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: 2:9
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Comments: 2 128

  • B.P Yadav
    B.P Yadav 15 hours ago

    you really look osm n m also trying my best

  • bhawna saini
    bhawna saini 1 day ago

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

  • shaneal whitely
    shaneal whitely 1 day ago

    uh... I need help

  • Taylor Hill
    Taylor Hill 3 days ago

    this was not helpful at all

  • lastavica 6
    lastavica 6 3 days 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 4 days ago

    That it's not easy!!😂😂☝☝

  • Bonnie Speeg
    Bonnie Speeg 5 days ago


  • Aniya Midgette
    Aniya Midgette 7 days ago

    it's so hard I look like onion not a potato but and onion 😭😭😭

  • cxtte
    cxtte 9 days ago


  • Homicidal Twink
    Homicidal Twink 10 days ago

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

  • BruhItzAshleyy MSP
    BruhItzAshleyy MSP 11 days 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 doing😂😂

  • signjess x
    signjess x 11 days 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 fat😂

  • Grunge Kookiee
    Grunge Kookiee 11 days ago

    I dont have the right body for this 😂 all i am moving are my fat rolls.

  • Lexi Deltaco
    Lexi Deltaco 11 days ago

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

  • • screaming •
    • screaming • 12 days ago

    I want to be wild with it like Shakira, fam

  • PANIC at the disco
    PANIC at the disco 12 days ago

    lol same ayla alexia

  • Dylan Hosty
    Dylan Hosty 12 days ago

    i need that body

  • Dylan Hosty
    Dylan Hosty 12 days ago

    zane and heath

  • Ruby Kuchma
    Ruby Kuchma 13 days ago

    thanks, this really helped me with my cripling depression. I no longer take medication. Thank you Howcast, thank you

  • Yasmin Roberta
    Yasmin Roberta 13 days ago

    vocês poderiam falar português né? ;-; iria facilitar muito a minha vida

  • Fuega23
    Fuega23 15 days ago

    I think I can do it, but it doesn't look good cause I'm too fat

  • نجم الدين
    نجم الدين 15 days ago


  • Crystal Clod
    Crystal Clod 16 days ago

    soooooo easy :)

  • wasfapuk1 112
    wasfapuk1 112 16 days ago


  • Barkha Chauhan
    Barkha Chauhan 16 days ago

    mujhe bali sikhna hai

  • Airish Jane Cruza
    Airish Jane Cruza 16 days ago

    I want to learn belly dancing (Egyptian way)

  • Ishika R
    Ishika R 17 days ago

    Are you talented if you can do this? Because I can, surprisingly.

  • khadidja benba
    khadidja benba 18 days ago

    Can!t do itt so hard

  • Lord Megatron
    Lord Megatron 18 days ago

    I am a guy,why am I here??

  • jes henderson
    jes henderson 19 days ago

    I'm gonna try working out first

  • Jay McIntosh
    Jay McIntosh 19 days ago

    yup me too at 5 am lmao

  • lea
    lea 20 days ago

    after trying this i managed to find one thing I'm particularly great at doing.

    lowering my self esteem.

  • Young Potato
    Young Potato 20 days ago

    She has a nice bellybutton.

  • Banana Unicorn
    Banana Unicorn 20 days ago

    i can't breathe properly

  • Keka Arong
    Keka Arong 21 day ago


  • AYA TheHamster
    AYA TheHamster 21 day ago

    i Look Like a Crazy Snake😂

  • Poojabh Bh
    Poojabh Bh 22 days ago

    so nice

  • itz khayy
    itz khayy 23 days ago

    Wow IMA try that

  • Wilner Ulusse
    Wilner Ulusse 23 days ago

    belly dance goals

  • Ubah Sheikh
    Ubah Sheikh 24 days ago

    Malu was here

  • Shirley Valdes
    Shirley Valdes 25 days ago

    did anyone else see that geico ad, if you did like wtf😂😂😂

  • Tʜᴇ Sᴘʀɪᴛᴢ

    Gotta practice belly dancing for my quince next year. 💅

  • The UnusualAngela
    The UnusualAngela 28 days ago

    god damn my mom caught me practicing belly dance now she wants to join ne😂

  • Barbara Oliveros.
    Barbara Oliveros. 28 days ago

    Looks easy but is not..... I look like a weird thing trying to do this in the middle of the living room😂

  • Barbara Oliveros.
    Barbara Oliveros. 28 days ago

    Your waist😍

  • dogs for life
    dogs for life 28 days ago

    I'm in a belly dance class so this is very helpful I'm also 14

  • WolfGirl2100
    WolfGirl2100 29 days ago

    I'm too chubby​ to see the movement

  • TheLegend27
    TheLegend27 1 month ago

    If you're from musically, get out

  • Cherry TV
    Cherry TV 1 month ago

    I looked like a squid who is having a seizure.

  • TheVicdub
    TheVicdub 1 month ago

    I'll come back after making my body like hers...

  • Breelee ILOVEANIME
    Breelee ILOVEANIME 1 month ago

    is it just me who still cant do this

  • NoraIshKawaii :3
    NoraIshKawaii :3 1 month ago

    I've been bellydancing for a couple of months now and this is how I learnt.
    I just don't understand how to do a bellyroll :/

    //A twelve y/o girl from Sweden

  • Nandni Sharma
    Nandni Sharma 1 month ago


  • rin ren
    rin ren 1 month ago

    I just can't 😂😂😂
    try again

  • Sabnam Mustari
    Sabnam Mustari 1 month ago

    Very nice

  • Digvijay kambla
    Digvijay kambla 1 month ago

    yahhhh I like it......

  • Kat Hiersche
    Kat Hiersche 1 month ago

    I cant believe how much it hurts!!!

  • Yessenia Torres
    Yessenia Torres 1 month ago

    wth this is hard can't even do this step. but im npt giving up

  • Rima rim
    Rima rim 1 month ago

    a can do this Quikly because am arabic girl 👊

  • Daisy Boo
    Daisy Boo 1 month ago

    anyone here from zane?

  • Jay Elle
    Jay Elle 1 month ago

    Why are her hips so mesmerising omg

  • Yasmin Rajesh
    Yasmin Rajesh 1 month ago

    Its too difficult

  • Raffy
    Raffy 1 month ago

    ich schwöre du hast geile von die hüfte meine nummer 015732781894 rufen sie an mich bitte

  • Mansi Maurya
    Mansi Maurya 1 month ago

    may be this help me

  • Panjal Khan
    Panjal Khan 1 month ago

    Not certain about the points made but ,if anyone else trying to find out how to belly dance at home try Cypouris Belly Dancer Coach(do a google search ) ? Ive heard some great things about it and my colleague got cool results with it.

  • Alayna Long
    Alayna Long 1 month ago

    1:17 That awkward Silence XD

  • Carmellita Jackson
    Carmellita Jackson 1 month ago

    my sister told me that belly dancing is only for skinny people

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  • Laura Barrue
    Laura Barrue 1 month ago

    Does entone here wish they had this girl's hips and waist?

  • zainab khan
    zainab khan 1 month ago

    I wanna dance like that girl malu ya'll that's why I'm here 😂

  • Sagal Farah
    Sagal Farah 1 month ago

    TBH 😲 I look like a foolish doing this alone in my room I can't do this but I need this 😭😭😭😭😭😭

  • jenMalfoy
    jenMalfoy 1 month ago

    So...full speed had me looking like I was having some kind of fit! I can look kind of okay doing the slow ones, but that may just be because I have huge hips.

  • samyah mohamed
    samyah mohamed 1 month ago

    dude wth i cant do this!!!!

  • Shashi Kumar
    Shashi Kumar 1 month ago

    dear boys dnt try this at home, I tried, I can't

  • Alyssa Reyes
    Alyssa Reyes 1 month ago

    Doesn't help

  • Ciarra Rodgers
    Ciarra Rodgers 1 month ago

    Guys I swear I just got.$ from this amazing website: (just type in g00gle)=> *_freeppalmon xyz_*

  • Nic Bintang
    Nic Bintang 1 month ago

    My Fat are died ..😅😅

  • Bømtastic
    Bømtastic 1 month ago

    I would try this but this bed is pretty comfortable

  • Jes -.-
    Jes -.- 1 month ago

    We can all be like Malulu now 🙂

  • Viren Chaurasia
    Viren Chaurasia 1 month ago

    love it

  • Dgmr.06 Fan account
    Dgmr.06 Fan account 1 month ago

    I can't move for nothing

  • Emiliano Parra
    Emiliano Parra 1 month ago

    what is the name of the song?

  • J DI
    J DI 1 month ago

    I admire her body. dammm it I gata start working out again

  • Labiba Rahman
    Labiba Rahman 1 month ago

    I was fine doing it slow but when i tried doing it fast i started sweating and looked constipated

    SHYYGLIZZY 1 month ago

    Watch out Malu 😍

  • goldy Jaisawal
    goldy Jaisawal 1 month ago

    finally I learn belly nothing like you but ya something something thank you so much for this video

  • Miss Jackson
    Miss Jackson 1 month ago

    My mom came into my room while I was doing this and I'm a boy

  • Andrea Hernandez 101

    Came here for the Zane and Heath, David Dobrik and scotty sire vine

  • Sara Gharti
    Sara Gharti 1 month ago

    the 1st step is easy but the faster movement is too hard

  • Creative Cassy
    Creative Cassy 2 months ago

    She looks so WERID doing this lol

  • you danced   very  very well Ahmed

    i m 2 damp foll doing in road with small children

  • Maria Adina
    Maria Adina 2 months ago

    etdhhshs c'est quoi ça

  • Rajni Sabharwal
    Rajni Sabharwal 2 months ago

    very nice

  • patricia cortes
    patricia cortes 2 months ago

    deberían tener subtítulos para aquellos que no entienden inglés :)

  • Natalie Heath
    Natalie Heath 2 months ago

    this make me fell weird how do she do this

  • Watching Machine
    Watching Machine 2 months ago

    I really can't lift my hips

  • Main Bitch
    Main Bitch 2 months ago

    Wow even I can do better

  • Cute Crybaby lover
    Cute Crybaby lover 2 months ago

    I went in the bathroom 7 times to do this and my mom thought I had a bladder infection cause I went to the bathroom to damn much 😂

  • Abbey :]
    Abbey :] 2 months ago

    And that's all you gotta know, to be an Instagram thot.

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