In the Middle East women dance for other women—for their friends, neighbors, aunts, mothers, and cousins. They use it to amuse themselves during the day while the men are out earning a living and they use it to celebrate happy family occasions such as weddings. The tradition of the dance is not one of seduction as it is performed for other women, and it is not viewed as such by the people who have grown up in Middle Eastern families. Women do not teach their daughters a dance of seduction.
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