Belly Dance

Belly dancing comes from traditional women’s dances of the Middle East.

It is a very sensual style, which is also very gentle on the body. It is suitable for students of any age or shape. Belly Dance is excellent to develop poise and feminine grace.

The focus in belly dance is on isolated movements of individual parts of the body with less attention to the footsteps (compared to most Western dances).  Arms and hands move fluidly, like serpents or ribbons in the air.

Characteristic belly dance moves include curving patterns, swaying hips, undulating torso, thrusts and drops, and shaking body movements.

Some difficult moves have to be practiced with a lot of body strength and muscle, which make belly dance a good way to exercise, stretch, and reinforce the body.

Belly dancing can be seen in many recent music videos, often mixed with other styles such as Salsa. The Columbian singer Shakira for example uses belly dancing in her videos as well as on stage.

At our Shanghai Dance Studio, you will learn about the basics of belly dancing in our Beginner Belly Dance Class:

  • Belly Rolls
  • Hip Bumps
  • Arms Undulations
  • Head Slide
  • Shoulder Rolls
  • Hip Shimmy
  • And more

You will start to practice a basic routine integrating these movements together.

In our Advanced Belly Dance Class, you will build on that foundation to practice more complex moves such as Backbends:

You will also learn:

  • Forward Shimmy
  • Back Shimmy
  • Chest Lifts
  • Walking Shimmy
  • Hip Circles
  • Spinal Waves
  • Body Freeze
  • And many more advanced moves…

You will practice longer belly dance routines with the class, and learn to improvise and mix different moves together fluidly.

Belly Dancing costumes typically consist of a bra and hip-belt worn over a skirt or pants, or simply of a brightly colored piece of cotton or silk tied around the waist.

Shanghai Souldancing offers a choice of belly dance costumes for sale in the studio. It is not compulsory to wear a costume for practice but it certainly is more fun!

And if you would like to do so, you will also have a chance to perform a belly dance routine during studio events!

Souldancing Studio has Belly Dance classes every day of the week. No previous experience is necessary. Please check our Shanghai Dance Classes page for the full schedule.

If you are not a Souldancing Studio member yet, see our general information page to find out more about our Shanghai Dance School. We are centrally located and within walking distance from subway Line 1 and 2. Click on “Map” at the top of this page to find your way around the busy Shanghai streets!

Feel free to reach us at 62564400 or if you have any questions or feedback.

See you in the studio!