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    Default Dancer's Arms

    Please come and share your thoughts on the importance of good armwork in belly dancing!

    Whatever style you are doing beautiful arms are essential for any dance!

    So share your tips, your arm excercise routine, links to resourses and thoughts on the ways of using the arms for EXPRESSION!

    Any input is greatly appreciated!

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    I think arms are part of what makes a dance. It's just a shame I can't do the snake arms

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    Everyone has a different style of arms. Samia Gamel's has a very balletic style, for instance.

    You don't see "snake arms" much, if at all, in the old "Stars of Egypt" videos. Armen Ohanian, the Persian Armenian dancer, in the early 1900s speaks of her own arm movements that intrigued people who wondered if she had bones like everyone else. That sounds rather snakey.

    Personally, I love the strong, yet lyrical arms that you see in flamenco dance, and to keep my hands in a graceful curve, I hold my two middle fingers together as is taught in flamenco.

    I think any belly dancer should make her arms as essential to the dance as her legs. But, as with everything else, using arms can have many styles.

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    Delilah's workshop #1 has a wonderful teaching section on arms and hands that is easy to follow. I love the lotus.

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    my arms suck. they feel so awkward, i imagine like ballerina arms on top of bellydance, which is odd because i've never studied ballet.

    i try to focus on my arms by not focusing on them at all. i'm hoping something more natural and relaxed will emege with this negligence

    EDIT:

    FYI my head slides are starting to KICK ASS. i wanted to celebrate this in a post.
    Last edited by charity; 04-28-2007 at 06:27 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KuteNurse View Post
    Delilah's workshop #1 has a wonderful teaching section on arms and hands that is easy to follow. I love the lotus.
    Who is Delilah? Is it a DVD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by charity View Post
    FYI my head slides are starting to KICK ASS. i wanted to celebrate this in a post.

    Congratulations!

    I also want smooth expressive arms.....

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    Hi Everyone,I was taught that arm work helps embellish the dance and often evoke the mood of soft lyrical insruments such as the nay. Like everything else it takes time to perfect. My favorite arm moves are borrowed from Indian Classical dance. Beyond that strong and fluid arms are essential for veil work too.
    Yasmine

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    Thank you for the link!!!

    I was also thinking how some dancers can express emotions in dance using arm movements like touching head or chest, or say what image creates a figure with palms up, like inviting, or palms down.... Just would be interesting different ways to express emotions in dance!

    So if you have some thoughts on that do not hesitate to share!

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