Is this one of the biggest problems for bellydance students?
There’s a problem I witness time and time again, not just with students learning to bellydance, but in advanced dancers and teachers all too often as well.
It results out of something that seems to be rarely taught in bellydance – what’s happening with the feet!
It’s as if bellydance starts with the hips and goes upwards. I even heard a really good dancer say one time that one of the great things about bellydance is that nobody sees your feet so it doesn’t matter what you do ‘down there.’
All great dance forms stress the importance of starting with the feet. If your feet and your weight are in the wrong place, you just can’t dance, as I demonstrate in the video above.
Belly dance isn’t just about standing there and wiggling, as so many non-dancers seem to think – it’s a fully formed dance that can be exciting, challenging and it needs the dancer to move around the stage with confidence and clarity.
In fact, I was told by a very famous Egyptian dancer that, when the top Egyptians are judging international competitions, the first thing they look at is the footwork. If that is confident and clean, then they will look up and watch the dancer. Otherwise they won’t bother, because there’s no point – the dancer won’t be good.
That’s certainly something to think about and gives the lie, to the idea that great Egyptian dancers just feel the music and dance from the heart. There’s a lot more to it than that!
Check out the short video above in which I explain the importance of knowing where your feet and weight are and how to easily overcome the problem if you get muddled when you dance. I think it’s an important one for teachers too, if you don’t teach this concept as a matter of course.
I hope it helps!
PS do leave a comment below with your thoughts!