Turkish Oriental style dance (aka Tansi Oryental or Oriyantal Tanzi) has evolved quite a bit over the years.
The classic Turkish style dancer fits the classic American bellydancer stereotype very nicely. Fast hard
shimmies, exciting spins, and floorwork still prevail, but fluffy skirts slit to there, body baring bra top,
veilwork and finger cymbals are now optional and retro.
Turkish Oriental was the main ingredient in American bellydance in the 1960s through the 1980s, and in many
cases the styles are difficult to differentiate. This is true of both the dancing and the costuming.
Turkish dancers strive to blow their audiences away, whether it's through fast and furious spins and shimmies,
sharp isolations, or dramatic slow evocative floorwork. This offers quite a stunning contrast to Egyptian style,
which generally prizes a subtle and deep connection to the music over showmanship.