Tunisian  Bounouwara is a style of Tunisian folkloric dance that is performed by both   women   and   men.     Bounouwara   translated   means   “with   theflower”.  Although   many   of   the   typical   Tunisian   dance   steps   can   be   used interchangeably   with   different   Tunisian   rhythms   to   include   the Bounouwara rhythm, there are also steps that are specific to this style of dance.  Two Bounouwara rhythms are Bounouwara Agrebi 4/4 and Bounouwara Tounsi 4/4.

Two larger scarves are used and the movement of these scarves is  much bigger vs. the smaller scarves and movement of the Andalusian style.  They can also make different figures or gestures to symbolize something or tell a story.  Bounouwara has a light, bouncy feel to it. If   a   dancer   is   performing   Fezzani   and   the   rhythm   changes   to Bounouwara,   she   would   simply   dance   the   traditional   Bounouwara steps until the music changes to something else. An example of the costume for Bounouwara is pantaloons with or without elastic at the ankle, short belero top with a tunic (chamese), belt (hizzam) at the hips and sometimes at the waist a small belt, small   hat   (chachia/sha-shee-ah)   or   sequined   tiara   in   the   Tunisian style and two large scarves.    Men would wear a shirt (chamese) with vest or Jibba, pants (serwell), and Tunisian hat kabbous.

References:     Mustapha   El   Oueslati,  [email protected], Khiera Oubeidallah, Former Principal Dancer and Professor of the Tunisian National Folklore Ensemble.  Khadejah El Oueslati, [email protected]