How to Do Hip Lifts & Basic Shimmy | Belly Dancing

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    Belly dancing is sexy, fun, and burns up a lot of calories to boot! In this video, belly dancer Irina Akulenko teaches you how to do hip lifts and a basic shimmy. You'll be shaking it like Shakira in no time.

    So, now, we are going to go over the basic hip lift. Let's assume our basic belly dance posture position. So, the legs are right under the hip bones. Knees are bent. Lower abs are tucked, chest lifted, arms out. And now you are going to bend the knees even more than before and focus on lifting one hip at a time by straightening one knee at a time. So, as you straighten the right knee, the right hip will come up and it is going to shoot straight up into your body. So you want to think about meeting your hip bone up to the ribcage coming back down to center. Switching over to the other side, straightening that knee, coming back down. Make sure you're keeping your heels on the floor and you are not lifting up with any point. And again, lifting the hip up and back down to neutral position, the other side back down to position. Now, skip that hold in the middle and you're going to go up, and up and up, and up. And, the closer your are to the ground, the easier it will be to find that isolation. Let's try that with music. And a little bit faster, keeping your heels on the floor, chest floating out, arms relaxed. Make sure you are not moving in space and your head is not bopping up and down. And faster. And full speed. And that is the basic hip isolation.
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  • Runtime: 2:09
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Comments: 2 308

  • Rosa
    Rosa 3 days ago

    I love the music!

  • Jaegotstheskills J
    Jaegotstheskills J 4 days ago

    I cannn nottttttt

  • BaconBรชe
    BaconBรชe 5 days ago

    nope too hard.

  • Private Zarsky
    Private Zarsky 5 days ago

    I thought I could belly dance but everything has to be so complicated

  • Private Zarsky
    Private Zarsky 5 days ago


  • Blazingeagle246AJ
    Blazingeagle246AJ 6 days ago

    Anyone else watching this laying down ๐Ÿ˜‚?

  • ShAnZa NaAz#
    ShAnZa NaAz# 8 days ago

    Your belly is really Beautiful .. !
    And i know how to belly dance <3 Cause i am Arabian <3 Love this dance badly in my blood

  • Sonia Rajput
    Sonia Rajput 10 days ago

    Uuuuu la la

  • artsii x
    artsii x 10 days ago

    I would but I ain't got a nice stomach I have a tomato

  • Alyssa Ramiz
    Alyssa Ramiz 10 days ago

    How does she do that

  • Miruna Popescu
    Miruna Popescu 11 days ago


  • Lif Ples
    Lif Ples 11 days ago

    I've always wondered how they do this ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I was like "IS SHE BIONIC!?!"

  • Jasoda Vaishnav
    Jasoda Vaishnav 11 days ago


  • Ender101dragon
    Ender101dragon 11 days ago

    The only thing I'm having trouble with is keeping up, otherwise, I think I have it

  • Ehhh Hhh
    Ehhh Hhh 12 days ago

    Lemme smash. Pls.

  • Nassima Khnati
    Nassima Khnati 12 days ago

    Belly dancing came from arabics not others ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’

  • Crazygurl_000
    Crazygurl_000 12 days ago

    boii i tried this and it just ended up me bended and straightening my knees really fast with my head bobbing up and down. then my hips began to they do it is some magic source i'll never know of...

  • NinaMareeMe
    NinaMareeMe 13 days ago

    Being fat it does look as flawless and decent as that....

  • txbrah
    txbrah 14 days ago

    watch out for my body rolls

  • Lil Angel
    Lil Angel 14 days ago

    Who came here from zane and heaths vine

  • nicole m
    nicole m 15 days ago

    My instructor said "pretend you're in a pool. You're on one end, Justin Timberlake on the other. Pretend that you have a cup on each hip and you're trying to sexily bring him water."

  • yasminn
    yasminn 15 days ago

    *gets up*
    *goes to mirror*
    *lifts up shirt*
    *immediately sits back down*

  • Angie 123
    Angie 123 15 days ago

    Me over here looking like a fish out of water._.

    • Angie 123
      Angie 123 15 days ago

      I knew how to do this before i was 7._.

    • Angie 123
      Angie 123 15 days ago

      Me trying to do this but now knowing i have no hip

  • nimky ziam
    nimky ziam 16 days ago

    off the chart.

  • Emetonjo Solomon
    Emetonjo Solomon 16 days ago

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  • Vanessa Rose
    Vanessa Rose 16 days ago +1

    lmaoo im on my couch just shaking my hips

  • fishery nepal
    fishery nepal 16 days ago

    here's a few things worth trying
    1. try the circle first
    This move is the sexiest and simplest. All you need to do is feel the joints of your hip and shoulder and make a circle.
    2. look for some online videos to follow.
    (I learned these and more tips from gabs mover crusher website )

  • Shailyn Dasilva
    Shailyn Dasilva 17 days ago

    was i the only one who couldn't do this

  • Pedro Alb
    Pedro Alb 17 days ago

    There are a few factors in how to belly dance. One plan I discovered which succeeds in merging these is the gabs mover crusher (check it out on google) without a doubt the no.1 lessons that I've seen.Check out the awesome information .

  • Ayub Shrestha
    Ayub Shrestha 17 days ago

    I've been researching into how to belly dance and found a great website at gabs mover crusher (google it if you are interested)

  • Josรฉ Crisalide
    Josรฉ Crisalide 17 days ago

    here's a few suggestions you can try
    1. try the circle first
    This one's the sexiest and easiest. All you need to do is feel the joints of your hip and shoulder and make a circle.
    2. look for some online lessons to follow.
    (I read these and more tips from Gabs Mover Crusher website )

  • slime queen
    slime queen 18 days ago

    This is the video Zane is watching in musically

  • yafav shorty
    yafav shorty 19 days ago

    Zane and Heath used this for one of their vine :)

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  • Angel xo Boss
    Angel xo Boss 20 days ago

    This work for me thanks :3

  • christian olive
    christian olive 21 day ago

    Idk if it's weird for guys to try belly dancing, but I was looking for a new ab workout. Anyway, my left leg gets all weird and jerky. I was just wondering if my body may not be use to this movement or something and if it gets easier, I guess, with practice?

  • Yojie Chan
    Yojie Chan 22 days ago

    damn your skin is so flawlesss!!!

  • Sofia Lopez
    Sofia Lopez 22 days ago


  • Rizwana Ayaz
    Rizwana Ayaz 22 days ago

    i cant do it while keeping heels on the floor

  • Aaniya swagge
    Aaniya swagge 22 days ago

    wow thank you so much I really like ur video do more videos๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  • Safiyaaa Xx
    Safiyaaa Xx 23 days ago

    okay but how are u supposed to do it with your heels to the ground

  • Yariela S.
    Yariela S. 23 days ago

    I want her "Belt"๐Ÿ˜€

  • lmao Lol
    lmao Lol 24 days ago +1

    I don't have hips๐Ÿ˜ซ I'm literally a rectangle

  • ameena albulushi
    ameena albulushi 24 days ago

    ๐Ÿ˜… I am Arabic & I never do it like that

  • Aamaira Siddique
    Aamaira Siddique 24 days ago

    I want to that it's also help to lose belly fat๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜š

  • Manuel Boakye
    Manuel Boakye 24 days ago

    I tried doimf this...realizing I dkmt have that body and im just jiggling my rolls

  • Corgi Lover
    Corgi Lover 24 days ago +1

    Who else thinks your doing it , but look in the mirror and realize that you look like a potato with an epileptic attack๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Dawn Of Art
    Dawn Of Art 24 days ago

    Hard to do when your legs have about an inch difference in length. Any tips?

  • Jiya Sonwani
    Jiya Sonwani 25 days ago

    i am also a belly dancer

  • Zoey Rae James
    Zoey Rae James 25 days ago

    Reminds me of running in place, but flat footed. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  • cammy anderson
    cammy anderson 25 days ago

    At the end when they zoom in, it looks like she needs to pee badly๐Ÿ˜‚

  • G Mireles
    G Mireles 25 days ago

    is this what malu watches ? ๐Ÿคง

  • OhheyitsSoumy
    OhheyitsSoumy 26 days ago

    step 1: be an Arab :P

    .... some girls learn this and we are born doing it XD

  • Jiya Sonwani
    Jiya Sonwani 27 days ago


  • Irathy Vistlip
    Irathy Vistlip 28 days ago

    I feel myself in all these comments

  • Cindy Norman
    Cindy Norman 28 days ago

    It would be great if you moved the CC/Subtitles somewhere else...they are covering her hips which is exactly what i need to watch! Thanks either way! ;-)

  • Lesley Garcia
    Lesley Garcia Month ago

    I thought I was like pro but just me doing a belly roll and my fat rolls flapping around makin me look like a damn fat hippo

  • Water Lily
    Water Lily Month ago +1

    I tried to do this and I am absolutely sure I looked awful.

  • mash potato
    mash potato Month ago +1

    I look like an idiot practicing this in the bathroom so no one would see me

  • Bsmalah Tareq
    Bsmalah Tareq Month ago +1

    I just looked at myself in the mirror , fool ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Prince Patel
    Prince Patel Month ago +1


  • Vicky xx
    Vicky xx Month ago

    I DID IT!

  • Angelica Flores
    Angelica Flores Month ago

    Wasn't this on a vine

  • Jai Sharma Sharma
    Jai Sharma Sharma Month ago

    it is very good Bally danceโคโคโคโคโคโคโคโคโคโค

  • Jackson jackson
    Jackson jackson Month ago

    oh my god I love you.

  • AndreasWay
    AndreasWay Month ago

    thanks it took 2 days to master this

  • Zain Ulabayden
    Zain Ulabayden Month ago


  • Jana Weisse
    Jana Weisse Month ago

    Malulu we're coming for you

  • Anam Karim Yousafzai

    can any one give online belly dancing classes free any channel on youtube kindly some one guide

  • Molly Mariani
    Molly Mariani Month ago

    what is the song!?

  • Ninja :3
    Ninja :3 Month ago

    I don't have the hips to do that...

  • Tamang nice video Thacur

    wow nice dance but very difficult

  • Briskiana MSP
    Briskiana MSP Month ago


  • N.a. Ma.
    N.a. Ma. Month ago +1

    wow arabic dance in all the word๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • Daphenie Aprillia
    Daphenie Aprillia Month ago

    Who here is as stiff as a stick and cant even follow a simple tutorial because they just cant move โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Srishti Marwaha
    Srishti Marwaha Month ago

    Lol i still cant to do it๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Seema Singh Seema
    Seema Singh Seema Month ago


  • Caity cat
    Caity cat Month ago

    Does that actually wreck your bones? Or does it really hit your rib cage?

  • Caity cat
    Caity cat Month ago

    Who else is watching this in bed or while eating junk food๐Ÿ˜‚โœ‹๏ธ

  • Hassan Gamal
    Hassan Gamal Month ago +1

    why i am.her just to learn the bully dance but I am.make why I

  • Katrina Smith
    Katrina Smith Month ago

    1 minute into this and my legs said forget it!

  • Nayelee Garcia
    Nayelee Garcia Month ago

    I think the easier way to do this is to just go to belly dancing classes and dancing classes I can do a moving my hip movement just not noticeable

  • blue fairy
    blue fairy Month ago

    so tough๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข

  • B.P Yadav
    B.P Yadav Month ago

    you really look osm n m also trying my best

  • bhawna saini
    bhawna saini Month ago

    my whole body moves whenever I try to move my pelvis only..what to do?

  • shaneal whitely
    shaneal whitely Month ago +1

    uh... I need help

  • Taylor Hill
    Taylor Hill Month ago

    this was not helpful at all

  • lastavica 6
    lastavica 6 Month ago

    I thought everyone can do that naturally. I do this all the damn time. I didn't know this was belly dancing

  • Aber Hamid
    Aber Hamid Month ago

    That it's not easy!!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚โ˜โ˜

  • Bonnie Speeg
    Bonnie Speeg Month ago


  • Aniya Midgette
    Aniya Midgette Month ago

    it's so hard I look like onion not a potato but and onion ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  • cxtte
    cxtte 2 months ago


  • Homicidal Twink
    Homicidal Twink 2 months ago

    I was researching the founder of scientology, and now I'm belly dancing. What

  • BruhItzAshleyy MSP
    BruhItzAshleyy MSP 2 months ago

    I was trying this in the bathroom and I think my mom heard my fat rolls jiggling all the way from the living room so she came and knocked on the door and asked what I was doing๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • signjess x
    signjess x 2 months ago

    I thought I was doing it until I looked in the mirror and I realised I wasn't doing anything all I was doing was shaking my belly fat๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Grunge Kookiee
    Grunge Kookiee 2 months ago +2

    I dont have the right body for this ๐Ÿ˜‚ all i am moving are my fat rolls.

  • Lexi Deltaco
    Lexi Deltaco 2 months ago

    I really want to belly dance but all the girls have flat stomachs so it's work out time

  • โ€ข screaming โ€ข

    I want to be wild with it like Shakira, fam

  • PANIC at the disco
    PANIC at the disco 2 months ago

    lol same ayla alexia

  • Dylan Hosty
    Dylan Hosty 2 months ago

    i need that body

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