Episode 16 - Hops Through Flames

Dance Level: Intermediate

Fitness Category: Calorie-Burner

Target Zones: Belly and Glutes

One of the most difficult combinations in the Shimmy program, the ‘Ripple’ and the ‘Flame’ will impress even the most sophisticated belly dance audiences. Don’t be deterred if you can’t put them together the first time through – practice them separately a few times first before creating this sensuous, full-bodied wave. We then kick up the cardio and really heat things up by adding some hops and a pop. For advanced dancers, try keeping your knee straight, kicking your leg out, chorus-line style, in the ‘1, 2, 3 Hop’ – a very impressive move. For an extra “pop” of the hip, flex the glute of the moving leg in the ‘Hip Pop’. In the performance section, Karen the petite athlete, slender Dominique and curvaceous Gillian show how belly dancers come in every shape and size. Celebrate your body type by learning to belly dance!


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