Beautiful woman, daughter of grace and of joy, from where comes your art?
How do you master the earth and the air in your steps and the water and fire in your cadence?
The dancer knelt before the prince and replied:
Your highness, I am not certain how to answer you, but I know that
The soul of the philosopher lies wake in their head,
The soul of the poet soars in their heart,
The soul of the singer vibrates in their throat, but
the soul of the dancer lives in all of their body.
Khalil Gibran, The Belly Dancer
the art of middle eastern dance