Basic Egyptian Step

This step is an absolutely crucial belly dance move. Stand with your feet flat, weight on your right foot. Place the ball of your left foot a few inches in front of your right foot, but do not transfer your weight to your left foot. Remember to tuck your pelvis under as this will help the movement come from the side, then forward. Now simply flex your left glute and see what happens. This will inevitably cause the left knee to straighten slightly, but do not lock this knee. Try to ensure that this movement is being generated by flexing the glute and not by simply straightening the knee. To practice, flex that glute and release it a few times, and then switch sides. When you are comfortable switching sides, alternate quickly from one side to the other, and frame your hips with your hands to draw attention to this classic Middle Eastern move.