Belly dancing

Includes: Indoors, Around the world, Performing arts

Activity time:
30 mins


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Learn to belly dance

Keep fit and have fun as you learn this historic dance.


  1. Start by standing up straight with both feet flat on the floor and hip width apart.
  2. Then try a hip twist. Keeping your hips level, twist the right hip forwards, and then back. Practise this, and then try with the left hip.
  3. Up-and-down hips. Still standing up straight, lift your right hip up and then down. Practise this, and then try with the left hip.
  4. A figure of eight. Imagine you're standing in the middle of a figure of eight drawn on the ground. Follow it with your hips in one direction, and then try it the other direction.
  5. An arm wave. Move your right arm up above your hand and flick your wrist. As the right arm moves down, bring the left up and keep moving like this.

If you have internet, look for some belly dancing instructional videos online.

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Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

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2 adults needed