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Basic Training

4 Weeks | 2 Sessions per week | 18 Videos | Beg


New to Belly Dance? Interested in the fundamentals? This program was designed for the complete beginner or anyone interested in fundamental belly dance technique.

Never set foot into a dance studio before? Great! Our knowledgable and friendly teachers lead you through the basic moves of belly dance in a variety of belly dance styles. And in your online studio, you get to go at your own pace!

By the end of this month-long practice, you will learn how to have graceful hands and arms, how to do a belly roll, a shimmy, snake arms, and various hip and chest isolations. You'll also learn some traveling movements and combinations. Welcome to belly dance!

This program features two sessions of Datura Online classes per week. Feel free to shift it around to whichever two days work best for your schedule. You're also more than welcome to repeat classes as much as you want or supplement this program with any other classes on the site.

Each of these program sessions will run between 1 and 1.5 hours.

Basic Training Belly Dance Program

How to Begin

You can rent classes individually, rent a session playlist, or activate an unlimited access membership to access all classes in this program for one low price.

To get started, click on any of class titles below.

To browse class descriptions, click on the week and you can read more about each class. For a printable version of this program click here to download and print a copy for your practice space. You also can bookmark this page for easy access later.

Practice Tip

For each mix and match session, all videos are in one playlist - one continual class. Click on the playlist link to start your session playlist, OR click on each week in the program navigation bar below for an expanded view, and watch the videos one at a time.

Basic Training : Week 2

Session 1

Playlist (52:58)

Dance Warm Up with Henna - Basic Isolations - Undulation Spotlight - Cool Down

Session 2

Playlist (1:05:23)

Warm Up for the Lower Body - Fundamental Shimmies, Tamalyn's Take - Belly Rolls: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals - Cool Down and Stretch 2

Henna will start off this week with a short dance warm up to get you ready to move! Sedona will then introduce you to a concept that is integral to belly dance: isolations, or moving one part of your body independently from the rest. She'll then take you through the basic belly dance undulation, a key element in belly dance. In session two of this week Tamalyn will teach you how to get wonderful, relaxed hip shimmies, and then Zoe will take you straight to the point with belly rolls!

Week 2, Session 1 : Playlist (52:58)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Dance Warm Up with Henna

This short warm up will prepare the body for dance and is perfect for all levels. This is a spotlight from Henna's "Classic Egyptian #3: Technique Workshop".

Online Belly Dance Class

Basic Isolations

In this spotlight we will break down and drill all of the basic, head, chest, hip, and shoulder isolations. This is wonderful for anyone new to belly dance or the more advanced dancer looking to keep their isolation technique sharp and strong. This spotlight is a part of the workshop: "Interesting and Innovative Isolations with Sedona".

Online Belly Dance Class

Undulation Spotlight

This brief class provides tips and techniques for working on drilling your undulations for greater clarity and ease of execution. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Bold and Beautiful Hip Movements" class.

Online Belly Dance Class

Cool Down

This brief cool down is wonderful to do after an extended shimmy session or any vigorous belly dance practice. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Super Shimmies & Shimmy Layers" workshop.

Week 2, Session 2 : Playlist (1:05:23)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Warm Up for the Lower Body

This warm-up will prepare the whole body for movement and focus on the lower body, including conditioning for the legs and feet. This exercise is appropriate for beginner dancers to advanced dancers wanting to develop strength in their lower body. This spotlight is from Colette's "Creative Steps with a Classic Twist" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Fundamental Shimmies, Tamalyn's Take

Tamalyn will guide you through three tempos of shimmies with straight and bent knees and weight changes. This spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Relaxed and Layered Shimmies" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Belly Rolls: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals

Zoe's unique approach to belly rolls: "The 4 Part Roll" breaks down this classic move for any style of belly dance, emphasizing each muscle group, and moving the abdomen independent of the spine. This spotlight is from Zoe's "Spins, Flutters, and Belly Rolls: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals" Workshop.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Cool Down and Stretch 2

A simple cool down, which includes spinal twists, hip openers, and hamstring stretch. It's advisable to have padding for the knees. This spotlight is from Ashley's "3/4 Shimmy Variations & Layers" workshop.

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