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Belly Dance Chest Lift & Drop

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…

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Finding & Preparing Your First Belly Dance Costume

First Thing – Take Your Measurements Using a tailor’s measuring tape (available at any fabric store) with your outer clothes off, measure around your rib cage under your breasts, upper hip (just above your hip bones), lower hip (around the fullest part of your bottom), and length (from upper hip to top of toes). Write these down and keep them handy when you are shopping. Include your bra cup size too. Many belly dance costume stores will give you the…

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Where to Find Belly Dance Music Guide

Many different styles of music are available for belly dance performance and practice. Most countries, regions and specific tribes or ethnic groups in the Middle East and North Africa have a particular style of music that is unique to them based on rhythms used, instrumentation, and other factors. The most important thing – is to find music that moves you! Local retail Middle Eastern Stores/Shops: If you have a local Middle Eastern food store or gift shop, frequently these places will…

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Belly Dancers of Egypt’s Golden Era

The term “Golden Era” is often used to refer to a period of Egyptian cinema in the mid-20th century. During that time, many actress/dancers became popular, not only in Egypt and the Middle East, but around the world. Many of these dancers are still recognized as the best of the best and are still a source for inspiration for belly dance enthusiasts today. The list below is certainly not inclusive of all Golden Era dancers, but it is a list…

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Our first percussion instrument in this series is the riqq (pronounced “rick”). Its a type of tambourine common in Arabic music. It traditionally has a wooden frame (although in the modern era it may also be made of metal), jingling metal discs, and a thin, translucent head made of fish or goat skin (or, more recently, a synthetic material).

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The arghul is a woodwind instrument, said to originate from Egypt. We hear it in a lot of the music of the Mid-East region. It’s got two pipes, one shorter, one longer. The smaller pipe is the one that contains the fingering holes. Enjoy!

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