The ancient art of oriental dance has a long and colorful history. It began with the many fertility cults of the ancient world, and in the temples of ancient India. The existence of various nomadic groups of professional entertainers, and groups specifically identified with Gypsies, provided for the cross-culturalization and transmission of these dances. Although regional variations have always existed, the popularity of what is commonly known as 'oriental dance' or 'belly dance' continues in this ancient dance despite cultural and moral prejudices is a tribute to the appeal it has to the human spirit as the women (and) men who dance today do so for very practical reasons: because it is enjoyable, it is excellent. In other words, for fun, fitness and friendship. Hilary Thacker is a renowned professional Egyptian-style 'belly dancer' performing and teaching throughout the UK and Middle East and for use in the privacy of your own home will instruct you on how to master basic moves involved in belly dancing including the camel and Egyptian walks, snaky arms and shimmies, and finishes with a section on dancing with the veil. Everything a beginner will need to know to enjoy performing!