“Next to ceilings, a belly is the best thing to dance on”
“Nice to tap-dance all over your belly. To tap-dance over your belly, nice”
Belly dancing was created by the Somerset-born Swedish philosopher Johann Dyke who, after repeatedly suffering stomach aches from drinking too much vodka, trained a wild bear to dance on his Solar Plexus while forcing the animal to grunt the tune to Boz Scaggs' seminal 1978 classic Lido Shuffle.
Dyke, who had been told that a dancing bear on the stomach was a successful cure for stomach ache discovered that he was sadly misinformed. After several moments, Dyke was dead due to the immense weight of the bear crushing his internal organs. The bear, a Himalayan Brown called Lucky, then ate Dyke's body before being shot to death by poachers.
From this tragedy began the popular parlour game of Belly dancing.
The dancers, or 'Bellyrinas' as they came to be known by police, were formed originally from an underground movement, and would frequently meet at various tube stations on the Northern Line. Bellyrinas would wear the traditional costume of vest, stilleto shoes and ballerina's skimpy Desmond Tutus. Often, the female dancers would wear the same.
Bellyrinas At Large
The StomacX Factor
Possibly the most obvious progession for any banal and vaguely interesting act is to base a Saturday night talent on it. And this happened on minority terrestrial channel BBC 1 in 2000. The Stomacx Factor was presented by Sir Brucie Bonus, ably assisted by the lovely David Dickinson. Unfortunately, owing to a shortage of celebrities willing to die for such low pay, the show was cancelled after only one series.
“On Saturday nights, we're coming on a belly near you!”
Previous StomacX Factor dancers are:
- Not to be confused with Bell End Dancing which is quite another thing.
- According to medical experts, bear stamping can swiftly turn internal organs into external ones.
- But not too obvious for Uncyclopedia
- They're all large. We get it!