Most of these dances are not dances I am familiar with, they are listed here because the goal of this post is NOT for you to memorize all of these dances, or to learn all of them. Instead, I want you to take away from this post that, although Hollywood or certain news outlets (or even certain historians-with-an-agenda) might portray this as a homogenous area, each section of that acronym MENAHT is diverse and each culture is a beautiful part of the mosaic.
Hopefully you'll find some dances, regions, and cultures you want to learn more about, but I really believe no one person could possibly do all of these dances, certainly not well. So for now, knowing that they exist, appreciating the diversity, and maybe finding one you'd like to start with is the main goal.
- bombuteyya, Ghawazee, Rheda-esque (meleya), fellahin, shaabi, marhagan, Nubian, Saidi, beledi, Siwa, Bedouin, hagalla*
- Levantine (I've used this name instead of listing all of the countries because of the complicated history and borders that were drawn by colonizers)
- chobi, dabke
- Rom, zeybek, horon, halay, bar, kilic kalkan, hora, kasik oyunu, misket
- Kawliya, khashaba, hetcha, thobe al Nashaal, Muradah, Samri, Bedaawi, Jalsa, Ayalah, Sawt, Tamburah, Khatwa, Khubaiti, Sana’ani, Raboba,
- Hagalla (*this is also listed under Egyptian just because of the shared Lybia/Egypt border, and the fact that hagalla is included in Egyptian folklore companies’ tableaus, but my understanding is that it comes from Libya), Moroccan-shaabi, shikkat, Algerian Rai, Tunisian, Ahidous, Ahouache, Hadra, Ouled Nail, Maharem, Juzur, Seniyya, Schikkat, T’bal, Fazzani, Mezoued, Kabyle
- MISC. (I will flesh out this list and give each region included its due when I revisit the post)
- Persian court, mushwahat, hora, Greek line dance, Greek Zeibekiko, etc.