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The only costume a new dancer needs is a hip scarf tied low on the hips and a form-fitting top. After slipping on the costume, dancers need to warm up. Prepare muscles for dancing with slow and steady movement, like walking in place, until the body feels warm, then gently stretch. Loosen muscles with reaching elongating motions, taking care to not hyperextend or overexert them.
Once the moves are mastered, belly dance students can add music with a good, strong repetitive beat and try matching their movements to the tempo of the music, alternating between the heavenly (upper body, flowing) movements and the earthly (lower body, more forceful) moves. There are many pieces of Arabic music which are written especially for belly dancing; these compositions incorporate musical cues to help the dancer understand when to incorporate each movement. Dancing to middle eastern music is ideal for belly dancing.