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.
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).
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).