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ESSENCE OF BELLYDANCE™ - Free Online Belly Daning Classes

ESSENCE OF BELLYDANCE™ - Free Online Belly Daning Classes

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Bellydance Class #1
entry level

Start your training with this entry level class. You learn the fundamentals of belly dance: posture, seesaws, side sliding and mayas with your hips and chest.

Bellydance Class #2

Do the moves fromclass #1 already feel smooth & juicy? In class #2 you'll learn more belly dance basics: tilting internal circles and vertical circles with your hips and chest. The afro with pelvic floor integration is our specialty.

Bellydance Class #3

In class #3 you'll learn more of the essential belly dance basics: sliding forward and classical Egyptian horizontal circles with the hips and chest.

Bellydance Class #4

In class #4 you'll learn more belly dance basics: camels with the hips and chest and your first sharp hips accents initiated by your gluteus muscles.

Bellydance Class #5

In class #5 you'll learn more belly dance basics: twists and horizontal eights with pelvic floor integration as well as some basic arm movements like the snake arms.

Bellydance Class #6

In class #6 you'll learn some advanced belly dance moves: hagala schimmy and variations as well as arm movements that lead up to the snake arms.

Bellydance Class #7

In class #7 you'll learn some advanced belly dance moves: hip drops, accents, elegant eights with foot lifts, layered with chest camels and hip drops, as well as the secrets of a great hip shimmy.

Bellydance Choreography
Intermediate - Advanced

Learn my beautiful belly dance choreography step by step! It's my interpretation of a classical Egyptian love song "Daret Al Ayam" (Days go by) by Um Kalsoum.

Bellydance all moves
Beginner - Advanced

Here you have an overview of all the belly dance moves you have learned so far. Step by step instructions.

Bellydance all Drills
Beginner - Advanced

Here you have an overview of all the Bellydance drills with music. Dance for as long as you can!

Tips on Dance & Health

An overview of Coco's tips & the home of her new interview series Free Woman. Have fun!

Bellydance Full classes

An overview on full length bellydance classes that we've recorded for you here in Berlin. The German video contains subtitles.

Sensuous Dance Workout

Everything about Coco's Sensuous Dance Workout program - your personal wellness program at home: TV-shows, reviews, interviews.

COCO's Bellydance Shows

Here you can see a collection of Coco's belly dance shows. Enjoy!

Teacher Training

Listen to what our graduates have to say about our teacher training and watch the scholarship entries.

Fun Travel, interviews...

An overview of all interviews, travel vlogs and other videos from and with Coco.

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Learning belly dance at home - video lessons, basic rules

Sophie Shine

Muscular gymnastics specialist, medical psychologist, Сolady magazine expert


Reading time: 4 minutes

It is quite possible to learn belly dancing at home. We will tell COLADY about what is needed for this.

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How to start learning belly dance for beginners at home - paraphernalia and basic rules

Belly dancing requires a woman to be able to relax those muscle groups that are not involved in work at the moment. Only in this way can a dancer perform dance movements for thirty minutes.

Belly dance lessons will require lady to form her own sexual image as a dancer. You can fully immerse yourself in the world of oriental dance only by creating your own image. An important role here is played by costume, jewelry and, of course, makeup. All of the above will focus on the sexuality and femininity of an oriental dancer.

  • In order to choose the right clothes for dancing, you should know that in the first months of the figure of a woman will change significantly . The waist will become more refined, and excess fat will disappear. It is recommended to purchase some elements of the attire for oriental dances after some time has passed.
  • For beginners, belly dance is better to dance in combination short top with breeches or leggings.
  • Later, a woman can complete her look with a loincloth with coins , which create the intended mood during training.
  • With regard to shoes for belly dancing, we recall that for a long time there has been a tendency to dance oriental dances barefoot, thus marking an inseparable connection with the Earth. For women who do not want to dance barefoot, can wear ballerinas, shoes or socks.

In order to harmoniously and correctly perform belly dance, a woman must be well versed in the styles of oriental dances, know their differences, and also know what costume, music and vocabulary correspond to a particular style.

Video lessons of belly dance for beginners - basic movements

Video: belly dance - first lessons

  • A notable element of belly dance is "rocking chair". To perform this movement, the woman must rise on tiptoe with her legs placed together, bend them slightly at the knees and mentally draw a vertical line through the navel. Along this line, you need to smoothly move your hips so that the navel remains in place. You can do dance elements up - down or forward - backward.

- in the vertical plane , put your feet together, rise to the toes and bend your knees a little. In turn, we pull up to the armpits of the thigh so that the location of the navel remains unchanged. This element of the dance can also be performed moving forward.

To perform movements in a perpendicular plane (forward - backward) we stand on a full foot, bend our knees a little. Bending the lower back as much as possible, we take the pelvis back. We lead it forward and pull the pubis to the navel. Plastically moving the hips, we describe a semicircle. The center of the circle is in the navel. Accelerating the pace, we switch to shaking the stomach.

  • The next element of belly dance is “pendulum” . To perform the exercise from top to bottom, up to the armpit, we raise the right thigh, bring it to the right and lower it down, raising the left thigh to the armpit.

Pendulum from below - up is performed by bringing the right thigh further to the side. By lifting the heel off the floor, the thigh is pulled towards the armpit. Diagonally lower the right thigh, lifting the left thigh up to the armpit.

  • Hip circles. Don't forget - when dancing the element, you need to make sure that the back remains straight. In the horizontal plane, we mentally imagine a circle for ourselves. We strive to outline it from behind with the buttocks, bending the lower back as much as possible. In front, you need to get the pubis on the stomach as much as possible.
  • Reset wheels. Describe a circle and, pulling back the pelvis, perform a hip drop from top to bottom. On the following laps, the movement continues without stopping. Circles can be horizontal, vertical, large, medium and small. If you try to make circles in the frontal plane, you get a new movement.
  • Dance element "Wave". It should only work the hips. The upper body is immobile. To perform the element, we stand on high half-fingers, half a turn towards the viewer. In the vertical plane, we imagine a circle, the axis of which passes through the femurs. In the direction from below - forward - up - back, we try to describe it with our hips. The execution of this element is possible with advancement to the side or forward. There are several types of waves - lateral and frontal.

Do you know the art of belly dancing?

belly dancing for beginners video lessons

Belly dancing for beginners

An experienced instructor will teach you how to dance best. On our site you can watch videos with master classes, where different instructors offer different, interesting belly dance techniques. You just have to choose exactly what you like and learn the movements to the magic music.

Where do you start? First of all, you must learn to relax those muscle groups that are not needed at certain stages of the dance. Otherwise, your body simply will not withstand even a half-hour load.

You should also think over your oriental image to the smallest detail. Costumes, make-up, and jewelry are also important. Experts advise not to buy many suits at once, because in a month and a half after the start of classes, your figure will noticeably change, your muscles will tighten, your waist will become thin.

You will quickly notice that your movements become more fluid and graceful. Purchase a coin loincloth and a tassel bodice. These essential attributes of oriental dances always create the right mood for both the students and the audience.

Set up a dedicated space for effective homework.

You will need a large mirror and a free, comfortable space where you can spend time alone learning new dance moves. Our free video lessons will also teach you to understand the styles of oriental dances, you will know all their differences. And also get acquainted with a variety of clothes and music that meets each style.

Keep in mind to start with smooth movements.

Do not immediately take on complex elements, but repeat the lessons after experienced instructors from master classes. Of course, after you master a simple belly dance technique, you can hone it and complicate it. To comprehend the world of Arabic dances, you will have to make considerable efforts, but on the other hand, even small children master them, and you can also see how they do it from our videos.

Start with a simple rocking exercise.

You need to stand on tiptoe, stretch up, slightly bend your knees and imagine a horizontal line at the level of the navel. Learn to move your hips along it so that the navel remains in place. Do not give up exercises halfway and clearly hone your skills.

You will need them all later. Then learn to do exercises up, down and forward, backward. The navel must remain in place at all times.

On our site you will learn a lot of useful and interesting things, for example, how to do hip circles and the “pendulum” exercise, reset circles and a beautiful “wave” element. Do not be afraid, turn on the video, train and you will definitely succeed!

Where does belly dancing begin

Don't even think about going into the hall or standing in front of a mirror at home and immediately start shaking, waves, blows, sharp movements of belly dancing - first you have to work out the starting position. It usually takes at least a month and a half for this body position to become natural. At first, the body may resist, but by exercising regularly, you will quickly get used to the new sensations.


  • 1 Learning the Belly Dancing Starting Position
  • 2 Want to learn belly dancing at home?
  • 3 Benefits of Oriental Belly Dancing for Beginners
  • 4 Belly Dancing for Beginners
  • 5 Belly Dancing: Tutorial for Beginners

Learning the Belly Dancing Starting Position

So let's start.

Stand in front of a mirror so that you can see yourself in full growth. A side mirror wouldn't hurt either. We consider the correct position of the body from the bottom up:

1. The distance between your feet is equal to the length of your foot.

This allows you to distribute your body weight evenly on both legs. Feet parallel to each other, toes forward - so that the knee joint does not twist and the patella (patella) does not move. We touch the floor with all toes: it is easier to maintain balance.

2. Knees are soft but not bent. So you save yourself from damage to the menisci and dislocation of the patella.

3. Hips relaxed.

4. The gluteal muscles are relaxed. Do not stick out your ass, otherwise you will increase the load on the lower back, and it looks vulgar. Deflection in the lower back, of course, looks impressive, but this position disrupts the natural flow of blood and oxygen to the abdominal organs.

5. The pubis does not protrude forward.

6. Pelvic bones in one line.

7. Keep your belly out to look slimmer. Let men walk taut - everything should be relaxed with us, without unnecessary pressure on the abdominal organs.

8. The chest moves slightly forward, and the solar plexus area moves back. The weight of the body is concentrated more on the toes than on the heels. In this position, you will reduce the load on the lower back.

10. The shoulder blades are brought together and seem to be holding a small pencil. In this position, the muscles of the shoulder section are stretched and keep the tone.

11. Shoulders at the same level, lowered.

12. Arms extended to the sides at chest level. This is the optimal height so that the muscles of the arm are strengthened, over time a beautiful relief will appear on them.

Elbows are soft, pointing back, not down. The hands are an extension of the hands, do not “break” the wrists. Imagine holding a huge bouquet of flowers in front of you.

Fingers together, but not clenched, there is a distance between them. The middle finger is slightly inward. The palms are open to the viewer.

13. The neck is completely relaxed. Do not lower or raise your chin, keep it parallel to the floor: this way all the cervical vertebrae form the correct line.

14. Reach up with the top of your head, like a flower reaches for the sun - this will help maintain balance.

Having mastered this starting position, dance to your health!

Want to learn belly dancing at home?

Our video lessons "Belly dance", "Belly dance for beginners" and video master class by Alexey Ryaboshapka will help you with this! Watch videos online and practice belly dancing at home!

Belly dance lessons

Today, the famous oriental dances have already conquered the whole world, and in almost any city you can easily find belly dance lessons for beginners. It is not surprising that it is so popular now - what girl does not want to feel like a mysterious oriental beauty and put on amazing and beautiful outfits?

Benefits of oriental belly dancing for beginners

Surely you have heard more than once that belly dancing is incredibly useful. Yes this is true. Even if you attend a belly dance school for only a few months, you will probably already notice many positive, pleasant effects from classes:

more confident, graceful and happier.

Belly dancing for beginners

A little girl can also benefit from belly dancing.

Starting from the age of 5-8, you can safely enroll your little one in belly dance training for beginners. Of course, shaking and other intense movements are excluded from the children's course, and classes are safe for health. But they have a lot of benefits:

Even if you have been learning to dance belly dance for a long time, it is not recommended to conduct training for children on your own. Experienced instructors will tell you which movements are not recommended for kids and will conduct the lesson so that there is not the slightest risk of injury.

Belly dance: tutorial for beginners

If you are determined to learn how to dance belly dance, you need to attend special courses - only there you will be explained in detail all the subtleties and point out your mistakes that prevent you from correctly performing a particular movement. However, it is quite possible to study at home - for this, it is enough just to purchase a video course for beginners.

It is important to choose a suitable video where the instructor explains each movement in detail and points out possible mistakes. However, if you notice that everything turns out to be quite easy and simple for you, you may not need an overly thorough explanation.

Start with the lesson suggested by us and tested by the readers of the site, and perhaps you will like it so much that you want to find time for serious studies in the studio.

Even if you decide to study at home using a video course, you need to build a schedule for yourself and study at least two, or better, three times a week. It is regular classes that are beneficial for your spirit and figure and contribute to the development of grace and plasticity. Therefore, give yourself 2-3 hours a week, which you are guaranteed to give to your studies - and success awaits you!

Belly Dance

Every day oriental dances are becoming more and more popular among women of all ages.

The thing is that oriental dances, and especially belly dancing, are not only a very beautiful dance, but also a great tool for maintaining excellent physical shape. Today, many people want to learn the basics of dance, but, unfortunately, not everyone can afford to attend special dance schools. That is why we want to offer you training in the basics of belly dancing in the video lesson "How to learn how to make waves with your stomach."

Today, there are already a huge variety of different types of oriental dances that are gaining immense popularity among women of all ages around the world. The author of this lesson will introduce you to another style of oriental dance that is rapidly gaining popularity. During the video lesson "Dance Dans oriental" the author will not only show you the basics of this direction, but also teach you the secrets of a beautiful oriental dance.

Every woman, regardless of age, wants to look slim and beautiful. It's no secret that it is physical activity that can not only preserve the harmony and beauty of a woman for a long time, but also significantly increase it.

That is why many people turn to fitness trainers for help and visit expensive gyms. Why waste time and money if you can not only play sports on your own, but also study belly dance at the same time. And the author of the video lesson “Fitness based on belly dance”, which we offer you to watch right now, will help you with this.

"Belly dance Hagala steps" - online video, which presents another shaking called hagala.

It looks like the swaying of the hips gradually starts to accelerate and turns into shaking. This element is of Bedouin origin, but gradually moved into bellydance and became quite popular. Instructor Sakhira will show how hagala is performed correctly, and how this movement can decorate any dance.

We are glad to offer you a free online video viewing of the "Belly dance Hagala steps", which is located here on the site. Successful learning!

Charming Sakhira invites you to her oriental dance master class. This lesson is dedicated to the Moroccan version of bellydance, which has a faster rhythm.

Sahira will demonstrate some hip shaking and explain how they are performed to the music. Such a dance looks bright and exciting, leaving no one indifferent. So find free time to plunge into the world of oriental dance.

Internet users can find on the training portal an online tutorial "Belly dance Moroccan shimmy", which is available for viewing by everyone.

When: 21-05-2016, 22:57/ Views: 2343/ Comments: 0/ Author: video_dance_ru

“Khaliji Movement” is an educational video that will help you learn about such a variety of belly dance as Khaliji dance.

During this lesson you will learn one of the most mysterious elements of this dance - head movement. Listen carefully to the music and follow all the teacher's instructions. Head movements in khaliji leave a lot of room for improvisation, if you add to them the main step and padding with a brush.

Don't miss this great opportunity to watch the Khaliji Movement Educational Video available online at any time.

When: 26-04-2016, 14:02/ Views: 7399/ Comments: 0/ Author: video_dance_en

"Oriental dances for beginners" - an online video that will be useful for beginners in bellydance. This ancient dance art does not lose its relevance today.

The basic movements of bellydance are simple and accessible even to beginners. The combination of oriental rhythms and energetic graceful movements of the body will not leave anyone indifferent. A professional bellydance instructor will show you several elements that you will put together in a dance sequence.

Enjoy watching the online video "Oriental dances for beginners", which you can always find here.

When: 21-04-2016, 23:14/ Views: 2373/ Comments: 0/ Author: video_dance_en

"Belly dance for beginners online" is a training that will give you the opportunity to feel like a beautiful princess from an oriental fairy tale and learn how to dance body in perfection. One of the main advantages of bellydance is that it does not require special physical preparation, so you can safely start learning even if you have not danced before. An experienced choreographer will demonstrate the basic links and movements of bellydance.

Enjoy on this site watching the free video training "Belly Dancing for Beginners Online".

When: 10-04-2016, 11:10/ Views: 3285/ Comments: 0/ Author: video_dance_en

"Oriental dances for beginners" - video lessons for true fans of bellydance magic. Valentina Nuzhda will demonstrate an original dance performance, which she will then disassemble step by step.

You will see how beautiful and refined all the movements of oriental dances are. Each bundle looks like a true masterpiece of dance art. So do not hesitate for a minute and start training just now.

We invite Internet users to get acquainted with the unique video lessons "Oriental dances for beginners", which are always online on the site.

When: 6-04-2016, 20:58/ Views: 3641/ Comments: 0/ Posted by video_dance_en

“Belly dance lessons for free” is an educational video from the stunning Tiazza, who will conduct a belly dance class for beginners. You will see the basic steps and combinations of belly dancing, which will be quite accessible for beginner dancers, so that you can fully enjoy the first lesson.

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