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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

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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

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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 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!

 Layer LaddersLayer Ladders

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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Who's Who?: Badia Masabni

Apr 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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We love love love to learn here at DO! And we know you do too. That’s why we’re introducing this brand new series where we all take a look at some important figures and events in belly dance history and share our resources to find out more. And, check it out members: if you do the research, follow our guidelines, and share it on our Facebook page or the DO blog, you get $5 off your membership! Think of it as a research challenge to supplement your dance practice. Knowledge is power!

Here’s how it works:

1. We’ll give you a historical figure or event to research and you have five 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 five 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 yo...

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New Feature: Share your Playlists!

Apr 26, 2017 10:38:00 AM

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New Feature : Share Playlists

We're happy to introduce a new feature that we are super excited about: the ability to share playlists! With this awesome new feature you can now share your belly dance practice with friends, fellow dancers, AND, if you are a teacher, your students!

To share your playlists, visit your Playlists page on your My Practice Profile. You can share playlists directly from the Playlists page, or you can click on the particular playlist you want to share. Click the "Share" button, copy the link, and paste it into your social media, website, or wherever you want to share your practice. Get inspired and motivate others to practice!

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New Workshop: 4/26/17

Progressive Shimmies

Let's get our shimmy on! We're excited to present this brand new workshop from Henna to get you in touch with your best personal shimmy.

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This concise shimmy practice trains the body to have impeccable timing and balance in the body. Henna will take you through several kinds of shimmies to help you find your optimal shimmy speed. All the shimmies will be put together into a condensed drill to a song that gradually speeds up in tempo, training your body to shimmy intelligently with the music and gain strong and relaxed shimmies in the upper and lower body. This class begins with a warm up and ends with a cool down.

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Do you ever wonder why some dancers have a natural propensity for fast, powerful locks while others can bend time with the slowest, and juiciest figure 8s?  The answer may lie in the composition of their muscle fibers.

The human body contains over 215 pairs of skeletal muscles and each muscle is comprised of a combination of fast and slow twitch muscle fibers.  Slow twitch muscle fibers (Type I) contract with little force and contain a higher density of capillaries which allow the muscles to carry more oxygen to the muscles for aerobic activities and sustain those activities for a longer period of time (10 minute shimmy drill, anyone?).  

Fast twitch muscle fibers can be divided into two types, type IIa and IIb.  Type IIa are the “hybrid” muscle fibers, and they retain properties of both fast and slow twitch.  Type IIb are the true fast twitch muscles.  With a twitch rate of up to 70/sec, these muscles contract quickly and powerfully.  Your Type IIb muscle fibers allow you to strike like a cobra and unearth your most vigorous pops and locks.

In order to remember the speed and force qualities of each type, it may be helpful to think of them in
terms of lighting.  Slow twitch muscles are like a lava lamp, the light being given off is relatively dim (displaying little force), but the lamp can remain on for extended periods of time.  Fast twitch muscles on the other hand, are like a strobe light, they’re quick to turn on and quick to turn off. They’re not going to provide a sustaine...

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New Workshop: 4/12/17

Knee Love!

Treat yourself to a new Pilates and yoga routine from Ashley Lopez that focuses on strength and functionality of the knee joint!

 Knee Love!Knee Love

This workshop focuses on the health and functionality of one of our most precious assets...our knees! This workshop includes two concise practices: a mat practice which focuses on activating and strengthening the quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes as well as practicing larger range of motion exercises using a chair. As with any exercise routine, be sure you consult with your physician before beginning, especially if you have had any past injuries or surgeries. Take care of your knees and they will be the bee's knees!

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This Edition: Facing challenge in dance

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“It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.” -Abigail Adams

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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 is: What challenges have you experienced in dance and how did you face them?

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: 3/29/17

Cynthia's Tears: An Original Choreography

We are excited to present this new original choreography from April Rose, "Cynthia's Tears". This choreography is all about growth and change: how we can start at a place of self doubt and restriction and through intention cultivate ease and expansion.

 Cynthia's Tears: An Original ChoreographyCynthia's Tears: An Original Choreography

This workshop from April Rose is a chronological breakdown of an intermediate/advanced level choreography that features belly dance roots and contemporary embellishments. Set to the Arabic Jazz song, "Cynthia's Tears" the movement in this dance interprets the melody and inspired by the idea of growth. Techniques include rounded hipwork, spiraling arm pathways, leg extensions, choo choo shimmies, chaîné turns, and a complex layering sequence.

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Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #5!

Mar 31, 2017 3:41:00 AM

Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #5!

DATURA ONLINE BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #5!

You know what time it is...it's Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge time! You have the chance to learn awesome choreographies from your favorite teachers, connect with your dance friends all over the world, show off your amazing dance skills, and maybe win a PRIZE...

Here's how it works:

1. Learn one of the four selected choreographies from Datura Online (see below).

2. Video yourself dancing it. Dance in costume or not, in your living room, on the street, on stage, on a boat in the middle of the ocean - wherever is the most fun for you!

3. Upload the video to your YouTube channel with DO Belly Dance Challenge #5 in the title by April 30th, 2017. Make sure to add your name and where you are from in the description of your video.

4. Have a great time watching your fellow dancers all over the world and cheer them on. (You can search for other dancers' videos by typing in DO BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #5 on YouTube). Join our Facebook event and cheer each other on!

5. We'll pick our favorite video(s) by May 7th to share on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Our favorite video for each choreography will receive the following GRAND PRIZE!
  • A Free Year's Unlimited Access Membership to Datura Online - a $260 value!
You can rent any one video for the challenge or activate an unlimited access membership to try all of these videos and hundreds more on Datura Online.


The following choreographies included in this challenge are (choose one or more to enter):

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We’d like to talk a little bit about music theory…wait, wait, wait! Don’t run away just yet!

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We know music theory can be a bit daunting, but today we’re just going to touch on the basics and ask ourselves a few questions about music.

There certainly is a dynamic and important relationship between music and belly dance. A few good questions to ask ourselves as dancers are: How much do I need or want to know about music? Will knowing more about music affect the way I dance? If yes, then how much should I study?

The answers are ultimately up to you as an individual, but for those interested in exploring the world of music, we’re here to share a few practice tips for training your ear, give you just the basics of how music is put together, and show how you can apply basic music theory to your own personal practice.

Let’s start at the very beginning: Music is the “art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color” (dictionary.com). As belly dancers we’re exposed to all kinds of wonderful music from all over the world and we can innately understand the differences and similarities of all the music we hear.

Most of the music we encounter in our dance has a beat to it, although there are some exceptions: drum solos definitely have a beat, but an oud or violin taxim solo might not. We can find a great example of this in Sedona’s choreography, danced to the song Jemilleh.
The musician, John Bilezikjian, plays a beautiful taxim...
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New Workshop: 3/14/17

Chomper: An Original Choreography

We're digging this awesome hidden treasure out of the vault just for you! Filmed way back in the day, this challenging choreography from Zoe Jakes is perfect for Musical March, combining complex locks and layers with intricate finger cymbal compositions! 

 Chomper: An Original ChoreographyChomper: An Original Choreography!

This is a challenging belly dance choreography for advanced dancers created by Zoe Jakes to an original song, "Chomper". It includes layering sections, lock patterns, and some complex finger cymbal patterns and compositions. Get ready to spin and travel as well!

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This Edition: What music inspires you to dance and where do you go to search for new music?

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“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” -Victor Hugo

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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: 1) What music is inspiring you to dance right now? And 2) where do you go to search for new music?

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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