How to Belly Dance. Okay, so you can shimmy
and you can shake, but you ain’t seen nothin’ until you’ve seen a skilled belly dancer
strut her stuff. Here are a couple of basic belly-dancing moves to awaken your inner Shakira…
You will need Some space—a chunk about six ft. in diameter should do it A large mirror
Privacy—so you’ll feel comfortable letting go An outfit that bares your belly and hips
A few scarves or a shawl to drape around your hips Belly-dancing music and bells or coins
sewn onto clothes to make a sultry jingle. Step 1. Listen to the music and make sure
you can make out the beat. Step 2. Start with your feet parallel and one foot apart. Your
spine should be straight, your abdominal muscles slightly flexed, your knees unlocked, your
shoulders gently pulled back, and your chin raised a bit above its normal level. Step
3. Bend your arms slightly at the elbow, raising them until they are at chest level. Then bend
your wrists, which will raise your hands a bit. Step 4. Allow your hands to be loose,
and lift the little fingers and forefingers. Step 5. Slide your left foot about six inches
forward, then lift your heel as far as you can so you’re on the ball of your left foot.
Over 50 percent of your weight should be on your back leg. Step 6. Now for some hip drops.
Lift your left hip slowly by contracting the abdominal muscles on your right side. Keep
your head held evenly by allowing your right knee to bed a little and your left knee to
straighten a little. Step 7. Hold your lifted hip for two counts. Step 8. For the next two
counts, drop your hip sharply by letting your contracted abdominal muscles release and using
your pelvic muscles to force your hip down lower than it was when you started. Step 9.
Now try it on your right side. Place your feet parallel again, about a foot apart, slide
your right foot forward, then lift your heel so you’re on the ball of your right foot.
Step 10. Now do the hip drop, this time allowing your right hip to raise and drop. Step 11.
Now you’re going to shimmy. Start with your feet side by side, your arms out at chest
level, and your hands in the same position as before. Shimmying works best with music
that has a rapid beat. Step 12. Bend your left knee. Your right hip will lift. Straighten
your left knee. Be sure not to lock your knees at any point during the dance. Step 13. Now
bend your right knee, letting your left hip rise. Then straighten the knee again. The
key to this move is to concentrate on it coming from your knees, not your hips. Step 14. Slowly
alternate bending your knees, allowing your opposite hips to rise, then gradually speed
up until you are doing this as fast as you can. You now know how to shimmy with the best
of them! Did you know When _I Dream of Jeannie_ was on the air in the late 1960s, NBC had
a “No Navel Edict,” so star Barbara Eden’s outfit, exotic as it was, did not show her