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Teacher: April Rose
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Video Description: In part one of April Rose's "Marigold Garden", we will begin to learn the first half of an original choreography to the song "From India". This half of the choreography features movements from Indian dance such as mudras, tribhangi posture and steps, and kathak hands 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.
Stay tuned for part 2, which completes the full choreography.
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.
In part two of April Rose's "Marigold Garden", we will continue to learn a choreography to the song "From India", building on what we have learned in part one. This half of the choreography features elements of Indian dance including rajasthani hip drops, katak hand movements, several mudras, tribungi postures, and foot patterns combined with belly dance vocabulary such as the jewel, taxim, and maya. 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. Part 1 of the choreography can be learned here.
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.
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 standing warm up gets your whole body ready to dance in under 10 minutes. It focuses on warming up the abs and legs, stretching the sides, opening the chest, stabilizing the spine for back bending, and includes some yoga-based exercises to improve your balance. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's "Serpentine Scales: Pinball + Sugar Workshop".
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.
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.
We will warm up the body by exploring basic Odissi principles: tribhangi posture, lasya and thandava dynamics, and basic footwork. This spotlight is from April Rose's "Infusion: Indian Fusion Technique".
We will begin by warming up the body using basic Odissi principles: tribhangi posture, lasya and thandava dynamics, and basic footwork. We will then layer chest contractions on top of the tribhangi posture while using Classical Indian arm movements and Mayura Mudra. With both the tribhangi posture and arm movements we will drill two modified adavu footwork movements: a percussive traveling adavu and a buoyant stationary adavu. This class is from April Rose's "Indian Fusion Technique Class # 1".
A wonderful post shimmy cool down that slows the heart rate and stretches the hips and legs. This belly dance spotlight is from Sedona's American Cabaret Style workshop: "Shimmy Queen: Shimmy Layers, Variations & Combinations".
Ashley will take you through a brief warm up designed to get the body ready for dance - focusing particularly on warming up the legs through squats and leg lifts, and the arms, through a simple arm pattern and hand floreos. This belly dance spotlight is from Ashley's "Raq It! Belly Dance Fitness Class".
We will begin by warming up the body using basic Bharatanatyam Principles: Ardhamandala posture, hand mudras and adavus (or footwork). Then we will use Bharatanatyam's Natta Adavu and KudittaMetta Adavu as the base for a detailed fusion combo. With these footwork patterns we will add chest isolations, Polynesian-style avehi knee pops, arm patterns, and hand mudras. This one is a doozy! This class is from April Rose's "Infusion #2: Indian Fusion Technique Class".
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 30 minute routine can be used to warm up the body before dancing or as a regular fitness routine. Each of the five exercises build 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.
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