Preparation for belly dancing usually starts with instructions. students in belly dance classes may dress in costumes o wear loose, confortable clothing. Some women wear sports bras and yoga pants, with scarves tied around theirs waists.
The dancer begins by warming up and stretching. The goal of preparation is to build up strength and flexibility. A warm-up of 5 to 10 minutes could consist of walking in time to music. Some dance instructors use yoga-based stretching for a warm-up.
Learning to belly dance could be an ongoing process. The goal initially is to learn basic body movements, with arms moves learned later. Advanced belly dance instruction could be include learning moves like the shimmy and the dervish turn.
Experienced students could also learn to dance with props such as veils, canes or finger cymbals that create musical sounds.