VIDEO: Bellydancing, a 39 Days of July favourite, takes the crowd by storm

Sometimes it’s fun to combine comedy with belly dancing, as in this light-hearted number. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The graceful, difficult sword dance is always a crowd pleaser.
Daisy Hieland combines superb dancing with lovely costuming.
There are many ways to present belly dancing, and lots were demonstrated in the three-hour event. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Lara Brunschot joyously flirts with the audience during one of her numbers.
One of the delights of belly dancing for performers is that there is room for every type of woman. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Shabby chic looks sweet when combined with belly dancing.
Balancing a sharp, heavy sword requires concentration: one of the reasons it’s a good idea for audience members to keep well back from the stage during a performance. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Modern or traditional music can both be effective backgrounds for belly dancing. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A big smile just adds to the show, drawing the audience in. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Dancing out onto the grass gives the audience a chance to see the beautiful costume more closely and share a smile with the dancer. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
This trio is from Victoria.

The annual bellydancing extravaganza at The 39 Days of July got lots of delighted applause as the costumed perfomers charmed the crowd at Charles Hoey Park.

With group numbers, solos, duets, and more this event shows how much fun and exercise a remarkably mixed group of women can have with an ancient middle eastern art.

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