We all know that it's essential to warm-up before practicing our dance. But sometimes it's hard to figure out what counts as a "warm-up". We ask: Should we be stretching? Doing cardio? Cross training? Where do we start?
Well, the answer is pretty simple. No you shouldn't stretch, in the static sense. But yes you need to ease open the muscles and joints to prepare for your movement. The idea is to combine repetitive "cardio" type movements with ROM (range of motion) movements. It's also a good time to do some conditioning work, such as abs or thighs, as these will not only warm the body and get blood flowing, but will benefit your dance.
Yet, still... were do you start? Five minutes on a bike or elliptical machine, hula-hooping, aerobics, yoga. Whatever you know! Following that with gentle circular movements of all the joints will do.
But don't fret! If you still don't know what to do. I've got you covered.
Here's a 20 min warm-up I put together for you. The first half will get you warm and loose. The second half adds some conditioning specific for belly dancing. Enjoy!
Belly Dance Warm-up and Conditioning with Lulu Levona