probably delight) of the spectators. Obviously, the regular version exists there as well.
* In recent years, China has undergone a [[https://www.worldcrunch.com/culture-society/how-belly-dancing-in-china-has-become-the-hip-new-thing popularity boom]] in terms of belly dancers, from many professional dancers emerging from the country to countless new students wishing to learn. This new fad is believed to be the work of former singer [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f1zSsvi-Ok Wen Kexin]], who fell in love with belly dance after having to learn it for a music video she took part in. Supposedly, China now has at least 100 schools dedicated to belly dance, all led by former students of Wen Kexin.
* Unlike strippers or burlesque dancers, many professional belly dancers are hired to perform in the presence of mixed audiences (men, women and children). It is not uncommon to see belly dancers, male or female, performing at weddings, baby showers, or even retirement parties. Children will often learn to belly dance at a young age as well.
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