Middle Eastern Dance
Other Floor Moves
This page lists descriptions of floorwork moves that don't fit into the other categories on this site, including spinning and turning.

This can be a really cute move and should be done only if your looking to portray a sense of playfulness.  Lying on
your stomach prop your head up by resting your chin on your hands.  Your arms are resting on your elbows.  Now,
point your feet and kick your heel towards your rear and then bring it back down as your raise the other foot.  Picture
a 15 year old girl lying on her bed reading a magazine and talking to her friends on the phone, kicking her feet up in the
air and that should evoke approximately what this movement looks like.  Keep the knees close together and make sure
that your audience has a side view of the movement.

Turning in floor work is easy but sometimes seems complicated.  In order to turn around yourself start in a kneeling
position.  Lower yourself down and sit down dropping the hips down to the right of your feet.  You should now be
sitting on your side.  Keeping the knees together, lift them up turning the whole body to the left.  Now, drop the knees
down to the left.  Next, raise yourself up again to a kneeling position.  Repeat this three more times to complete 1 full
turn.  Because you go from kneeling and sitting there will be obvious height change as you go around, it also covers
mores space because it forms a wider circle around you  than simply turning in place. 

Knee Spin
Knee spins can be difficult to do nicely but can be very beautiful when done
well.  Slowly they are not much nicer than simply turning.  Both have height
change and cover larger areas.  In addition knee spins are much harder on
your knees.  Knee spins however, have the advantage of being able to be
done at faster speeds.  When done fast enough you can actually cause your
skirt to twirl out around you.  To do them you should start in a kneeling
position.  Tuck your toes underneath you.  Start by sliding your right knee
out to the right.  This should create a "V" shape with your legs.  Now, bring
the left knee next to the right and slide the left foot out to the left side.  Your
knees should now be together and the feet apart creating an inverse "V"
shape (going from foot to knees to other foot).  Again, slide the right knee out
to the right side.  You will again have feet close together and knees apart
creating a "V" shape.  Now, again bring the left knee in towards the right while
the left foot slides out to the side.  This should again bring you to the inverse
"V" shape.  In order to complete 1 full spin you will need to do this two more time. Four of this sequence should bring
you all the way around.  Be careful not to come all the way up on the knees, try to keep the knees bent so that your
weight is mostly on the front of your leg not the knee.  You can hurt your knees very badly if you are putting the
weight and impact of the spin on them directly.

Undulation (Side view)
This is an undulation  that is done from a side view (to the audience at least!).  Turn your whole body to the right.  The
audience should be able to see your left side.  Now, to help you get into the right position we are going to start as if
your laying on your back.  Now cross your ankles keeping your legs straight out in front of you with your feet pointed
and bring your hands up by your underarm.  Push your self up using your arms.  Keep your back straight.  Don't arch
it, causing the stomach to push forward.  Now you are in the right position to start.  Now all you have to do is undulate,
just roll down the body.  you can also do a stomach roll and/or flutter in this position.  This is great for balancing a
sword on your stomach.  The weight should be in the heel of which the bottom foot and your arms.  Some people do
not cross their ankles and the weight is then distributed between the heels of both feet.
Tunis by Ferdinand Max Bredt.
Tunis by Ferdinand Max Bredt