H is for hips
A hardworking part of the belly dancer's anatomy - destined to learn a wide variety of circles, lifts, drops, shimmies, locks, eights ... any percussive or lyric movement you can think of!
Hip circles are generally done on the horizontal plane (as if drawing a circle with your hips on a tray) but can be a natural movement or a stylised movement; can be small or large, fast or slow & include turns in direction - all from a simple circle!
A very useful accent move, not for the weak of neck! The head slides side-to-side whilst remaining upright ... can be disconcerting for the audience, but also very eye-catching.
There are (at least) two ways of performing hand circles. One is to rotate hands (as if using fingertips, elegantly, to scoop ice-cream from a tub). The other is to hold arms extended but relaxed, keep fingertips still in space & rotate at the wrist.
Hold as in 'hold that pose'
The pause can be as important as a movement in dance. So, during your dance, occasionally take time to pause, posed & "hold that pose" for a count.