Best Belly Dance moves to shape up for Summer

By Ishtar Dance on Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments

The beauty about Belly Dance is that it’s suitable for most people to try and enjoy, but at the same time a lot of people think you either need to be slim to do it, or that you’ll get a six pack from turning up to class every now and again. Neither is true, but as with any other dance form you can literally dance yourself into shape if you really want to, and use the right muscles and moves to do so, if that is what you want.

I personally know that the benefits of Belly Dance goes so much further than simply toning up; it can help increase flexibility, mood, self-confidence etc. Check out what some of my students say about why they dance in this short video.

I’ve also recently started working closely with heath care professionals to share the insights and benefits to patients as well as busy professionals. So Belly Dancing really is good for both the body and the soul on so many levels.

Check out my article on Why to Dance here.

But if you’re looking for a way to strengthen your core and perhaps tone up, the check out my video tutorials to help you on your way. They beauty about Belly Dancing is that even if your goal is ‘just to dance’ you will still get a good gentle workout and not least feel great afterwards (as well as during it) too. But I always advocate safe dancing, so make sure you apply the right posture and technique, to avoid injury and developing bad dance and movement habits.

Here are some videos to get you started, drilling or simply to remind you of the basics of the dance:


Taqs – great for developing glut strength which can be applied in different ways when dancing.

Ways to advance your taqs – and glut strength – once you’ve mastered the basics.

Twists – great for working your core and all your abs. And how to travel with twists.

Mayas/vertical figures of 8 – the ultimate fun way to work you bum, tum and thighs.

Broken hip circles/Omis – great for developing obliques and lower abs strength.

Undulations/camels – great for working your abdominal muscles.


Happy dancing always – whether for fun, strengthening, toning up, feeling better – or all of them 🙂


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