This also ties in with cultural appreciation of and understanding of the music and dance. In order to master it one needs to understand the role of dance as a celebration tool as a means of expression of Middle Eastern cultures, the driving factors, etc… how does this dance reflect the cultural aspects fo the Middle East? How is that portaryed through your own interpretation of another cultures expression of self and enjoyment? Even more than these understanding the history and differences in various Middle Eastern dances is also important. Bellydance as a word somewhat dissassociates the dance from it’s origins but to master it one must explore those roots.
Is what you are learning/practicing/preforming/listening to Egyptian? Lebanese? Turkish? Persian? Algerian? Tunisian? Moroccan? Saudi? What are the differences between the different styles of music and dance from each of these places and can you accurately express it through your performance? what are the common movements and usages of thse movements in Tunisian and how do those differ from the base movement vocabulary and usage of Egyptian dance? Is it Raqs Sharqi that your preforming? Is it Raqs Baladi? Raqs Sha’abi? Is it Shikkhat? Is it Zar or Guedra?