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Teacher: Colleena Shakti
Video Description: In this workshop students will learn a fusion choreography that draws movement inspiration from Classical Indian, Persian, Central Asian, and Contemporary dance. This choreography includes expansive movements and traveling spins, as well as balancing postures and subtle nuances, making it an engaging composition for the experienced dancer and the new student alike.
Suggested attire is a skirt and dancing barefoot is ideal for the North Indian style spins in this choreography. (Be sure the floor surface you are dancing on is appropriate for fast spins, so as not to risk injury.)
Drawing inspiration from several classical Indian forms, this workshop highlights detailed movements in the eyes, head and hands that help create the rich Indian aesthetic. Carefully chosen hand movements (mudras), eye movements (drishti), and head movements (griva) will be broken down and drilled. Focusing on detailed and graceful movements, this workshop can be done seated in any attire.
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.
In this workshop April Rose explores the intersection of belly dance with Classical Indian dance through 4 fusion phrases. The Classical Indian Odissi posture tribhangi is introduced as well as some footwork, or adavus, that extends from tribhangi. We will also drill modified versions of fundamental Tribal Fusion and belly dance techniques like the Egyptian, Arabic, ASWAT, Sharki Step, lower undulations, and 3/4 hip shimmies, embellishing these movements with Classical Indian arm carriage and hand mudras. We will use these core movements with traveling footwork to create spatial patterns on the dance floor. Lastly, we will cool down with a classical suranamaskar.
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.
In this class April Rose presents three belly dance and indian fusion phrases. The basic principles of the Classical Indian dance Bharatanatyam are introduced: ardhamandala posture, several footwork patterns, or adavus, arm carriage, and hand mudras. Using these principles as a base core belly dance movements, Polynesian details, and Kalbelia Rajasthani traveling steps will be combined to create the fusion phrases which are detailed and drilled with music. The class concludes with a cool down.
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!
In this belly dance spotlight, we practice the Pilates sideline series; designed to strengthen the side abs, hips, glutes, and inner and outer thighs. This sequence is a great exercise for strengthening the muscles that are responsible for up/down hip movement, chest slides, hip slides, and lateral (side to side) figure 8’s in the upper and lower body. This spotlight is from Ashley's Tribal Fusion workshop: "The 3/4 Shimmy with Ashley Lopez".
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 workshop builds on the basic steps of Rajasthani dance and develops a more stylized direction based on Colleena's experience and interpretation of the music. Stylistic movements, four basic spins, and two advanced spins will be broken down and drilled. Finally, all the movements will come together in a fun, fast-paced fusion combination set to Rajasthani music. Suggested attire is a large spinning skirt and dancing barefoot is ideal for stomping out the foot pattern. (Be sure the floor surface you are dancing on is appropriate for fast spins so as not to risk injury.)
Sedona will lead you through a short cool down to stretch the body and slow the heart rate after any dance practice. This spotlight is from Sedona's American Cabaret style workshop: "Goldmine #2 : Vintage Twists and Traveling Steps".
Tamalyn shares arm and hand movements influenced by movements from Turkey, Persia, India, and Xinjiang. These 6 movements, which include, "Candle Arms", "Lotus Hands", "Curtain", "Braid" and others will enhance your expression to slow music. Tamalyn will detail these movements and drill them together to practice variations and transitions. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's workshop, "Elegant and Expressive Hands and Arms".
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!
A short lead and follow improvisation-drill to help you integrate side-to-side undulations, sidewinder, and bodywaves. Get warmed up for this one and jump in! If you need more information about these belly dance movements individually, they are explained in detail in Rachel's Fusion workshop: "Sinuous and Smoky Phrases".
In this Intermediate level class, a belly dance choreography featuring the Sword is presented to MWE's song, "Los Biblicos"*. Beginning with an entrance, the piece starts with the presentation of the Sword and dramatic Sword handling. The tension increases as the Sword is balanced and Tribal Style movements and variations are executed. This choreography is applicable to all styles of belly dance and may be utilized by ATS® or ITS groups. To brush up on Tribal Style Sword Fundamentals, check out Colette's Slow and Fast Tribal Style Sword Classes. *Note: This choreography uses an edited version of the MWE song, "Los Biblicos". The choreography is from 00:47 to 4:06 of the track.
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