Technique & Drills

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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How to do Belly Dance Snake Arm PLUS 3 Ways to Initiate It

Learn how to do the basic belly dance snake arm, plus three different ways that you can initiate it. Snake arms are an expressive part of our dance form. They can add a lot of beauty and grace when done properly or they can ruin an otherwise lovely dance if executed poorly. Watch and learn the necessary mechanics to build graceful and strong snake arms. Watch for our video next week where I will talk about 8 things you can…

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How to do a Belly Dance Reverse Undulation

Learn how to do a belly dance reverse undulation. The reverse undulation, unlike the “regular” undulation, travels from the hip up. Rather than from the chest down. This move is based on several foundational movements like the hip tilts, chest lift/drops, and ribcage tilts. If you need more practice on these movements to improve your reverse undulations, make use of our videos on these topics.  

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How to do Belly Dance Hip Slides

How to do Belly Dance Hip Slides

Learn how to do one of the most foundational belly dance movements – the hip slide. Hip slides are the basis for several types of undulations, hip figure eights, and much more. Shimmies may also be layered on top of hip slides to create exciting combination movements.  

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How to Belly Dance Hip Twist and Twist Shimmy

Hip Twists are a fun and exciting belly dancing movement. The hip twist’s speed may be increased into a hip twist shimmy. A single hip twist can be used as a dramatic accent in drum solos or any danceable¬†Arabic music. The hip twist shimmy may be layered over a simple side-to-side hip slide to add spice to any dance.  

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How to do Belly Dance Head Slides

Learn how to do belly dance head slides with this belly dancing tutorial. Headslides are a quintessential movement within many Middle East and North African dance styles. Head slides may be done slow or fast and are sometimes combined with gestures to bring greater expression to your dance. Head slides are a foundational move that prepare you for the head crescent (semi-circle) and head circle. Head slides may also be performed from front to back. Here is the list of…

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How to do Belly Dance Hand Circles

Learn how to do the basic belly dance outward and inward hand circles with Anna. With literally a flick of the wrist, hand circles add style and drama to any choreography or improvisation. They are a beautiful embellishment to your dancing.    

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How to Breath When You’re Belly Dancing

Maintaining our breath help us dancers be at our best while we practice and perform. When we don’t keep a steady flow of oxygen going, take shallow breaths, or momentarily stop our breath, we are depriving our bodies of the energy it needs to keep us shimmying. Sometimes we may not relax and we may breathe too fast and hyperventilate. Remember to breathe deeply, slowly, and continuously during practice. Hopefully, your good breathing practices will carry over into your performances…

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