Psuedo-Venn Diagram

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I created this diagram back in 2009 as a quick visual means of helping distinguish what we mean by "belly dance", "middle eastern dance", and "middle eastern belly dance". I made it in response to a discussion on, and the current version (v3) includes input from several of the lovely Bhuzzards.

(click on the image to view a larger version)

This is just my opinion, not canonical. Not everybody will agree with my classifications, and that's okay! If you'd like to make your own version, you can download the original file in MS Word format, so you can tweak it to reflect your own opinions.

The diagram (in all formats) is shared under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 license. In short, you're welcome to use it for non-commercial purposes and to modify it, as long as you keep my copyright statement intact.

I'd enjoy hearing about what you do with it, and what modifications you made, so drop me a line in the comments.

(That's a request, not a requirement. I'm just curious!)


Najla said...

I love this! I've always said that the further you get away from the original dancing, the more influencd you are by other styles. This is a perfect diagram to show what I mean (or try to explain). Thanks for the geekiness, it's wonderful to have.

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