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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.

!!Check out these shimmying examples:
* BellyDancer/{{Fanfiction}}
* BellyDancer/LiveActionTV


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': This is Ureapaddy Exica's main costume in the PSP game ''Toaru Majutsu to Kagaku no Ensemble'' and its light novel adaptation ''Toaru Majutsu no Index: Road to Endymion'', seeing how the character originates from India.
* ''Manga/AiKora'': Ever since Hachibei discovered that Ayame has the perfect waist that he's been looking for, Ayame learned how to belly dance for whenever she wants to get Hachibei's attention.
** A very good example of this is in chapter 24, where Ayame and Haiji (who happily [[BiTheWay swings the other way, it seems]]) compete for Hachibei's affection. Ayame whips out a tropical dance costume and begins to perform in front of Hachibei and the rest of the school.
* ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja'': Nadja dresses up as one during the show's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr_iKKakiBM ending]] credits.
* Whenever Turkey is featured in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' {{gender flip}}ed fanarts, he goes from a BoisterousBruiser UsefulNotes/TurksWithTroops to a [[FemmeFatale sexy, self-assured]] and ''very'' well-endowed Belly Dancer. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/6443904_1627.jpg See it here]].
** Also, among J-Fen it's popular to depict a teenage Ottoman!Hungary dressed up as a belly dancer.
* Creator/{{CLAMP}} has several of these characters:
** The human form of the Sand Card from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' is that of a belly dancing girl.
** 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.]]
** Yasha and Ashura's friend Gigei, from ''Manga/RGVeda''.
* 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).
* ''Manga/DenpaKyoshi'': During the Ouroboros arc, Kiriko's persona dons a belly dancer outfit. Obviously fitting, seeing that her skills fall under the Dancer class in-game.
* Bastemon of ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' is this in {{mon}} form.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', a few examples of this are shown during the series:
** Erza performs a dance on her float during the Fantasia [[http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn66/Lordofzelda/315135-erzafantasia_super.jpg parade]].
** Lucy dresses like [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/fairytail/images/3/36/Lucy_from_a_Compete_transformation_box_(Anime).png/revision/latest?cb=20110709123751 one]] while in Edolas, right before her fight with Byro.
** Virgo [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/7d/fd/32/7dfd327eea25a502aa6cdc1521ec2c0d.jpg performs]] a [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BxAscHrCUAM6IE-.jpg:large dance]] for Team Natsu during their celebratory reception in the Celestial Spirit World.
** The Celestial Spirit Libra has [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/fairytail/images/d/d0/Libra.png/revision/latest?cb=20130112044841 this]] as her main costume.
** Mirajane disguises [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/fairytail/images/8/8b/Happy%27s_perfect_disguise.png/revision/latest?cb=20140419081217 herself]] as one in an attempt to free Lucy during the Grand Magic Games.
** Briar of the Avatar dark guild [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/fairytail/images/9/96/Apariencia_de_Briar.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20150429041334&path-prefix=es dresses]] like one.
* During the last few episodes of the 3rd Season of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', Jessica and her father managed to give the "rescue party" of Tabitha some disguises, which were circus costumes and belly dancing outfits.
* ''Anime/FlintTheTimeDetective'': T.P. Lady (better known as Petra in the dub) performed a dance for a young Marco Polo while in the desert.
* RareMaleExample: One of the ED sequences of ''Anime/{{Free}}'' [[FemaleGaze gives us]] the Iwatobi guys plus Rin dressed in Arabian-styled oufits. [[{{Keet}} Nagisa's]] in particular looks a lot like a belly dancer's.
* ''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.
* There is a belly dancing scene in episode 6 of ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet'', featuring Amy, Saaya and Melty. It's still a bit unclear as to why their costumes were rather skimpy for their ages as well as the beloved festival for which they were performing.
** A short series called "Log Book" was released after the end of the anime and went into more detail of life aboard on the Gargantia. The second Log Book was focused on Amy and her friends practicing their dance for the festival; according to this short story, however, Ridget and Bellows also donned similar outfits after Ridget suggested they do so while she was intoxicated. Bellows then performed a dance to inspire Amy and her friends, and the story concluded with Pinion walking on Mayta as she tried on a dancing costume.
* ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}'': Episode 6 reveals the origins of Cordelia Gallo, whom came to Saubreme after being shunned by her home village. She began to work as a dancer at a cabaret, and managed to catch the attentions of [[spoiler: Marquis de Blois.]]
* In the second OVA from Season 1 of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', Issei becomes possessed by the mummy of an Egyptian Magician named Unas, who is just as perverted as Issei. Unas claims that he'll only release Issei if they remove the curse that binds him. The methods of removing it are rather perverted in nature; the first involved Rias dancing in a skimpy belly dancer outfit.
** In 2013 "Mobage", a card RPG developed for smartphones, was released in Japan. Several cards featured a good portion of the female cast in dancing outfits.
* ''Anime/InTheBeginningTheBibleStories'': One dancer is shown entertaining a crowd in the streets when Joseph is first [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHMV-jmrYGQ brought]] to Egypt.
* ''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.
* ''Manga/KOn'':
** In the second season's extras, "Ura-On!!", the first episode shows Azusa's attempts at fortune-telling by interpreting the dreams of the rest of the Light Music Club. In the intermissions between the shorts, we're treated to a crudely-drawn Azusa trying to dance to a drum beat.
** In one of the many chapters of the fan manga "K-ON! Anthology", Yui inexplicably ends up in Iceland. In her efforts to find a way back home, she ends up meeting the Icelandic dopplegangers of Mio and Ritsu, whose special talents are belly dancing and playing a harp, respectively. The ''real'' Mio and Ritsu travel to Iceland, only to find their Icelandic versions and Yui putting on a spectacle of [[ItMakesSenseInContext dancing, harp-playing and sheep singing.]]
* The mute villainess Erola from the OAV ''Anime/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.
* ''Manga/LegendOfHeavenlySphereShurato'': Lakshu's main costume has her look like this.
* Shino from ''Anime/LegendOfHimiko'' is a very sensuous belly dancer. You see her dancing for a few soldiers, who became allured by her performance.
* Considering that the series has been alive and kicking for the past 30 years (leading to adventures throughout the ''entire'' world), there have been a multitude of belly dancers shown all throughout the ''Franchise/LupinIII'' franchise:
** ''[[Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket Lupin III - Part II:]]''
*** Episode 2 - ''[[Recap/LupinIIIS2E2 A Bouquet of Bills Blossom in Rio's Sunset]]'' [[note]]''Guns, Buns, and Fun in the Sun''[[/note]]: The Brazilian equivalent of one performs at the restaurant where the Rio Chief of Police dines with Zenigata. The chief mentions to Zenigata that he should take his mind off Lupin and indulge in the pleasures that Rio can offer, eyeing the dancer as he states so.
*** Episode 17 - ''[[Recap/LupinIIIS2E17 Go For the Oildollar]]'' [[note]]''Sheik-Down'' in English[[/note]]: In order to get closer to Lawrence the Third and his men, Fujiko disguises her as a dancer while Lupin and the guys dress up as her band; the performance manages to appeal to Lawrence, telling Fujiko to meet him in private after her performance.
*** Episode 22 - ''[[Recap/LupinIIIS2E22 Search the House of Mystery Women]]'' [[note]]''Lupin In Paradise'' in English[[/note]]: A group of dancers perform for Lupin and Zenigata, mainly to distract from the fight between Jigen/Goemon and the lady warriors of the house.
*** Episode 30 - ''[[Recap/LupinIIIS2E30 The Wind is Hot in Morocco]]'' [[note]]''Moroccan Horror Picture Show'' in English[[/note]] : In the very beginning of the episode, a beautiful belly dancer, complete with a hourglass figure and a teasing costume, is shown amongst the street performers, immediately capturing the gaze of Lupin, Fujiko and Jigen. Once Fujiko starts trying to mimic the dancer's movements out of slight interest/jealousy, the dancer reveals to be impressed with Fujiko's mimicry; she beckons for Fujiko to dance with her, leading to a dual performance by the two.
** ''[[Anime/ReturnOfTheMagician Lupin III: Return of the Magician]]'' [[note]]Also referred to as ''Return of Pycal''[[/note]]: One of the underground fighters that Goemon goes against in Greece is a woman dressed like this.
** ''Lupin III: Sweet Lost Night'': Fujiko is shown to be relaxing in some high-class living establishment in a desert country, doing some stretches while dressed as a dancer and telling Lupin to retrieve the [[spoiler: [[MacGuffin magic lamp.]]]] [[spoiler: Drew's]] choice of attire for her genie hologram also falls under a dancer's attire.
** ''Anime/LupinIIITheSecretOfTwilightGemini'': Lorre, who is shown to be [[spoiler: Lara's grandmother]], was a dancer at the temple during the time of Dalune's youth. An extended version of her dance is shown in the special's credits.
*** For some reason, Lorre's dance has sparked a huge influx of loads of anime characters belly-dancing to the film's ending song, all done in UsefulNotes/MikuMikuDance.
** ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'': In the first episode, Fujiko performs a dance for the leader of the Fraulein Eule cult in order to find her way into obtaining the cult's secret stash of hallucination-inducing drugs.
* ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', being a HighFantasy set mostly in the Middle East during its Golden Age, is rife with [[{{Stripperiffic}} scantily-clad]] Belly Dancers. We even see Morgiana try it at some point.
* 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.
* Some dancers show up in Episode 32 of ''Anime/MontanaJones''.
* ''LightNovel/MyriadColorsPhantomWorld'': Ruru's main costume is straight out of the Arabian Nights, albeit with a lot more leg shown. A piece of official art also shows [[http://static.zerochan.net/Musaigen.no.Phantom.World.full.1987848.jpg Reima and Mai wearing her costume]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** In the Alabasta arc, 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.
** Nami and Robin's slave outfits in ''[[Recap/OnePieceTVSP11HeartofGold Heart of Gold]]'' are ''very'' close to what a dancer would wear.
* ''Manga/OniichanNoKotoNankaZenzenSukiJanainDakaraNe'': Ran is a very dedicated cosplayer who adopts the persona of "Princess Leila". In her effort to find a mate, she performs a ritual dance; she performs one for Shusuke in private when she feels he's the one for her.
* In ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokemon: Sinnoh League]]'' [[note]]''Pokemon: Diamond & Pearl'' in English Dub[[/note]], May wears a outfit that wouldn't look out of place on a real belly dancer for her return for the Wallace Cup.
* ''Anime/QueensBlade'': Menace herself could qualify, but her various servants shown in flashbacks and in her rebuilt Amara in the OVA definitely do.
* ''Seikon no Qwaser'': Miyuri dresses up as one to change into her fortune-telling persona, Madame Lily.
* Shahra from ''Manga/ShoukokuNoAltair'' seems a stereotypical example at first, but she's also a respected actress and wears sensible clothes when not working.
* ''Manga/SketDance'' has Saaya look like a dancer in the "Quest Dance" bonus story in Episode 64, obviously parodying Maya from ''VideoGame/DragonQuest''.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': Zubaidah, the meister of Jinn Galland, wears a glaringly obvious dancer's costume; it fits well with her weapon being in charge of West Asia, which is the entirety of the Middle East.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'': The second movie ''Tiger and Bunny: The Rising'' featured Karima Graham, a villainess who dressed like a dancer and fought against the heroes with large circular blades and the power of illusion. Turns out her costume wasn't just for appeal, as [[spoiler:the movie reveals that she used to be a dancer at a cabaret until Barneby's new promoter bought out her business, leaving her with a loss of purpose.]]
* Couple of examples from the ''Anime/TimeBokan'' series:
** ''Gyakuten! Ippatsuman'': Mun-Mun dresses like one in Episode 5.
** ''Yattodetaman'': In Episode 11, Mirenjo disguises as one while the Firebird is said to be in ancient Persia. And when she actually dances, she's ''not'' bad at all; the citizens of Baghdad throw money at her for her lovely performance.
** ''Zenderman'': During the second half of the series, the heroes' Zender-Lion mecha is replaced with the Zender-Gorilla. The new gorilla mecha is much more vulnerable against the feminine wiles of Muujo, leading Muujo to come up with seductive poses and costumes to [[DistractedByTheSexy keep Zender-Gorilla's focus away from attacking in battle]]. Episodes 37, 40, 41, 44 and 46 all feature Muujo dressed as a dancer in order to keep Zender-Gorilla from attacking.
* ''[[Anime/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters]]'':

[[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]]
* ''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.
* ''[[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 feature 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.
* ''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.
* ''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.
* From ''Tell it to the Marines'' issue #4 from 1952.
* Plaster of Paris from ''ComicBook/TheSpirit''.
* 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.

* [Warning: NSFW] 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.

[[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.
* Velma dresses up as a belly dancer for a costume party in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooPiratesAhoy''.
* ''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 ''Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest'', a belly dancer is shown performing in Jade's club once Johnny and the gang reach Moldovistan.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 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 [[MsFanservice 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.
* ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays2004'', starring Creator/{{Jackie Chan}} and Creator/{{Steve Coogan}}, had a scene where Phileas Fogg, his assistant Jean Passepartout (played by Coogan and Jackie Chan respectively) and Monique were invited by a Turkish prince (played by the one and only Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger) into his palace. Fogg's group entered the palace and were met with dancers who performed to the prince's music from his oud.
* The 2011 documentary ''At Night, They Dance'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5gSMLcUJWc shows]] the lives of a family of belly dancers led by a widow living in Cairo, Egypt.
* 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.
* ''Bernard and Doris'': After their trip from Sri Lanka, Doris takes a private moment with Bernard to explain the "inner meaning" of belly dance and sensuality, which possibly marks the first step of [[spoiler: Doris trying to seduce Bernard for her own.]]
* The 1966 Italian eurospy film ''Bob Fleming...Mission Casablanca'' (also released as ''Killers Are Challenged'', original title being ''A 077, sfida ai killers'') had a belly dancer twirl around for a few moments before grooving out to rock music with the attendees in the club she performed in.
* ''Film/CannonballRun 2''. Scariest belly dancers ever.
* ''Carry On Columbus'':
* ''Carry On Follow That Camel'':
* Used as part of a disguise/infiltration ploy in the first ''Film/CharliesAngels'' film.
* 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 the credits scene of ''Film/TheComebacks'', the team's star kicker, Jizminder Featherfoot, is shown to belly dance as a possible part of her exercise regimen. The scene would be considered out of place, had it not been for the film identifying itself as a sports film parody.
* ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' featured a dancer in a tavern, shortly after Conan (played by Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger) slayed a huge snake.
* One appears at the club where King, Annette and Bray enjoy their dinner in ''Film/TheCurseOfTheMummysTomb''.
* ''Film/DangerousMen'': Before he is found by the police, Black Pepper and his mistress are entertained by a belly dancer before setting up for a session of making love.
* The 2001 Turkish film ''Dansoz'' shows the daily life of a dancer and actually explores the social/cultural aspect of belly dancing in countries like Turkey, where belly dancing is not seen as simply an exotic art as much as it is really a rather huge social convention; in parties shown throughout the film, both men and women typically participate along with dancers in merriment.
* One dancer is shown in ''Film/DaysOfWineAndRoses''.
* Around the beginning of ''Film/DeathstalkerIIDuelOfTheTitans'', a topless dancer is shown inside a tavern, who continues to dance even when the tavern's occupants break out in a brawl.
* The 1953 fantasy horror film ''Dracula in Istanbul'' (''Drakula Istanbul'da'' in Turkish) features a [[https://youtu.be/4R6PW2qccPU?t=55m26s dancer]] as a nightclub act.
* ''Film/GoodbyeLenin'':
* The "Can You Dig It?" sequence in Music/TheMonkees' film ''Film/{{Head}}'' takes place in a harem full of belly dancers.
* Music/TheBeatles entered an Indian restaurant in their film ''Film/{{Help}}'', where a dancer was performing before she was taken away by members of a suspicious cult.
* In the 1976 Italian film ''Inhibitions'', Carol and Anna finish a round of making love to each other before attending a Middle Eastern restaurant with a dancer performing.
* Several in the Film/JamesBond films:
** Also in ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'' which was, err... a [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible movie]] with [[InNameOnly James Bond]] in it.
** ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'': There's one under the opening credits and another in a dance scene at a gypsy camp.
** ''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.]]
** ''Film/{{Octopussy}}''
* The 1965 Cold War spoof ''John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!'' is chockful of dancers, all who perform for the deranged Sultan of Fawzia. Creator/ShirleyMacLaine and Creator/NaiBonet were two of the dancers in this film.
* The 2012 film ''Film/JustLikeAWoman'' had its two female protagonists drive across the country, performing as belly dancers in bars and nightclubs, while running away from a possible murder charge and a failing marriage.
* One of the shadow puppets from ''Film/KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace''.
* ''[[Creator/FullMoonFeatures Killjoy 3]]'': Once Sandy enters Killjoy's world, he forces her into a belly dancer's costume he conjured up with magic and has her dance for him. Sandy uses the opportunity to distract Killjoy and make Batty Boop envious.
* The [[WackyFratboyHijinx incredibly raunchy film]] ''King Frat'' has a dancer perform in the frat party that occurs after the main event of the film...[[{{Gasshole}} a farting contest]].
* Adrienne Canterna in ''Life with Mikey''.
* Rhonda Flemming in the movie ''Little Egypt''.
* Some dancers perform for a brief period inside Jonathan's Egyptian-inspired nightclub in ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor''.
* ''Film/MurdersInTheRueMorgue'':
* ''Film/{{Muttertag}}'': A couple of the Austrian housewives hold a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-1GL6VIiA8 private]] dance session for their exercise regimen, which somehow escalates into a photo shoot shortly after.
* One of the leads of the investigation of the main case is shown to be dancing in ''Film/TheNightStrangler''.
* ''Film/NoWayOut''. Government agents are going through a list of every gift that's been received from foreign governments. One of the gifts listed is a dancing girl, with a note that this particular 'gift' was refused.
* ''Film/{{Paradise}}'': In the beginning of the film, David goes out to fetch some water and overhears music and cheering nearby. He goes to investigate and is treated to the movements of a flirtatious dancer.
* ''Psychopathic Sexualis'':
* 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?
* ''Sabah'' is a 2005 indie film about the titular character, who is a 40-year-old single Syrian immigrant living in Toronto, and her romantic adventure with a non-Muslim. When she finds interest with a Canadian man, she has her niece teach her how to dance in order to seduce her new lover. The next time Sabah meets with her lover, she dances (wearing regular clothes and not a bedlah) and it works, leading to a passionate night between the two.
* 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.
* The opening scene of the 1965 film adaptation of ''Film/{{She|1965}}'' finds Leo, Holly, and Job in a Cairo bar taking in some belly dancers. One of the dancers apparently decided to up the Fanservice factor by going with pasties over her nipples rather than any kind of bra.
* If a {{Sinbad}} movie does not feature one of these, be very surprised.
** Jane Seymour in the 1977 ''Film/SinbadAndTheEyeOfTheTiger'' was dressed like this.
* ''Some Kind Of A Nut (1969)'':
* 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.
* The 1983 Disney adaptation of ''Literature/SomethingWickedThisWayComes'' had a troupe of belly dancers performing inside a tent as one of the attractions in a carnival.
* 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.
* ''Ten Violent Women'': By the end of the film, the fate of two of the team of thieves is as follows: to be separated from the rest of the group, drowning in debt and no jewels, only to be offered a chance aboard a sultan's yacht as the new belly dancers in his harem. Seeing no other way out, the women take up the offer.
* One shows up in a really trippy sequence apparently involving drugged apples in the 1965 British comedy film ''The Early Bird''.
* ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix1965'' has a scene where a character dying of thirst hallucinates a belly dancer in the desert. It's all very trippy.
* ''The Great American Beauty Contest'': In this 1973 satirical film, Farrah Fawcett's character performs a [[https://youtu.be/xQkkNqwdfAI?t=41m56s belly dance]] as her talent for the beauty contest.
* ''Film/TheHitman'', featuring ''Creator/ChuckNorris'', had one show up briefly right before Norris does what he does best: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin kicking butt and taking names]].
* Several dancers are shown inside the Blue Fez restaurant in ''The Man with Bogart's Face.''
* 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.
* ''{{Film/Videodrome}}'': A belly dancer shows up in the restaurant where Masha reveals more about Videodrome to Max.
* In ''Film/WaitingForGuffman'', one is shown to be one of the people auditioning for the main musical of the film.
* ''The Witchmaker'':
* Anisa Guzman is even credited as such in ''Film/WhamBamThankYouSpaceman''.
* 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.
* In ''Wholly Moses'', featuring Creator/DudleyMoore, the city of New Sodom is filled with many a dancer, looking to partake in temptation with whomever they can seduce.
* 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.]]

* 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.
* ''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]].
* 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.
* 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.
* Shown on the [[https://d1466nnw0ex81e.cloudfront.net/n_iv/600/3254432.jpg cover]] of ''The Curse of a Thousand Kisses'' by Sax Rohmer.
* 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.

* 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/{{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 incoporated 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 "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.
* Turkey often has these in the Series/EurovisionSongContest. [[SexSells For some reason]], they usually end up with a lot of points.
* ''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]]".
* 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/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"]].
* 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.

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

[[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.

* 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.

* ''Theatre/{{Dralion}}'': Oceane's outfit and style of dance seem to draw on this trope.
* Azuri, the villain of ''Theatre/TheDesertSong''.

[[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, 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.
* 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.
** 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 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''.
* The women who belong to the [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Dancer Dancer]] class from the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series, 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.
** 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.
* 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''.
* Meditite and its evolution Medicham from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''.
* 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'':
* ''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 [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/dynastywarriors/images/4/43/Okuni_Special_Clothes_%28SW4II_DLC%29.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20150206063432 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.
* Pullum Purna from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX'' is both a belly dancer and a DanceBattler.
* 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'':
* [[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}}.)


[[folder:Web Comics]]
* 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.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* 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/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.]]
* 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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One dancer is featured in the ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' episode, "Jerk".
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}} 6Teen]]'': The episode "Going Underground" introduces Taj Mahome Video, a large home video brand store with an obvious Indian/Middle-Eastern theme, complete with belly dancers who serve as the mascots for the store's grand opening.
** In "Major Unfaithfulness", Underground Video ends up being bought out by Taj Mahome Video, forcing Wayne, Wyatt and Jude to now become employees of their new establishment by wearing turbans and working with belly dancers who sing and dance to Bollywood-style music numbers.
** In "Kylie Smylie", Jen tries to disguise herself as one in order to get closer to her favorite idol.
* An ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' episode called "Just One of the Girls" has a little scene of Brittany Miller belly-dancing.
* One is featured as a cameo in an ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' episode, "Plane Pals".
* During the episode "The Word" in ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'', the wives of the sheik dance to the performance of the band, while [[AbhorrentAdmirer the chubbiest member of the harem tries to flirt with George]].
* 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 WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle's "King Tut's Tomb".
* Shown in a parade of ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' called "Goldfish Follies".
* Marty Sherman in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''.
* 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".
* ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'': Ghastly does it to try and rehabilitate Boskov in "Ultimate Evil". And she can ''really'' pull off the look.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** In the season 7 episode "Beach Blanket Bozos", Timmy's mother is shown in a dancer costume and charms a snake while surfing at the same time. This is only one of the new talents she could do after being made the best surfer ever.
** In the season 9 episode "Let Sleeper Dogs Lie", the running gag of the episode is Crocker and Cosmo fainting upon the sight of watching Crocker's mother try to belly dance when she was younger.
* ''WesternAnimation/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.
* In "The 40 Disco Girls" from the French animation ''WesternAnimation/FunkyCops'', Fly went undercover as an actress who took the role of Scheherazade in an Arabian Nights production in Las Vegas, which also featured backup belly dancers.
* ''WesternAnimation/GadgetBoyAndHeather'':
* ''Literature/GeronimoStilton'': In "Clean Sweep", Thea is confronted again by Sultan Nogouda, who wants her to become his princess. Since she can't escape immediately from his palace, she's forced to wear a dancer/Arabian princess' costume.
* 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".
* Goofy dresses up as one in one of the "Mickey Mouse Works"' "Goofy's Extreme Sports" short about skateboarding.
* 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.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats'' episode called "Swap Plot Flop".
* Koko the Clown sees one through a keyhole in the Koko the Clown cartoon called "Harem Scarem".
* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'': In "Retro", Pleakley shows off a new dancing costume as part of his crossdressing tendencies to Nani, right before he's not allowed to wear it for the yacht party Nani invites him to.
* WesternAnimation/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.
** "The Trojan Horse" also has some.
* One is featured in an Creator/{{MGM}} cartoon, "WesternAnimation/GoodLittleMonkeys."
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/PigGoatBananaCricket'': In "Underpants-Palooza", Pig's parents stop by the gang's house for a quick visit to see their "successful" son. Trying to delay time from his parents finding out the truth, Pig haphazardly states that Goat (his "wife") would perform a dance for the two. She ''quickly'' declines, saying that Cricket (the "butler") will perform it instead. Then ''he'' quickly declines, saying that Banana (the "pet monkey") will do instead. With no other choice, Banana reluctantly performs for the group.
* One is shown on a poster at the carnival in a [[WesternAnimation/PlutoThePup Pluto]] cartoon, "Bone Trouble".
* Neefa Feefa from ''Pontoffel Pock'' by Dr. Seuss is called an ''Eyeball Dancer'', but aside from rolling her eyes, she is pretty much a belly dancer. Her outfit, while baggy, is a little more conservative then most examples.
* A ''WesternAnimation/PorkyPig'' cartoon called "Wholly Smoke" features one during the song about smoking.
* Katherine in the second half of the 2-parter episode of ''WesternAnimation/RamboTheForceOfFreedom'' called "Alphas, Arms, and Ambush".
* 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]].
* 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.
** One of the beachgoers in "Molar Molar" is a female genie with this type of outfit, but doesn't dance at all either.
* A belly dancer appears in the ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Jack and the Warrior Woman".
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
** 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.
** An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheScoobyDooAndScrappyDooShow'' called "Scooby's Desert Dilemna" had Shaggy, Scooby, and Scrappy disguised as them.
** In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' called "Grasp of the Gnome", one is shown at the beginning during the renaissance fair.
*** Another ''Mystery Incorporated'' episode called "Dance of the Undead" had Shaggy and Scooby disguised as them.
** In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo'' called "When You Witch Upon a Star", Scooby, Shaggy, Daphne, and Scrappy dressed themselves up as harem girls.
** Velma and Daphne disguise themselves as belly dancers in the ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' episode, "Mummy Scares Best". Scooby even joins in on the action in an attempt to distract a group of hypnotized tourists from harming Velma and Daphne.
* One shown in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shazzan}}'' called "A Thousand & One Tricks".
* 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 perform for Homer in his Arabian-esque dream in "Skinner's Sense of Snow''.
** This is shown to be Annette's costume in Homer's guilt-driven dream in "The Sweetest Apu".
* In the underrated and sadly forgotten [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'', Sonia the Hedgehog disguises herself as a belly dancer during the "Cosmic Dance" number in "The Jewel in the Crown".
** Sonic and Manic end up being DisguisedInDrag as dancers in order to distract Sleet and break out Sonia and a Freedom Fighter from prison in "Who Do You Think You Are".
** Another dancer is shown to be living with the members of the resistance who are part of a desert tribe in "Dunes Day".
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Stripperella}}'' performed a striptease while resembling a belly dancer in "The Return of the Queen".
* 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 the first part of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Talespin}}'' 2-parter "For Whom the Bell Klangs," [[DisguisedInDrag Louie]] does this to distract Klang's guards while Baloo rescues the captive archeologist Katie Dodd.
** A belly-dancer is shown at the end of the 'Part 2' episode, but doesn't dance at all.
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'': A chubby dancer called Little Egypt shows up in "Drool, the Dog-Faced Goblin".
* 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.
* 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.
* Morgiana does it in a "Wizard's Tale" film called "Ali Baba".
* 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.