Belly Dance Basics: Hip Slides, Circles, & Shimmies

Jump right in to belly dance with this fun basic course, learning hip slides, circles, and shimmies!
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course 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!

What are the requirements?

  • I recommend wearing comfortable work-out clothing. You may want to wear a coin hip scarf, but it is not required!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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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30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: Welcome & Warm Up

A brief introduction to your instructor, Shyama!


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


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.


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!

Section 2: Hip Slides

Horizontal hip slide breakdown, drill, and variations.


Vertical hip slide breakdown, drill, and variations.

Section 3: Hip Circles

Horizontal hip circle breakdown, drill, and variations.


Pelvic circle breakdown, drill, and variations.

Section 4: Shimmies

Basic shimmy breakdown, drill, speeds, and variations.


Twist shimmy breakdown and drills.

Section 5: Building Combinations

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

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

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

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

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.

Section 6: Cool Down

Take a moment to cool down and relax your muscles!


Thank you for watching and I hope you enjoyed!

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Instructor Biography

Amanda Garion, 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!

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