Vintage style belly dance: how to get “allure” (hack!)


For someone who hates the whole “hack” concept, I’m cringing slightly at the subject title ☝️ but I can’t find a better way to describe today’s express class!

(In fact, it’s so snappy I can hardly call it a class.)

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of drills.

I frequently reinforce (i.e. I’m always banging on about) the accumulative, imperceptible progress we get from the repetition of technique.

Yadda yadda yadda … 😴

So I’m going to break with tradition and give you a speedy, non technical, instantly gratifying belly-hack.

Here in today’s blog, I’ll show you how to instantly create the fuzzy, retro charm of golden age bellydance film stars with one simple gesture.

  • If you’re struggling with how to get some vintage allure into your choreo, you’ll love this.
  • If you want to dance around your bedroom looking like an Egyptian film star (whilst wearing your dressing gown) you’ll love this too.
  • Love finding easy new bellydance moves that require next to no technique? This blog is a dream for you.

Thank you so much for joining me for this week’s express class! Be sure to join the conversation, leave me a comment on YouTube and let me know what you think! I LOVE to hear how you’re doing on your belly dance journey.

Your assignment

Get heart, soul and allure from this gesture and be sure to feel plenty of expression through the shoulders. Don’t just move from the wrist and hand! Take a few moments to check yourself in the mirror, then let loose round the house with it!

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Thank you so much for reading and being here 🙏.

Happy dancing to you, with love and shimmies,

Helen xx

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