Technique & Drills

How to do A Belly Dance Chest Undulation

Learn how to do the Belly Dance Forward & Reverse Chest Undulations. Taught by Anna at Ahlam Academy of Middle Eastern Dance in Houston TX. Chest Undulations are comprised of two basic belly dance movements the chest slides forward and back and the chest lift and drop. You can layer chest undulations over various foot patterns, like the “step cross”, and use them to express different emotions. Learn those here: Chest Slides Chest Lift & Drop  

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Horizontal Chest Circle

In this video, Anna teaches you the horizontal chest circle, aka the ribcage circle. She will show you how to take the chest slides/ribcage slides you already know and turn them into a chest /ribcage circle. This is a beautiful move to show off the fluidity in your torso. Don’t know how to do the¬†chest/ribcage slides? Click here to watch the tutorial

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Vertical Chest Circle

  The Chest Circle, sometimes called a Ribcage Circle, is a popular smooth and sensual movement used in belly dancing. This move works well with slow music, sword and floor work. It’s also one of those movements that feels good to do because it doubles as a great stretch, increasing flexibility in the back and core muscles.  

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How to do the Grapevine Traveling Step

Anna will teach you how to do the basic belly dance grapevine traveling step, as well as several ways to modify it. This video includes… – Basic 8 count breakdown of the Grapevine traveling step – 4 count breakdown – Modified Grapevine breakdown – Taking the Grapevine Backward    

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How to do Weighted Hip Lifts & Drops

Learn how to do two of the most essential movements in Belly Dance, the weighted hip lift and hip drop with Anna – founder of Ahlam Academy in Houston TX. Anna will start with a breakdown of each move, then she will show you some of the trouble spots many newer dancers have with this fun but challenging set of belly dance moves. As well as, how to correct them. Special attention is given to maintain good posture to perform…

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The Top 13 Essential Belly Dance Movements for Beginners

Learn the 13 most important foundational movements of belly dancing! Once you master these, you will have what it takes to begin creating all the spicy, snakey, silky, smooth moves you see in those amazing belly dancing videos. It won’t be easy, but don’t give up. Rome wasn’t built in a day! Good dancing takes lots of time and practice. Keep practicing and remember to relax and enjoy the experience. Disclaimer: The videos below can be used as an introduction…

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How to do Belly Dance Shoulder Rolls

Learn to do classic Egyptian style shoulder rolls with Anna from Ahlam Academy in Cy-Fair / Houston TX. The shoulder roll is one of those sensual, dramatic, and sexy moves that can really add a lot of expression and feeling to our dance. Shoulder rolls work great as a transition and to accent a dramatic note or two in the music, and can be done in longer sequence to highlight melodic phrases. They can also be used in a drum…

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