Shimmy and shake your way to a healthier body with this modern fitness twist on an ancient Middle Eastern dance.
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Bally dancer Tava shows you how to perform a figure 8 in belly dancing.
Bally dancer Tava shows you how to perform an undulation in belly dancing.
Bally dancer Tava shows you how to perform a belly dance snake arm.
Bally dancer Tava shows you how to perform a belly dance hip roll.
Bally dancer Tava shows you how to perform a three quarter shimmy in belly dancing.
Bally dancer Tava shows you how to perform a shoulder shimmy in belly dancing.
Bally dancer Tava shows you how to perform a twist shimmy in belly dancing.
Bally dancer Tava shows you how to perform a travel step called the K step in belly dance.
Bally dancer Tava shows you how to perform a travel step in belly dance.
Belly Dancing: Hip Roll - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. Hi, I am Tava. I am here at Work It Dance and Fitness Studio...
Belly Dancing: Hip Roll - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. Hi, I am Tava. I am here at Work It Dance and Fitness Studios in Norwalk, Connecticut. Right now I am going to teach you how to do a belly dance hip roll. We are going to do them two ways: hip rolls on the up and hip rolls on the down. The first thing I want you to do is stand in basic belly dance posture, knees soft, tailbone tucked, chest lifted and shoulders down. So, I am going to start by imagining there is a pencil come straight out of my hipbone and I want to draw a circle on the wall in front of me. I am going to bend the knees deeply, press the hip out to the side, lift up to the ball of the foot, and then pull back into center. So I am drawing down, out, lifting the heel, contracting the obliques, and pulling into center. When I smooth that out, down, out, up and in. Down, out, up and in. Down, out, up and in. You want to be mindful that the tailbone does not tip back, pushing the bottom out. You want to imagine you are stuck between two planes of glass and you can only move sideways. Down, out, contracting the obliques, pulling back into center. Let us try it on the other side. Bending the knees, sliding the pelvis up to the left, lifting the heel and pulling into center. Down, out, up and in. Now let us try alternating right side to left side. This can be a little bit tricky. As I lift my hip up on the right, I am going to transition on a diagonal down and over to the other side, pushing off to one ball of the foot and then the other. So, I am getting this figure eight type quality in the hips. Right and left. Right and left. I am also being mindful not to slide on the foot. I do not want to swish it back and forth like that. Again, I am staying in the frontal plane. Right, left, engaging the obliques, and it is a very soft movement. Excellent. So now let us shift. Instead of the hip roll on the up, we are going to do the hip roll on the down. So, I am going to start... Less
Belly Dancing: Undulations - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. Now we are going to learn how to do an undulation, which ...
Belly Dancing: Undulations - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. Now we are going to learn how to do an undulation, which is this action. So, what I am going to do is first go up on my soapbox and preach to you about the pecs. The pecs are muscles that are chronically shortened with people. Everything we do, our arms are in front of us, so these muscles get very short and the shoulders pull forward. What you need to keep in mind for the undulation is to stretch the pecs. Doing what you are, in effect, doing is moving the ribcage in front of the shoulder girdle, which means I am getting a stretch here. So, I highly recommend just standing in a doorway and opening the pecs before you start this movement. So, I am going to angle my body forward, push the ribcage in front of the shoulders. Shoulders are pressed down. Scoop up, tilt the ribcage. I will show you from the side. The front of the ribcage is higher than the back. Then I roll down the belly, squeezing. Now, I am set up for the next one. Forward, up, tilt back, and center. Excellent. Good. Forward, up, back and center. A lot of times when you are learning this, the shoulders want to come with you. They do not understand they are not invited to this party. They have to stay down, away from the ears. It is all about the ribcage. So, another thing I like to remember is if you think of the sternum having a big ice cream scoop sticking right out of it and a wall of ice cream in front of you, and you are trying to get a rounded scoop. Absolutely. It is wonderful for the spine. Forward, up, back and center. Forward, up, back and center. The other thing to keep in mind when you are doing this is to an imagine an invisible horn between the chin and the chest so that you do not let the neck get involved unless you want to for a different kind of effect. There are some people that like to engage the neck, but for our purposes we are going to keep it nice and neutral, very relaxed neck... Less
Belly Dancing: Three Quarter Shimmy - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. We are going to learn how to do a three-quarter ...
Belly Dancing: Three Quarter Shimmy - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. We are going to learn how to do a three-quarter shimmy, which is perhaps a little bit more advanced, but still, a reasonably coordinated beginner can get the hang of this as well. So what I want you to think about first is tranferring the weight, and notice as you shift the weight from the right side to the left side, the hips will slide side to side as well. So what I am going to do is I am going to step my right foot slightly in front, shift the weight to that foot, contract the obliques to lift the foot and drop it down in front of me. Transfer the weight to that left foot, contract the obliques on teh right side to lift the foot and drop it down in front. So, if you imagine that there is a brace on your knees and you cannot bend your knees, but you need to step forward, you have to use your obliques. These muscles right along the side. They are going to contract to lift and drop the foot. Sso tranferring the weight, use the obliques and release, transfer the weight, contract and release. Transfer, contract, release. And a one, and a two and a three and a four. Now, you want to be mindful to keep the upper body nice and steady and relaxed. It does not get to come to this party, so you have to just keep it out of the equation - really think about pelvis and below. Let us try it backwards. I am going to shift the weight to the right foot, engage the left obliques to lift that foot, step it back. Transfer the weight, contract the obliques, and release. Shift the weight, lift, and drop, one and a two and a three and a four and a. So when you get this and you start to feel comfortable with it, I like to have the accent on the down: and a one and a two... You may get tempted to take it a little bit faster, which is completely fine, just make sure you do not lose the integrity oif the movement and turn it into mush. When it is fast it looks like this, when it is slow it... Less
Belly Dancing: Chest Isolations - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. Today we are going to learn how to do some chest iso...
Belly Dancing: Chest Isolations - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. Today we are going to learn how to do some chest isolations. This is big with Middle Eastern Dance. You want to be able to move one part of the body and keep everything else still. So the tricky part about moving the chest is that the hips will want to come with you. So standing in that strong belly dance posture where the lower belly is very contracted is going to help to stabilize the pelvis so everything above the belly button is free to move. You might want to try some of these seated but for now, if we are standing, again holding that contraction, I am going to imagine a string at the sternum pulling the rib cage forward and then dropping it back behind me. So I am actually keeping the shoulders right where they are and moving the rib cage in front of them, and behind them, in front of them and behind them. Now I also want to be able to do a rib cage slide. So again I am actually going to move the rib cage over to the right. Keeping the shoulders parallel. So what I am not doing is a tilt, keeping the shoulders right where they are. Rib cage slide. Exactly, good. Sliding the rib cage side to side, keeping the shoulders nice and parallel. Movement is nice and smooth. Excellent. So we did a lift and a drop, and a slide to the side. Let us try that again. Lift, drop. Sliding to the side. Now if I combine those movements I can do a diamond shape. Forward, side, back and side. Forward, side, back and side. Smoothing out the corners of that movement I can begin to draw a circle. Please be mindful of where the pelvis is in space, it is really easy to lose control. So keeping that contraction, lifting up in the rib cage. I like to imagine that there is a large ball and I am just drawing my rib cage all along sides of the ball. And let us try it in the other direction. You might find that one side is easier than another that is perfectly natural and I always suggest that... Less
Belly Dancing: Twist Shimmy - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. Today we are going to learn how to do a Twist Shimmy. In...
Belly Dancing: Twist Shimmy - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. Today we are going to learn how to do a Twist Shimmy. In the belly dance world there are many ways to shimmy but today we are going to focus on the hip twist. So what I am doing is I am just sort of pushing the right side and the left side, forward, alternating and I am not engaging the knee. If I do engage the knee I wind up doing some sort of Elvis impersonation. So what I really want to do is have the knees soft not locked straight but not particularly bent somewhere right in the middle. Keeping the upper body very lifted. I am going to engage the abs really strongly because I want a release in the glutes. So I am going to twist and as I feel comfortable I press my feet firmly in to the floor, I can speed it up. And all it is is a twist. So I am not engaging the knees at all, I am just twisting. Right, left, right, left. Right, left, right, left. And the more I squeeze the abdominals in the front, the more I can have a relief in the back. So here is your basic Twist Shimmy. And again, the really hard part with the Twist Shimmy is that the upper body is working so hard to be steady. So I see a lot of times students, their hands will shake and this will happen. So one thing you might want to do is just sort of hold on to the back of a chair, you can have a chair on either side of you to steady the hands while you are learning. You can also touch a wall for some stabilization. Just give your hands a little bit of help so they are not grasping for something. So keeping the hands at a nice, pretty position. Learning to keep them stable, twist as fast as you can. Once you are comfortable with this movement you can take it on the road. What I mean by that is I can have my hips over to the right and over to the left. Again, being very mindful not to look hysterical it is all calm up top, ideally. I can also push it forward and pull it back. Forward and back. And if I combine those... Less
Belly Dancing: Tips on Doing Shimmy - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. One of the more popular movements in belly dance...
Belly Dancing: Tips on Doing Shimmy - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. One of the more popular movements in belly dance is the shimmy. And so when you are doing the shimmy, you have to remember that the body naturally wants to shake, and we work very hard to keep it from not shaking sometimes. So, with a lot of these moves, you will find that the more relaxed you are when you are doing a fast movement, the better results you will get. So when I am doing a shimmy, I cannot hold my breath and try to move like that. I have to just really relax. So, again, you are alternating the knees, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And you should stay here for as long as you need to, until you feel the glutes, and all the stuff on the inner thigh. Everything should just relax. One thing that you will probably notice is that you have one knee raring to go, and the other one kinda sputters along. So what you need to do is balance out the knees in order for your shimmy to be successful. So what I like to do is one knee at a time. I will start with my left knee. Just, bend, straighten, bend, straighten, bend, straighten. I have got my weight over that leg. And then I will fasten it until I feel a little bit of a release up here. Then I will switch over to the right knee. Bend, straighten, bend, straighten, bend, straighten, bend straighten. And then give a little bit of a shake. And I just want to see that release on the inner thigh. I know all the things that we do not like to do with our bodies. But, hey, stuff shakes. Why not enjoy it? So now, I am just going to wiggle the knees back and forth, I lift the arms. And just get a tiny little vibration shimmy going. And then I can sort of adjust to where my feet are, where my weight is, and get it a little bit bigger. And that is your shimmy. Have fun. Less
Belly Dancing: Shoulder Shimmy - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. Now we are going to learn how to do a shoulder shimmy...
Belly Dancing: Shoulder Shimmy - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. Now we are going to learn how to do a shoulder shimmy. So the first thing I want to say about the shoulder shimmy is that we are very much trained to not shake what naturally wants to shake sometimes, so you want to make sure you are relaxed. Because it is a fast movement, if you try to make yourself move as fast as you can it can look very tense and not natural. So you really want to lengthen the exhale. The body is more relaxed on the exhale. So when you do the shoulder shimmy, do not hold your breath. Slow down the breathing and it will look much better. So I am going to start by just alternating the shoulders back and forth, back and forth. And again, I would like for my hands to remain fairly steady. They may not be 100% perfectly still, but they are not flying around in space. So again, I have to imagine that my hands are locked in little mouseholes and only my shoulders can move, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Then when you feel comfortable there, you can kick it up a notch. Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Exactly. And again, remaining calm and relaxed, engaging that low belly so the pelvis is perfectly still. And then when you are really ready, you go for gold. Now if you notice, I am wearing a coin hip scarf. And when you get comfortable with this movement you will find that there is no sound coming from the hip scarf. When you are first starting, this will probably happen and do not get discouraged. Keep that contraction and start slow. Gradually build your speed, and that is your test. If you can wear a coin scarf without hearing any noise, you have gotten pretty good. Then you can have a little fun with it, dipping down, layering it with some chest isolations. Arm isolations. Possibilities are endless. And that is your shoulder shimmy. Less
Belly Dancing: Figure 8 - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. We are going to learn how to do figure 8's. And with the fig...
Belly Dancing: Figure 8 - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. We are going to learn how to do figure 8's. And with the figure 8 again, my feet are going to be wider than my hips, I am going to angle my right hip forward and what I essentially want to do is draw a circle with the hip around each foot. So what I mean by that is once my right hip is pushed forward I am going to think about taking it in front of my right foot, to the side of the foot and back. Once I am here my left hip is now facing forward, I am going to transfer the weight and take that left hip forward, side and back. This is where people often get stuck, is how to transfer. Again think about switching the knee. I am going to bend the left knee which takes the right hip out to the side and back. Now bend the right knee which takes the left hip to the side and back. So when I smooth it out I have forward, side, back. Forward, side, back. Forward, side, back. And I am just very gently, very comfortably switching the knees back and forth. Keeping the chest lifted, and sliding the hips forward, side, back. Forward, side, back. You should feel very comfortable, very massaging for the spine, very low impact. And once you have it you can add some arms. Just bring a little more life in to the movements. You can take it a little bit smaller, a little bit faster. So now we are going to reverse the direction of that figure 8 and go back to front. We just did forward to back so if you imagine with starting with that hip back I am going to push it forward in front of me and then transfer the weight, bending the opposite knee. That hip goes back to forward, back to forward. Same idea, drawing an 8 with the pelvis and that transition I am switching the knees. Very loose, very comfortable. Back, side, forward. Back, side, forward. Back, side, forward. And again I can vary the tempo. This should be very loose, very easy on the body. Back to front, back to front. And again I can play with... Less
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