Belly dancing music for beginners – how to choose the best songs

Are you looking for perfect belly dancing music for beginners? Have you tried Google search for “the best belly dancing music” or “10 songs every belly dancer should know” like me, when I started dancing, only to find out that those songs were not what you were looking for? The reason is simple; the perfect belly dancing music for performance is the total opposite of the perfect practice music for beginners.

The perfect belly dancing music for performance is the total opposite of the perfect practice belly dancing music for beginners.

The ideal belly dancing music for performance

  • contains variety of rhythms
  • has parts without any beat at all (taqsim)
  • music tempo and melody changes often
  • there’s lots of nuances that allow you to express yourself fully

Belly dancing music for beginners practice

  • has a steady rhythm throughout the whole song
  • has a very distinct rhythm, easy to count
  • melody is easy to remember and repeats itself
  • is fairy long, in fact, the longer the better

Belly dancing music for beginners – recommended playlist

I put together a playlist of my favourite belly dancing music for beginners to help you get started.

Marco Polo

Misirlou

Darigh Nur

Desert Rose

Awedouny

Dance (Rumba) Baghdad

Cairo Balady

  • Artist: Cairo Cairo
  • Album: Bellydance Superstars Volume 7
  • Length: 2:55
  • Cairo Balady on amazon.com
  • Ideal for: circles, figure eights, unduations, steps, accents, slow shimmy

Dance “Asallia” 3 Violins (Chifti)

El Moulid

Anoush Karoun

Ancient Ruins

Simarik

El Salam Alekom

Inshallah 1

If I was to reccomend the whole album suitable for beginners practice, it would be Now That’s What I Call Arabia 4. There’s a good selection of pop songs perfect for your daily practice as well as some favourite songs for performances.

Wala Ala Baloh

  • Artist: Amr Diab
  • Album: Now That’s What I Call Arabia 4
  • Length: 5:08
  • Ideal for: accents, shimmies

El Hilwa Di (Coucou)

  • Artist: Dania
  • Album: Now That’s What I Call Arabia 4
  • Length: 4:06
  • Ideal for: accents, shimmies, steps, fast circles, figure eights and undulations

Law Kount Neseet

  • Artist: Tamer & Shereen
  • Album: Now That’s What I Call Arabia 4
  • Length: 4:02
  • Ideal for: shimmies, accents, steps, fast circles, figure eights and undulations

Feenoh

  • Artist: Hisham Abbas
  • Album: Now That’s What I Call Arabia 4
  • Length: 4:50
  • Ideal for: accents, shimmies, steps, fast circles, figure eights and undulations

Ya Ghali

  • Artist: Guitara Band
  • Album: Now That’s What I Call Arabia 4
  • Length: 5:17
  • Ideal for: circles, figure eights, undulations, accents, shimmies

Ah Ya Leil

  • Artist: Sherine
  • Album: Now That’s What I Call Arabia 4
  • Length: 4:58
  • Ideal for: accents, shimmies, steps, fast circles, figure eights and undulations

Mezieanah

  • Artist: Saber El Rebai
  • Album: Now That’s What I Call Arabia 4
  • Length: 4:01
  • Ideal for: shimmies, accents, circles, figure eights, undulations

Takouleen

  • Artist: Yuri Mrakadi
  • Album: Now That’s What I Call Arabia 4
  • Length: 4:43
  • Ideal for: warmp up, cool down, circles, figure eights, undulations, steps

Khallini Biljao

  • Artist: Maya Nasri
  • Album: Now That’s What I Call Arabia 4
  • Length: 4:27
  • Ideal for: circles, figure eights, undulations, steps

‘Aashkah

  • Artist: Najwa Karam
  • Album: Now That’s What I Call Arabia 4
  • Length: 5:09
  • Ideal for: circles, figure eights, undulations, steps

Khanak Zamanak

  • Artist: Yasser Habeeb
  • Album: Now That’s What I Call Arabia 4
  • Length: 5:14
  • Ideal for: circles, figure eights, undulations, steps

Law Yesaloni

  • Artist: Diana Haddad
  • Album: Now That’s What I Call Arabia 4
  • Length: 3:50
  • Ideal for: circles, figure eights, undulations, steps

Make playlists for your daily practice

To get most out of your daily practice, you need to have your music ready. You will only waste time and lose focus if you are trying to find the right song while dancing; especially if you are not familiar with the song titles and artists.

Most mobile devices nowadays have a capability to play MP3 music. Most mobile phones will allow you to add an extra storage card (SD card). That way you can have lots of music on your phone without cluttering your mobile phone memory card.

I bought Kingston 32GB Micro SD Memory Card for my Nokia Lumia phone and moved all of my music on it. This way, I have all my songs on me all the time and the SD card can be easily swopped to another phone or a computer using the adapter that was included.

I recommend to create several playlists that suit your needs. You can start with the suggestions below or create your own. Remember, even a short practice should include a warm-up and cool down.

20 minutes #1 – circles, figure eights, undulations, veil dance

  1. Desert Rose – warm up
  2. Marco Polo
  3. Misirlou – cool down
  4. Dance (Rumba) Baghdad

20 minutes #2 – circles, figure eights, undulations, veil dance

  1. Anoush Karoun – warm up
  2. Cairo Balady
  3. El Moulid
  4. Dance “Asallia” 3 Violins (Chifti) – cool down

20 minutes #3 – accents

  1. Darigh Nur – warm up
  2. Simarik
  3. El Salam Alekom
  4. Inshallah 1
  5. Desert Rose – cool down

20 minutes #4 – shimmies

  1. Awedouny – warm up
  2. Wala Ala Baloh
  3. Ancient Ruins
  4. Anoush Karoun – cool down

30 minutes #1 – circles, figure eights, undulations

  1. Awedouny – warm up
  2. Marco Polo
  3. ‘Aashkah
  4. Dance (Rumba) Baghdad
  5. Law Yesaloni
  6. Takouleen

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