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Belly Dance for Weight Loss: Myth or Reality?

You want to lose weight and ask yourself: is bellydance a good workout to lose weight?

weight loss bellydancing

With this article I’d like to break some myths and also to state some truths about the famous “lose 20 pounds in 3 days bellydancing”.

And by the end of this article you will be belly dancing and training your body with love and care. Deal?

This is what you’ll find in this article: 

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Belly dance to lose weight: myth or reality?

belly dance and self esteem

I have found all sorts of promises to sell belly dance classes, and lots of them are related with weight loss:

  • Flatten your belly
  • Tone your tummy
  • Reduce your waist size
  • Say goodby to celulite
  • Look sexy, beautiful, desirable, bla bla bla.
  • Find your hidden femininity
  • Discover your inner goddess
  • Dance like Shakira


There are million companies trying to take advantage of our insecurities and our desire to lose weight, which is, by the way, our desire to be loved and accepted.

Hey! And I am the first one to fall in all those cliches as soon as I get distracted. But I know I’m not alone.

But is there any truth in all this? Is belly dancing the ultimate tool for weight loss or is this just a myth?

IT IS A LIE. But let me explain myself.

Arabic dance is not a magic wand that gives you a perfect body (hold on, does even a perfect body exist?).

Dancing can definitely help you in your weight loss journey, like any other exercise, but it will also bring you joy!

So if you want to lose some weight and you love dancing, go on!


Before I continue, I’d like to clarify something. I wrote this article because it’s a very common thing amongst women to search ways to “improve” this or that part of our bodies.

It’s very likely that you are here because of that reason.

joy of bellydance

Well, I’d like to tell you that you are perfect as you are. Right. Now.

In my opinion, all marketing around dance or fitness classes, being those, kizomba, aerobic, Belly Dance, bollywood or anything else, should always be

the joy of dance.

By the way, you can join my dance classes in Croydon, London at any moment. Here it is all you need to know.

And if we don’t live close by, there is also the Online School. Subscribe to my newsletter -filling any form on dancepandemic.com website– and be the first to know when I open the doors to any of my online programs.

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How many calories does belly dance burn?

I will give you the number because I know that’s what you want to get, but please, bear in mind that there’s more to get from belly dance than calorie burn.

In one hour of belly dancing you could burn up to 300 calories.

And now what? What’s the meaning of that? What value does that number have next to the trillion other benefits of belly dancing?

As you will figure out as soon as you start dancing, there are more important things than calories burnt. Getting obsessed with calorie counting could mean missing the rest..

Belly Dance and body shape, will it change?

Belly dance has got the potential to change your body, either if that’s what you are looking for or not.

Belly Dancing you will engage muscles that you don’t usually move, and this has an effect on how your body looks on the outside and how your body feels on the inside.

You can expect your waist to get thinner, your thighs to be stronger, your abs to be more visible and some generalized weight loss.

But all the above does not necessarily have to happen to you. There is only a guaranteed result: bellydancing will bring you all the joy.

happiness chemistry bellydance

And there are also some more nice side effects, just to mention two:

  • Increasing your good mood -serotonin and endorphins included.
  • New friends that will be with you for life.
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Tone your waist with the Maya

When it comes to target your waist muscles, Maya is the movement that comes to my mind. So if working on your obliques is your objective, here you have my video tutorial.

⚠️ This movement is for intermediate dancers. If you wish to start from the beginning, I recommend you to get free access to my class “Your First Steps in Belly Dance” by clicking here.

2 movements for your Abs: Camel and Belly Roll 

The camel and the belly roll movements require a high level of coordination, apart from the use of your abdominal muscles.

The belly roll is focused only on your abs, while the camel also works on your spine muscles.

Here you have the video tutorials:

⚠️ These movements are for intermediate dancers. If you wish to start from the beginning, I recommend you to get free access to my class “Your First Steps in Belly Dance” by clicking here.

Shape your butt with the arabesque and hip drop

bellydance to shape your butt

Are you following the last trend and pursuing Kim Kardashian’s butt? Forget about it, because you can only have your own butt!

And you know what? Your bum has got the same use and is as good as hers! I’m not here to encourage anyone to follow any trend.

Jokes aside, what you CAN actually do is to work on your glutes, so they are stronger, toner and as a consequence, healthier.

Just a quick note: I explain this in the video as well anyway, but to get a very effective arabesque, you need to generate the movement from your glutes and not from your lower back. In technical language, I’d encourage you to work on the turn out.

In any case, it’s better done than perfect, and the internet has got its limitations, so here you have the two movements to work out your glutes.


With a well executed arabesque, you’ll work the gluteus maximus.

Hip Drop:

With the Hip Drop, you will work a bit more on the gluteus minimus and medius, on the sides of your hips. 

Tone your arms and back

We usually underestimate the power of a correct posture, and sometimes good posture is the bes ways to keep your muscles active and toned.

I would like to challenge you to learn the basic posture for arms and hands, and keep it for a while:

And if that is not enough and you would like to get some more artistry, here you have one of the best tricks to move your hands as a pro.

💪 By the way, my speciality are Arms and Hands for Belly Dance, and I have a full online program about it. I am currently translating it into English. You can subscribe here to the waiting list, so you’ll be the first to know when the doors open.

What type of exercise is belly dance?

bellydance endurance exercise

Like swimming, walking or aqua aerobics, belly dance is a mild aerobic exercise (endurance).

bellydance cardio

This means: belly dancing increases your heart rate, activates your blood circulation and speeds up your breath, but there is no need for sudden movements or jumps.

doctors recommend bellydance

Mild cardio training is one of the most recommended by specialists, and it has got a really low risk of injury.

Arabic dance is gentle with your joints and adapts to your fitness level, so, you can dance as a way to start getting fit and you can also dance if you are a complete athlete, because you will always find a challenge for you.

But don’t get this wrong, belly dancing will make you sweat. I end up most of my classes all sweaty, so my students do!. And you can sweat with me in my face to face classes or in my online courses.

There is no magic wand for weight loss, but belly dance can help

I absolutely refuse to sell you the idea of losing weight just practising belly dance.

If you are here looking for the magic wand, I am sorry, I don’t have it. What you will find in belly dance is even better.

Weight loss is the consequence of a very deep and wide internal process. In this process, dance can play a role – an important role, in fact, but it’s only a role.

embrace yourself bellydancing

Your motivation, self-esteem and well being are part of any weight loss attempt, and bellydance could bring you this.

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Why dancing to lose weight is the worst you can do: my story

My life story is the story of a war against my body. A story that has fed my anxiety, toxic thoughts and low self-esteem. It’s a story of self hate and I’m going to condense it in a few lines for you.

anxiety and bellydancing

I was severely bullied at school between my 7 and my 14th birthday. I grew up without friends thanks to my physical appearance, just because someone decided that my aspect was not appropriate. I was called cow and fat with all the hate, even at my house.

Rolls of fat, big tummy, cellulite, double chin. Everything in my body was disgusting to the people who were supposed to love me.

How the hell could I learnt to love myself if I didn’t even know what love was?

Sadly, love and social inclusion are conditional for many.

Belly dance came to my life to save me from all that when I was 18. I started dancing in a way that felt very natural, it was all easy. I connected with my body on a way that I could have never imagined.

And I started being praised for my dancing. And I started learning to praise and give value to myself for my dancing.

And I am still on my way to love me just because I exist.

And I started giving value to my body for many other things as well: it’s strength, it’s coordination, it’s good memory. And being fat or not was not that important anymore.

The effect that childhood suffering had on me is still living with me, and it will probably live with me for life. But I now have got Ms. Dance to remind me that my value is way superior that a number on a scale.

And belly dance is continuously giving me a way to express everything I have inside which is a lot. A lot.

I have been told many times that I am a source of inspiration. As I also have heard “I don’t have a dancer’s body“.

Not that bad overall.

I reckon that I inspire people as other people inspire me. You probably know Lizzo already, she is one of those inspirational ones.

I have not told you that I reached 100Kg and that I lost 70Kg with other help rather than dance and my own willing. And that nowadays I don’t have any idea on how much I weight, but I don’t care, because my worth -and yours- is a way over that number on the scale.

Our humanity is a way above a number on a scale.

bellydancing humanity

Bellydance has provided me with much more than a beautiful and desirable body. Bellydance has given me self esteem, confidence, friends, creativity, freedom, health and joy. A lot of joy.

And that is what I like to share most. The joy of  belly dancing.

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