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In section 3 of Rachel's "Radioglue" choreography, we have the crowning jewels of the piece- the laybacks, drops, and zippers during a beautiful and hypnotic zurna taxim. This spotlight is from "Radioglue: An Original Choreography".
In section 2 of Rachel's "Radioglue" choreography you will work on a layering segment with rib and hip circles moving at different times. This spotlight is from "Radioglue: An Original Choreography".
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".
Section 4 is the final section of Ashley's "Bounce" choreography. You'll practice hipwork, level changes, and isolations that lead to a dynamic wrap up of this intricate choreography. This spotlight is from "Bounce Choreography with Ashley Lopez".
Section 2 of Ashley's "Bounce" choreography contains lots of traveling movements to make use of the stage. This spotlight is from "Bounce Choreography with Ashley Lopez". This spotlight is from "Bounce Choreography with Ashley Lopez".
This is a brief 10 minute cardio warm up to get all major muscles warm and ready to work. You will be taken through a few higher impact exercises to bring up the heart rate and through a few strengthening exercises to warm up the legs, abs, back and upper back. This spotlight is from Ashley's "Intermediate Flexibility" workshop.
This is the full Rib Up Study, a condensed practice that details many of the isolations that start in the rib cage for Datura's Vocabulary. This practice will help you develop (and then keep) clean and sharp technique for improvisation and choreography. Be sure you've learned or reviewed these movements carefully to get the most out of this practice and go at your own pace. If you need more information about a movement please visit the full "Rib Up Study: Datura Style™ Technique" workshop or fundamental videos that detail the movements featured in this study.
This drill from Rachel includes hip isolations on the up, bumps, swings, and sit toe toe combos with a mini-stretch between each drill. This is from her "Hip Up Study: Datura Style™ Technique" workshop.
In addition to the Arabic Hip Twist, this movement includes a huge dose of inspiration from the movements in Egyptian style belly dance. This step is best featured at a medium tempo, but if you can do it fast and keep the details, more power to you! This spotlight is from Rachel's "Datura Style Technique: Fundamental Positions & Combinations" 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.
In this spotlight from Sadie's "Sambarama: Samba Technique" workshop, Sadie will break down the side samba step, the kick step, and circles. She will combine all these movements into a fast paced and fun combination.
This short cool down is perfect for the end of a belly dance practice. Designed to lengthen and stretch the low back and hips after vigorous hipwork, Rachel will lead you through forward folds, twists, and several hip opening postures. The practice ends with a well deserved savasana. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
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.
In this spotlight Sedona breaks down a combination, using drills to focus on isolation patterns that include hip lifts, head slides, omis, undulations, and shoulder shimmies. This drill based combination will be practiced at two different speeds. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Practice Perfect 1" workshop.
In this warm up, Colette will help you prepare your body for dance by warming up the major muscle groups, with a particular emphasis on the quads and abdominal muscles. This spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class 8".
Now it's your turn to be part of an ATS® improvisation! Try out this virtual reality experience of what's it's like to be part of an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. Sharpen your improvisational skills by practicing slow movements from classes 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Colette's beginning ATS® series, including the Corkscrew Turn, Ribcage Rotation, and more. In this spotlight you get a chance to take the lead and you'll practice some basic transitions with your fellow dancer. Get ready to dance! This spotlight is from Colette's "ATS® Improv Drill Game: Beginning Classes 1 - 4".
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.
This combination includes a John Compton tribute movement, Jamila Salimpour format, as well as fast hipwork focused on the 3/4 shimmy. Zoe will breakdown the combination and then drill it at both a slow and fast tempo. This belly dance spotlight is from Zoe's "Vintage Inspired Combinations and Finger Cymbal Compositions" workshop.
From the profound tradition of Krishnamacharya through one of Colleena's Yoga teachers, Shrivatsa Ramaswami, Colleena will share with you a short variation on an opening sequence - Tadasana Vinyasa Krama. The movements are simply layered on top of the breath, while the mind stays in constant observation of a smooth, steady, deep Ujjayi breath. The movements are arranged in such a way that each major joint and corresponding muscles are stretched and toned. By practicing a deep Ujjayi breath, we invite vital energy (prana) and oxygen into the body and brain. While being a great way to warm up or cool down the body for dance, this practice is also a wonderful opportunity to set your intention, slow down and harness concentration. This yoga practice is part of Colleena's "Indian Fusion Arm Patterns + Spins" workshop.
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.
Drishti is a sanskrit word that means gaze or vision. In this short segment Colleena will take you through several eye movement drills, detailing how drishti is used in Kathak dance, following arm and hand movements with the gaze, as well as how drishti is used in Classical Odissi dance, drilling side to side eye movements. She will also combine drishti with griva, head or neck movements. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Indian Fusion Nuances : Mudras, Drishti, Griva".
The Hagallah is a common variation of the Malfuf that comes from the Egyptian folkloric dance of the bedouin of the Western desert, specifically of the Awled Ali Tribe. Steps for the Hagallah will be broken down, followed by a short combination with a few layering possibilities, as well as a short discussion of the origins and history of the Hagallah movement. This belly dance spotlight is from Henna's Egyptian Cabaret Workshop: "Rhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations".
In this spotlight, Sedona will lead you through a breakdown and dance based drill of transitions inspired by American Belly Dancers of the 1960's, 70's, and 80's - The Saidi Hop, Cross Ball Change, and Sway. This belly dance spotlight is from Sedona's "Goldmine #3 : Vintage American Cabaret Arms, Embellishments, Turns, and Transitions" workshop.
In this belly dance spotlight we'll learn the most common of the ﬁnger cymbal patterns, the three pattern, which has the nickname "Gallop." This unit of odd numbers, like all that we'll be learning in this class, begins and ends with the stroke on the dominant hand. If you're right handed, you'll play RLR, if you're left handed, you'll play LRL. For visual simplicity, the written reference in this class will refer to right-hand dominance. This Fusion spotlight is from Rachel's "Zil-ionaire : An Introduction to Finger Cymbal Technique" Workshop.
In this spotlight, Sedona will lead you through a breakdown and dance based drill of turns inspired by American Belly Dancers of the 1960's, 70's, and 80's - The Karshlima Turn and the Tambourine Turn. This belly dance spotlight is from Sedona's "Goldmine #3 : Vintage American Cabaret Arms, Embellishments, Turns, and Transitions" workshop.
We will layer belly dance chest circles onto the percussive Bharatanatyam footwork Jaati Adavu and add arm carriage detail. This spotlight is from April Rose's "Infusion #2: Indian Fusion Technique Class".
We will drill lower undulations with and without a hip shimmy layer, adding arm patterns, and traveling footwork. This belly dance spotlight is from April Rose's "Indian Fusion Technique Class # 1".
Learn several basic mudras used in Classical Indian Dance and drill the movements for strength training purposes, as well as inspiration for diversifying your dance with detailed hands. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Indian Fusion Nuances" workshop.
Inspired by Kathak Classical Indian dance arm movements, this arm pattern drill is something dancers in India practice for the life of their dance. Always seeking out more fine tuned subtlety, this is a perfect practice for all levels to develop graceful arms and hands, as well as clear your dance space and calm your mind. This spotlight is from Colleena's "North Indian Classical Spins and Arms" workshop.
Fundamental Egyptian Belly Dance technique and concepts are combined into a short combination. This combination features moves from Henna’s Egyptian Workshops I & II - the arabesque, sharki step, sliding hip drop, and gooey moves set to music. This spotlight is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian #2: Technique Workshop".
The arabesque combines a pivot on one foot with an extended leg for the quintessential belly dance silhouette. The basic arabesque is presented here with two variations for the masmoudi kabir rhythm. This Egyptian spotlight is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian #2: Technique Workshop".
In this spotlight Tamalyn demonstrates how to layer shimmies onto slow movements using weight change, bent and straight legs, and one leg at a time. She'll also demonstrate how to add shimmy layers to hip slides, figure eights, circles, and undulations. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Relaxed and Layered Shimmies" workshop.
Since Tamalyn discovered this movement with dazzling hipwork in 1992, she has developed it into variations with different speeds and uses it extensively in her shows. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "Brain Teasing Complex Hip Movements" workshop.
Tamalyn will lead you through many stretches focusing on increasing the flexibility of your hands. Then she explore wrist circles, hand circles inside and outside, small hand waves, large hand waves, and figure eights with the hands. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "Elegant and Expressive Hands and Arms" workshop.
In this ATS® spotlight, Colette covers various slow moves: Torso Rotation, adding a turn, head slides with levels, and 3 slow turns. This belly dance spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS ®: Class 8".
In this ATS® spotlight, Colette covers two fast moves: Turkish Shimmy, adding a 1⁄2 Turn, and introducing Reach & Sit. The moves will be drilled together at the end with zils. This belly dance spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class 5".
In this ATS® spotlight, Colette covers two fast moves: Ghawazee Shimmy and Arabic Hip-twist. The moves will be drilled together at the end with zils. This belly dance spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class 4".
In this ATS® spotlight, Colette covers two fast moves: Egyptian 1⁄2 Turn and Arabic Arm Flourishes. The moves will be drilled together at the end with zils. This belly dance spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class 2".
In this ATS® spotlight, Colette covers three slow moves: arm undulations, arm flourishes, and Bodywave. This belly dance spotlight is from Colette's "Beginnning ATS®: Class 2".
In this ATS® spotlight, Colette covers three slow moves: taxim, hand floreo, and reverse turn. This belly dance spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class 1".
We'll put together some classic Egyptian belly dance moves including The Cairo 8, some bouncy Beladi Hip Drops, Traveling Hip Work, and The Sharki Step, for a fun combo with Henna! This combo is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian: Technique Workshop".
This move is a play on the classic American Cabaret hip drop. It is built for the beladi rhythm and highlights the character of the beladi with a playful bounce in the hip. Three options are presented for differing levels of dancer and we drill this move from slow to fast. This belly dance spotlight is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian: Technique Workshop".
This extended drill based combo features traveling hip locks, undulations, and ¾ shimmy layers. This belly dance combination is from Sedona's American Cabaret Style workshop: "Shimmy Queen: Shimmy Layers, Variations & Combinations".
This challenging drill-based combo features challenging traveling hip shimmy and shoulder shimmy layers. This belly dance combination is from Sedona's American Cabaret Style workshop: "Shimmy Queen: Shimmy Layers, Variations & Combinations".
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.
This warm up focuses on a few dance and yoga based balancing exercises, as well as a great series of ab conditioning. Perfect for beginning any belly dance practice. This spotlight is from Colette's American Tribal Style "Beginning ATS®: Class 7".
The belly dance segment features a break down and drill of the infamous Turkish front-back Shimmy. You will drill the shimmy at various speeds as well as learn a floor exercise that will assist in identifying, isolating, and strengthening the muscles involved in the Turkish front-back Shimmy. This spotlight is from Sedona's American Cabaret Style "Shimmy Quartet Workshop".
This belly dance warm up is great preparation for an extended shimmy drill session. It will stretch and lengthen the side muscles, warm up the low back, and lubricate your joints. This spotlight also includes a special seated drill to work on boosting those knee shimmies. This spotlight is from Sedona's American Cabaret Style "Shimmy Quartet Workshop".
This cool down will work on focus and awareness. It stabilizes the low back and lengthens the spine with some gentle forward bending and centers you to prepare for practice with some yoga inspired balance-oriented poses. This practice can also be used for a warm up. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Serpentine Scales: Pinball + Sugar Workshop".
Increasing muscular control, core stabilization, and strength is the goal of this spotlight. We prepare the body to move with quick aerobic steps, then link exercises targeting the abdominal muscles, including the obliques or the the diagonal muscles of the waist and trunk. These exercises are excellent for increasing endurance while developing a strong core to support gestures with the arms and legs, resulting in abdominal definition. This belly dance spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class #5".
The elusive flutter! This impressive belly dance isolation can be mystifying for both the audience and the performer. It requires breath-work, isolation, and a unique awareness of your core muscles. Learn from a pro as Zoe shares her tips and tools to finding your flutter. This spotlight is from Zoe's Fusion workshop: "Spins, Flutters, and Belly Rolls: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals".
Zoe breaks down six of her most commonly used turns: the cross-over turn, the hook, the clock, the non-spotted, the calibrated, the barrel, and the chasing tail turn. This Tribal Fusion Belly Dance class is excellent for any dancer looking to practice clean spin execution. This spotlight is from Zoe's "Spins, Flutters, and Belly Rolls: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals" Workshop.
The Dancing Tree warm up is a yoga based sport flow designed to bring your heart rate up and add flexibility to your belly dance practice. This segment is taken from Amy's "Full Lesson 2: Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS - Undulations, Floreos, and Reverse Turn" class.
In this belly dance spotlight, Sedona Soulfire covers classic American Cabaret Style veil movements including scoops, flourishes, back to front toss, sillouette, and the necklace. This is section two of her 20 part veil workshop: "Sublime Veil Technique and Choreography".
Sedona Soulfire covers classic belly dance veil movements including toga, flag, arabian princess, hourglass, untuck, hip frame, and front to back toss. This is section part of Sedona's American Cabaret workshop "Sublime Veil Technique and Choreography".
This belly dance 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.
This short but hip-work packed belly dance combination focuses on 3/4 shimmies, hip-work on the down, hip bumps, posture, and simple arm placement. It is high energy and can be used in your combinations or choreographies.
Slovenia Slam! This is a fun Fusion Belly Dance "scale" or isolation pattern, that involves chest locks, undulations, and a slight level change. Please be warmed up before doing this video. Enjoy!
Yoga cool down focuses on the low back and lateral muscles. Be sure to use some sort of cool down every time you dance, to stabilize the low back and stretch the sides of the body. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's Tribal Fusion class: "Daily Dose: Arabic Shimmy #2".
This short, yet effective yoga sequence will help you either prepare for belly dance, or can be done as a complete practice. It's gentle, and designed to strengthen the lower back, abdominal muscles, legs, and hips. This spotlight is from Rachel's Tribal Fusion class: "Daily Dose: Arabic Shimmy #2".
A strong warm-up to work the muscles on either side of the spine, adding fluidity for undulations and bodywaves, and to strengthen the low back for any movements that include the low back/pelvis relationship for a long life of belly dance. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Daily Dose: Arabic Shimmy # 1".
Here's a brief yoga cool down to stretch out the hips, legs, sides, and back. Have a yoga mat handy. This spotlight is from Ashley's Tribal Fusion Belly Dance class: "The 3/4 Shimmy with Ashley Lopez".
This Fusion Belly Dance spotlight focuses on hip isolations (locks up and locks down), calf strengthening drills, and exercises to challenge balance. This video is designed to prepare the dancer for graceful traveling with hip movement. This spotlight is from "The 3/4 Shimmy with Ashley Lopez".
In this belly dance class, Sedona will break down and drill the technique for lovely, loose shoulder shimmies standard to American Cabaret style belly dance. Once we have a nice, strong shoulder shimmy, we will begin to layer them with different step patterns, level changes, and chest isolations. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Super Shimmies & Shimmy Layers" workshop.
This belly dance spotlight will clearly break down the technique of the Egyptian style shimmy. We will hold the shimmy non-stop for five minutes with various speeds and intensity. With consistent practice this drill will help you achieve a gorgeous powerful shimmy. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Super Shimmies & Shimmy Layers" workshop.
This belly dance warm-up has a focus on warming the joints in the hips and the muscles that surround it as well as preparing the whole body for dance. It is suitable as a general preparation for dance and will be especially helpful for a practice with a focus on hip work. This spotlight is from Sedona's American Cabaret style class: "Bold and Beautiful Big Hip Movements".
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