How to Do a Reverse Vertical Figure 8 in Belly Dancing

Let belly dancer Irina Akulenko teach you how to do the belly dance move known as a reverse vertical figure eight in this Howcast video.

Now let’s try the Reverse Figure 8 going down-to-up. So keeping the knees bent, tailbone down, chest up. We’re going to drop the hip down, reach hip out, lift it up and you’re going to lift the heel off the floor, contract the hip back in and release it back down to neutral. Bend in your left knee a little bit more to drop the hip down, sliding out, lifting the heel up to bring the hip up, and you’re also gonna feel a contraction in your obliques and coming back to center, drop in to neutral. Down, up, up, heel up, In. Down, up, in, release. You’re going to feel a shift of weight from foot to foot. As you reach all the way out the highest point here is when you’re going to switch your attention to the other side to bring the heel down and up. So it’s a continuous motion going from one side to the other. Let’s try that with music [music starts]. Keep the chest hovering up and a little bit faster. And that’s how you do a down-to-up figure 8.