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This Edition: What drew you to belly dance?

 How did you start belly dancing?

“Dance when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.” - Rumi

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question: Why belly dance? What drew you to this art form and how did you get started?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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New Workshop: 7/12/17

SS Impulse and Intention

Expressing emotional intention through the hands, wrists, arms, and eyes is the focus in this brand new workshop from Sedona Soulfire!

SS Impulse and Intention

Impulse & Intention

This workshop brings detailed focus to hand, arm, wrist, and eyegaze ornamentation. We will explore using the arms and eyes to contour, frame, and accent body movements, as well as express emotionality and purposeful intent. We will work through various types of arm motions with special focus on the shoulder, elbow, and wrist joints as well as different planes and dimensions in space. The workshop is full of technique, drills, and combinations to assist in making your arms and eyes a strong, graceful, and prominent element in your dance.

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It's summer, the perfect time to get your belly dance practice on whether you are dancing with DO out in the sunshine or escaping the heat and practicing with us indoors. Looking to practice technique, build strength, and gain flexibility? Then we've got a brand new program just for you! Designed by Ashley Lopez herself, "Integrated Dance Preparation" gives you a ton of bang for your buck, focusing on belly dance drills, yoga, and Pilates for 6 weeks straight that will also prepare you for taking Ashley's in person teacher training program, Integrated Dance.

Featuring 5 sessions per week, each about an 1 hour in length, this program will help you reach your goals smarter and faster, while giving you two days of rest to relax and gather yourself for more practice! Get it!

Pro tip: Add this program to a personal playlist in just a few clicks - look for the add to playlist button!

Integrated Dance Prep

 

Integrated Dance Preparation

This 6-week program is designed for students who wish to prepare physically, technically, and mentally for Ashley Lopez's Integrated Dance Part 1 Intensive. Ashley designed the Integrated Dance Preparation program on Datura Online to prepare her students interested in taking the Integrated Dance Intensive, as well as for those dancers looking to hone their technique and build body strength and flexibility.

 

 

 

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Who's Who?: Umm Kalthoum

Jun 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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It's time again for another Who's Who Challenge! Members: if you answer our questions in the DO blog AND cite your sources, you'll get $5 off your next month of membership!

The Rules:

1. We give you a historical figure or event to research and you have a few questions to answer about the historical figure or event in order to complete your challenge.

2. You can use the internet, books, DVDs, magazines and journals, etc. to do your research. In order to win the challenge and get $5 off your membership, you must already have a membership to Datura Online and you MUST cite your sources using MLA citations (Brush up on your citation skills here: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ or use this handy dandy tool: http://www.easybib.com/). To participate in this challenge we must refrain from embedded opinion: supported and cited facts only, fellow scholars!

3. You don’t have to write a paper (unless you are super nerdy like we are and enjoy that sort of thing), just answer the questions we give you in at least three sentences per question. Of course, you are more than welcome to share any fascinating tidbits you find in your quest for knowledge. If others share the same information as you, that’s ok! But let’s do our best to share different resources and knowledge so we can all grow together.

4. We’ll compile several of the juiciest Who's Who? challenge winners’ answers in a separate blog post, along with all the resources you find so they’re all ea...

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Friday with Friends - June Round Up

Jun 30, 2017 7:13:00 AM

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Friday with Friends - Our featured Friends in June!

Every Friday we share video/photos of our dance friends on our instagram page who are using DO in their dance journey! We are so proud of all of you and it warms our heart to see you all expressing your individuality and personality in this dance form we all love. 

Check out our featured friends below! And if you ever want to show us what you've been working on, just tag #daturaonline in your videos and pictures on instagram and you might be featured on our page!

@draconis.dances

Draconis Dances

@lisova.mavka

 Lisova Mavka

@mayafelipe

Maya Felipe

@jenniferlynnwarren

 Jennifer Lynn Warren

@davinakelm

Davina Kelm

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New Workshop: 6/28/17

Colette Int ATS Class #6

You asked for more ATS® classes and we listened! In this new Intermediate class, Colette will delve deeper into the world of duets, sharing moves and combinations perfect for two!

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Intermediate ATS® : Class # 6 - Power Duets

The strong connection between dancers is evident in ATS® Power Duets. Dancers seem to become one, read each other's mind, and do moves that other formations can't! This intermediate ATS® class follows up on the previous duet focus class with more fast movements and variations including Arabic Orbit, Arabic Crossing, Wet Dog, Egyptian Fake Out, and a versatile Turkish Shimmy Crossing/Circling Combo. Let's face our partners, dance fast, and pull out our power duet moves!

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This Edition: Who Inspires you to dance?

 It's time to inspire

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.” - Helen Keller

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question has two parts: Who ispires you to dance? And do you have favorite dancers and dance videos that you like to watch for inspiration?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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New Workshop: 6/14/17

Ashley Drill Bits: Pop It!

Who's got half an hour and wants to get some good upper body drills in? Then Ashley's got the perfect class for you!

Drill Bits: Pop It!

Get ready to move your upper body! This quick 30 minute drill class is fully focused on the chest and ribcage movement. We'll explore chest lifts, drops, slides, shapes and experiment with speed, size, and layering arms and footwork!

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Participant compilations

DO Belly Dance Challenge #5 Participant Compilations

We are so impressed by what a wonderful job everyone did this year. So many of you worked hard to learn one (or more!) choreographies and it clearly shows in your presentation and technique! 

The videos below are compilations of all entries (that we could find) by Datura Online members. We are overjoyed to see so many people all over the world learning these dances with us, to see each of their unique takes on the choreographies, and we just had to share them all dancing together in one video. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

The challenge: To learn a choreography taught on our website, perform it however you like, and post it to youtube.

The goal: To share the love of learning belly dance all over the world.

"Chomper" by Zoe Jakes

"Raqs Assaya" by Henna

 

"Spirit of the Drum" by Sedona Soulfire

"Viaje" by Ashley Lopez

All of these submissions gave us the biggest smiles on our faces and we are so happy to see that Datura Online is working for you - in so many different places. Nothing could be more satisfying, thank you all so much! Looking forward to the next one...

If you're looking for the entries we picked for this challenge, check out the post here.

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This Edition: Music that gets you up and dancing...

 Music

“The songs and rhythms make my body move before I know what is going on.” - Colette

The Process -

Q: What music is inspiring you to dance right now?


Tamalyn:
 The latest CD by Ilahun, a young band from Salta, Argentina is gorgeous! Unfortunately, they aren't on itunes, Spotify, etc. Instead, they sell the CDs at their shows around South America, as does one of the band members sister, Lujan. Somehow, this CD is making the rounds in China, copy by copy and many people don't know where it is from nor who created it. The Lakhdar Hanou Ensemble has an amazing Andalusian- Arabic music CD with a Chinese instrumentalist. Really great. It's called "Ne Fut-ce Qu'en Chine".


Colette:
 I have found myself returning to the music I was introduced to when I began belly dancing. Specifically, Aisha Ali's field recording of The Music of the Fellahin, and the Music of the Oulid Nail. The Music of the Fellahin has songs I routinely use in class and this album gave me some of my first tastes of Middle Eastern instruments (argul, mizmar, and doumbec) and rhythms. One song that always mesmerized me when I watched FatChanceBellyDance perform to it was Saidi Dance. I have also been listening to Music of the Oulid Nail for inspiration. The songs and rhythms make my body move before I know what is going on. After taking Journey Through Egypt, I was able to place the music to a specific location, and being able to visualize who was creating the music has re...

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New Workshop: 5/31/17

Intro to Datura Style Class 1: Hip Mechanics

Who's ready for a new class with Rachel Brice?! This class is all about hipwork on the up: bumps, swings, taxim, and glute locks. Plus you'll get some anatomy AND history, all in one video! 

Introduction to Datura Style™ Technique Class #1: Hip Mechanics

Intro to Datura Style Class 1: Hip MechanicsIn this Introduction to Datura Style™ Technique class, Rachel will introduce you to the basics of her personal format for belly dance, prepare you for the more challenging Datura Technique Studies, and show you how to improvise in this style as a soloist or in a group. Class # 1 focuses on hipwork on the up: hip lifts, bumps, the glute lock, and taxim. Rachel will breakdown all of these movements and then you will have the chance to dance them out in a fun improvisational drill. This series was designed to be used as a resource by anyone searching to clarify and strengthen their understanding of the fundamentals of Datura Style™ belly dance.

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Who's Who?: Badia Masabni History Buffs

May 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Congratulations to our history buffs in May: Laura, Kennedey, Milica, and Nicole! They did research into the life of Badia Masabni and investigated how she impacted our dance form. We'll include their research and their sources below so you can learn more about Badia as well! And if you didn't participate this month, join us for the next Who's Who challenge and you might get $5 off your next month of membership to Datura Online!

Find out more about Badia Masabni!

1. Who was Badia Masabni? (Milica) "Badia Masabni (born Wadiha Masabni) was an actress and a dancer. She is one of the most important figures in history of belly dance. She is often cited as the matron or the godmother of modern day belly dance. Badia was the owner of several influential night clubs in Egypt in 1920s. She was also working at theaters and a movie cinema which was part of her nightclub."

2. What did she do to impact our dance? (Laura) "In 1926 she opened her first dance hall “Sala Badia”, often referred to as “Casino Badia” where 'casino' at the time meant a music hall with entertainment provided by actors, singers and musicians. 

Casino Badia was very successful. The performances appealed to the local audience as well as to the many Europeans who lived in Cairo. Madame Masabny – as she was known at the time – added some new elements to the traditional Egyptian-style dance in order to make it more palatable to a foreign audience as well. She was inspired by European classical dance an...

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The Community: Scheduling your practice

May 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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This Edition: Scheduling your practice

 Schedule your practice

Target and celebrate small wins. Amid the clumsiness of the start, there are moments of figuring out fundamentals, of making small improvements. Find them, name them, and highlight them.” - Daniel Coyle

The Community -


Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question is: How do you schedule your practice?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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New Workshop: 5/10/17

Layer Ladders

Ready to try out some crazy layers? April Rose builds layer combinations in the body from the ground up so you can really focus on adding complexity and teasing the brain and body with new patterns!

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This workshop is all about layering from the ground up: footwork, torso isolations, and arm patterns! We'll start by integrating good posture and clean arm carriage with basic pelvic isolations. More complex isolations will be added with different dynamics and traveling floor patterns. Come back to this workshop again and again to add each new layer as you progress through your dance journey!

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Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #5 Results!

DATURA ONLINE BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #5 - The Results!

Phew, you all certainly made it difficult for us to pick prize recipients this year - clearly everyone worked hard and had a great time expressing each choreography and getting creative with their videos! 

Woo!

Before we announce the recipients of the official prizes for this challenge we want to first acknowledge everyone who participated as an absolute *winner* in this challenge. Give yourself a hearty pat on the back and a round of applause! We saw so many of you pushing yourself, overcoming challenges, and learning. And what a supportive community surrounding this event! You can see for yourself by visiting the event page with numerous theads of participants in this challenge supporting each other and check out the youtube playlist with all the participant submissions!

Recall, the primary purposes of this challenge were:

First: We wanted you, who come from so many different places in the world, to see each other dance so that you could have the opportunity to be inspired by, and to inspire, your fellow members of our DO community.

Second: Growth. Goals are important tools to help you to push and achieve something that is perhaps a little out of your comfort zone. (We heard this from a lot of you and are so glad you decided to take this challenge on.)

Third: Selfishly, we love seeing you dance!

Fourth: To have fun!

Prizes!

And now, the prizewinners. Many of these choreographies were too close to call, so we decided to award not o...

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