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Belly Dance Chest Lift & Drop

The Chest Lift & Drop are two of the most foundational movements in belly dancing. When combined with other movements, they help build more intricate movements like the chest circle and undulation. They may also be executed sharply and used as accents to highlight details in the music. Tips: Like with all upper-body work, be sure to keep the lower torso engaged and keep the tailbone tucked slightly, so the hips don’t tilt forward or back. This helps you practice controlling different parts of the body while you perform upper body movements. Also, keep the shoulders neutral. Don’t allow the shoulders to hunch forward or draw backward unnaturally as you lift and drop.

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