Belly Dance – Travelling Steps

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dance expert Dianna Dwyer demonstrates how to do the belly dance move, travelling steps.

    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: Hi! My name is Diana. I am a Middle Eastern belly dance instructor and performer in the Northern Virginia area, and I am going to over some traveling steps. So, first we'll begin with a basic, a lift, a basic Egyptian move. So, I lift, step, and we are using our hip here to lift, lift, lift, lift, lift. So, I am using my thigh, and my hip to lift and my abdominal muscles, so we just lift, lift, lift, and we can walk around in a circle, we can walk around the room using the step, and keeping on time to music, great. Now, the next one I am going to cover is a step and point. So, we step and we point, step, point, and then we cross behind, point, cross behind, point, cross in front, point, cross in front, point, and then behind, point, behind, point, and front point, and we can travel around the room using this step, great. And the other step we can use to travel around is a Two-Two Shimmy, and that's just forward, back, forward, back, with our knees, and we get up on our toes, and we just do it very quickly, and we can travel around, good. And it's just like we are running, and we are letting our hips move, good. And that's the Two-Two Shimmy. And we could go all around the room using this movement, great. The next movement we will cover is an undulation, traveling undulation, and what I do is I keep my weight in between the two feet, and I use my abdominal muscles, good, we then travel around. So, I am rocking in between the weight and between my front foot, and my back foot, good, then we hit it on the other side, good. Now, the next step I will cover is a what I call a Cha-Cha step, and its one, two, three, change, one, two, three, change, one, two, three, change, one, two, three, change. We angle it to the corner, and then to that corner, to the back corner, to the back corner. One, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, good. And that's what I call a Cha-Cha step, and I am just simply changing the weight in between the two feet, good. So, hip lift, lift, lift, lift, lift, lift, lift, lift, and cha-cha, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, the two-two, and we can move around using this step, great, and we can undulate back, good. And the other step I will cover is an Aerobics and its one, two, three, switch, it's one, two, three, switch, one, two, three, switch, one, two, three, switch, one, two, three, switch, one, two, three, switch, one, two, three, switch, and you try bring your hip round to the front, so that I can see your hip, and you can travel around the room using this step too, good. One more time, and that concludes the belly dance section on traveling steps.