Belly Dance Basics: Hip Slides, Circles, & Shimmies
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Belly Dance Basics: Hip Slides, Circles, & Shimmies

Jump right in to belly dance with this fun basic course, learning hip slides, circles, and shimmies!
4.9 (10 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
136 students enrolled
Created by Amanda Garion
Last updated 4/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • use proper posture for belly dance
  • perform basic hip moves like slides, circles, and shimmies
  • build dance combinations based on moves learned
  • See in an increase in self confidence!
  • use learned movements for a good core workout
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Requirements
  • I recommend wearing comfortable work-out clothing. You may want to wear a coin hip scarf, but it is not required!
Description

In this introductory, basic course, students will get a great start in learning to belly dance for fitness, fun, or performance! Belly dance has existed since ancient times, and continues to mesmerize audiences today. Originally performed to prepare women for childbirth, the dance is a naturally good core workout, designed to power muscles in your core, legs, arms, and back. Absolutely anyone can benefit and enjoy this art form--including men, children, and women of all shapes and sizes! Learning and performing belly dance can do wonders for self esteem, self confidence, and promote positive body image!

In this course, Shyama will teach hip movements like slides, circles, and shimmies, as well as variations on these moves. Combinations will be taught using individual moves to form the building blocks of a dance choreography of your own. Students will explore precise technique, fluidity, and varying speeds. After completing this course, students will have a foundation for continuing their dance study, and for practicing on their own.

Whether you are looking to form a new and unique fitness regimen, learn a new style of dance, drill moves you already know, or just want to try something different, this course is for you! Shyama breaks down moves to their simplest aspects so students can follow along and learn the techniques.

This course is just one of a set of beginner courses Shyama intends to make. Keep looking for more classes, and feel free to make suggestions to the instructor!

Who is the target audience?
  • This belly dance course is meant for students with little to no previous experience. Beginners are welcome, as well as those wanting to perfect their technique or drill basic moves.
  • This course will not fit your needs if you are looking for more advanced technique or choreography.
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
01:20:27
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Welcome & Warm Up
4 Lectures 13:59

A brief introduction to your instructor, Shyama!

Preview 00:54

A quick overview and demonstration of what you will learn in this course.

Preview 01:36

This lecture will prepare your body to dance through simple stretches of the muscles used for belly dance. You will learn a quick warm up routine that I use before each practice and performance.

Warm Up Stretching
09:03

This lecture will teach the correct posture for belly dance performance. Posture for this dance is meant to be elegant, but also safe. Correct posture will look lovely and protect your body!

Posture
02:26
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Hip Slides
2 Lectures 13:26

Horizontal hip slide breakdown, drill, and variations.

Preview 05:04

Vertical hip slide breakdown, drill, and variations.

Vertical Hip Slides
08:22
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Hip Circles
2 Lectures 16:59

Horizontal hip circle breakdown, drill, and variations.

Horizontal Hip Circles
08:58

Pelvic circle breakdown, drill, and variations.

Pelvic Circles
08:01
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Shimmies
2 Lectures 10:33

Basic shimmy breakdown, drill, speeds, and variations.

Basic Shimmy
06:55

Twist shimmy breakdown and drills.

Preview 03:38
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Building Combinations
5 Lectures 24:15

Students will follow the instructor as she breaks down and then drills several combinations. Students will learn to transition between movements and practice fluidity.

Preview 05:42

Students will follow the instructor as she breaks down and then drills several combinations. Students will learn to transition between movements and practice fluidity.
Combination 2
05:08

Students will follow the instructor as she breaks down and then drills several combinations. Students will learn to transition between movements and practice fluidity.

Combination 3
04:09

Students will follow the instructor as she breaks down and then drills several combinations. Students will learn to transition between movements and practice fluidity.
Combination 4
05:30

Try to follow along with Shyama's moves to "Intertwine" by Beats Antique! Using a variety of the moves and combinations learned in this course, test your skills to follow along and smoothly transition between moves. Don't get discouraged; just keep trying and most importantly---HAVE FUN!


Additionally I have attached a downloadable document with a listing and descriptions of the moves we have learned in this course for your reference.

Follow the Leader!
03:46
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Cool Down
2 Lectures 01:05

Take a moment to cool down and relax your muscles!

Cool Down Stretching
00:34

Thank you for watching and I hope you enjoyed!

Thank You!
00:31
About the Instructor
Amanda Garion
4.9 Average rating
10 Reviews
136 Students
1 Course
Belly Dance Professional

Amanda began her study of belly dance in January 2012, after being mesmerized by gypsy-style belly dancers at several renaissance faires. She started by taking classes at local park districts, and quickly caught on to the intricate moves involved in belly dance, and always wanted to learn more, and more... Amanda entered the performing world and took on the stage name of Shyama. She continues to study belly dance technique on her own, by taking workshops with other professionals, and doing extensive research on all styles and techniques of belly dancing. Her musical tastes have always involved metal in all its forms, and upon meeting two like-minded dancers, her troupe Stygian Sisters was born!

Amanda has created and performed several solo dances, and is constantly working on more. She specializes in fusion-style belly dance, drawing inspiration from all styles of dance around the world. She also enjoys dancing with props like swords, veils, and fans.

Amanda began teaching private lessons in 2013 out of her home. Her students often comment about how much self confidence and self esteem they have developed since taking her classes. Amanda hopes to spread her love for belly dance and the beneficial effects it has--physically, emotionally, spiritually, and even socially!