How to do belly dance moves


How to do belly dance moves


Some of basic belly dance moves are:
  1. Hip movements - rolling or slow
  2. Hip movements - staccato or fast
  3. Torso or Belly rolls movements
  4. Shoulder and Arm movements
  5. Head and neck movements
  6. Steps and Turns
  1. Hip Movements - Rolling or Slow:
  2. It is the most identifiable movement as "belly dance" is the hip movements executed.

    • Hip Circles: Small, smoothly rolling hip circles, with this movements most belly dancers lean. To execute this movement, stand in belly dance posture and begin to revolve your pelvis in a constant circle. Then, slide your hips toward the right, smoothly forward, to the left, and then to the back; a continuous, smooth circle. Try dropping your hands, one palm flat on your tummy and the other flat on the small of your back.

  3. Hip Movements - Staccato or fast:
  4. They are intentional to be performed with attitude; tease, flirt, be woman when you perform these movements. Staccato hip movements are generally performed to very fast music, particularly drums. The basic staccato hip movements are:


    • Hip lift: Turkish, Persian, and Egyptian Gypsy dance makes a lot of use of the hip lift. Your hips lift upward while the rest of your body persists quite still. Standing in belly dance stance, quickly turn your right heel outward, using your toes to "push" and lift your hip upward.
    • Hip drop: A very profoundly Egyptian Gypsy movement, the hip drop is a profound downward hip movement. In comparison to the hip lift, where you will evidently drop your hip back down to normal stature, the hip drop lowers your hip in a seductive manner.
    • Hip Shimmy: A wild, unrestrained movement that is possibly the most fun and flirtatious of all belly dance moves. To execute the hip shimmy, slowly begin moving your hips in an alternating fashion. Hold your arms extended down, lightly away from your sides, palms facing out, and let the vibrations begin.

  5. Torso or Belly Roll Movements:
  6. Gypsy-style belly dance doesn't make as much use of belly movements as do other forms of belly dance, like Turkish, instead focusing on the hips. These basic belly dance movements are incorporated anyway because they are used in some belly dance forms, and because they are such great fitness movements. The basic belly roll movements are:


    • Tummy Roll: Smooth, hypnotic, it is a three-part movement. In this motion, the only part of your body that is used is the abdominal muscles. Your spine should remain totally unaltered.
    • Undulation: It is similar to the tummy Roll. The undulation movement look like a wave on the ocean, the variation between Undulation and the Tummy Roll is the use of the spine.

  7. Shoulder and Arm Movements:
  8. Snake-like movements and shoulder shimmies improve belly dancing, and these moves are frequently combined with tummy and hip movements. Your arms movements should be relaxed and should not influence the rest of your body. The basic shoulder and arm movements are:


    • Shoulder Roll: It is similar to the Hip Circles movements, the shoulders move back and around in a small, smooth, circular movement. Your tummy and head should not move.
    • Snake Arms: These movements are slow and mesmerizing. These are instantly recognized as part of belly dance. Hold your arms at your sides and elevate your right arm up, starting with the wrist and downward to the elbow and finally the shoulder. Then, smoothly, change the movement to the other arm.
    • Shoulder Shimmy: This movement is very similar to the Hip Shimmy, but this time uses the shoulders. Start out by gently pressing your right shoulder back as your left shoulder slides forward, and smoothly but fast interchange so that your left shoulder presses back and your right slides forward. Gradually start to speed up. Your hands should persist still and level while the shoulders shimmy.

  9. Head and Neck Movements:
  10. For the most part, your head should be still during belly dance, remaining proud and forward.

    • Head Slide: To begin this movement, feel your head become quite light. Your neck lengthens just lightly. For the head slide, separate your head and slide it in a straight line from side to side.

  11. Steps and Turns:
  12. Steps and turns are usually held off until you have a good feel for the separated movements of belly dance. However, when you have learned move like the hip shimmy and working smoothly, try mixing it with the core step point movement:


    • Step Point: This is a simple move that can be trained alone long before you mix it with other movements. With your feet flat down, point your right foot out, permitting your hip to come forward and up slightly. Step down and slide your left foot forward in the similar movement. Start gradually, learning the sensation of this step, and then work it up to the speed of a usual walk.
These are the basic movements in belly dance. Don't forget to smile while you dance.