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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.
This short practice is designed to energize you, awakening the mind and warming up the body with a particular focus on the spine. You will be taken through a short centering and pranayama practice and then through a series of flowing yoga postures. This breath-centric practice includes hip openers, hamstring stretches, gentle strengthening and some cross body movements to challenge coordination and balance. In this brief but efficient class you will move the body through all planes and will incorporate all movements of the spine: forward bends, twists, side bends and backward bends. This practice is for all levels, though beginners may find it a fun challenge.
In this warm up, Colette will help you prepare your body for dance by warming up the major muscle groups, with a particular emphasis on the quads and abdominal muscles. This spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class 8".
This workshop covers more techniques of the luscious Veil Dance. Sedona will detail various veil wraps as well as tips and nuances for a flawless veil performance. You will drill and dance many different transitions, spins, frames, and crescendos. All of the veil movements will then be put into combinations and lovely show ready veil sequences.
Strength, flexibility, and body awareness are vital to being a well rounded dancer. This 45 minute fusion fitness routine can be used to warm up the body before dancing or as a regular workout. Each of the eight exercises builds strength flexibility and understanding in specific parts of the body that are directly applicable to your dance practice. By repeating these exercises a few times per week you will become a stronger dancer quickly. Before beginning, gather your props: you'll need a chair or some other surface to balance on, and if you are practicing on a hard floor you may want to use a mat or blanket for a few of the exercises in this class. Let's work it out!
Drishti is a sanskrit word that means gaze or vision. In this short segment Colleena will take you through several eye movement drills, detailing how drishti is used in Kathak dance, following arm and hand movements with the gaze, as well as how drishti is used in Classical Odissi dance, drilling side to side eye movements. She will also combine drishti with griva, head or neck movements. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Indian Fusion Nuances : Mudras, Drishti, Griva".
This raqs assaya choreography combines elements of Egyptian raqs sharki, American Cabaret, and Saidi into a dynamic and fun dance. Basic assaya technique will be used to frame or accompany earthy hips and Saidi footwork. Since we are adding a prop to belly dance movement, this choreography is best suited for dancers with a solid foundation in basic belly dance. Please be sure to warm up before starting this choreography.
In this spotlight Sedona breaks down a combination, using drills to focus on isolation patterns that include hip lifts, head slides, omis, undulations, and shoulder shimmies. This drill based combination will be practiced at two different speeds. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Practice Perfect 1" workshop.
This unusual workshop is actually two classes in one: A fundamentals practice and demonstration, followed by a challenging dance portion. 1) In the first half of this workshop Rachel will detail and practice Datura's fundamental placement for the arms, legs, feet, and full body for Tribal and Tribal Fusion dancers. Next you’ll learn a short sequence that integrates these fundamentals so when practiced regularly they’ll become second nature. This detailed work was created as a reference that you can return to again and again for detail about the fundamentals. 2) In the second half of the workshop, you’ll learn 2 new challenging combinations from Datura’s emerging vocabulary, Arabic Hip Twist variation and Cherry Moon, that include many of these foot and arm positions. And for the finale!: You and Rachel will play with some lead-and-follow improvisation to get a sense of how to use these combinations in a group improvisation. To find a visual reference for the arm, leg, and foot positions, click here.
In this spotlight Zoe will drill a complex zil composition that includes longa, alternating singles, and the 5-5-3 pattern. 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.
Beautiful, meaningful hands and arms are powerful assets for belly dance. So many emotions can be expressed through the ornamentation and expression of the hands and arms. In this workshop we will practice everything from basic techniques of hand and arm movements to polished expression. Starting with ornamentation, then moving onto expression and finally into communication, we will explore the purposes for arm and hand movement in the belly dance repertoire.
We will begin by warming up the body using basic Bharatanatyam Principles: Ardhamandala posture, hand mudras and adavus (or footwork). Then we will use Bharatanatyam's Natta Adavu and KudittaMetta Adavu as the base for a detailed fusion combo. With these footwork patterns we will add chest isolations, Polynesian-style avehi knee pops, arm patterns, and hand mudras. This one is a doozy! This class is from April Rose's "Infusion #2: Indian Fusion Technique Class".
In this workshop, fundamental principles and technique of shakti style Indian fusion will be explored through complex layered movement phrases that will be broken down and drilled, so that dancers at any level can reap the benefits of carefully refining and strengthening these details. Hip movements, arm patterns, foot patterns and gaze will be combined in 3 sections: Twists & 8s, Pyramids, and Lucknow Maya, then finally strung together to create an ornate dance phrase. Movement concepts from Indian dance, as well as belly dance movements are a part of this Indian fusion dance workshop.
This is a brief, efficient and intense workout that will take your body through all planes of movement and will work every major muscle group. Moving swiftly, you'll be taken through a brief warm up and then proceed to some body-weight training inspired by yoga, Pilates and classic fitness exercises. You'll need just enough space to lie down on the floor, no props or extra equipment needed. You can perform this anywhere! And when you're done, you'll be able to take a run, drill some choreography, or take a nap...you'll be ready for anything!
In this spotlight from Sadie's "Sambarama: Samba Technique" workshop, Sadie will break down the side samba step, the kick step, and circles. She will combine all these movements into a fast paced and fun combination.
In this spotlight Sedona will lead you through a short combination of floorwork movements and postures, complete with a descent and ascent. 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. This spotlight is from Sedona's American Cabaret "Fantastic Floorwork" workshop.
This workshop is a chronological breakdown of a classic choreography that reimagines dance in the Casino Badia era or 1920s Cairo. This historically inspired dance features skeletal shimmy technique, figure eights, weighted internal hip circles, balletic turns, elevated posture, and traveling undulations, all set to a Sama'i rhythm performed by George Sawa. We will move quickly through this dance so please be sure to warm up before beginning this choreography. For more difficult moves like the knee shimmy and the choo choo shimmy, please refer to April Rose's technique classes that break these down in detail. For a visual reference of the "Casino Badia" era that inspired April Rose's choreography, check out this playlist we've put together on Youtube!
In this segment, students are introduced to the 6 movements of the shoulder blades (or scapulae) and how they apply to shoulder movement in belly dance. Students are then taken through some isolation drills to condition the muscles and build coordination. The isolations are then combined to create a few shapes for the shoulders, and are layers on top of some simple traveling steps for an extra challenge! We conclude with a few gentle stretches to open and relax the shoulders. This is a spotlight from Ashley's H.A.S.H. Tag: Head, Arms, Shoulders, and Hands workshop.
This is a full body conditioning routine designed to prepare the body to perform strong, flexible, and agile floorwork. 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.
This combination includes a John Compton tribute movement, Jamila Salimpour format, as well as fast hipwork focused on the 3/4 shimmy. Zoe will breakdown the combination and then drill it at both a slow and fast tempo. This belly dance spotlight is from Zoe's "Vintage Inspired Combinations and Finger Cymbal Compositions" workshop.
In this workshop, Colleena will begin with a breakdown of six beautiful arm patterns and variations, a great way to begin to warm up the body and clear the space around you, honing your concentration. Reviewing the most important basic spin from North Indian dance, Colleena will jump from there into traveling, unspotted, and stationary spins. They will be broken down and drilled with arm patterns. Finally, we will drill a dance phrase that features arm patterns and spinning techniques at two speeds. Before beginning, be sure your dancing space has a safe surface for fast flat footed turns.
The Hagallah was named for a type of hip work found in celebratory social dances of Western Egypt and parts of Libya. It is a fusion of 3/4 on the down and an emphatic twist. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
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