Belly Dancing originated in the Middle East as a type of folk dance. When it arrived in North America in the 1870s, it was widely condemned for being immodest, but its popularity has since spread globally. There are no universally recognized names for the movements involved in belly dancing, since the dance and teaching methods vary so much from region to region, but the dance essentially emphasizes movements of the hips and torso, and is constructed of percussive movements (to accent a beat), fluid movements, and a series of shimmies, shivers, and vibrations. Belly dancing works not just your entire core, but your arms and legs as well. Belly dancing is a great way to get a fun, full body work out.