There is so much muscle work that goes into just holding a good posture and frame while belly dancing. Beyond just the strength and flexibility needed to execute a particular move, you need the foundation to hold your body still and strong, to give your dance a look of grace and ease, and to protect your joints from injury.
So before you drill your hip bumps and figure 8s and shimmies, drill that posture!
Check out the positions below. Hold each position for as long as you can or for a particular count (8, 30, 60...) or, for a super challenge, hold it for the duration of a song. Pay attention to your muscle engagement and spinal alignment while you hold the poses as you may find you are slowly easing out of line.
Stay focused on how your body feels. Ask yourself: