The oriental dance, the Raqs Sharqi, as a political medium of female self-assertion. The Egyptian dancer and performer Nora Amin gets to the bottom of the dance of her homeland, which she was enthusiastic about as a child, and reveals something surprising: who would have suspected, looking at the soft movements of the so-called belly dancers surrounded by veils, that their ancestors were once nomadic were Roma who celebrated their successes in the streets with wild dances until political bans forced them into ever narrower movements? She traces the transformations of the freely expressing body through its heteronomy through Western colonization and the rules of the state authority through commercialization in the cabarets of the 1920s to the body control of outstanding dancers as representatives of resistance and self-assertion. Last but not least, she shows the long path from wild rebel to domesticated private entertainer, ultimately calling for the liberation of the domesticated body. A captivating plea for the authentic expression of self-confident, sensual femininity – while retaining the form of oriental dance, Raqs Sharqi.