This week, we learned the shoulder shimmy (relax, and try to keep the hips and hands still). The grapevine can be layered with lots of different things, but for now remember to take small steps. For the vertical figure 8, also called a Maya or a Taxeem, imagine being between two pieces of glass and avoid twisting. You can start with pushing from your feet to get the hang of the move, but try to drive it from your core muscles.
On the topic of Practicing, Nadira Jamal of Boston has some great tips in her micro-articles "Do I Have to Practice" and "How to Practice When You Only Have 5 Minutes"
Drum solos do a great job of showing how our dance translates the music into movement, something Turkish dancer Didem is excellent at.
This is a new style popular in Egypt since the revolution, it blends bellydance, hip hop, and post-revolution social issues into an energetic new style of street dance.