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    This is random but I never know the right place to ask my questions. Is there anything I can to do be ahead when I start my actual classes? It starts on the 9th of Feb and I'm pretty unco, so I want to be as ahead as possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animallover View Post
    This is random but I never know the right place to ask my questions. Is there anything I can to do be ahead when I start my actual classes? It starts on the 9th of Feb and I'm pretty unco, so I want to be as ahead as possible
    There are several videos on youtube.com and ehow.com with basic instructions you can take a look at both before you enter the class and after the class have started. Here are some random examples from ehow:

    Belly Dancing Basics: Video Series | eHow Videos
    Belly Dance for Beginners: Video Series | eHow Videos
    Upper Body Belly Dancing Moves: Video Series | eHow Videos
    Belly Dancing Moves: Video Series | eHow Videos
    Belly Dance Chest Movements: Video Series | eHow Videos
    Belly Dance Foundation Drills: Video Series | eHow Videos

    There are more bd videos than these as well, but some of them are really, really bad.
    On ehow, I prefer the videos by Karen Sun Ray Colletti.

    PS! General questions on learning bd can be asked in the forum Instructors and students.
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    Can you walk with the alternative arm to leg? ie step right, left arm comes forward? If so, you are not that unco If not, practice.

    The other thing you can do is be aware of your posture - sitting, standing, walking.

    But wait until the class starts. There is really a lot of bad info out there. Best to ask your teacher for guidence - to sort out the rubbish and also to be in the same style as is being taught.

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    Try listening to some of the music a couple of cds I could recommend would be Arabic Groove by Putumanyo World Music and any of the Rough Guide Bellydance Cafe both have a nice mix of music from different areas. While listening you can just see where your body takes you not really dancing just sort of bopping around the livingroom style. Creaks

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    watch tons of bellydance on you tube
    there's also some instructionals on you tube too.
    get excited and enjoy

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    All good tips. Listen to Arabic music and groove and buy some good DVDs and watch good belly dancers (YouTube is not the answer - quality of production often poor, quality of dance variable and quality of description depends on who posted it - and the clips are all too short)

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    I have found you tube to be fantastic,I have all my favourite dances book marked.
    I find it incredibley inspiring on there.
    I know of many other dancers who do also.

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    As a relative newbie to raqs I can understand why some teachers suggest avoiding YouTube - so many really bad examples of dancing, so many poorly labelled clips and of course the production values are poor because it's limited bandwidth... However, I do supplement my learning with YouTube, especially if I'm looking to see what I personally like and what I personally don't like.

    There are also so many clips of the classic 'names' that it's worth looking even if only to find Fifi and Mona and others, especially in NZ where it's almost impossible to find DVD's for sale (you have to go via the internet - and it's quite an investment especially if you're not sure of the style you'll learn).

    One way to cut down the territory in YouTube is to go through the clips here on OD, and then find who uploaded the recording and then subscribe.

    Another thing to do before you start classes is to listen to middle eastern music to get used to the sounds and start to 'feel' the rhythms and see what movements they evoke.

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    Start doing some gentle stretches regularly, several times a day. No bouncing or straining, just getting your muscles warmed up.

    Twisting from side to side, pushing against a wall with one leg at a time extended behind you with foot flat on the floor, side stretches, forward stretches, shoulder rolls, that kinda thing. Nice and easy, but frequent.

    Make sure you're drinking several glasses of water a day and getting a good night's sleep whenever possible. All this will help you feel nice and loose when you really get dancing.

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    you can also find some outstanding dancers on you tube,all the belly dance superstars,all the beautiful and amazing dancers,right there for you,for free too.fantastic

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