How to Do Double Hip Locks in Belly Dancing

Let belly dancer Irina Akulenko teach you how to double hip locks in this belly dancing video from Howcast.

So now we’re going to go over the basic double hip lock. Come back to your neutral, bent knee position, chest lifted. And you’re going to straighten one knee to lift that hip up, release it back down, and lock it up, one more time, and release. So it’s the two accents on the same side. Now we’re going to transition to the other side. Lifting the left hip up by straightening the left knee, releasing back down, and one more time contracting in and release. And switch. Right, right, left, left, right, right, left, left.

And once again you want to make sure you’re not bouncing in space so your head is staying in exactly the same position, chest is lifted, nothing else is moving, except for those hips. And again, let’s try that with music.

In the beginning you might want to shift your weight entirely to that leg, to find that isolation. So a little bit bigger. Lets try it faster.

Keep the hands relaxed, lots of energy in the fingertips, chest lifted. And faster.

And now pull it in, and keep it right underneath your ribcage so that you’re not shifting your weight from side to side. Right, Left.

Heels stay down no matter what, the weight is in between the forward part of your foot and the heel.

And a little bit faster.

That’s how you lift your hips and do a double hip lock.