Cut Turn

Before you perform the ‘Cut Turn,’ make sure that you have fully mastered the ‘Hip Rotation.’ Begin with your feet parallel and shoulder-width apart. Come up onto the ball of you right foot and twist toes slightly inwards as you flex your right glute. Release the glute and allow the foot to turn out and move forward 4 or 5 inches, as though you were kicking a soccer ball. Place the ball of the foot down and twist the toes in again while flexing the glute. Notice how you’ve turned without even trying. Repeat and keep twisting on the ball of that foot and use the right arm to help propel you around. If you’re doing it right, you’ll get blisters on the ball of your foot which will eventually become a callus: a belly dancer’s badge of honour!