Oriental Dance

Bellydance or belly dancing is very old, it is native to Egypt where it takes a very important place in festivals and celebrations; to the point where the caterer of the celebration of the wedding is often obliged to call on a belly dancer to complete his work.

The oriental dance interprets many sensations that can be totally opposed: joy and hatred, amusement and disgust, strength and weakness … so many faces to reflect, because it simply represents the mystery.

With graceful gestures, ornaments of different colors and harmonious melodies, the dancer tries to say so much to the audience. The Middle East, especially Egypt, as well as the Maghreb have known belly dancers of great renown, such as Amani.

Nowadays, the Western people are starting to appreciate oriental dance because of their contact with the Arabs. Westerners currently teach it in different countries: France, Spain, Italy … The French knew the oriental dance during the campaign of Bonaparte in Egypt.

However, at the level of the Muslim world, this dance remains the target of many critics. Indeed, often loved ones do not want to see wife, mother, or loved to show off in front of spectators with a light suit; but above all Islam forbids Muslim women to make a living thus, because in the Islamic religion the woman must remain preserved.

Initiation to belly dance (oriental dance)

Oriental dance – and not belly dancing as sometimes called – is considered one of the oldest dances. More and more popular in the countries of Europe, it remains in the Arab countries an art that women learn from an early age.
Here are some basic movements to learn. But you must know before the oriental dance requires a lot of training so do not hesitate to practice several times a week.

1. Arms:
Standing upright, stretch your right foot slightly in front of you and extend your arms on each side. They must be very straight. Slowly turn the wrists from inside to outside with light movements. Do not be abrupt or nervous. Raise your arms gradually over your head, while continuing to turn your wrists. Look straight ahead. The belly must be returned.
Now lower your arms in front of your face and cross them. Lower them slowly without ever stopping the wrists. When your arms reach the hips, press your entire pelvis heavily on your right leg and then slowly to the left. Still right and left again.
Then, while continuing the movements of your basins on the right and left, raise your arms as at the beginning and repeat the same movements with your wrist.

2. The pool:
You must work well in your pool. For this a very simple exercise. Stand upright with your stomach tucked in and your hands on your hips. Make circular movements without moving your legs. You must feel that only your pelvis moves and works.

3. Charki step:
Stand upright, stomach tucked in. Lift slightly on the tip of your left foot and move your right foot with a good step and bring it back to the back with a good step. Do it a dozen times before reversing your feet. The arms must remain extended but you can add the wrist set described above (number 1).

4. Vibrations:
For this step, a long skirt and a beaded scarf or coin around the pelvis are required. Put your feet in parallel right in the gap of the hips: you do not have too much to spread them. Tuck your stomach and tighten your glutes. Bend the right knee and then the left knee. Be careful, only the knees work, the pelvis must not move. Accelerate the movement of the knees and begin to swing the pelvis right and left according to the rate of music. (See number 2 for the pool).

How to dance the hi-hat?

What is the hihat?

The Charleston is a dance that was created in the early 1900s by the black community of Charleston, South Carolina. She was dancing on ragtime jazz rhythms. It developed in the 1910s in Harlem and New York, and was popularized in France by Josephine Baker in the 1920s and was a huge success. It symbolized the new spirit of freedom that blew during the interwar period.
The clothes associated with this dance are the costumes of the roaring twenties, the Charleston dresses, with fringes, hair bands, large feathers. Charleston fashion is also the cut to the boy, big necklaces of glassware, hats bell.

How is Charleston dancing?

The Charleston dance is a rather difficult dance, characteristic of the Charleston is the energetic movement that the legs do when moving the weight of the body from side to side by slightly bending the knees and turning the feet inwards ( a bit like windshield wipers). In parallel, the arms make oscillating movements. The difficulty of dance lies in the speed and coordination of arm and leg movements. This sometimes gives the viewer a burlesque impression. The rhythm is fast and syncopated. The Charleston is played solo, with a partner or in a group.

How to learn to dance the hi-hat?

To learn how to dance the Charleston, you can register for dance classes, couples dancing or for example line dance or country lessons, the Charleston being one of the dances of this discipline (including the cowboy charleston is one of the first dances learned); hip-hop, deep house, lindy hop (east coast swing) also incorporate hi-hat steps. The best is to start by watching videos of hi-hat dancers be it dancers of the time or more modern videos (on Youtube.com). It is not mandatory to have dresses of the roaring twenties to go dancing. But if you want to make your hi-hat outfit, you can get inspired by crazy dresses and outfits.

How to dance like Shakira? (tips, tricks)

Shakira the dancer

Shakira is one of the stars most adored by young people and she accompanies her performance of particularly noted choreographies. These are inspired by Latin dances, such as cumbia or salsa, but also with a strong influence of oriental dance (by his Lebanese father), which gives him a really personal touch. She admits to having learned to be a belly dancer and practically all alone, which proves her innate abilities for dance.
Shakira dance is characterized mainly by hip and belly movements, as well as chest. All the movement of his body is ripples to the rhythm of the music.
Shakira was chosen to sing the official song of the 2010 Football World Cup, Waka waka (This time for Africa). The dance choreography of Shakira waka waka was made to be practiced by the fans. An African inspiration with hopping and hip movements. In 2006 Shakira in “Hips do not lie” proposes a new choreography, which is close to the streap dance.

How to dance like Shakira?

To get to dance like Shakira, you first have to learn how to do hips, belly and chest movements, for that we can start by looking at the many clips and try to do like her, see how Shakira moves her size in all the senses. You can also go out to Latin discos, watch the pros and practice. To learn Waka Waka, watch the World Cup clip and try to do the same. Otherwise dance schools offer oriental dance or Latin dance classes.

My advice

This of course makes all girls dream of dancing like Shakira, their idol. But do you know that Shakira means in Arabic “full of grace”, and it is obvious that she has the sacred fire in dance. Belly dancing is not given to everyone, it takes a lot of work. If you are really bitten, I advise you to register for an oriental dance class, to learn the right movements of belly dancing and hipsters. But the “Shakira dancing” is a sensual dance, even erotic, so it’s not really for girls too young.

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