Historically, it is slightly different than "Walk like an Egyptian. For worship usually women danced, the shemayets. Images in temples and tombs from that time confirm this. At first this was only accompanied by clapping, later with more and more rhythm instruments. She became later goddess of love and joy, music and dance. Many dance figures have a magical significance.
CAIRO — When undercover police officers in Egypt swooped on an upscale nightclub on the Nile last spring and arrested a Russian belly dancer, the focus of their investigation was her costume — and what, if anything, lay beneath it. Were they the right size? The appropriate color? Or was she, as some feared, wearing no shorts at all? Johara, whose real name is Ekaterina Andreeva, 30, insisted on her innocence, but still the police marched her off to jail, where others argued over her fate. Russian diplomats paid a visit.
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Dancing played a vital role in the lives of the ancient Egyptians. However, men and women are never depicted dancing together. Some women from wealthy harems were trained in music and dance. They danced for royalty accompanied by male musicians playing on guitars , lyres and harps.