Tribal Belly Dance Class Requirements

Photo by Rick Ward

Photo by Rick Ward

Here are some of the fabulous and exciting moves and concepts that you will learn over the course of time in World In Motion’s Tribal Belly Dance Classes. Proficiency in listed moves and concepts for each level is required prior to moving up to the next level of Tribal Belly Dance classes. Please see individual class listings for details on all requirements for advancing a level in these classes.

FUNDAMENTALS OF TRIBAL BELLY DANCE MOVES AND CONCEPTS

Students must be proficient in the following in order to move into Intermediate Tribal Belly Dance:

Concepts:

  • Posture
  • Gallop zil pattern
  • Formations: duets, trios, quartets, chorus
  • Musicality and being able to stay on beat

Fast Moves:

  • Arabic (moving, turning)
  • Arabic 1-2-3
  • Arabic Hip Twist (1/2 turns)
  • Basic Pivot Bump/Choo-Choo (turning, moving forward)
  • Basic Ghawazee (moving, 1/4 turns)
  • Box Step w/turn
  • Chest/Hip Slides/Circles (moving, turning)
  • Chest Lifts/Drops
  • Double Bump (Moving, turning)
  • Egyptian (1/2 and full turns)
  • Ghawazee Combo (shimmy optional)
  • Hip Bumps (moving, turning, levels)
  • 4/4 Hip Shimmies
  • Shimmy Step (aka 3/4 Hip Shimmies)- half time (moving, turning)/full time
  • Shoulder Bumps (moving, turning, levels)
  • Shoulder Shimmies (moving, turning, levels)
  • Single Bump (moving, turning)
  • Turkish  (1/4 & 1/2 turns)
  • Slow Moves:

  • Arm Undulations (aka Snake Arms)
  • Basic Camel
  • Body Wave
  • Camel Walk
  • Corkscrew
  • Floreos
  • Maya  (Reverse Taxeem)
  • Propeller
  • Reverse Turn
  • Ribcage Rotation
  • Taxeem
  • Head slide

 

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL ATS®/TRIBAL BELLY DANCE MOVES AND CONCEPTS

Students must be proficient in the following in order to move into Advanced Tribal Belly Dance:

Concepts:

  • Military zil pattern
  • Beledi zil pattern
  • Diagonals
  • Sassy Switch
  • Basic Rhythms: Beledi, Ayoob, Chiftetelli, Saidi, Masmoudi, Karsilama

Fast Moves:

  • TSWAAT
  • ASWAAT
  • Reach and Sit
  • Arc Arms
  • Up 2 Down 3
  • Arabic Shimmy
  • Shoulder Shimmy/Hip Drop
  • Ghawazee Combo
  • Waterpot
  • Flourish
  • Sunanda
  • Re-shamka
  • Chico 4 corners
  • Egyptian Full Turn
  • Double Back with ½ turn
  • Spins
  • Turkish ¼ turn with fade
  • Shoulder triplets
  • Push Forward/Back
  • Arabic Double Turn
  • Passing moves- Chico, Camel, Barrel, Turkish, Wrap Around
  • Roundhouse
  • Triple Egyptian

Slow Moves:

  • Torso twist
  • Circle step
  • Walking Bodywave
  • Walking Taxeem
  • Wrap Around Turn
  • Barrel Turn
  • Pulse Turn
  • Rainbow
  • Loco Camel
  • Strong Arm 1 and 2
  • Deep bodywave

 

ADVANCED LEVEL ATS®/TRIBAL BELLY DANCE MOVES AND CONCEPTS

Concepts:

  • Dueling Duets/Rush Hour 
  • Dancing in the Round
  • Dynamic Duets
  • Slow Diagonal Fade
  • Shell Game

Fast Moves:

  • ASWAAT fade and rotate
  • TSWAAT rotate
  • Up 2 Down 3
  • Arabic Orbit
  • Arabic Do Si Do
  • ASWAAT Duet
  • Sahra Turn
  • Wet Dog
  • Chico Circle Up
  • Choo Choo Arc Combo
  • Sunanda Duet Combo
  • Turkish Shimmy Crossover
  • Alabama Twister
  • Egyptian Sevillana
  • Triangle Step
  • Dragonfly
  • Re-shamka Spin
  • Passing moves: Sahra, Torso Twist
  • Arabic Flourish Fade

Slow Moves:

  • Sahra
  • Medusa
  • Strong Arm 3
  • Wrap Around Drop

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