How to Do the Egyptian Basic & Shimmy Moves

Learn how to combine the Egyptian basic with two hip drops and a shimmy in this Howcast belly dance video featuring Irina Akulenko.


Now, let's put together the movements we already learned into a longer dance combination. We're going to start with the Egyptian Basic. We're going to bring the arms up. We're going to step our right foot forward. Bring your right hand down, step on that foot, bring the left hand forward, and step back to prepare for the next step. Let's do that again. Right hand, left hand, step back, and prepare.

Now, we're going to add the hip drop. So since our heel's already lifted, we're going to push the hip up and bring it straight down, and up, and bring it straight down. Let's try that from the beginning. One, two, three, four, five, six, and hold. We're going to step the right foot down, bring the other foot together, and we're going to go into a little shimmy. Bring the hips straight up. And again. One, two, three, back, drop, drop, shimmy. Again.

Now, try it with music.

Now, double time.

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