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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
In this warm up from Henna's "Egyptian Finger Cymbals: Raqs Sharki Stylization" workshop, you will prepare the fingers, wrists and arms for an extended finger cymbal practice.
Focusing on long, deep breaths and slow movement connected to the breath, this short practice spotlights some of Colleena's favorite stretches to do before or after dancing Indian Fusion Belly Dance. The goal is to breathe deep to relax and focus on the mind, as well as release any tension created through repetitive movements in your dance training. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Masala: Indian Fusion Shakti Style" workshop.
In this workshop we will be focusing on getting a strong and vivacious shimmy! Sedona will be sharing exercises and drills designed to strengthen, stretch and open the muscles around the knee joints in order to support the Egyptian Knee Shimmy. You will be shimmying through different timing manipulations and traveling movements that will help you to increase the stamina and mobility of your shimmy.
April Rose shares three new workshops that promote growth and mastery through complex layering and artistic interpretation exclusively here at Datura Online. Workshops include a choreography to the song "Cynthia's Tears" by Atlas Maior which explores expansion, musical interpretation, and contemporary elements fused with belly dance technique, and two workshops that breakdown interesting isolation patterns and layers that will challenge both the mind and body. Classes coming soon!
It's time to jump into an ATS® improvisation! Experience what it's like to be part of an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. You'll practice your improvisational skills by working on fast movements from classes 1, 2, and 3 of Colette's beginning ATS® series, including Turkish Shimmy, Shimmy Step, and more. You'll need your zils for this one. Get ready to improv! This spotlight is from Colette's "Intermediate ATS® Drill Game: Classes 1 - 3".
In section 1 of Rachel's "Radioglue" choreography you'll practice mayas, levels, turns, and an adapted form of the "Queen of the Damned" combination. This spotlight is from "Radioglue: An Original Choreography".
Ready for a challenge? In this class we will practice combinations designed for the advanced dancer, layering isolations and shapes, sequencing movements, learning tricky footwork and drilling different kinds of spins. You will work on increasing your endurance through long drills and learning combos quickly. At the end of class you will learn one long master combination to be practiced on both sides, first slowly and then super fast! Remember to have fun with this; the video is meant to be repeatable so we hope you find it challenging enough to return to over and over again.
In this section, we will do a variety of isolated movements, layered atop one another. Then we will do them in isolation, and progress the isolated moves to integrated moves. This way, we better understand the difference between all three and how we can use them to enhance and vary our dance. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Isolation, Integration, and Layering" workshop.
The Khaleegi rhythm is a fun, driving rhythm that is featured in belly dance compositions and performances. In this spotlight Henna will teach you movements and a combination inspired by the Cairo belly dance interpretation of the traditional Khaleegi dance, including a basic hair toss and step. This is from Henna's "Rhythmic Intelligence, Class 5: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations (Baladi, Masmoudi Kabir, Khaleegi, & Bolero)".
In this drill session, Sedona will take you through basic belly dance isolations, strongly emphasizing posture and alignment. Using various arm postures and facing changes, you will practice perfect isolations and build endurance. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Practice Perfect" workshop.
We will warm up the body by exploring basic Odissi principles: tribhangi posture, lasya and thandava dynamics, and basic footwork. This spotlight is from April Rose's "Infusion: Indian Fusion Technique".
This drill combines the movements taught in Rachel's 3/4 shimmy workshop, and includes several variations of 3/4 on the up and down: Ghawazee, Overshimmy, Hagallah and Samiha. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
Step right into an ATS® improvisation with a 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, 2, 3 and 4 of Colette's Intermediate ATS® series, including levels, slow turns, Arabic Shimmy with Arms and Turns (ASWAT), Spins and more. You'll get a chance to take the lead and practice some basic transitions with your fellow dancers. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!
A gentle, yet effective way to wake up nearly all the muscles of the body in a short amount of time. Every muscle in the body crosses a joint, so by focusing on slow gentle stretching of all major joints, the entire body will feel relaxed and awakened. By focusing on steady, deep, complete breaths, you will drastically increase the benefits of this practice. Joints of the body hold excess wind element so you may hear gentle cracking or popping as you start to move the joints. This is a good sign that excess wind is releasing from the body, so long as the movements are not painful. This is an ideal practice for the beginning or end of your dance training sessions. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Masala: Indian Fusion Shakti Style" workshop.
It's time to jump into an ATS® improvisation! Experience what it's like to be part of an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. You'll practice your improvisational skills by working on slow movements from classes 1, 2, and 3 of Colette's beginning ATS® series, including the Camel Walk, Torso Twist, Propeller Turn, and more. Get ready to improv! This spotlight is from Colette's ATS® Improv Drill Game: Beginning Classes 1-3.
In this second workshop in Sedona's "Drum Solo Expressions" series we will continue to nourish our musicality skills, working on Drum Solo techniques and identifying Arabic rhythms. Sedona will explain her basic drum solo theory, the main goal in dancing a drum solo, and her process in preparing a drum solo. She will also explore fundamental sounds that comprise a well executed drum solo. Sedona will drill several movements and combinations to familiarize us with the sounds of the drum, with a focus on the energetic and earthy Saidi rhythm. Make sure to be properly warmed up before attempting this class.
In this spotlight Sadie will breakdown the basics of the hip circle, explaining the movement and creating a circle combination complete with directional changes, sliding layers, and the Egyptian traveling step. This spotlight is from Sadie's "Hip Star: Hip and Pelvic Technique Workshop".
The challenging Choo Choo, when mastered, gives the impression of floating or gliding in space while the hips express a very percussive and striking shimmy. It's a favorite everywhere, and always brings a huge response from the audience. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
In this spotlight from April Rose's "Effortless Elegance: Classically Inspired Fusion Technique" workshop, we learn the relaxed skeletal technique behind the powerful and seemingly effortless knee shimmy that is a signature of Egyptian style belly dance.
Tamalyn will teach how to get big, juicy movements and complete them by allowing the hips to follow the feet and the feet to become rooted into the earth. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Gravitational Pull of the Earth" workshop.
This workshop is an exercise in playing multiple sounds on the finger cymbals as well as listening closely to the music. Henna will teach several Raqs Sharki style combinations, each using a different sound or basic pattern to compliment the character of the music. Basic foot patterns lay a foundation for movement in the body that can be changed to accommodate different levels of dancers, or different sounds in the music. We build each combination from the ground up so that dancers can layer on complexity as his/her ability improves.
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