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Crazy Train

4 Weeks | 5 Sessions per week | 43 Videos | Int/Adv

 

This challenging 4 week program is packed with conditioning for the advanced dancer, or the ambitious intermediate, looking to give a serious boost to their technique and stamina. Not for the faint of heart, you better be ready to ride the Crazy Train. Fitness and fun...full speed ahead!

This program features five, yes five, sessions of mix and match Datura Online classes per week. Feel free to shift it around to whichever five days work best for your schedule. Each of these D.O. sessions will run between 1.5 and 2 hours.

This program is designed to build muscle and endurance alongside technique. You will be working with some classes, like Ashley Lopez’s “Built for Belly Dance series”, multiple times to build healthy patterns and really get the maximum benefit from the training. You’ll also get a great array of combos that are different each session.

The entire program was designed to be a tune-up tool in a dancer’s training kit, repeated over time whenever you need a boost. So if you love this program and you feel incredible when you use it, by all means, start over at the beginning when you're done!

Have a water bottle, yoga mat, yoga blocks, yoga strap, some small weights, a big smile, fist full of energy, and a towel to wipe away that sweat!

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.

Crazy Train : Week 1

Session 1

Playlist (1:43:10)

Prioritize What You Love - Yoga-Pilates Flow: # 1 - Power Shimmy Session - Shimmy Queen: Combo # 1 - Cute Cardio Combo: "A" with Ashley

Session 2

Playlist (1:40:28)

Built: Upper Body Conditioning Workshop - Balkan Traveling Combination - Cool Down and Stretch 2

Session 3

Playlist (1:36:09)

Yoga-Pilates Flow: # 2 - Shimmy Layers - Cute Cardio Combo: "B" with Ashley

Session 4

Playlist (1:54:05)

Built: Torso Conditioning Workshop - Pinball Scale - Yoga for Lateral Bending

Session 5

Playlist (2:02:11)

Built: Lower Body Conditioning Workshop - Zil Drill Spotlight # 2 - The Sharki Step - Advanced Layers - Cute Cardio Combo: "C" with Ashley

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." - Mark Twain

Alright folks, lets get to it! Be prepared to have fun and sweat! Ashley’s "Built for Belly Dance" and "Cute Cardio Combinations" series will be your best friend throughout this program, and this week you’ll do some of her Pilates classes as well. There will be a couple intermediate to advanced combos from Sedona, Henna, and Zoe that will work on muscle detail and traveling steps. Here we go!



Week 1, Session 1 : Playlist (1:43:10)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Prioritize What You Love

Feeling like you don't have the "free time" you need? Sigil takes you through a different way of looking at "fitting in" those things you "don't have time for" in this 1 minute Sigil style peptalk. This spotlight is from Amy's "Full Lesson 4, Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS - Camel Step and Spin Set Up 1 and 2" class.

Online Belly Dance Class

Yoga-Pilates Flow: # 1

This is an intermediate yoga and pilates flow class designed for students who have some prior experience with yoga and Pilates. This well-balanced practice was designed with the dancer in mind, so you’ll be getting a ful-body stretch and strengthen class which also focuses on backward bending and balance, as well as several twists and side bends to improve your figure 8’s, chest circles, and sidewinder. Grab a yoga block, a mat, a towel, and some water.

Learn Belly Dance

Power Shimmy Session

This challenging power shimmy session will help to build endurance, strength and grace in your shimmy. You will hold a strong Egyptian shimmy while layering upper body work using 2 – 5 pound hand weights. You will then be guided through a few intermediate shimmy layers. This high energy shimmy class will give you a great workout! This spotlight is from Sedona's "Shimmy Queen: Shimmy Layers, Variations & Combinations" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Class

Shimmy Queen: Combo # 1

A short but sweet combo that drills ¾ shimmies with arm layers and an isolation pattern. This combination is from Sedona's full workshop: "Shimmy Queen: Shimmy Layers, Variations & Combinations".

Online Belly Dance Class

Cute Cardio Combo: "A" with Ashley

This class is designed to get the dancer moving and sweating with a few combinations that contain a variety of belly dance moves fused with steps from other styles of dance, including hula and jazz. Combo "A" works with basic belly dance moves, traveling steps, and some arm movements for an energetic and fun workout. Each movement of each combination is first broken down through a series of drills that increase in speed. Once all of the steps of the combination are learned, they are quickly put together as a dance combination and are practiced slowly, then with increasing speed. This video also features a short Pilates-based warm up and cool down. This is a spotlight from Ashley's "Cute Cardio Combinations Workshop".

Week 1, Session 2 : Playlist (1:40:28)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Built: Upper Body Conditioning Workshop

This workshop is a 3-part workout focusing on the upper body. Class will begin with a 20-minute segment focusing on upper body strengthening, followed by a 20-minute dance drill segment using upper body isolations and movements, and ending with a 20-minute upper body flexibility stretching segment.

Learn Belly Dance

Balkan Traveling Combination

This is a footwork focused combination with folky inspiration. It features locks, hip work, spins, and traveling, all with a playful style. The combo will be broken down, then drilled at increasing tempos and then run through at performance speed. An overall fast paced and fun combo!

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 belly dance spotlight is from Ashley's Tribal Fusion workshop: "3/4 Shimmy Variations & Layers".

Week 1, Session 3 : Playlist (1:36:09)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Yoga-Pilates Flow: # 2

This is an intermediate yoga and pilates combination class designed with the belly dancer’s needs in mind. A full-body workout includes lots of leg and abdominal strengthening, as well as many hip and shoulder openers and some special work for the hamstrings. We highly recommend that you have some prior experience with yoga and Pilates before taking this class, and that you practice with mindfulness of your boundaries and take and necessary modifications. You will need a yoga strap, a yoga block, and a mat for this session.

Learn Belly Dance

Shimmy Layers

In this challenging short segment we hold a consistent shimmy for 15 minutes while adding dynamic head, arm, chest, shoulder, and hip layers. We will also drill shimmies with weight and level changes. This high-energy drill will be sure to increase your shimmy endurance and guide you in executing many intermediate and advanced layers. This spotlight is part of Sedona's American Cabaret style workshop: "Super Shimmies & Shimmy Layers".

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Cute Cardio Combo: "B" with Ashley

This class is designed to get the dancer moving and sweating with a few combinations that contain a variety of belly dance moves fused with steps from other styles of dance, including hula and jazz. Combo "B" works with cross over turns, level changes, and traveling hip movements for an energetic and fun workout. This class includes a cool down. This is a spotlight from Ashley's "Cute Cardio Combinations Workshop".

Week 1, Session 4 : Playlist (1:54:05)

Online Belly Dance Class

Built: Torso Conditioning Workshop

This workshop is a 3-part workout focusing on the torso. Class will begin with a Pilates and fitness routine designed to strengthen the major muscles of the trunk of the body: the upper and lower back, abdominals, and pectorals. Part two of this class is a 20-minute drill sequence focusing on movements of the torso. Part three focuses on spinal flexibility, side bends, and twists to increase flexibility and range of motion in the torso.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Pinball Scale

This spotlight focuses on to a technique concept called “scales". In this video, Rachel will break down and drill the scale called "Pinball".

Learn Belly Dance

Yoga for lateral Bending

A short but fairly intense lateral bending practice for flexibility which includes the rib cage and sides of the body. This practice is especially useful for dancers working on Sidewinder, Side-to-Side Undulations, or any belly dance movements that work with the side ribs.

Week 1, Session 5 : Playlist (2:02:11)

Online Belly Dance Class

Built: Lower Body Conditioning Workshop

This workshop is a 3-part-power-packed belly dance, yoga, and fitness workout focusing on the lower body. Class will begin with a yoga and fitness routine for strengthening, then we will proceed to belly dance drills and a combo that focus on the legs and hips. The workshop will conclude with a yoga and stretching segment to increase flexibility and range of motion in the lower body.

Learn Belly Dance

Zil Drill Spotlight # 2

Zils add a wonderful dimension to any belly dance performance, providing excitement and a celebratory feel while highlighting the rhythms in the music. As with any musical instrument, it takes time to develop a level of proficiency and technique to allow you to play while dancing. This spotlight reviews the basic Triplet or Longa pattern, then introduces two zil patterns that may be used while dancing or while riffing with the music: the 3-1-3-1-3, which matches perfectly with Saiidi or Beledi rhythms and the 3-5-5, a fun syncopated rhythm. They are drilled individually then played together in a fun and challenging zil drill. This Tribal Style spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class 5".

Learn Belly Dance

The Sharki Step - Advanced Layers

A review of the sharki step is presented here with three advanced layers: a maya, a vertical circle, and horizontal circle with a shimmy layer. This spotlight is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian #3: Technique Workshop".

Learn Belly Dance

Cute Cardio Combo: "C" with Ashley

This class is designed to get the dancer moving and sweating with a few combinations that contain a variety of belly dance moves fused with steps from other styles of dance, including hula and jazz. Combo "C" works with big belly dance hips, paddle turns, and undulations for an energetic and fun workout. This class includes a cool down. This is a spotlight from Ashley's "Cute Cardio Combinations Workshop". **For extra credit, practice the run through of the combo with zil patterns!**

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