1, 2, 3 Hop

This relatively simple move is a real calorie-burner. To make it look more graceful and not simply look like you are doing aerobics, remember to point your toe on the ‘hop’ and keep the proper belly dance hand position: imagine holding a delicate jewel with only your middle finger and thumb. To practice this, try holding a coin by the fingertips of your middle finger and thumb. Now rotate your wrists one way and then the other without dropping the coin. Notice how much more delicate and graceful your hand movements are. If you are an advanced dancer, try keeping your knee straight, kicking your leg out chorus-line style instead of bending the knee in the hop — a very impressive move which requires balance, strength and flexibility.