Posted on Oct - 10 - 2019
We know confidence isn’t always something that you can fake, but there are certainly ways to help you gain confidence, no matter how new you are to the art of bellydance!
The first seems obvious, but again, it’s easy to forget sometimes: Breathe. Keeping your breathing as steady as you can will keep you calm and focused, even if performing onstage. Another important tip to remember is that if you’re jiggling, you’re doing it right! The beautiful thing about bellydance is that it’s a wonderful style of dance for all shapes and sizes. Instead of worrying about the wobble, embrace it, and know that you’re performing this sensual and hypnotic dance the way it is meant to be done.
Bellydance is a fluid and freeform style of dance – whilst most classes in our dance studio dance to strict counts of eight, bellydance sessions often use cues from the music in order to structure a routine. Because of this, we recommend listening to your music regularly, even if you’re not dancing to it – memorising the sounds will contribute to your muscle memory too. Bellydance is all about flow, so be sure to flow with the music and its tempo and dynamics. Let these guide the intensity of your movements, and you may even find that you become more comfortable with improvising your own choreo, simply based on the sounds and structure of your music.
With enough practise, you may even find yourself mixing elements of different dance styles, and incorporating bellydance technique into other routines as you feel the music. Wild Kat’s Three Wishes course is combining Hip Hop with Bellydance in a fresh new Disney-inspired routine that we can’t wait to share with you!