The Shape of a Belly Dancer

As Colorado Belly Dancers Sadie & Kaya climb the ladder in America's Got Talent, Sajah Medina builds solid fanbase on Amelia Island.

Sajah Medina, Belly Dancer Pur Sang

It’s true, “hobby” belly dancers come in many different shapes and sizes, ages and fitness levels. As Belly Dancing experiences a resurgence of popularity, the business woman, stay at home mom, construction worker, or police officer can express their feminine side with belly dancing at the local YMCA, dance studio or fitness center.

A professional belly dancer, however, develops over time, a certain physical shape.  I can spot a professional belly dancer in a crowd every time!  Much like the more traditional dance forms, a belly dancer has erect posture and a healthy physique.  That’s pretty much where the similarities stop.  Where ballet, jazz or modern dance forms a lean thin body with muscles and sleek silhouette, Belly dancing forms a more curvy “hourglass” shape.

A couple of great examples of this beautiful byproduct of the art are Kaya and Sadie.  These two dancers from Colorado recently brought belly dance into American homes with their performance on “America’s Got Talent”.  Beyond the stunning performance and skilled body control, what quickly strikes the viewer is the amazing figure of the dancers.  No rock hard abs like you would expect from such a workout, no lean boyish figures here!  Kaya and Sadie proudly show off their very womanly curves.  Soft tummies and rounded hips, small waistline and elegant strong shoulders are reminiscent of the famous “Bond Girls”.  Kaya and Sadie are best known for their “pop & lock” style of belly dancing showing off incredible abdominal strength and muscle control.  Yet, after watching what seemed like an explosion of movement, gyration, and isolation of various muscle groups during their “America’s Got Talent” audition, one would expect a different outcome for such a workout.

Could it be perhaps that the origins of Belly Dance are natural female movements?  That the movements themselves promote and develop female attributes?  So many women say they discover “the woman inside” once they start belly dancing, could this also translate to the woman outside?  Whatever the cause, I love the outcome!

And, to Kaya and Sadie…………..You go girls! Represent!


  1. Sajah

    Thanks for the added comments, but one small correction: We went to Hollywood Florida, not California….


  2. Anonymous

    Oops…. I corrected it in story.

  3. Nuri - Island Tribe

    Bravo! Well written and said.
    I've seen the changes in myself inside and out since my inception to BellyDance. And as you said, I'm loving the changes and what I'm seeing! Thank you for being such a great teacher and inspiration!

  4. Jessenia_IslandTribe

    Let's hear it for the curves! Women shouldn't be afraid to have them. Belly dancing is great for building strong core muscles which compliment a woman's natural curvy figure. And, let's not forget the muscle strength and tone it builds in your legs, inparticularly your thighs. Do snake arms for a continuous five minutes or so over a period of a few weeks, and you will be astonished at the tone and contour you will begin to see in your arms. Belly dance, inparticularly, tribal fusion belly dance, is a great exercise and a tremendous body shaper!

  5. slicesoflife

    I just recently had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot of one of Sajah Medina's dance groups; this is dynamic, art, esthetics, health, fun and a way of celebrating life all in one. See more at

  6. Anonymous

    WOW! Those are stunning photos of some of the Island Tribe Belly Dance students. They look beautiful!

  7. Jessenia_IslandTribe

    WOW! Those are stunning photos of some of the Island Tribe Belly Dance students. They look beautiful!

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