demoneyesandangelwings asked: I've always had a fascination with belly dancing. The movements, the beauty, the clothing, the muscle control; it's all amazing to me. I really want to learn how to. Do you have any tips for a beginner? I have some control of my hips, but that's all.

Find a teacher in your area! It’s best to have a professional teach the proper posture & movements. That way, they are there to quickly correct you or give you tips.

If you aren’t able to find a teacher, online is the second best resource. Datura Online offers quality instruction by top-notch teachers. You can easily choose your level. I suggest you start with Classic & Egyptian before going to any of the fusion styles.

Other online PAID sources:

If you don’t have the funds to pay for teacher, DVDs or online streaming, Youtube is really best option but I don’t recommend it. If you can spare $5 that is enough to get one lesson online depending on the site. Followers, if you know of any QUALITY instructors on Youtube, please share!

If you have to practice at home:

  1. Use a mirror
  2. Always pay attention to your posture
  3. Warm-up & stretch before practice and cool down after
  4. Focus on one part of your body at a time. After learning movements for arms, chest, abdomen, hips, and legs, drill each part separately until you feel you’ve got it!

This is just a start but I hope it helps.

Followers, feel free to offer your own tips & resources.


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