How to Hula Dance

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Hula dancing is a traditional folk dance of the Hawaiian islands, and it is similar to belly dancing in the hip and stomach isolation it involves. Learn the proper techniques for hula dancing with a demonstration from a dance instructor in this free video on folk dancing.

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Hello my name is Nene Ortega, I am a dance instructor at the Goddess Store in Hollywood, Florida. In this clip I am going to show you the hula dance. Hula is a dance from the island of Hawaii. It is a very nice typical dance of the islands, and it's danced in ceremonies, and even in competitions. They are danced by men, women, at any age. Since the young to the oldest people it's part of their culture, and it is very strongly. And it is very well known in the world, because of their costumes that they wear that beautiful dress, skirt, and the little top. So I am going to show you a little bit of the hula, and then we are going to talk about the differences between the hula dance and the belly dancing. So the hula dance is a very soft, I am going to lead with my hips very soft movement up, and down. So I am going to step to the side, and throw my hip, and down. So I am going to step to the side, throw my hip, and down. When I go to the other side it is going to be one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Or in four one, two, three, four. So noticed that I am going throw my hip, and my hands gracefully, very gracefully move to the side like waves, waves like the sea, like the ocean. So it's going to be one, two, three, four. I am going to go around and show you how nicely, and how smooth this hula dance. You see it is very smooth, and my hips are the one that lead. They also when you walk you are going to walk hip, hip, one, one, one, one. And as I walk I am going to move my arms very gracefully. Now, belly dancing. Unlike the hula it is more about the muscles, and it has a lot of more complicated steps. In the belly dancing we have just the hips with the rhythm on the other side too. And also the way that you're doing the belly dancing they are a little bit more centered in the belly. That's why it's the belly. And also the belly dancing has the rules of a fertility dance, so it is very different than hula dancing, and the belly dance. Thank you, for you the hula dance, Nene Ortega in Hollywood, Florida.

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