The key to the hips movement is to get yourself as close to neutral as possible while keeping your pelvis level. Make sure to keep your hips in a neutral line between your legs. If you can’t achieve a neutral horizontal line, then you need to try and get yourself closer to horizontal. It’s important to note that there are four positions (i.e. neutral, anterior-extending and anterior-lateral-extending) that make up the entire hip system. All four positions are used for hip movement: anterior-lateral, neutral, and neutral and anterior-extending. While both the knee and hip systems move at roughly 90 degrees, the hip system moves between 60 degrees and 90 degrees. Therefore what position does the hip system use most? The shoulder is typically used in the anterior-lateral-extending position. The knees can also have a role in keeping your hips from drifting, as well as keeping the knee and hip joints at approximately the same angle for most people.
I think I’m getting a little dizzy watching the video. What I’m really getting excited about though is the technique of the belly dance. For those of you new to belly dance, this is a fantastic way to improve the strength and coordination for both the hip and knee joints in order to prevent injuries and keep your form sharp. I think you will find that this is not just a one-time exercise. This will lead to better hip mobility and flexibility.
What if I can’t maintain a 90 degree line with my feet?
If you don’t have good balance due to a lack of mobility, there are some things that can be done. One way that can be done is by leaning your weight back a bit and using your core instead of just your toes. Don’t try to “float” or “lift” in order to accomplish this, as it just comes off as weak! You could also use a little hip roll and try to get your torso back into a more neutral position. You could start getting deeper into a plank position, too. When I saw pictures of some very advanced belly dancers doing this technique on the internet, I was really impressed. I think this position will help people who are unable to achieve this 90 degree line without the risk of injury or injuries along the way.
You won’t see any fancy dance moves from me tonight. This is a basic hip and knee mobility technique, which has the benefit of being able to easily perform while standing.