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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.


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Ena from ''Anime/MahoujinGuruGuru'' wears a Belly Dancer outfit most of the time, but doesn't actually do much dancing. ''That'' "honor" is given to the Old Kita Kita Man, an old man who dances around in a grass skirt.
* The mute villainess Erola from the OAV ''LabyrinthOfFlames'' dressed like a belly dancer and had a short and pointless (but arousing) dance sequence just before attacking the hero with her horde of killer puppets.
* One of ''Anime/CodeGeass''' many Picture Dramas, set before the China Arc of the second season, shows Lelouch, C.C., and Kallen sneaking into the Chinese Federation to scout around under the guise of three BellyDancer sisters. The FanService of C.C. and Kallen in skimpy outfits and interesting poses manages to counteract the FetishRetardant of Lelouch in drag (and [[AttractiveBentGender not looking as pretty as he usually does]] when he dons female clothing).
* In the Alabasta arc of ''Manga/OnePiece'', Vivi asks [[ChivalrousPervert Sanji]] to get all of them some clothes like the local citizens, so they won't stand out as much. The boys all got burkas. The girls? Dancing Girl Outfits.
** His excuse was that 'dancing girls are citizens too!' If Nami hadn't liked it so much, he would probably be lacking a few vital organs.
** Weaponized later by [[ActionGirl Sandersonia's]] Snake Dance, which allows her to use belly dance-like motions [[spoiler: and Color of Observation Haki]] to dodge incoming blows.
* Shino from ''Anime/LegendOfHimiko'' is a very sensuous belly dancer. You see her dancing for a few soldiers, who became allured by her performance.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', May wears a outfit that wouldn't look out of place on a real belly dancer for her return for the Wallace Cup.
* Whenever Turkey is featured in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' {{gender flip}}ed fanarts, he goes from a BoisterousBruiser [[TurksWithTroops Turk with troops]] into a [[FemmeFatale sexy, self-assured]] and ''very'' well-endowed BellyDancer. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/6443904_1627.jpg See it here]] To contrast with this, his rival Greece becomes a wavy-haired and just as busty {{Bokukko}}.
** And to contrast even more, male!Turkey often ends up as a rare male example. And there's NO FanDisservice, either: the 'arts ''do'' make him look good.
** Also, among J-Fen it's popular to depict a teenaged Ottoman!Hungary dressed up as a belly dancer.
** In 2011, a possible design [[http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/waterjewelemi09/20163009/2244/2244_original.jpg for female!Turkey was released. (girl in the middle)]] She ''does'' dress like a BellyDancer, though she seems to be more of a CuteBruiser attitude-wise.
* In ''FairyTail'', during the Fantasia parade, we see Erza in a belly dancer outfit at one point at her float.
** Briar of the Avatar dark guild dresses like one.
* There is a belly dancing scene in episode 6 of GargantiaOfTheVerdurousPlanet.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has Bette Midler [[note]]Not the actress. Araki just likes to make all kinds of music shout-outs in his character names[[/note]], who's better known from the [=JoJo's=] FightingGame created by Capcom since she never actually appeared on-panel in the manga.
* ''Anime/QueensBlade'': Menace herself could qualify, but her various servants shown in flashbacks and in her rebuilt Amara in the OVA definitely do.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'': Yui Hongo's main Seiryuu-priestess [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/yui%20hongo/tezuka_ayumi12/MCS%20X%20group%20cosplay%20reference%20photos/yui.jpg?o=29 outfit]] is pretty comparable to something a belly dancer would wear.
* Creator/{{CLAMP}} has several of these characters:
** Yasha and Ashura's friend Gigei, from ''Manga/RGVeda''.
** The Chizeta princesses, Tarta and Tatra, from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. JustifiedTrope: Chizeta is modelled after the ''Literature/ArabianNights''.
*** Also the Chizeta-native Caldina, who in the anime is even seen dancing [[DanceBattler before swiftly attacking her enemies]].
*** In the anime, Umi Ryuuzaki gets caught by the princesses and [[GoGoEnslavement forcibly dolled up in a belly dancer outfit]]. [[DoesThisMakeMeLookFat She doesn't like it.]]
** The human form of the Sand Card from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' is that of a belly dancing girl.
* Bastemon of ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' is this in {{mon}} form.
* ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', being a HighFantasy set mostly in the Middle East during its Golden Age, is rife with [[{{Stripperiffic}} scantily-clad]] {{Belly Dancer}}s. We even see Morgiana try it at some point.
* ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet'' gives us Amy, Sayaa, and Melty.
* RareMaleExample: One of the ED sequences of ''Anime/{{Free}}'' [[FemaleGaze gives us]] the Iwatobi guys plus Rin dressed in outfits that look a LOT like belly dancer outfits. Specially [[{{Keet}} Nagisa's]].

[[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.)

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Plaster of Paris from ''ComicBook/TheSpirit''.
* In one issue of the ''[[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.]]
* From ''Tell it to the Marines'' issue #4 from 1952.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Jommeke}}'': Annemieke and Rozemieke perform as belly dancers in one of their albums where they are undercover in the Middle East.
* ''ComicStrip/DeKiekeboes'': Fanny is forced to perform a belly dance in ''De Fez van Fes''.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* There was one particularly horrific SonicTheHedgehog fanfic that had ''[[{{Squick}} Sonic]]'' doing a belly dance. For ''[[FoeYay Shadow]]''. You may grab the BrainBleach now.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* Genie conjures some up in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
* One of the Pink Elephants from ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' actually transforms from a snake into a bellydancer and into an eyeball.
* 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!
* The Chipettes dress like this in ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure''. The Chipettes get dressed up like this. Not to mention that they also [[BareyourMidriff bare their midriffs]].

* Every. Egyptian. Movie. Ever. And most other Arabic-language ones too, come to think of it. A belly dance and dancer are to Arabic film what TheItemNumber and ItemGirl are to UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}}.
* A rare male example in the film ''Film/{{Alexander}}''; Bagoas, the Persian dancer who performs for Alex at one of the big banquets. (He was real, and so was that hot & steamy make-out session he has with Alex later in the film.)
** A more traditional female example was Roxana's dance.
* There was a six-breasted alien in Jabba's palace who appeared to be a bellydancer in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. In ''Literature/TalesFromJabbasPalace'', we learn that she is actually 'fat dancer', a kind of performance that the Hutts prefer. She was selected for his performance because her species have fat cells that work like a sponge, allowing her to appear much, much fatter by absorbing water. This ability, plus the fake warts she is forced to wear, allow her to look like [[IncestSubtext Jabba's mom.]]
** Moving ''[[TooMuchInformation right along]]'', Jabba's also got some more traditional examples in the human and twi'lek dancers. Although he seems to prefer feeding them to giant monsters.
** [[GoGoEnslavement Slave]] [[Franchise/StarWars Leia]] anyone?
* Used as part of a disguise/infiltration ploy in the first ''Film/CharliesAngels'' film.
* ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix1965'' (the 1965 version) has a scene where a character dying of thirst hallucinates a belly dancer in the desert. It's all very trippy.
* Several in the Film/JamesBond films:
** ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'': There's one under the opening credits and another in a dance scene at a gypsy camp.
** ''Film/{{Octopussy}}''
** ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'': [[spoiler: She was the lover of one of the villain's former victims, and after he died, started wearing the golden bullet used to kill him in her navel when she performed. Bond needed the bullet as evidence and... Well, suffice to say, getting it from her wasn't easy.]]
** Also in ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'' which was, err... a [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible movie]] with [[InNameOnly James Bond]] in it.
* Anisa Guzman is even credited as such in ''Film/WhamBamThankYouSpaceman''
* If a {{Sinbad}} movie does not feature one of these, be very surprised.
** Jane Seymour in the 1977 ''Film/SinbadAndTheEyeOfTheTiger'' was dressed like this.
* In ''Film/CharlieWilsonsWar'' the congressman's girlfriend does a belly dance for some Egyptian bigwigs, one of whom comments that it doesn't resemble any belly dance he's ever seen (there are some definite pole-dancing moves).
** TruthInTelevision: Egypt is one of the major traditional centers of belly dancing (see above), so the minister knew what he was talking about. Though the real woman also had a sword that made the bodyguards very nervous.
** The actress that played the belly dancer is Tracy Phillips, the daughter of the coach of the Dallas Cowboys, providing ''another'' tie between real-world Texas and the movie.
* In ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'' (the based on the tv show one from the 1960s), a belly dancer rises out a suspicious package and does the "dance of the seven veils" to distract several soldiers while she gasses them.
* The sexiness is subverted in ''Where the Spies Are'' (1965), where the amateur spy played by Creator/DavidNiven watches a belly dance while listening to his veteran agent partner grumble about how he's met "more randy girls back in England than in the mysterious bloody East." Niven does get involved with the belly dancer though, who also turns out to be a spy.
* Parodied hilariously in ''Film/WildWildWest'', after Creator/KevinKline has been captured by the big bad, WillSmith shows up to rescue him, dressed as a belly dancer. It's hilarious. Especially [[spoiler: when his pasties turn out to be flame throwers.]]
* The leading female in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' wears a very beautiful midriff-baring outfit, complete with big amounts of jewellery while she's about to be [[HighClassCallgirl rented]] for the first time (the dance was part of the advertisement) when the lead finds her again after being separated from her.
* ''Film/CannonballRun 2''. Scariest belly dancers ever.
* The "Can You Dig It?" sequence in ''Music/TheMonkees''' film ''Film/{{Head}}'' takes place in a harem full of belly dancers.
* In ''The Secret of the Grain'' (original title ''La Graine et le Mulet'') by Abdellatif Kechiche, the stepdaughter of an Arab restaurant owner, upon finding that the main course can't be served on time at the opening night, begins an improvised belly dance that has the entire audience transfixed. It provides the movie with its climax.
* In the Tunesian movie ''Satin Rouge'', widowed Hiam Abbass lands in a cabaret (a raunchy, male only cafe featuring belly dancers) when she wants to confront her teenage daughters lover, who works there as a musician. She ends up dancing herself.
* One of the shadow puppets from ''Film/KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace''.
* Rhonda Flemming in the movie ''Little Egypt''.
* Adrienne Canterna in ''Life with Mikey''.
* In ''Film/TheSonOfTheSheik'', this is Yasmin's job with her traveling vaudeville troupe. Unbeknownst to her, the rest of the troupe has a profitable side business in kidnapping and robbery.

* 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.
* 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.
* Merrill Joan Gerber's YA novel ''Also Known as Sadzia the Belly Dancer''.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* A weird reclusive artist crashes on ''Series/GilligansIsland'' and offends Ginger by asking if he can paint her while she's dressed as a "belly Dancer." Turns out he actually asked her to dress as a ''Bali'' dancer; that is, a dancer in a Balinese dress.
* The dancer in the opening titles of ''Series/HawaiiFiveO''.
* Fran and Grace in ''Series/TheNanny'' disguise themselves as belly dancers in one episode when they think they're being held prisoner by the sultan of [[{{Qurac}} Kooristan]], the father of one of Grace's friends, who also happens to have a harem of real belly dancers. Surprisingly, that episode was funny.
* The ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode "Wolf in the Fold" has a belly dancer INSPACE.
** And let's not forget the very first appearance of a GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe in the pilot episode "The Cage".
** Belly dancing is pretty much the [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] of Orion females.
* Creator/StephenFry, on his ''Stephen Fry in America'' series, encountered a belly dancer, who also happened to be a member of the Salvation Army (four words SilentHunter never thought he'd put in the same sentence). She pointed out that she takes tips, but not in VictoriasSecretCompartment.
** Incidentally, the series also featured a "Mormon Missionary calendar". Yes...
* ''Creator/MichaelPalin's New Europe'', of course, featured it when he went to Turkey. Palin had a go himself...
* On an episode of the ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' TV series, Diane takes belly dancing lessons with friend Eileen and then must perform at her recital in full regalia.
* The Dark Star club on ''Series/BabylonFive'' had a lot of these.
* The ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series from the 60s had these on two occasions.
** Marcia, Queen of Diamonds (played by Carolyn Jones) would wear the outfit on occasion.
** The episode guest starring Liberace featured a trio of female henchmen who on one occasion wore the outfit.
* Spy shows on TV featured these a lot. Go figure.
** Diana Rigg squeezed into one during an episode of ''Series/TheAvengers''
** ''Series/GetSmart'' featured a doomed agent named Tamara doing the dance ("There's no Tamara, Chief")
** More recently, [[MsFanservice Sarah Walker]] of ''{{Series/Chuck}}'' did this to [[spoiler: seduce her fiancé into eloping with her. Since Chuck was about to seduce her too, HilarityEnsues.]]
* Megan [=McCormick=] attended a belly dancing class in Beirut in ''GlobeTrekker''.
* On an episode of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' Leslie livens up her boring dinner party by inviting teachers from the Pawnee community center to demonstrate their skills, including a caricaturist, a fencing instructor and a belly dancer.
* The fitness TV show ''Shimmy'' features a lot of this.
* Belly dancers with miniature bombs in their navels feature in whatever episode it is/was of ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan''.
* Kelly Garrett disguises herself as one in a ''Series/CharliesAngels'' episode, "Angels on Ice (Part II)'', and another one is featured in another episode called "Angel in Hiding"
* One dancer is in a ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' episode, "Live Nude Peg''.
* One is also known as 'Flame Dancer' in a ''Series/SoWeird'' episode, "Carnival".
* One is named 'Fatima' in a ''Series/GrowingPains'' episode, "Jason Sings the Blues".
* One of these, a girl named Natasha, shows up in OneThousandWaysToDie. Predictably, she ends up as the victim: while practising for a competition she carelessly throws her scarf up in the air, it gets caught in the ceiling fan, and you know where this goes...
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': In "Train Job", a bellydancer at a pub-bar surreptitiously slips Mal the contact details for a new caper as she dances by his table.
* One seen in an episode of ''Series/{{Pugwall}}'' called "The Local Show".
* In an episode of ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' called "Psychic Eye for the Sloppy Guy".
* In an episode called "Aptitude" from ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody''.
* Barbara Eden in an episode of ''Series/{{Rawhide}}'' called "Incident at Confidence Creek".
* An episode of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' had attractive twin belly dancers with snakes. The comedians kept alternating between humor and terror throughout the whole scene. Especially when one of the snakes tried to get very personal with Wayne Brady.
* In one episode of the 1980s ''Series/{{Casablanca}}'' TV series, the GirlOfTheWeek is an ex-ballerina performing as a belly dancer at the Blue Parrot [[spoiler:as cover for her work with LaResistance]]. Belly dancers are seen in the background in other episodes, as well.

* The late R&B princess 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'.
* Turkey often has these in the EurovisionSongContest. [[SexSells For some reason]], they usually end up with a lot of points.
* [[{{U2}} It's all right, it's all right, ALL RIGHT! She moves in]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxcDTUMLQJI 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.
* {{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.
* Natasha Atlas reset 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.
* "Stop, Stop, Stop" by TheHollies is about a man who is so obsessed by a belly dancer that he grabs her in the middle of her performance.
* Hilary Duff plays a belly-dancer in her video for ''Stranger''.
* Referenced in Akon's song "Belly Dancer."
* 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"]]

* The title character from Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/MataHari''.

* Neddie Seagoon visits Arabia in one of the episodes of ''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.

* Azuri, the villain of ''Theatre/TheDesertSong''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* 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]]]].
* The main character of ''{{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]].
* The women who belong to the Dancer class from the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series, which allows certain units to take an extra turn, generally dress as belly dancers. The [[TokenWholesome only exception]] is [[FireEmblemElibe Ninian]], who dresses more like a medieval noblewoman.
* Karin and Mina in ''{{Suikoden}}'' are both dancers you can recruit for your army.
* Mikki from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''.
* The female elementalist dance emote in ''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.
* Sista A's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTy4M9qWukw superstar persona]] in ''VideoGame/RumbleRoses XX''.
* Rouge from ''VideoGame/PowerStone'' (shown above) [[DanceBattler adopts this into her fighting style.]]
* Pullum Purna from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX''.
* Princia Ramode from ''VideoGame/FZero AX'' and ''GX''.
* ''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.
* Namira from the Arcade/[=N64=] game ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge''.
* 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.
* Selena from the ''HarvestMoon'' series.
* In ''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.
* Meditite and its evolution Medicham from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''.
* 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.
* Maya from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' is an infamous example in Japan.
* One of Helena's outfits in the ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' series has her look like one.

* 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.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* The narrator of "[[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/hips-of-fools Hips of Fools]]", a story in ''TheWanderersLibrary'', meets one on another planet's moon.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}} 6Teen]]'' the small video store that Wyatt and Jude work at for awhile almost goes out of business because of a store called Taj [=Ma-homeVideo=], whose cashiers dress in belly dancer costumes and sing Bollywood musical numbers about the store.
* One is featured as a cameo in an ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' episode, "Plane Pals".
* Nikki belly dancing in a ''WesternAnimation/BeverlyHillsTeens'' episode, "Splitting Image".
** Another belly-dancer is in an episode called "Greens with Envy".
* "Bosko in Bagdad" has frogs as belly-dancers.
** A Bosko and Honey cartoon called "Circus Daze" features a belly-dancer in the sideshow at the beginning.
* Harem cats are featured in "Catnip Capers", and reused in Gandy Goose's "Somewhere in Egypt" and HeckleAndJeckle's "King Tut's Tomb".
* One shown in a ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode called "Sister's Got a Brand New Bag".
** Another shown close to the end of "D & DD", another episode.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' cartoon, "The Autograph Hound", three silhouettes of belly dancers are behind a curtain, who then turn out to be the Ritz Brothers
** Daisy Duck is featured in a penny arcade called "Dance of the Seven Veils" in a WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck cartoon called "Good Time for a Dime".
* Ghastly does it in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'' called "Ultimate Evil".
* FlipTheFrog dressed up as a harem belly-dancer in "Movie Mad", and another Flip the Frog cartoon which is called "Circus" had a belly-dancer at the beginning.
* One is featured in an {{MGM}} cartoon, "WesternAnimation/GoodLittleMonkeys."
* One dancer is featured in a ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' episode called "The Little Crook that Wasn't There".
* Clarabelle Cow in a ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' episode called "Ladies' Night".
* A bunch of belly dancers can be seen in the ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' episode "Arabian Nights".
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/JamesBondJr'' has Tracy and Phoebe dressed up as belly dancers but they also happen to hate it.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' had Lucius having several {{Nightmare Sequence}}s involving being one for Jimmy as a result of an YouOweMe storyline.
* Koko the Clown sees one through a keyhole in the Koko the Clown cartoon called "Harem Scarem".
* MickeyMouse dresses up as one in "The Opry House".
* A harem belly-dancing girl mouse is featured in the ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' cartoon, "Sultan's Birthday".
** Another cartoon called "Law and Order" had one shown.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' episode "Gonzo's Video Show", Piggy briefly appeared as a belly dancer but doesn't do any dancing.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'' called "3 Wishes and You're Out", three are shown in it.
* One is shown on a poster at the carnival in a Pluto cartoon, "Bone Trouble"
* A ''WesternAnimation/PorkyPig'' cartoon called "Wholly Smoke" features one during the song about smoking.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' episode called "Boogie Shoes", one is called Salome, and she is shown as one of the judges, but doesn't dance at all.
* A belly dancer appears in the ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Jack and the Warrior Woman".
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''
** Velma and Daphne disguise themselves as belly dancers in the ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' episode, "Mummy Scares Best".
** Velma dresses up as a belly dancer for a costume party in the movie ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooPiratesAhoy''
** In one episode of the original ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' series, Velma and Daphne Dress up as belly dancers, but it's a bit weirder than you'd expect, especially if you regularly watch the show.
** In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo'' called "When You Witch Upon a Star", Scooby, Shaggy, Daphne, and Scrappy dressed themselves up as harem girls.
** In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' called "Grasp of the Gnome", one is shown at the beginning.
** Aliyah-Din transformed from princess to belly dancer while entering to the 'Prince' (Haman in disguise), and then turning back to princess in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooInArabianNights''.
* One shown in an episode of ''Shazzan'' called "A Thousand & One Tricks".
* Sheherazade dances in episode 49 of the TV show, ''Princess Shéhérazade''.
** You may find it in [[http://westerncivilization.trifecta3.net/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=2782 here]] and/or in [[http://rutube.ru/video/person/36147/ here]]
* Franchise/WonderWoman belly dancing in a ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' episode, "Rub Three Times for Disaster", as a ploy by the heroes to [[DistractedByTheSexy distract]] their enemies while they make a go at retrieving the [[GenieInABottle magic lamp]].
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'', the turtles enter a alternate universe where Shredder rules the world. In this universe, April and Irma are slaves to Bebop and Rocksteady where they dressed as belly dancers.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheArchieShow'' episode "Veronica's Veil", Veronica disguises herself as a belly dancer due to Archie and Reggie paying more attention to Betty.
* Marty Sherman in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''.
* Princess Kashmir (real name: Shauna Tifton) on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' dressed as a belly dancer for a bachelor party on the season one episode, "Homer's Night Out" and has often appeared in her belly dancer garb in other episodes (such as the CouchGag for "Marge vs. The Monorail" in which The Simpsons are joined by three rows of recurring characters). [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Originally]], Princess Kashmir was going to be a stripper who dressed like a belly dancer, but the Creator/{{Fox}} censors at the time objected.
** Some dancers are in Homer's dream in the episode, "Skinner's Sense of Snow''.
%%* Cleopatra in ''Three's a Crowd''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode "Hero Hampton", Babs dressed up as one (known as Mata Harey).
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', Izzy's special talent is belly dancing. It was so hypnotizing it made Owen fall in love with her.
* One dancer is featured in the ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' episode, "Jerk".
* Sincerity from ''WesternAnimation/WhatAboutMimi'' appears as one in the episode "Teacher of the Year".
* In a ''WesternAnimation/WillieWhopper'' cartoon called "Insultin' the Sultan", Willie's girlfriend is sold to the Sultan (by mistake) as a belly dancer.
* Princess Salami from a ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' cartoon called "Socko in Morocco".
** A belly-dancer is shown close to the end of the WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker cartoon called "Roamin' Roman" which reveals to be the lion in drag.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* UsefulNotes/ModernEgypt is the home of modern belly-dancing, producing the following famous names in the art:
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taheyya_Kariokka Taheyya Kariokka,]] the [[UrExample founder of modern]] ''raqs sharqi''.
** [[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/Dina_Talaat Dina Talaat,]] another great.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* We now have SteamPunk [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sydlYE6qH4 belly dancers!]] I say...
* 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]].
* Music/{{Shakira}}, [[Music/HipsDontLie Shakira]]!
* Japanese pin-up girl [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBGBv20FrZA Fumina Suzuki]].
* 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.
* [[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.