Arms and hands movements are basic when it comes to differentiate different dance styles. For example, the hand movement you would use for flamenco has nothing to do with the movements you would use for Indian dances.
At the same time, arms and hands are usually forgotten. I’ve seen so many amazing bellydancers: spins, glance, legs and feet very well executed, but arms and hands left alone, floppy and far from elegant…
In bellydance, we also have our specific arms and hands movements. We usually move arms and hands softly and in a fluid motion. Fingers are together but not tense, and movement starts in our wrists.
This last thing, the hand movement coming from our wrists, it’s in my opinion the most important and forgotten.
Bellydance hand movement starts in our wrists
It’s very possible that no one told you about this just yet, specially if you are still in a beginner level. It’s quite normal in any learning process that everything is out of control. Don’t get frustrated if you don’t manage to get it at the first try. Just have fun with the process (I repeat this as a mantra).
It is very important that you learn step by step, in little pills, as we do in Bellydance With The Moon.
On top of it, coordination takes its time and needs practice. First you have to automate the movements to be able to add movement layers afterwards (we talk about coordination in the last week of Bellydance With The Moon).
Just think about virtually stroking the ceiling and floor today, focus on relaxing those hands, and we’ll see tomorrow.
Check out the lesson now, but please bear in mind:
Dancing is not only moving the body — Move your soul as well!
Did you ever think about this soft hand movement before?
After watching today’s lesson, share with us in the comments: Did you ver think about your hand movement in this way? Which has been you revelation from today’s lesson?
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And if you would like to dive deeper into the arms and hands movements with me, you have two options:
- For intermediate dancers: Joining the Arms and Hands for Bellydance program waiting list, so you are the first to know when we open the doors again.
- For beginners dancers: Joining Bellydance With the Moon: 29 Days to Start Bellydancing, in which we dedicate a whole week to the arms and hands.
Thank you for reading and enjoying dance. See you again soon over here .
A hug full of hope and dance,
ps. This video is included in my mega article Bellydance Your First Steps. You might want to have a look at it.