Not sure if this is the correct forum.
Recently I’ve become very interested in belly dancing. I want to learn how to do it myself, but I am unsure if that is ok, morally speaking. Would wearing a midriff-revealing costume be considered immodest? I know that belly dancing could be done with a costume that doesn’t show the stomach, but what about belly rolls and stuff?
I don’t think that the movements themselves would be wrong to do. There is an emphasis on the belly and hips, but I do not think it is necessarily sexual. Many people misunderstand belly dancing, thinking it is like stripping, but it is definitely not.
And if it is ok to belly dance, how on earth to convince my parents? I don’t think they would really be open to me taking belly dance lessons. When they hear “belly dance” they probably think of the sexy, seductive Hollywood version. I guess calling it by what it really is, Middle Eastern Dance, might help. But I think the main problem they would have is with the costumes.
Please post your thoughts!