In general, your body looks like the picture above. But some people will have a very “hip” hip when they stand. So while you could describe themselves as “Belly Dancers,” they really aren’t. “It’s all about the body” has always been a mantra of our community, but it can now mean what it has meant to so many of us: the body is just an excuse to move, and I believe our community will benefit from that. For some, it’s also an excuse to not be “the best.”
When you get into the gym, all you want to do is get stronger and make your body as strong as it can be. But as a dancer, the ultimate goal is to “move” better, and in doing so, create a more comfortable and confident “body” for yourself through the use of moves like the belly dance. When they move, they move their hips as they move through their poses, which makes movement very difficult – and this is one situation in which I’ve seen our community struggle for years. One of the primary ways they want to get “better” at this, as many of you know, is to move in “proper” ways. So what can be better than having “proper movements”? If all you see at the end of those poses is a “Belly Dance” pose (i.e., a “proper” dance to follow), it can be very difficult to move forward or backward, much less change directions. For me personally, this issue of proper “proper” movement has always felt frustrating and, at times, downright painful. And it was only after years of seeing many of our community members struggle with “proper” moves during class that I started taking the classes that I believe we’re starting to see the first results.
So what does “proper” movement look like, in terms of what poses work best for “proper” movement? A good place to start is with these stretches.
So what kind of exercises should we be doing? We’re going to start with the belly dancer’s “proper” dance. Because when you have a pose of this form, your hip flexor (i.e., the one that moves your hips) will naturally be relaxed (i.e., you will not be moving your hips, in this case, as your body moves through the pose). Then you’re going to move over to the opposite position. When you start moving over here