Short Choreo Belly Dance Duets to Live Music
This has been a much loved belly dance class at Pennsic War, where we improvise around fire to live music every night!
5 Ways to Dance Better With Others:
- Face, stack, or mirror (avoid standing back-to-back or side-by-side)
- Repeat moves 4+ times in a row. Vary speed, circumference and level.
- Let another dancer move you. Follow their lead.
- Connect with your eyes. See the beauty in the other dancer. Swim in it.
- Pause and undulate or pose
Some moves are naturally easier to match with others.
- Up and over hips and down mayas
- Front middle back middle
- Hip slides and chest slides
- Shoulder shimmies are easier to match than hip shimmies
- Big moon outline and together in center arms are really easy to match
- Crescent side, crescent side, full circle makes circles match up
- Circling movements like hip circles and chest circles are harder to match unless everyone starts at the same point and keeps the same tempo
- Accents and circles are the hardest
Paddy Cake hands with hips and level changes in circles and crescents
Up and over hips and down mayas
Front middle back middle
Hip slides and chest slides
Hip crescent side, crescent side, full circle
Direct mirror and open mirror
Switch leaders: Person in front turn back, walk behind other person, flip face front
Conversation – person moving forward moves arms and leads lower body movement, person moving back poses arms and mirrors lower body movement.
Philips Double Cross from Jill Parker
Rt cross front-back-front, Lt cross Rt step out, 3 step turn, hip drop and up
Turn (Arabic Half Pass)
Rt foot step front (mid) back (mid) , step around, back (mid)
Step toward each other with right foot, step away from each other with right foot
¼ turn and pass on right shoulder, ¼ turn to face each other
Variation: Pause steps and undulate shoulder to shoulder
Drunken Sailor (with two-hand headache)
Front, behind, sweep, side
Watch on youtube:
7 Belly Dance Duet Tips and Choreography You Can Use (Pennsic 2017 lesson)
Kassar Tribal Improv (Melanie Wood – usually vends at Pennsic)
Raquy and the Cavemen with Zafira (Maria Hamer teaches at Pennsic)