High-impact, beginner’s total body cardio belly-dance workout by Leilah Isaac

Length: 10 min 16 sec

A belly dance routine that teaches you different moves one at a time, and then builds them into a routine.

Included Features

Warmup checkmark Equipment needed

Belly dance equipment, yoga mat (optional)



Space needed

Width of a yoga mat

Beginner Modifications


Apartment friendly?


Advanced Modifications


Shoes needed?



Sweat Level sweat dropx1 Fun Level happy facex3
Burn Level flamex2 Soreness Level ouchx0
Torture Level dying facex1 Ease of Following thumbs upx4

This is a pretty fun belly dance routine that involves a wide variety of moves that target the legs, butt, and thighs. There are lunges involved, so if you have weak knees, you may want to avoid this one, but otherwise it’s easy to do, and plenty of fun.

The video is, for the most part, pretty easy to follow. There were some times when I struggled to follow along when she increased the speed, especially at the end, so that’s why I didn’t give it full marks in Ease of Following.

There is some jumping in this routine, but you can do it more softly if you want to decrease the intensity. I don’t think that will make this workout apartment friendly, though.

Overall, this is a great little workout! It would be a good warm-up for a longer leg routine, or for a belly-dance or other dance routine, since it does work other parts of the body too. Give it a try and see where it fits into your regimen!

P.S. The yoga mat is completely optional; you might only need it if you are working on a hard surface, since the lunges have you resting your knee on the floor.

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