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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.
Strength, flexibility, and body awareness are vital to being a well rounded dancer. This 45 minute fusion fitness routine can be used to warm up the body before dancing or as a regular workout. Each of the eight exercises builds strength flexibility and understanding in specific parts of the body that are directly applicable to your dance practice. By repeating these exercises a few times per week you will become a stronger dancer quickly. Before beginning, gather your props: you'll need a chair or some other surface to balance on, and if you are practicing on a hard floor you may want to use a mat or blanket for a few of the exercises in this class. Let's work it out!
In this second workshop in Sedona's "Drum Solo Expressions" series we will continue to nourish our musicality skills, working on Drum Solo techniques and identifying Arabic rhythms. Sedona will explain her basic drum solo theory, the main goal in dancing a drum solo, and her process in preparing a drum solo. She will also explore fundamental sounds that comprise a well executed drum solo. Sedona will drill several movements and combinations to familiarize us with the sounds of the drum, with a focus on the energetic and earthy Saidi rhythm. Make sure to be properly warmed up before attempting this class.
This workshop details several playful raqs assaya combinations inspired by folkloric movements and made for the raqs sharki stage. Using fast cane work, beautiful frames, juicy hipwork and more, Henna will break down and drill two combinations at several different speeds to get your cane work precise, fast, and fun! This workshop begins with a warm up to prepare the body for dance.
A solid understanding of Middle Eastern rhythms is an essential part of any dancer's repertoire. This workshop introduces two rhythms, the Turkish Chiftetelli and the Karachi, and drills movements to highlight the prominent sounds in the rhythm. Drilling these moves will get the rhythms into your body and evoke classic musicality in your dancing. Movements from the american cabaret vocabulary are introduced for each rhythm including a box step with shoulder accents, the basic bouncy walk, barrel turn, camel with shimmy for the Turkish Chiftetelli and the karachi 5, an omi spin, and a traveling step for the Karachi rhythm. The class begins with a brief standing warm up.
In this workshop Sadie will help you master soft and fluid isolations of the hips and pelvis, essential to creating gorgeous belly dance technique. Focusing on pelvic rolls and circles, Sadie will breakdown the individual movements and create flowing combinations complete with directional changes and layers, drilling them at various speeds so you can truly sink in and develop your technique. Please be sure to warm up properly before beginning the workshop and cool down afterwards.
In this workshop Sadie will breakdown one of the most quintessential belly dance movements, the shimmy, and explore many different variations of the shimmy in different parts of the body. She will cover the basic hip shimmy and Egyptian style shimmy, pelvic shimmies, circle shimmies, twist shimmies, and the flutter, or shimmy of the belly. You will learn how to power all these shimmies with not only the legs, but also the glutes, hips, and abdomen. Sadie will teach you the basic technique of these shimmies, then add layers and traveling movements for an added challenge. With this in-depth and focused practice, Sadie will help you to further develop your very own signature shimmy. Please be sure to warm up before taking this workshop and cool down afterwards.
This is a 50 minute belly dance fitness fusion routine that gets you moving, sweating, and dancing through your workout. The class is a series of song by song combinations built from belly dance steps and isolations that are fun to learn, easy to follow, and will get your heart racing. Be sure to have your water bottle and sweat towel nearby.
Here is a 50 minute Belly Dance workout routine that'll challenge your mind and body. This intermediate level class is a series of combinations of Belly Dance steps including spins, layering, traveling steps, and floorwork, fused with classic fitness moves that'll get you dancing and sweating. Remember to take it at your own pace, turn up the volume, and have a great time!
In this video, you will learn a belly dance phrase combined with an accompanying zil composition which includes the patterns "3-7-3", "3-5-5", "7-7", and alternating singles. This dance phrase is inspired by a phrase in the finger cymbal dance by Hahbi'Ru, used with permission from Rita to adapt it for this segment. Rita was sure to point out that this pattern is Jamila's, and to give credit where credit is due. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's "Zil-ionaire #2: Challenging Finger Cymbals + Combinations" workshop.
This is Lesson 4 of Unmata's Level 1 Fast ITS Vocabulary. This class includes the Shoulder Shimmy, Shoulder Shimmy with a Hip Drop, Mid 3/4 Shimmy, Mid 3/4 Shimmy with 1/4 and 1/2 Turns, and the Arabic Shimmy. There is a "work" section with a detailed breakdown of the movements, a "drill" section for practice, and a "drill challenge" for an immersive experience drilling the movements from the entire level one fast format in duet and trio formations.
This is the full lesson 3 of Unmata's Level 1 Fast Improvisational Tribal Style Vocabulary. This class includes the Modified Double Bump, Single Bump, and Single Bump Turn. There is a "work" section with a detailed breakdown of the movements, a "drill" section for practice, and a "drill challenge" for an immersive experience drilling the movements in a duet and trio formation.
This is Lesson 2 of Unmata's Level 1 ITS Fast Vocabulary. This class includes Egyptian Twistback, Arabic with a Twist, Arabic with a Twist 1/4 and 1/2 turns, and fadebacks. There is a "work" section with a detailed breakdown of the movements, a "drill" section for practice, and a "drill challenge" for an immersive experience drilling the movements in both a duet and a trio formation.
A classic American Cabaret Floorwork Choreography to John Bilezikjian's "Jemilleh", this choreography showcases some of American Cabaret's most popular floorwork movements, such as the layered side layout, seated turn, and knee sit, as well as standing movements and classic Belly Dance poses and postures.
In ATS®, there are specialized movement variations that were developed particularly for duets. These include passing and crossing moves that work best, and are most effective, when executed by a pair of dancers. This Intermediate class celebrates Duets and movements developed for two dancers, including Camel Walk Crossing, Wrap-Around Turn Crossing, Arm Flourish Crossing. Each variation will be paired with slow or fast basic ATS® moves so grab a partner and get your zils ready!
This is the fourth class in a 4-class Intermediate Tribal Fusion belly dance series. This class alternates between drills and combinations. Students will learn a combination of upper body movements to layer over hip shimmies and hip locks. We'll also drill and learn a combo for belly rolls and flutters, for traveling with hip twist shimmies and for traveling with the ¾ down shimmy.
This is the third class of a 4-class Intermediate Tribal Fusion belly dance series. In this class, we will practice layering chest slides and circles over hip shimmies and locks. Students will learn a short turn combo and will drill the belly flutter. In addition, we'll break down traveling with twist locks and mayas, and will have a drill session to practice the ¾ and learn a little combination with a few different ¾ steps.
This is the second class of a 4-class Intermediate Tribal Fusion belly dance series. Class begins with a brief warm up which focuses on leg strength and balance and then moves into layering and traveling with a hip shimmy. Students will drill the reverse belly roll, reverse Arabic step, chest figure 8s, paddle turns, and a few ways to travel with a taxim.
This is the first class in a 4-class intermediate Tribal Fusion belly dance series. In this class, dancers begin with a leg-strengthening warm up, followed by drills which include layers over hip shimmies and hip locks, a few simple turns, traveling with hip locks, the Arabic step, and the Sidewinder.
This workshop focuses on some fundamentals of head, shoulder, arm, and hand movement for belly dance. Basic technique is broken down slowly including poses, isolations, shapes, hand gestures, and head slides and circles. Movements are repeated so that students have a chance to practice and drill to perfection. Ashley will describe what is happening anatomically in the bones, joints and muscles and demonstrate the movements, describing exactly where students should feel the origin of movement and how the body is powering the exercise so that students understand the mechanics behind these techniques and are able to physically execute them as well.
This is a combination that fuses Indian dance and belly dance called "Mohgali Pashto", on a seven count Hindusthani rhythm called "Pashto". In this combination, complicated movements will be broken down and then drilled separately. It features elements from Indian dance including mudras, eye gazes, and arm patterns from classic north Indian dance fused with belly dance vocabulary and strong, accented hip work. Finally the movements will be strung together and repeated on both a slow and fast tempo. Be sure you are warmed up before beginning.
This workshop will introduce the basic components of Rajasthani folk dance such as: Posture, mudras (hand positions) and the basic foot pattern. We will take four dance movements, the "Basic Step", "Chedi Arm Variation", "Ghoomar Arm Variation", and the "Ghoomar Spin", that will introduce the student to movements of several folk styles from within Rajasthan. This workshop is perfect as a first introduction to Rajasthani dance, as well as for a dancer who wants to brush up on fundamental movements in this style. Suggested movement attire is a large spinning skirt and dancing barefoot is ideal for stomping out the foot pattern.
Belly Dance is an art with many nuances and complexities. In this workshop, Tamalyn explores three fundamental concepts: isolations, integration and layering that are keys to elegant and expressive belly dancing. Tamalyn breaks down fundamental isolations and demonstrates how to integrate isolated movements to allow them to radiate throughout the body. Basic layering is explored and used to demonstrate how layers can be used in isolation and integration to vary your dance. You will also learn the difference between these three concepts, which is fundamental in understanding Arabic vs. American or western styles.
Tamalyn will teach how to get big, juicy movements and complete them by allowing the hips to follow the feet and the feet to become rooted into the earth. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Gravitational Pull of the Earth" workshop.
This belly dance workshop teaches some of Tamalyn Dallal's signature complex and brain teasing hip movements. Included in this workshop are one hip movements focusing on combinations of crescents, circles, drops and one hip figure eights. "7 Leagues Under the Sea", is a signature dynamic movement that Tamalyn developed that is deceptively simple. She shares the secrets to accessing her "Crazy Shimmies" and finishes the workshop with a twisting shimmy undulation that also doubles as a wonderful internal massage.
This challenging Fusion Belly Dance choreography is built for a soloist or any size group, would make a great opener or closer for a longer set, or could stand on its own as a single piece in a larger show. It demands a lot of strength and flexibility, and includes laybacks, drops, zippers, torso rotations, level changes, some layering and a lot of hipwork. This is a contemporary take on a style of music that is usually reserved for a traditional Turkish man's dance.
This Egyptian inspired American Cabaret Choreography showcases some of Henna's favorite Raks Sharki movement: fluid traveling steps, juicy hip work, musical combinations, and dramatic accents. Beginners will build a vocabulary of footwork and musical phrasing while more advanced dancers will sink into the nuances of that Egyptian belly dance feeling. This piece moves through a few different rhythm changes, so listen close!
This is a slow, lyrical belly dance choreography that includes some muscular, sinuous shape shifting, floorwork, traveling, different kinds of turns and a little yoga fusion. The dancer is encouraged to dance musically—listening to the various instruments within the piece. Various modifications are offered for certain phrases, so that dancers of different levels of flexibility can perform the Fusion choreography safely and beautifully. Be prepared with a pair of knee pads and some footwear for the floorwork and turns.
This belly dance class is designed for the dancer who is ready to pick up and GO! We begin with a brief warm up and quickly move into a series of drills and short combos that are meant to be danced through fluidly. Here is a class with well rounded movement where you just follow the leader, turn your brain off, and get your heart rate up. We're dancing for the joy of it, rather than breaking down each individual step. A great way to supplement your technique oriented work, here you can apply your knowledge to some fly-by-fringe fun!
After a quick warm up, we'll introduce Turning Torso Twist and Head Slides then review 3 slow turns in this ATS® basic class. Double-bump and Single Bump are introduced and we'll add 1⁄2 turns to Arabic Hip-Twist. The Diagonal formation is introduced and transitions between formations are broken down and drilled with both slow and fast movements. Class ends with a cool down.
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.
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 full-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.
This belly dance flow drills class will focus on layering muscular hip work with arm patterns and footwork. Zoe Jakes has created a format that teaches complex layering in a concise and clear way, and that is geared towards intermediate and advanced dancers of all styles. A yoga warm-up is strongly recommended before taking this class.
After a quick belly dance warm up, the beautiful Sahra Turn is introduced and Reverse Taxim is layered with Arm Undulations in this ATS® basic class. We review fast foot positions then breakdown Arc-Arm Turn and Shoulder Shimmy. Ghawazee Shimmy and Arabic Hip-twist are introduced and put into combos to drill with zils. Transitions specifically suited for trios and quartets are broken down and drilled, then class finishes with a cool down.
Amy Sigil presents Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS vocabulary. Lesson four will cover camel step and spin set up one and two. This belly dance class includes a warm up, technique, drill, and an inspiring pep-talk to work out your mind as well as your body! Class 4 is the final lesson in the level 1 Slow ITS vocabulary.
This belly dance workshop is a study in combining basic movements together to create clear, distinct layers of simultaneous movement. We will address layering a variety of basic upper body movements with a variety of basic lower body movements. This class is targeted toward the dancer who is beyond beginner and is ready to move into more complex multi-tasking territory.
Get ready to get your heart rate up and have some fun in this challenging cardio belly dance class. Class is divided into two parts, beginning to intermediate dance drills with mini Fusion combos, sandwiched between short bursts of more traditional fitness conditioning.
This is a beginning level Pilates workout designed with the needs of belly dancers in mind. The beginning of this workshop is an introduction to the principles of the method, and guides the student through the main points of stabilization and good form, and includes tips for self-correction. This class focuses on strengthening the abdominals, back muscles while stabilizing the body for belly dance movement. This workout features primarily classic Pilates exercises and offers a variety of modifications for beginners.
Amy Sigil presents Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS vocabulary. Lesson one will cover low, mid, and high taxims, taxim transitions, and 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 turns. This belly dance class includes a warm up, technique, drill, and an inspiring pep-talk to work out your mind as well as your body!
In this belly dance workshop you will learn a Classic Cabaret entrance choreography. The piece starts with a veil dance, then moves on to showcase some classic oriental stylization. Learning this choreography will help to improve your musicality and transitions as well as introduce you to some beautiful yet innovative American Cabaret Style movements and combos.
In this belly dance basics class the focus will be on very muscular internal body movements and external traveling moves. After a short full body warm-up you will learn up-to-down and down-to-up-undulations as well as down-to-up hip figure 8’s. Basic hip bumps and twists will also be layered on different foot patterns. All the movements will be combined at the end of class and drilled in an American Cabaret style combination. The class concludes with a short cool down. An excellent class for a beginning student or advanced dancer looking to keep their basics strong.
This belly dance class starts with a warm up and conditioning segment focusing on arm strength and flexibility. We then cover a quick overview of swords used in belly dance and specific concepts for group improvisation using swords. Starting with the dancers handling the sword, variations of slow ATS® and Scarlet Thistle moves are presented as well as dramatic poses and flourishes that showcase this “dangerous” prop. Sword balancing, both on the hand and on the head is discussed with Tribal Style movements utilized for hand balancing and the ATS® vocabulary is explored for balancing on the head. Class finished with an improvised drill that strings together multiple movements to create combinations appropriate for choreography or for improvisation.
This is a challenging beyond-beginner Pilates class designed just for belly dancers. In this workshop, we will practice exercises that target key muscle groups that are essential for belly dance technique as well as offer variations that help to balance the avid belly dancer’s body—addressing healthy spinal movement, range of motion, and offering pointers for injury prevention.
After a quick warm up, Corkscrew Turn, Ribcage Rotation and layering Arm Undulations and Taxim are presented in this ATS® basic belly dance class. Ghawazee Shimmy and Arabic Hip-twist are introduced and put into combos to drill with zils. Transitions and lead changes appropriate for duets and trios are broken down and drilled, then class finishes with a cool down. This is the fourth class in Colette's Beginning ATS® series.
Get your daily dose! These concise belly dance practices include what you need to keep your Fusion technique strong when you’re short on time: yoga, conditioning, technique drills, a short belly dance phrase called Pinball, and a cool down. Pinball #1 offers a stronger yoga practice and focus on leg strengthening and level changes.
This workshop will be focusing on some of the most fundamental belly dance movements. This is the perfect intro class for someone new to belly dance or a more advanced dancer looking to fine-tune the basics. In this class you will learn the Egyptian Basic, various hip circles, and hip twists. We will do all movements in place and then travel with them as well. Each movement is broken down, drilled, and then finally combined with complimentary movements and danced!
This class serves as a wonderful introduction to the beautiful art of belly dance. We will cover some of the most fundamental movements in a belly dance repertoire. You will learn various styles of hip figure 8’s as well as many gorgeous traveling movements. Each movement will be broken down, drilled and then put together and drilled in an American Cabaret style combination.
This simple yet challenging belly dance class uses a Fusion technique combination that focuses primarily on hip work on the up and on the down. This video is meant to be used multiple times, so it starts slowly, with attention to detail, and is then drilled with quicker and quicker pacing to challenge the beginning through intermediate dancer over the course of one to six months. It begins with a brief conditioning section to warm up your spine and joints, and ends with a relaxing yoga practice.
This belly dance class presents fast Tribal Style movements that incorporate classic foot patterns and traditional hip work which look stunning when performed by a group. We will introduce the movements and flourishes, string them together into combos to drill, then drill them in formation with zils. This workshop is appropriate for dancers of all levels and the moves are ATS® and/or ITS friendly.
Get your daily dose! The daily dose is a short, concise practice that has what you need to keep you strong, even if you have a crazy schedule: yoga, drills, a short phrase combination, a focus, and a cool down. This daily dose video is part of the "Arabic Shimmy" series.
The gorgeous feminine expression of American Cabaret Style can range from light and airy to earthy and powerful. In this belly dance class we will focus on seven “classic” cabaret style movements. This class is perfect for someone just beginning to build their belly dance repertoire or for the dancer looking to fuse some authentic Arabic style into their dance. Each movement will be broken down, drilled, then put together into a combination. We will start with warm-up based on Kundalini Yoga and Qi Gong, designed to free up energy in the physical and energetic body, and we will conclude with a short cool down.
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