Turkish Belly Dancing Holiday in Istanbul, as seen on Wanderlust
Dance holidays are a great way to learn a new skill, exercise in a fun environment and experience the culture of a country. We offer a variety of dance holidays from Flamenco, Tango and Salsa, as well as dance and language holidays, but it’s our Turkish Belly Dancing Holiday that recently features on Wanderlust’s ‘Inspire Me’ page. Our friendly expert Burcu shares some tips to get you shaking your hips:
8 tips to belly dancing success
Get shimmying, with help from Go Learn To’s waist-wiggling expert, Burcu Kisakurek
1. Don’t worry – join in
Belly dancing can be practised by anyone (male and female). You don’t require an athletic body; moves are soft, elegant and easy to follow.
2. Select a style
Pick a teacher that dances the style you want to learn – Egyptian, Turkish, American cabaret, tribal, fusion… Techniques and music differ.
3. Dress down for lessons
Yoga pants and a comfy top (preferably with midriff bare) are best for a belly dance class. Pick an outfit that allows your teacher to watch your hips; a hip scarf will help define your movements. Dance barefoot or in ballet shoes.
4. Learn the basics
Undulation is a wave of the torso and hips. Stand feet forward, knees slightly bent, belly pulled in, chest lifted, shoulders back. Lift the chest up, then drop it in towards the shoulders. Tuck the pelvis in to the spine, then return pelvis to the neutral position.
5. Start to shimmy
With feet flat and knees slightly bent, move your knees and hips up and down alternately but gently and quickly. A hip scarf (with bells or charms on it) accentuates this.
6. Express yourself
A smile is the best facial expression, though some styles require serious looks to convey story. Key is not to appear like you’re counting steps.
7. Graduate to the proper costume
Authentic outfits consist of bra, belt and skirt: Turkish costumes usually include chiffon skirts, to flatter turns and walk steps; Egyptian ones are more fitted. Both use lots of beads and sequins.
8. Learn the background
To dance authentically, learn the culture. Visit Turkey, watch local dancers, listen to the local music.
• 8 days from £615 per person, excluding flights, www.notintheguidebooks.com
To read the article, please click here: 8 tips to belly dancing success
To find out more about the Turkish Belly Dancing Holiday, including the itinerary, location, photo gallery and what’s included in the price, please click here: Turkish Belly Dancing Holiday, Istanbul