Well, this is it.
I'll take it really slowly and really gently.
You take things at your own pace and join in with as much as you want.
The first place to start is with learning how to prepare your body by standing in the correct posture. It’s pretty easy to get there, the challenge is to maintain it throughout your class. Practice, practice, practice!
Your first moves will involve moving your hips and keeping your head and upper body still. So pretend you have a glass of water on your head and on each of your shoulders. This will help you to isolate the hip movements.
In general, the main challenge of belly dance is that it requires you to isolate different parts of your body, usually your hips, but it could also be your chest, arms, hands or head. This means that you move just one part of your body whilst keeping the rest still. Some people find this easier than others, but everybody can achieve some level of isolation right away. From then on, it’s a matter of practicing your isolation skills in line with what your teacher has taught you and you’ll soon find that it gets easier.
Some teachers encourage their students to improvise with the
movements. This is because belly dance has a long tradition of being
done to live music where the musicians will often improvise.
Ready to put some of the moves together?
And if you're ready to go on, or just want a sneak peak of what your future lessons could hold, have a look at these more intermediate moves.
And don't forget to gently take care of your muscles once your class comes to a close...
It’s hard to be precise but as a rough guide, I would say that you will be able to dance a simple routine alongside your teacher after around 10 classes - that's a sensible goal to have. After you’ve been dancing for a year or so you will likely be confident enough to dance a routine with your class but without the teacher. After two+ years of dance classes and practice, many students feel that they could have a go at making up their own routine. Though you can have a go at this as soon as you like!
Movements that usually take longer for belly dance beginners to master are:
Your teacher will almost certainly recommend that you practice these movements at home in order to master them. It’s good advice, too, as the repetition really helps your body get used to the unfamiliar movements.
Here is an example of how to practice at home between your first few classes:
And finally, you can find out more about me and how you can join my online beginners classes...