The moves on this page are super easy to get for anyone starting out with Belly dancing. The 3 videos below will each break down one move. These moves are super easy and perfect for absolute beginners. Watch the videos and try it at home.
Lesson #1: Large Hip Circles – In this first move you will learn how to isolate your hips and move them around your spine. Remember to keep your top still and only move the hips.
Keep the knees slightly bent, chest up, arms out, lower abs engaged. We’re going to shift the weight all the way out to the right, and again all the way out to the left. Once again, all the way out to the right, and all the way out to the left. Keeping the knees slightly bent, and once again do not let yourself bounce up and down in space. And slide out, and out, and out, and out.
Now turning sideways, keeping the knees slightly bent, you’re going to push your hips all the way forward, and all the way back, and as you push forward make sure that your chest does not lift so you’re not pointing your chest up, but you’re actually staying neutral, the same way you normally are when you’re standing. And when you shift all the way back, as well, you want to keep the neutral lift. As you push front, you’re going to feel your upper abs get engaged, nice and tight. And as you push back, you want to make sure that you’re dropping the tailbone down, engaging the lower abs so you’re not arching your back, you do not want to release it back, keep it neutral. And sliding forward, and back, and forward, and back.
Lesson #2: Chest Lifts
You’re going to lift the ribcage all the way up and release back down. As you lift you’re going to feel a squeeze right between the shoulder blades and as you bring the chest down, you’re going to feel your upper abs get engaged and contract all the way down. Lifting all the way up and dropping all the way down.
And what you want to avoid is using your breath, meaning that if you want to try this in the beginning you might want to inhale all the way up and exhale all the way down but you want to find those isolations without using your breath. So you’re going to lift all the way up and drop all the way down and up.
Lesson #3: Hip Drops
Bend both knees, especially the standing knee – so you want to make sure this knee remains bent no matter what throughout the whole movement. This is the most important part.
Step the other foot right in front, heel lifted, chest up, shoulders back, let’s reach the arms all the way out. Make sure you’re still breathing when you’re here. Now we are going to push our weight into the right leg, straightening a teeny teeny bit to go into the hip lift. Now from here you’re going to release all the way dropping the hip down. Again lifting up and down, and up and down. And no matter what the left leg is actually staying bent. The left knee remains bent no matter what.