'The hips don't lie': Dancing around gendered, ethnic, and national identity in Israel

Ephrat Huss, Shelly Haimovich

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This paper examines a belly dancing workshop through a qualitative phenomenological methodology. It presents a case study of how a group of women in Israel (Muslim, Arab-Jewish, and Western Jewish) from a range of professional levels (lower administration to professors in the same university), through a belly dancing workshop, experience their bodies and construct their sexuality contextualised within the specific social and cultural realities of being a women of different religion, class, and culture, in Israel, all working in a patriarchal university context that refuses to fund the group. The women address personal, group, and social- political levels through their experience of their body and their re-definition of power and of sexuality through the belly dancing itself, and through their struggle to enable the group to continue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalBody, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2011


  • embodied experience
  • phenomenological inquiry
  • social and cultural constructions of experience
  • women and dance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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