Belly Dance – Figure Eights

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dance expert Dianna Dwyer demonstrates how to do figure eights when belly dancing.

    Dianna Dwyer

    Dianna started studying the beautiful art form of middle eastern dance in 1994 and made her first stage appearance in 1996. She has participated in professional shows in Honolulu, New York City as well as Baltimore. She performs five nights a week at Casablanca restaurant in Old Town Alexandria and also at La Kasbah in Reston. Thursday nights she teaches at Fitness First in Tyson's Corner. One of the highlights in her career was winning the title of the duchess of dance and Peoples Choice winner in the 2003 East Coast belly dance classic competition. In 2006 she was selected to attend Hadias 10 day professional training program in Montreal Canada. In 2007 she traveled to Cairo to further her studies. She has also traveled to her home in New Zealand and taught workshops at the annual middle eastern festival. In August 2007 she was on the cover of the Northern Virginia magazine.

    Diana: Now, we are going to over some Figure Eights of our hips, and what we do is we angle this hip out into this corner, we bring it around to the back, and then we angle it out into that corner. We bring it out to the back, and then we angle it to that corner, and then back, angle it to the other corner. So, then we get a nice Figure Eight. So, we just go over that again. So, we bring our hip, we push it out, using our knees, and then we swing it right around to the back, to this back corner, and the new bring it out onto that corner, we bring that back to this corner here, and then back out and that's what we call a Figure Eight of the hips. Good, and that's the forward Figure Eight, then we can go and reverse it into a backward Figure Eight. Great; and we can change the speed, and the height on that, great. The next one is going to be a hip roll, and what you do is you straighten this leg, and you bring the hip into your body. So, up and down, up and down, up and down, up and down, up and down, so, I am rolling this up, up, using these thigh muscles here, and dropping it down, and then I am using this one, and dropping it down, up and down, up, down, up, down, up, down, good, up, down, up, down, then we go reverse, and we can go up and over and down, up and over and down, up and over and down, good. Now, I am going to go over some hip circles, and this movement is used a lot in the dance form. We push our hips out to the side, we point our pelvis forward, and you shouldn't hurt your back, there should be no pressure on your back, it's just out to the side, and then bring it around in a scoop, do the scoop out to the other side, and then with a nice, straight back, to the back, and to the side. So, side, scoop around the front, out to the other side, and scoop out of the back, and that's what we call hip circle, good. And we can reverse it, we go out to this side, scoop around the front, out to the other side, scoop around the back, and there. And this should put no pressure on your back. You should be feeling nice and relaxing, good, and that's what we call a big, hip circle. We can do little ones, if we are going to do little ones we need to put our feet together, because it looks kind of rude if we do little ones. So, we put our feet together, and we just bring it -- the same movement, but underneath our body, good. And then we can do the same movement up on one leg. And then we can turn onto the other side, do it on the other side, and we can change the level, great. And then the other hip movement we are going to do, is up and over, up and over, we can do up and over, up and over, up and over, up and over, good, and then one more is a Hip-Hit, and we just pretend we are trying to hit something out here on now, out on the side here, side, side, side, side, side, and we can do it double, and to do them, I am using my thigh muscles again, my inner thigh muscles and my thigh in it. One, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, and that concludes our belly dance section on hip movements.