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This comprehensive ﬁnger cymbal workshop will start at the very beginning with four fundamental patterns, and will get you moving with your ﬁnger cymbals right away. You'll learn about the building blocks of pattern construction, and we'll dance each pattern with a simple belly dance phrase, so you'll be playing and dancing in your first session.
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.
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 is a beginning level Pilates workout designed with the needs of belly dancers in mind. The beginning of this workshop is an introduction to the principles of the method, and guides the student through the main points of stabilization and good form, and includes tips for self-correction. This class focuses on strengthening the abdominals, back muscles while stabilizing the body for belly dance movement. This workout features primarily classic Pilates exercises and offers a variety of modifications for beginners.
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 is a hip focused Pilates and yoga routine designed to strengthen the glutes, deep hip rotators, abdominals and back for maximum health and range of motion. This is both a conditioning and therapeutic approach to hip flexibility, stabilization, and strengthening.
We will layer belly dance chest circles onto the percussive Bharatanatyam footwork Jaati Adavu and add arm carriage detail. This spotlight is from April Rose's "Infusion #2: Indian Fusion Technique Class".
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, trio, and quartet. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from classes 1, 2 and 3 of Colette's Beginning ATS® series, including camel walk, torso twist, propeller turn, Turkish Shimmy, Shimmy Step, and more. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!
This combination includes fast spins, tribal fusion inspired locks, and syncopated hipwork. 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 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.
In part one of Sadie's "Dazzling Drum Solo", we will begin to learn the first half of a fun and fast drum solo choreography. This is an intermediate to advanced level choreography and you are invited to try this at your own pace and have lots of fun with it. This half of the choreography features dramatic poses, intricate layers and combinations including pelvic boxes and torso triangles, isolated movements and the "Sadie Special". Stay tuned for part 2, which completes the full choreography. Please be sure to warm up before trying this class and give yourself a nice cool down afterwards.
A solid understanding of Middle Eastern rhythms is an essential part of any dancer's repertoire. This workshop introduces two rhythms, the Turkish Chiftetelli and the Karachi, and drills movements to highlight the prominent sounds in the rhythm. Drilling these moves will get the rhythms into your body and evoke classic musicality in your dancing. Movements from the american cabaret vocabulary are introduced for each rhythm including a box step with shoulder accents, the basic bouncy walk, barrel turn, camel with shimmy for the Turkish Chiftetelli and the karachi 5, an omi spin, and a traveling step for the Karachi rhythm. The class begins with a brief standing warm up.
Hours of content with internationally renowned belly dancer, Sadie Marquardt, coming soon to Datura Online! Sadie will share a collection of classes packed with her signature style and unique approaches to achieving complex and dynamic belly dance technique. Offerings include one of the subjects Sadie is best know for: Drum Solo Choreography. She'll also share classes designed to support Drum Solo Technique including workshops on Shimmy Techniques, Pelvic Techniques, her Technique Toolkit for Isolations and Layering, and even a Samba Technique Workshop. All coming very soon, only on Datura Online.
This workshop focuses on some fundamentals of head, shoulder, arm, and hand movement for belly dance. Basic technique is broken down slowly including poses, isolations, shapes, hand gestures, and head slides and circles. Movements are repeated so that students have a chance to practice and drill to perfection. Ashley will describe what is happening anatomically in the bones, joints and muscles and demonstrate the movements, describing exactly where students should feel the origin of movement and how the body is powering the exercise so that students understand the mechanics behind these techniques and are able to physically execute them as well.
In this ATS® workshop you get to step right into an ATS® improvisation, a first-person virtual experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from classes 1 and 2 of Colette's Beginning ATS® series, including taxeem, arm undulations, bodywaves, Egyptian, Arabic, and more. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!
In April Rose's "Marigold Garden", we will learn an original choreography to the song "From India". This choreography features movements from Indian dance such as mudras, rajasthani hip drops, tribhangi posture, and complex footwork with kathak inspired arm patterns, combined with belly dance technique and traveling steps. April Rose will chronologically break down the movements for each section of the dance, drill them to music, and then run through the choreography as it builds. We will move quickly through the dance and a warm up is recommended prior to beginning.
This is an original belly dance choreography by Zoe Jakes to the Beats Antique song "Veil of Tears", created for intermediate to advanced dancers. It includes traveling foot patterns, spins, layering sections, Tribal Fusion locking patterns, and some vintage stylization.
The chiftetelli is a beautiful rhythm featured prominently in belly dance, lending an earthy feeling to the music. It is a common backing rhythm for taksims, similar to the wahda wa nous rhythm. In this spotlight Henna will break down the chiftetelli rhythm and give you several movements and a combination that highlight the rhythm. This is from Henna's "Rhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations #3 (Wahda Kabira, Wahda Wanus, & Chiftetelli)".
This 30 minute routine can be used to warm up the body before dancing or as a regular fitness routine. Each of the five exercises build 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.
This short yoga practice was created to increase flexibility and strength in the muscles that flex and extend the spine. Use before a class that includes any kind of spinal extension (backbends, body waves, and undulations), or in-between belly dance days to create a stable base for challenging movement. A relaxing and simple class for all levels. Filmed in Nosara, Costa Rica at the annual Heart of Belly Dance Retreat.
A solid understanding of Middle Eastern rhythms is an essential part of any dancer's repertoire. This workshop is a continuation of Henna's Arabic Rhythms & Combinations series and introduces and breaks down three common rhythms for belly dance: Wahda Kabira, Wahda Wa Nous, and the Chiftetelli. Movements from Egyptian and American cabaret style belly dance will be drilled to each rhythm to create muscle memory and refine musicality.
In this spotlight Tamalyn demonstrates how to layer shimmies onto slow movements using weight change, bent and straight legs, and one leg at a time. She'll also demonstrate how to add shimmy layers to hip slides, figure eights, circles, and undulations. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Relaxed and Layered Shimmies" workshop.
This workshop is a companion to Zoe's Belly Dance Flow Drill series, focusing on zil or finger cymbal patterns inspired by Jamila Salimpour. The purpose of this workshop is to move beyond mid tempo triplets and challenge dancers with unusual syncopation, fast speeds, and various zil patterns such as longa (or triplets), 337, 3513, running 7s and singles with accents. To increase the challenge and fun, dancers will do this while attempting to layer isolations and travel with different moves. A warm up is recommended before taking this class, or this class may be used in conjunction with Zoe's Belly Dance Flow Drills.
Malfuf is one of the most widely used rhythms in the Middle East. In Arabic "malfuf" means "roll" which is indicative of the feeling of this rhythm. Steps for the Malfuf will be broken down, including the taxim tap-tap, chasses, and a turn for malfuf, followed by a short combination with endless layering possibilities. This belly dance spotlight is from Henna's Egyptian Cabaret Workshop: "Rhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations".
In part two of April Rose's "Marigold Garden", we will continue to learn a choreography to the song "From India", building on what we have learned in part one. This half of the choreography features elements of Indian dance including rajasthani hip drops, katak hand movements, several mudras, tribungi postures, and foot patterns combined with belly dance vocabulary such as the jewel, taxim, and maya. April Rose will chronologically break down the movements for each section of the dance, drill them to music, and then run through the choreography as it builds. We will move quickly through the dance and a warm up is recommended prior to beginning. Part 1 of the choreography can be learned here.
Complex isolation patterns with perfect posture can be one of the most dynamic parts of your belly dance routine. In this workshop, Sedona will lead you through isolated belly dance movements, emphasizing posture and alignment, to add a strong accent to your belly dance repertoire. This workshop begins with a short warm up focusing on posture to prepare your body to dance, followed by a drill of basic internal isolated movement in various postures. Sedona will then slowly build two intricate and isolated combinations that use interior hip circles, chest and hip layers, and belly locks that will be drilled at various tempos. These two combinations will then be combined with a traveling foot pattern to create a long drill combination.
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