There are several movement groups, most of which can be performed using any chosen body part - for example, head circles, chest circle, hand circles, hip circles. The basic movement groups in Middle Eastern Belly Dance include:
Circles - horizontal or vertical.
Eights - flat horizontal, flat vertical, or with a 'natural' rise.
Locks - mostly done with a sharp muscular action
Stepping - walking in its many forms
Shimmy - possibly the most iconic belly dance move
Slide - side to side or front to back.
Spin - stepped, pivot.
Sway - a gentle whole body action, or contained within one area
Tilt - close cousin to the slide
Turn - quarter turn, half turn, full turn or more: stepped, pivot, jumped
Undulation - rising and falling or movement to alternating sides; movement in waves.
Some more complex movements use several of the above, but essentially these are the isolation movements of belly dance.
contributed by Shakeelah
A is also for Arabesque
Lovely leg and full body movement which sends a full skirt flying. Great at the end of a travelling sequence.