How to Do the Veil Lift into a Butterfly Move

Learn how to do the veil lift into a butterfly dance move in this Howcast belly dance video featuring Irina Akulenko.


We're going to bring the hands together and then shoot them out. So, together and out.

As you're bringing them together we're actually going to lift the veil up and over. So, lift up and over.

So, the hands are kind of doing a circle, and down, going in, in the bigger circle, lift and the bigger circle.

Once we're here, we're going to drop the right hand, bring the veil forward.

So, Now my left shoulder is draped with the veil, my body is in front.

And now very quickly we're going to bring the right veil back, and left veil forward. Bring left back, right forward.

This is where it gets a little tricky. You're going to try to do both moves at the same time.

So, the hands are drawing down and up circles, going down, down and up, down and up, down and up, down and up.

A flick of the wrist is really what initiates the veil coming off the shoulder so let's try that, from the lift.

So, the veil is in front of us. So, first move is the lift. Then one single drop and butterfly.

The butterfly looks nicer if you also add a little bit of weight shifting.

In the beginning it might be tricky to figure out a way to stop the veil from coming over your face. And it's just about a really good chest lift and keeping the belly tucked, and a lot of practice.

Let's try that with music.

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