Free Belly Dancing Hip Combination Video – Goddess Sati

Free Belly Dancing Instructional Video

goddess-sati-belly-dance-videoNot too long ago we produced a series of very short belly dancing instructional videos specifically for the Belly Dancing Leyla Style mobile app for the Android and iPhone.

This one will be on the mobile app along with the others. I’m posting it on my blog as a way of celebrating the season with you all and to say thanks for your comments, feedback and participation on my blog.


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For Belly Dance DVD Customers

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Belly Dance Choreography Tips & Help

Free Belly Dance Choreography Video by Leyla Najma

Many women ask me how I learned how to choreograph dances and when did it make sense? I have to say for most of us this is more then a legitimate question; it’s an obstacle that until addressed, can offset a career in the making. It’s also a hard question for me to answer because I didn’t really pay attention the day I just started to create my own choreography, I just did it.

I remember one workshop in particular with Suhaila Salimpour that not only inspired me but at the same time knocked me off my rocker. I realized that with all her intricate ways of incorporating body movement, I was last woman standing because I felt like a blob learning to move her way. It was great to learn and almost accomplish the moves but I realized that this amazing and talented dancer had years on me in this dance field. Plus some of what I learned just didn’t feel good even when I could finally do it. After that particular workshop I went to Egypt and decided to go another route, one that made the dance more of a personal journey instead of going to workshop after workshop. It wasn’t that there was anything wrong with going to workshops; I just wasn’t feeling my direction of inspired individuality. Here was my chance I thought to find out what I really should be doing. Little did I know there would be more choices than Carter has liver pills!

After I came home 6 months later from Egypt, I realized that I was energized and completely committed to belly dance but I still wasn’t sure how to work in movement to music. I sat on my bedroom floor so frustrated one day that tears were coming down my face. It was a turning point for me because I realized that if I couldn’t create my own unique dance then I needed to move on and do something else.  So I picked myself up and started to listen to my music. I think it was Leylet Hob and I listened to it over and over and over again until I was ready to throw the CD out the window. But then something happened and I realized that I was instinctively moving to the music because as I was listening to it I was spontaneously dancing. Then as I was looking in the mirror I saw a move come out of me and I went, “Wow,” to myself and that was the first move I put down on paper. As I went through hours of spontaneously dancing (no exaggeration, because I was a dancing fool) I would see moves I liked and I would write them down on paper. So now I had a rough draft of moves that I liked and the moves looked pretty good to the music.

From the rough draft I decided to see what move was my most favorite and from there I started to integrate more moves that came from my spontaneous dancing that fit the music. As I pieced the moves together which meant fitting them here and there and then changing it all up, a choreography was born! She looked something like a Picasso painting of a woman with an eyeball on the side of her face but at least it was my eye ball and I was a proud momma or I should say “choreographer.”

Maybe this is my way of answering the choreography question that was so hard to answer before. As a result I thought I would put together different moves to a short song and show you how I count to music. With a variety of moves I think I can show you how you can put movement to music in different ways and then pick the one that’s right for you. Hope this helps those of you who are dealing with the choreography brain freeze or fight the short circuit feeling of not being able to put together your own unique dance.

Here’s some short Text that will go along with the video:

Arms are basic out to the side for the hip work. Bring arms down when you start working in the pelvic roll/chest circle/ab sway.

Music,  Progressive Move:

Right hip twist forward and back to center 1cnt /backward stomach roll

Left hip twist forward and back to center 2cnt / backward stomach roll

Right hip twist forward and back to center 3cnt / backward stomach roll

Left hip twist forward and back to center 4cnt / backward stomach roll

Right hip twist forward and back to center 5cnt / backward stomach roll

Left hip twist forward and back to center 6cnt / backward stomach roll

Right hip twist forward and back to center 7cnt / backward stomach roll

Left hip twist forward and back to center 8cnt

Right hip twist forward and back to center 1cnt /backward stomach roll

Left hip twist forward and back to center 2cnt / backward stomach roll

Right hip twist forward and back to center 3cnt / backward stomach roll

Left hip twist forward and back to center 4cnt / backward stomach roll

In place Shimmy with a slight side thrust right to left side on 16 cnts to music.

Layering move: Do as many times as you want.

3 choices for opposition hips: 1. Move right leg behind you to start left hip. 2. Move left leg forward 3. Stay on the right hip or left hip without moving to opposite side.

Right hip down/up/out

Backward pelvic roll

Chest circle parallel to mirror

Ab sway forward/back 2xs (Faster speed than prior moves)

Left hip down/up/out

Backward pelvic roll

Chest circle parallel to mirror

Ab sway forward/back 2xs (Faster speed than prior moves)

Shoulder rolls and head spin if desired.


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Leyla’s Updates

Hip Mastery Connects The Dots ! Leyla Najma's Belly Dance Blog

Hip Mastery 6 Video Series

This morning I was thinking about what I would write in my blog and I thought I would bring the subject up of my Hip Mastery videos only because I haven’t really mentioned them much. I tend to create videos and edit them, give them to Daniel and then move on to the next project. The funny thing is that if Daniel asks me a question regarding a video I usually have to go back and look at it because I have made so many besides my curriculum classes that I am not sure how to answer him sometimes.

There are 6 videos in the Hip Mastery series that focus just on the hips. But the best part is that each video connects to the next one. So I didn’t want students trying to figure out how to work in movement and combinations without a guide. It just seemed to me that most women who are passionate about this dance want instruction that will help them get results.

I realized that living the life style of a belly dancer day in and day out means that there is no rest for the choreographer. I constantly think of combinations and different choreographies to share with dancers, it’s almost like a calling. I would rather make videos for dancers or teach workshops then perform because seeing women in the glory of their movement is where the spirit of belly dance lives for me. It’s in the learning process of moving within our bodies where I see the epiphanies come alive for women. To me the stage is the end result of a beautiful journey but it is so much fun watching women learn and grow along their path before they achieve their goals.

Hip Mastery is my answer to the questions that women have asked me about thrusts, mayas and shimmies. Add in soft moves, traveling steps and you can see why this is a 6 video series. To me they make “Belly Dance sense”.

Here’s the website in case you want to check them out.

Drum Solo Choreography”Jibber Jam”

The drum solo choreography “Jibber Jam” is coming along and I am almost finished with it. My daughters first day of school is coming up so I will be able to finish the choreography and get it videotaped. I have to laugh though because I put together what I thought was a simple drum solo choreography and it’s not as simple as I thought. I am excited to offer music never heard before, text and a step by step choreographed video in a way that will make it easy to learn. This will be so cool once I get it done but as with all my projects it is taking a little longer then I thought. Hopefully within the next two weeks it will be done and I can blare my bugle and sing a song but only in the shower!

Waiting For The Start Of On Line Classes?

When Are The On Line Classes Going To Start…….

Waiting for the Online Classes? -  Leyla Najma's Belly Dance BlogThis is Dan, Leyla’s husband with an update about the start date of the ‘live’ on line classes.

Just as a summary and review. Last year we did a test and broadcast a live belly dance class across the internet. This class was very well received and we had dancers from Australia to Romania participate. The video quality was great, there weren’t any show stopping technical glitches and dancers liked the idea of having a DVD of the class for reference after the class.

As a result, both Leyla and I then decided that it would be a really good idea to provide these types of classes to dancers who…..

  1. Didn’t have access to instruction due to their location.
  2. Couldn’t find instruction that they felt comfortable with.
  3. Didn’t want to go to the studio for personal, or other reasons.
  4. Didn’t have the time in their schedule to take the time to travel back and forth

So the live classes initiative was born out of the desire to give dancers the opportunity to learn on “their time”.

Well, I’m happy to announce that all of the things that had been keeping these classes under wraps have pretty much been overcome and we’ll be starting these classes really, really, really, really soon. All the technical issues have been overcome, the curriculum is in place with only one thing left to do.

A Dancer Referral Program – The Last Ingredient

See, one of the things that I really have wanted to be a part of the live classes program is an opportunity for dancers to share the opportunity with some of their dance friends and earn a referral from doing so. This obviously helps us and gives you a way to share the joy and at the same time put some hard cold cash in your pocket. I know that dancers often refer different things to each other and this will allow anyone who wants to participate, do so and make some mad money at the same time.

Managing a program like this is a lot of work because it is important to have all the business systems in place that can support getting checks out to dancers on time and in the right amount. I’m a stickler for this kind of detail, so I guess I’m the hold up at this point.

I”m a stickler for detail and getting it as close to right the first time out of the gate and the last thing I want to have happen is for there to be a glitch of some sort that introduces inaccuracy or delays in the process, so before we put the seal of approval on anything we do, we test and then test again. We don’t always get it perfect right out of the shoot, but we like to test to know that at least we know of any bugs and have a work around.

The other thing is that Leyla is “Hip Scarf” deep in preparing for workshop later in April called Floralia, Belly Dance Festival For The Goddess. I can tell you that for every minute of what  you see Leyla do, there are hours of behind the scenes preparation. She’s every bit (if not more) a stickler for detail then I am. The workshop will conclude the first week in May.

Early Sign Up

The start of the classes will be in early May. We’ll open up signup’s for the live classes in the next 7 to 10 days.

We have a special page on Leyla’s main website that you can go to and learn more. It’s a pre-enrollment page so to speak. It’s good to go there if you are interested in live classes and do the pre-enrollment because the first time out of the gate, we’ll probably want to keep the class size small.

So here’s the link to pre-enroll.  Live Belly Dance Lessons Pre-Enrollment. If you pre-enroll, you’ll guarantee your place in the classes but you’ll also qualify for a special offer that we’re going to make available just for those that took the time to pre-enroll.

If you’ve already added your name and expressed your interest there’s no need to do anything. Just be on the lookout for the next message which will be all about how to register.

Hope his helps and if you have any questions feel free to send email, or reply to this post.

Both Leyla and I are always here for you.

So go check it out if you’re interested. It’s going to be a great, great, great program and is going to be so much more then  just live broadcasting.  Here’s the link again for pre-enrollment. Live Belly Dance Lessons Pre-Enrollment.


The Belly Dance Husband