How to advance your chonks

By Ishtar Dance on Monday, November, 27th, 2017 in Dance Coaching, Dance Inspiration, Learning, Your Dance Body No Comments

If you’re an experienced dancer you’ll already know how to create a chonk, also known as a hip lock down, yet I often see dancers struggling to develop this move further, or create variations of it in their dancing, even though it’s one of those moves that has lots of potential for both travelling and on the spot combinations. In this week’s video I’m therefore explaining how to advance your chonks.

You can view the video here.

Please make sure you have the basic technique for this move mastered before you dive into these advanced technique suggestions. You can watch a short video on the basic technique here.

I hope you find this mini tutorial helpful and that it will inspire you to create your own variations and combinations with chonks. The move can be quiet tiring, and if your abs aren’t quite as strong as they should be (I’m still re-building my core strength from giving birth!), then do make sure you only practise this in short bursts, and constantly check your posture. It’s also a good idea to do some deep lower back stretches afterwards to avoid, what by some belly dancers is known as, ‘chonk back’!

The videos are part of a bigger series that I’m helping compile for JWAAD bellydance training. You will therefore also be able to see it and more videos on bellydance technique on the JWAAD training YouTube channel here.

Please let me know how you are getting on and if you have anything to add, such as ideas for developing the move, using it in combinations, or your favourite arm and step patterns for this. Do leave a comment below so we can keep the knowledge sharing going and encourage good and safe bellydancing.

Happy dancing and drilling 🙂


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