How to Combine Mayas, Belly Pops & Reverse Undulation

Learn how to combine mayas with belly pops and reverse undulation in this Howcast belly dance video featuring Irina Akulenko.


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Now, let's try combining mayas, which is the downward vertical figure eight, with belly pops, and reverse undulation. So, starting with the mayas, you lift in the heel, and you're pressing your weight from side to side, keeping the chest, head, and arms very still. And remember to really squeeze the hip up. Remember, the hip bone wants to meet the rib cage. It's going right up. Stretch out, drop the heel down, and switch your weight. Now, for belly pops, just a review, we contract the whole belly, and then we push the whole belly out. Contracting nice and tight, and pushing out. And reverse undulation, we're starting with a lower ab contraction, upper abs, and then it's just lift. Let's try that with music. Full tempo. Switch feet, start on the left.


  • Irina Akulenko

    Irina Akulenko is a New York City-based performer, teacher and choreographer with a burning passion for arts of all genres. Although she discovered Middle Eastern dance purely by chance, her interest in expression started at an early age and was channeled into ballet training, in addition to piano and voice lessons as well as visual arts. Today Irina travels extensively teaching and performing Middle Eastern dance throughout the United States and abroad.