How to Do Chest Lifts in Belly Dancing

Let belly dancer Irina Akulenko teach you how to do chest lifts in this belly dancing video from Howcast.

Belly Dance Moves Chest Lifts:

Now we’re going to try to do the chest lift. Let’s assume our basic belly dance posture position, arms out, chest lifted, knees pressed together, tailbone down and you’re going to feel the muscles in your upper back. Try not to slide the shoulders down the back, you’re going to lift the ribcage all the way up and release back down. As you lift you’re going to feel a squeeze right between the shoulder blades and as you bring the chest down, you’re going to feel your upper abs get engaged and contract all the way down. Lifting all the way up and dropping all the way down. And what you want to avoid is using your breath, meaning if you want to try this in the beginning you might want to inhale all the way up and exhale all the way down but you want to find those isolations without using your breath. So you’re going to lift all the way up and drop all the way down and up and let’s try that with music. As you’re lifting be careful not to arch your lower back, so you want to keep the tailbone pointing down no matter what. And again relax the neck, lifting up and down. And a little bit faster, reaching straight up and down. When you’re comfortable with this movement, add the arms and try it with the arms overhead and bring the hands down. And that’s how you isolate the chest going up and down.