Belly Dance Vocabulary -Glossary
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Belly Dance Vocabulary - Glossary
For all movements followed by a FCBD Video #, please reference that FatChanceBellyDance
video or the online resource American Tribal Style Steps and Cues located at
(then scroll down the page to find it).
1. Basic dance posture: knees soft, pelvis slightly tucked, shoulders back and down,
chest slightly lifted, head in line with spine and hips. Maintain basic dance posture
throughout movements unless otherwise noted.
2. Home Positions:
a. Home position A is basic dance posture with feet hip width apart, weight
distributed evenly between right/left feet and heavy in the heels ;
b. Home position B is basic dance posture with feet hip width apart but with the
right foot raised on the ball and right leg bent to keep hips level;
c. Home position C is basic dance posture but up on the balls of both feet, right
foot in front of left, weight evenly distributed between right/left feet.
3. Movement names in parentheses are other names that the movement may be called by
other dancers/teachers. Names of movements are not very standardized.
4. When it is noted that a movement is based on or related to another movement, it will
often help to review or work on the base or related movements if having trouble with
the current movement.
5. Numbers in parentheses are the beat counts.
Backward Figure Eight
Horizontal hip figure eight, related to Hip Twists and Hip Slides. This is a slow, steady,
continuous movement. From Home Position A, bend knees into a slight squat and twist right hip
forward and left hip backward. Keeping hips in this position, slide them to the front right corner
while shifting your weight slightly to the right foot. Push the right hip out while moving it
backward to the back right corner. Slide hips to front left corner while shifting your weight
slightly to the left foot. Push the left hip o