5.23.2013

This One Change Can Enhance Your Egyptian Bellydance

One of my most valuable A-ha! moments in bellydance was when I discovered this easy posture modification.

Through dance coach, DaVid of Scandinavia, I learned that slightly adjusting your posture gives you access to a more Egyptian Raks Sharki and Modern Oriental look and feel. Now mind you, it takes much more (A LOT more) to fully capture the Egyptian Raks Sharki interpretation but this is a start. A very important one.

If you are looking to infuse a more Modern Oriental vibe into your bellydance or if you're just looking  to learn about different bellydance postures this will be a helpful tool.   


Let me prep you though…WARNING: As with anything new, if you are used to a different posture, this will feel awkward and will take some practice. Once you are more comfortable with it, you will see the benefits for yourself!  
Here are some of the goodies you'll gain:

  • Pelvis and lower back are released giving lower body movement a more effortless look and feel.
  • Weight balance on feet changes, you almost instantly approach movement differently, giving you more dance vocabulary.
  • Allows for a lower "center" giving a much more earthy and grounded starting point-- who doesn't want that in bellydance?!

Now check out this short video, try it yourself and please, let me know how it felt and if it changed anything for you.



Tell me how your body felt when moving from this new posture in the comments below:)


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4 comments:

  1. Very cool! Thanks for sharing this tip. I like the second posture better for 2 reasons. It frees up my hips for more range of motion, and it just feels more natural to me since this is very, very similar to the slight lean taught in classical ballet.

    I'm loving it!

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    1. That's so great SaraBeth! I agree, I love how free and unlocked my pelvis feels in the Egyptian posture. It's really fun to see the different flavor this little change can give your movement.

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  2. Will you show us in person at the Bootcamp? It's putting strain in my low back, so I'm thinking I'm doing something wrong.

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  3. Yes, this will definitely be covered at the workshop, we will experiment with it.

    I would need to know dome details to help you out now though.

    The first thing that pops into my head is; are you pulling your lower abs in as you do the "sitting" position before you straighten your legs?
    The belly and back should be completely relaxed at that point. You will feel a more intense muscle engagement in the mid upper back, around the back bra-snap/closure and core area. That feels "odd" before you get used to it.

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