Correct posture is the
foundation of all belly dance moves. It
provides a grounded and centralised core from which each move can originate and
be performed safely.
When correct posture is
exercised it will allow you to develop strength, control, fluidity and grace as
well as an improved silhouette and body line.
The key points to remembering
correct posture are:
1. Feet parallel and placed hip
width apart-beneath the hip bones
2. Weight balanced evenly between
the heels and balls of the feet
3. Knees soft and slightly bent
4. Pelvis tucked under, held by psoas and lower abdominal muscles
5. Abdomen tucked in and lifted, muscles gently engaged
6. Chest lifted & rib cage
7. Shoulders rolled back and down
8. Neck lengthened and chin held
You will benefit from regularly checking your dance posture and correcting it when necessary.
There are many different rhythms within bellydance music. However, 4/4 is the most commonly used
rhythm. It is a
beat pattern that allows for four beats per bar of music: 1-2-3-4.
Most dance combinations and choreography will
work to a count of 8 beats or multiples thereof: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8.
A dancers job is to interpret the music, so as the beat pattern varies so will the count pattern in order to match it.
The key to following the beat in music is to listen for the 'down beat' this is the first beat in the repeated rhythm i.e the 1-
By listening to music and clapping or tapping out the beat you will begin to train your ear to follow the rhythm with precision.
Words & Translations
The following translations are commonly used to describe bellydance.
Beledi:‘dance of the people’.
Raks Sharqi: ‘dance of the east’.
Danse Du ventre: ‘dance of the stomache’.
Danse Orientale/Oriental Dance: ‘dance from the east’.
Bellydance: a generic term that is widely recognized in the west, stemming from a translation of danse du ventre.