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Teacher: Colleena Shakti
Video Description: 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.
This workshop focuses on Tamalyn Dallal's signature hand and arm technique. In 6 parts, she will guide you through a multitude of elegant and expressive hand and arm techniques and combinations. This belly dance class features a short warm up, basic shapes and embellishments, variations on basic arm movements with layers, and hand and arms technique and movements from the silk road.
We will explore variations on snake arms, arm circles, and face framing. By changing size and direction, as well as your gaze, you can get tremendous variety. To this variety, Tamalyn will add combinations of snake arms and arm circles. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "Elegant and Expressive Hands and Arms" workshop.
In this belly dance segment, we work on how to isolate each joint in the arms and hands: shoulders, elbows, wrists, and fingers. Students then learn how to execute hand rolls and reverse hand rolls, hand floreos (in both directions) and snake arms! This is a spotlight from Ashley's H.A.S.H. Tag: Head, Arms, Shoulders, and Hands workshop.
In this segment, students are introduced to the 6 movements of the shoulder blades (or scapulae) and how they apply to shoulder movement in belly dance. Students are then taken through some isolation drills to condition the muscles and build coordination. The isolations are then combined to create a few shapes for the shoulders, and are layers on top of some simple traveling steps for an extra challenge! We conclude with a few gentle stretches to open and relax the shoulders. This is a spotlight from Ashley's H.A.S.H. Tag: Head, Arms, Shoulders, and Hands workshop.
Controlled, precise spins are the goal of this workshop and relevant for the beginner, as well as the advanced dancer. We will begin with a grounding Vinyasa Krama Yoga routine and establish arm patterns with a Kathak classical dance inspired drill. Spinning techniques from North Indian classical dance will lead the way into short spin combinations on an eleven count Hindustani rhythm. An endurance spinning drill is also included to practice spinning for greater durations. Be ready to push through to the next level no matter where you are with your dance. Suggested attire is a large spinning skirt and dancing barefoot is ideal for this class. Be sure the floor surface you are dancing on is appropriate for fast spins so as not to risk injury.
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.
In this spotlight 3/4 hip twists will be drilled, hips will be added to a modified Egyptian step, and then a flourish is added to the movement with Kathak-style hand flips. We will also drill 3/4 hip lifts, add the hips to a Sharki Step, then flourish with Hot Pot-style Windshield Wiper arms. Lastly, we connect the Modified Egyptian and Sharki Step movements with traveling Chasé Hip Twists in Suchi mudra. This fusion belly dance spotlight is from April Rose's "Infusion: Indian Fusion Technique Class # 1".
In April Rose's "Marigold Garden", we will learn an original choreography to the song "From India". This choreography features movements from Indian dance such as mudras, rajasthani hip drops, tribhangi posture, and complex footwork with kathak inspired arm patterns, combined with belly dance technique and traveling steps. April Rose will chronologically break down the movements for each section of the dance, drill them to music, and then run through the choreography as it builds. We will move quickly through the dance and a warm up is recommended prior to beginning.
This belly dance 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 Fusion movements, and ending with a 20-minute upper body flexibility stretching segment.
This belly dance workshop will show how to get big, juicy, relaxed movements by focusing on the energy of the earth and working through your feet. We begin by allowing our basic hip and chest moves to spill over our feet, which drive the movement. Those movements will become a combination.
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.
This belly dance workshop explores the art of relaxed and controlled shimmies and dramatic shimmy layering. During part one, Tamalyn will teach how to shimmy at different speeds, how to slow down and control shimmies, and how changing the distribution of your weight can prepare you for shimmy layers. During the second part shimmies are layered onto slow movements including hip slides, circles, undulations, and figure 8s.
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".
We will prepare the body with a "Vinyasa Krama Yoga" practice, including vinyasas of "Tadasana", one-legged balancing postures, and "Trikonasana". This practice is designed to center one's mind with breath work and to cultivate balance and connection to the core. This spotlight is from Colleena's "North Indian Classical Spins and Arms" workshop.
The Eagle's Shame warm up is a yoga based sport flow, designed to bring your heart rate up and add flexibility to your practice. This belly dance spotlight is from Amy's "Full Lesson 1: Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS - Taxims" class.
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".
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