I see this statement come up periodically in belly dancing discussions - “They don’t call it belly dancing, they call it raqs sharqi”. Which I believe is meant to mean “Eastern Dance”. But that doesn’t make sense to me, why would they call it “Eastern” dance? I don’t say “Texas chili”, I call it chili; Canadians don’t call it “Canadian bacon”, they call it bacon, or back bacon.
So can you tell me what you call the kind of dancing I would call belly dancing?