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Learn, clarify or refine your physical understanding of several variations of the 3/4 shimmy and their different musical timing. Rachel starts from the beginning, with a clear lesson and practice for 3/4 work on the up and on the down, and then teaches variations for each. You'll finish with a technique combination (with some challenging choo choo shimmies thrown in) that includes all the variations and some complimentary arm movements.
This class serves as a wonderful introduction to the beautiful art of belly dance. We will cover some of the most fundamental movements in a belly dance repertoire. You will learn various styles of hip figure 8’s as well as many gorgeous traveling movements. Each movement will be broken down, drilled and then put together and drilled in an American Cabaret style combination.
In this workshop Sadie will share with you the keys to creating clean and relaxed isolations and layers. This workshop includes several challenging combinations focusing on layering movements of the chest and hips, exploration of dynamic patterns and shapes with the pelvis, hips, and chest, and creating crisp and dazzling pops and locks with accented hipwork. Sadie will breakdown the technique details and drill movements and combinations at various speeds providing opportunities for dancers of all levels to stock up on tools for their technique tool kit! Please make sure you are warmed up before beginning and cool down once the workshop has finished.
Belly Dance Flow Drills have been created for the dedicated dancer as a means to drill almost all dance movements for a well-rounded daily practice. In this workshop Zoe will encourage a balance of strength, flexibility, and Tribal Fusion technique, utilizing sun salutations, Pilates, and good old fashioned belly dance. This practice will make you sweat, so drink lots of water, and you'll need a yoga mat and a towel.
After a quick warm up, Corkscrew Turn, Ribcage Rotation and layering Arm Undulations and Taxim are presented in this ATS® basic belly dance class. Ghawazee Shimmy and Arabic Hip-twist are introduced and put into combos to drill with zils. Transitions and lead changes appropriate for duets and trios are broken down and drilled, then class finishes with a cool down. This is the fourth class in Colette's Beginning ATS® series.
This workshop will introduce the basic components of Rajasthani folk dance such as: Posture, mudras (hand positions) and the basic foot pattern. We will take four dance movements, the "Basic Step", "Chedi Arm Variation", "Ghoomar Arm Variation", and the "Ghoomar Spin", that will introduce the student to movements of several folk styles from within Rajasthan. This workshop is perfect as a first introduction to Rajasthani dance, as well as for a dancer who wants to brush up on fundamental movements in this style. Suggested movement attire is a large spinning skirt and dancing barefoot is ideal for stomping out the foot pattern.
This Tribal Fusion class is designed for the beginning belly dancer or anyone looking to revisit and practice some basic belly dance essentials. In this video, we will start by breaking down belly dance posture. Then we’ll work with some basic footwork and traveling hip locks, upper body isolations, and snake arms. Have a mat ready as we’ll begin with a short yoga and Pilates conditioning sequence.
This Egyptian inspired American Cabaret Choreography showcases some of Henna's favorite Raks Sharki movement: fluid traveling steps, juicy hip work, musical combinations, and dramatic accents. Beginners will build a vocabulary of footwork and musical phrasing while more advanced dancers will sink into the nuances of that Egyptian belly dance feeling. This piece moves through a few different rhythm changes, so listen close!
This belly dance workshop will teach you some of the gooeyest fundamental movements in Tribal Fusion vocabulary, and, when done regularly, will increase the strength and flexibility in the upper back and lateral muscles. It includes a warm up, three phrases: Bodywave, Side to Side Undulation, Sidewinder, an improvisation section including those phrases, and a cool down for flexibility. Enjoy!
This is the first lesson of Unmata's Level 1 Fast ITS Vocabulary. This class includes the Egyptian, Egyptian 1/2 Turn, Arabic, Arabic Turn Clockwise/Counterclockwise, Choo Choo, Choo Choo with second arm, and the Choo Choo Turn. There is a "work" section for a detailed breakdown of the movements, and a "drill" section for a chance to practice these movements. Formations are also covered, including the stagger formation and stagger rotation where the movements are also drilled.
This workshop focuses on Tamalyn Dallal's signature hand and arm technique. In 6 parts, she will guide you through a multitude of elegant and expressive hand and arm techniques and combinations. This belly dance class features a short warm up, basic shapes and embellishments, variations on basic arm movements with layers, and hand and arms technique and movements from the silk road.
In this workshop April Rose explores the intersection of belly dance with Classical Indian dance through 4 fusion phrases. The Classical Indian Odissi posture tribhangi is introduced as well as some footwork, or adavus, that extends from tribhangi. We will also drill modified versions of fundamental Tribal Fusion and belly dance techniques like the Egyptian, Arabic, ASWAT, Sharki Step, lower undulations, and 3/4 hip shimmies, embellishing these movements with Classical Indian arm carriage and hand mudras. We will use these core movements with traveling footwork to create spatial patterns on the dance floor. Lastly, we will cool down with a classical suranamaskar.
In this workshop the effortless and earthy Egyptian style shimmy of classic belly dance is fused with crisp and elegant turns and movements from western dance. We begin with a warm up to activate our brain and bodies. We then learn chainé turns with spotting and arm layers, followed by a detailed breakdown of the Egyptian knee shimmy. Finally we learn a traveling flip turn forward and back with hip locks and upper body layers. These movements are then combined into a drill-able dance combination, ending with a cool down for the hamstrings and quads.
Inspired by dance poses found in Indian sculpture, paintings, and Classical Dance, this choreography features strong languid postures, precise hand gestures and uniquely Indian movement principles. Drawing from Colleena's dense training background in Classical and folk dances of India, she brings challenging spins, arm patterns, and distinct gaze to the choreography. Interweaving soft transitions that carry the elegance of the Classical Indian aesthetic with punctuated earthy belly dance movement, a balance is found through layering these different movement qualities in this unique Indian Fusion belly dance choreography. Please be sure that you are dancing on a safe surface for fast, flat footed turns.
The Ghawazee or Ghawazi shimmy is named after dancers of Egypt who specialize in this approach to a gorgeous walking-shimmy. This variation of 3/4 shimmy on the up is characterized by a big, swinging movement in the hips. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
Here is a 50 minute Belly Dance workout routine that'll challenge your mind and body. This intermediate level class is a series of combinations of Belly Dance steps including spins, layering, traveling steps, and floorwork, fused with classic fitness moves that'll get you dancing and sweating. Remember to take it at your own pace, turn up the volume, and have a great time!
Lesson 4 Drill of Unmata's Level 1 Fast ITS Vocabulary gives you a chance to practice lessons 1-4 of your Fast ITS Vocabulary, including the Shoulder Shimmy, Shoulder Shimmy with a Hip Drop, Mid 3/4 Shimmy, Mid 3/4 Shimmy with 1/4 and 1/2 Turns, and the Arabic Shimmy. This drill section also includes a challenge in true improvisation using lead and follow positions, musicality, and stagger rotation. This belly dance spotlight is from Amy's "Full Lesson 4: Unmata's Level 1 Fast ITS - Shoulder Shimmy, Mid 3/4 Shimmy, and the Arabic Shimmy".
In this workshop we will begin with a warm up for back and belly strength, as well as a balance challenge in relevé. We'll really turn the heat up with a detailed breakdown and drill of the choo choo shimmy. We'll add upper and lower undulations, layered with shoulder and 3/4 hip shimmy, to a ball change stepping pattern and then play with horizontal and vertical variations of the figure eight in our chest and hips, throwing in a skate turn and the syncopated hip 8 called the jewel. In the cool down we'll do some circular forward folds to bring down the heart rate.
April Rose shares four new workshops that highlight her studies in Tribal Fusion belly dance, Classic Egyptian belly dance, and belly dance history exclusively here at Datura Online. Workshops include Casino Badia and Raqs Hawanem inspired choreography alongside historical information about the pre-Golden Era of belly dance, two technique workshops that breakdown ballet inspired spinning technique, relaxed and layered shimmies, grounded hipwork, fusion technique and beautiful arm frames, and a full body conditioning workshop that will strengthen, stretch and prepare the body for dance.
This workshop will cover the fundamentals of Cabaret style floorwork. We will explore the 3 main building blocks of a well-rounded floor work routine: working postures, embellishment postures, and traveling and transitional movements, as well as descents and ascents. Basic belly dance isolations and hip work will be layered and drilled on top of various floorwork postures. We will then link movements and postures to create seamless floorwork sequences. Make sure the surface you are practicing on is safe for floor work and that your knees are comfortable, either using kneepads or a yoga mat for extra padding if you need it.
The Karachi is a challenging two count rhythm that is upbeat and fun! Henna will break down the Karachi rhythm and give you several movements and a combination that highlights this rhythm. This is from Henna's "Rhythmic Intelligence #4: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations (Turkish Chiftetelli & Karachi)".
This is a hatha and Viniyoga-inspired flow practice to prepare for, build up to, and compensate for a goal pose, Natarajasana. This is a beautiful posture that requires flexibility, strength, and good balance. Many modifications will be offered for various levels of abilities. Enjoy this beautiful practice by taking the modifications that are right for you, and use any props that you need. This is a great routine to strengthen, stretch and focus the mind, whether or not you practice the full expression of our goal pose.
The Overshimmy is a fusion of the 3/4 down shimmy and the Maya, and it is an easy choice for traveling and up-tempo music. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
This Indian fusion belly dance combination is set on a Hindusthani (North Indian) 6 count rhythm called Dadra. It features layers of detail inspired by Classical Indian dance such as mudras, gaze and arm patterns. Concepts from Indian dance bring added layers to already beautiful fusion belly dance isolations and combinations. Find the unique quality of this 6 count rhythm and enjoy the subtle personality shift when familiar movements find a new expression to new music.
A classic American Cabaret Floorwork Choreography to John Bilezikjian's "Jemilleh", this choreography showcases some of American Cabaret's most popular floorwork movements, such as the layered side layout, seated turn, and knee sit, as well as standing movements and classic Belly Dance poses and postures.
In this spotlight Zoe will drill a complex zil composition that includes longa, Running 4s, and Running 7s. The composition will be broken down into sections by pattern, strokes, and musical counts, and Zoe will bring everything together and drill the composition to a 4/4 rhythm. This belly dance spotlight is from Zoe's "Vintage Inspired Combinations and Finger Cymbal Compositions" workshop.
This short strength training workout elaborates on one of the most effective workout postures, the Plank. It is called plank because the body is long, extended straight and solid as a plank of wood. This exercise is particularly effective because, if done correctly, nearly every muscle in the body is engaged. Listen carefully to the posture set up and keep strong engagement of your muscles, even past your challenge point, as correct, aligned posture will be key to unlocking your strength and growth.
The 3/4 shimmy is used by belly dancers everywhere. In this spotlight, Rachel teaches the basic approach, using hip work up, clarifies the simple rhythmic pattern that the shimmy expresses, and teaches 3/4 up variations through extended drill sessions with arm patterns and footwork. Some experience with belly dance is useful before taking this class, and advanced dancers may find this clarification helps their shimmies become bigger and cleaner. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
In this workshop Sadie will breakdown one of the most quintessential belly dance movements, the shimmy, and explore many different variations of the shimmy in different parts of the body. She will cover the basic hip shimmy and Egyptian style shimmy, pelvic shimmies, circle shimmies, twist shimmies, and the flutter, or shimmy of the belly. You will learn how to power all these shimmies with not only the legs, but also the glutes, hips, and abdomen. Sadie will teach you the basic technique of these shimmies, then add layers and traveling movements for an added challenge. With this in-depth and focused practice, Sadie will help you to further develop your very own signature shimmy. Please be sure to warm up before taking this workshop and cool down afterwards.
In this ATS® workshop you get to step right into an ATS® improvisation, a virtual reality experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet and trio. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from class 1 of Colette's Intermediate ATS® series, including the Barrel Turn, Arabic 1-2-3, Turkish Shimmy Variations, and more. You'll get to practice taking the lead and work on transitions with your fellow dancers. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!
In this spotlight from Sadie's "Sambarama: Samba Technique" workshop, Sadie will break down the basic samba step, the ball change, the samba samiha, and a passe step. She will combine all these movements into a fun and high energy combination.
The Turkish Chiftetelli is an upbeat rhythm that gives the music a rolling and fast paced quality. In this spotlight Henna will break down the turkish chiftetelli rhythm and give you several movements and a combination that highlights this rhythm. This is from Henna's "Rhythmic Intelligence #4: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations (Turkish Chiftetelli & Karachi)".
In part two of Colleena's "Heer Ranjha Choreography", you will continue to learn a choreography to the song "Vishnu Groove" by Solace, building on what you have learned in part one. In the second half of this choreography, Colleena will draw from her extensive training background in Classical and folk dances of India to bring you challenging spins, complex foot and arm patterns inspired by Indian dance, and concepts from various Indian dances including "Chamak", "Drishti", and "Griva". Belly dance movements such as hip drops and lifts, figure 8's, and soft, fluid transitions will be interwoven throughout this second half of the choreography. Please be sure that you are dancing on a safe surface for fast, flat footed turns, and make sure to warm up and cool down before and after taking this class.
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