Each school of Bellydance will have a different take on basic arm postures. The 5 basic arm positions of IFF are inspired by my study of ATS with Fat Chance Belly Dance, as well as Flamenco and Kathak. The arm postures are meant to have a degree of tension which is common also to Tribal Fusion style Bellydance. This slight tension creates clean, sharp lines in postures, powerful presence and intensity. Folkloric dances in Egypt generally do not use such defined and intense arms – therefore this is a contemporary evolution in Bellydance styling.