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It's summer, the perfect time to get your belly dance practice on whether you are dancing with DO out in the sunshine or escaping the heat and practicing with us indoors. Looking to practice technique, build strength, and gain flexibility? Then we've got a brand new program just for you! Designed by Ashley Lopez herself, "Integrated Dance Preparation" gives you a ton of bang for your buck, focusing on belly dance drills, yoga, and Pilates for 6 weeks straight that will also prepare you for taking Ashley's in person teacher training program, Integrated Dance.

Featuring 5 sessions per week, each about an 1 hour in length, this program will help you reach your goals smarter and faster, while giving you two days of rest to relax and gather yourself for more practice! Get it!

Pro tip: Add this program to a personal playlist in just a few clicks - look for the add to playlist button!

Integrated Dance Prep

 

Integrated Dance Preparation

This 6-week program is designed for students who wish to prepare physically, technically, and mentally for Ashley Lopez's Integrated Dance Part 1 Intensive. Ashley designed the Integrated Dance Preparation program on Datura Online to prepare her students interested in taking the Integrated Dance Intensive, as well as for those dancers looking to hone their technique and build body strength and flexibility.

 

 

 

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Friday with Friends - June Round Up

Jun 30, 2017 7:13:00 AM

Friday with Friends

Friday with Friends - Our featured Friends in June!

Every Friday we share video/photos of our dance friends on our instagram page who are using DO in their dance journey! We are so proud of all of you and it warms our heart to see you all expressing your individuality and personality in this dance form we all love. 

Check out our featured friends below! And if you ever want to show us what you've been working on, just tag #daturaonline in your videos and pictures on instagram and you might be featured on our page!

@draconis.dances

Draconis Dances

@lisova.mavka

 Lisova Mavka

@mayafelipe

Maya Felipe

@jenniferlynnwarren

 Jennifer Lynn Warren

@davinakelm

Davina Kelm

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Participant compilations

DO Belly Dance Challenge #5 Participant Compilations

We are so impressed by what a wonderful job everyone did this year. So many of you worked hard to learn one (or more!) choreographies and it clearly shows in your presentation and technique! 

The videos below are compilations of all entries (that we could find) by Datura Online members. We are overjoyed to see so many people all over the world learning these dances with us, to see each of their unique takes on the choreographies, and we just had to share them all dancing together in one video. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

The challenge: To learn a choreography taught on our website, perform it however you like, and post it to youtube.

The goal: To share the love of learning belly dance all over the world.

"Chomper" by Zoe Jakes

"Raqs Assaya" by Henna

 

"Spirit of the Drum" by Sedona Soulfire

"Viaje" by Ashley Lopez

All of these submissions gave us the biggest smiles on our faces and we are so happy to see that Datura Online is working for you - in so many different places. Nothing could be more satisfying, thank you all so much! Looking forward to the next one...

If you're looking for the entries we picked for this challenge, check out the post here.

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Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #5 Results!

DATURA ONLINE BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #5 - The Results!

Phew, you all certainly made it difficult for us to pick prize recipients this year - clearly everyone worked hard and had a great time expressing each choreography and getting creative with their videos! 

Woo!

Before we announce the recipients of the official prizes for this challenge we want to first acknowledge everyone who participated as an absolute *winner* in this challenge. Give yourself a hearty pat on the back and a round of applause! We saw so many of you pushing yourself, overcoming challenges, and learning. And what a supportive community surrounding this event! You can see for yourself by visiting the event page with numerous theads of participants in this challenge supporting each other and check out the youtube playlist with all the participant submissions!

Recall, the primary purposes of this challenge were:

First: We wanted you, who come from so many different places in the world, to see each other dance so that you could have the opportunity to be inspired by, and to inspire, your fellow members of our DO community.

Second: Growth. Goals are important tools to help you to push and achieve something that is perhaps a little out of your comfort zone. (We heard this from a lot of you and are so glad you decided to take this challenge on.)

Third: Selfishly, we love seeing you dance!

Fourth: To have fun!

Prizes!

And now, the prizewinners. Many of these choreographies were too close to call, so we decided to award not o...

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New Feature: Share your Playlists!

Apr 26, 2017 10:38:00 AM

Share your Playlists!

New Feature : Share Playlists

We're happy to introduce a new feature that we are super excited about: the ability to share playlists! With this awesome new feature you can now share your belly dance practice with friends, fellow dancers, AND, if you are a teacher, your students!

To share your playlists, visit your Playlists page on your My Practice Profile. You can share playlists directly from the Playlists page, or you can click on the particular playlist you want to share. Click the "Share" button, copy the link, and paste it into your social media, website, or wherever you want to share your practice. Get inspired and motivate others to practice!

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Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #5!

Mar 31, 2017 3:41:00 AM

Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #5!

DATURA ONLINE BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #5!

You know what time it is...it's Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge time! You have the chance to learn awesome choreographies from your favorite teachers, connect with your dance friends all over the world, show off your amazing dance skills, and maybe win a PRIZE...

Here's how it works:

1. Learn one of the four selected choreographies from Datura Online (see below).

2. Video yourself dancing it. Dance in costume or not, in your living room, on the street, on stage, on a boat in the middle of the ocean - wherever is the most fun for you!

3. Upload the video to your YouTube channel with DO Belly Dance Challenge #5 in the title by April 30th, 2017. Make sure to add your name and where you are from in the description of your video.

4. Have a great time watching your fellow dancers all over the world and cheer them on. (You can search for other dancers' videos by typing in DO BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #5 on YouTube). Join our Facebook event and cheer each other on!

5. We'll pick our favorite video(s) by May 7th to share on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Our favorite video for each choreography will receive the following GRAND PRIZE!
  • A Free Year's Unlimited Access Membership to Datura Online - a $260 value!
You can rent any one video for the challenge or activate an unlimited access membership to try all of these videos and hundreds more on Datura Online.


The following choreographies included in this challenge are (choose one or more to enter):

   Henna:...

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Office Hours with Rachel Brice

Throughout September and October our Datura Online teachers are available to answer all your belly dance questions on the Datura Online Facebook page!

This week Rachel Brice answered your questions on Facebook Live. Check out the livestream below.

 

 

And be sure to check out our Performances tab, brand new to the site!

Performances Tab

Want some inspiration for your dance? Want to see your favorite teachers performing the choreographies you know and love from Datura Online? They're all up and waiting for you right here.

Happy Dancing!

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Do you ever finish your dance practice wishing you had accomplished more within your allotted practice time? We all value our time so when we dedicate ourselves to something, we expect that time and effort to yield results.  At Datura Online, we love reading about the latest research on learning, creativity, and skill building which has led us to discover new ways to train faster and smarter.  Today, we’d like to share some of these tips with you so you can get the most out of your dance practice.

Find the Sweet Spotthe sweet spot, daniel coyle, building skill, belly dance practice, the talent code,

One of the best ways to take your practice to the next level, is to find what Daniel Coyle (avid researcher of skill building and author of “The Talent Code” & “The Little Book of Talent”) calls ‘the Sweet Spot’.  Learning a new skill takes repetition, and as with any perpetual task, it is easy to go on auto-pilot; to allow our minds to wander as we repeat chest locks into oblivion. 

The Sweet Spot is located just beyond your current abilities.  In order to find it, you must remain mentally vigilant and push beyond your comfort zone.  This is where you learn the best and fastest, your mind becomes hyper-aware of errors and you are engaged in an intense struggle, constantly reaching for your goal.

Target Hard Skills and Soft Skills

Another great tip we’ve learned from Daniel Coyle, is how to categorize our practice items into hard skills and soft skills, and adjust our practice methods accordingly.  Hard skills are about exactitude; each repetition of the action is pe...

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DO Belly Dance Challenge #4 : Participant Compilations

DO Belly Dance Challenge #4 Participant Compilations

We're excited to report that we received 90+ submissions from over 22 countries for the recent DO Belly Dance Challenge #4. Pretty stellar, right!? In honor and appreciation of all the hard work and play that went into these performances we created compilations of all the submissions. 

The videos below are compilations of all entries (that we could find) by Datura Online members. We are overjoyed to see so many people all over the world learning these dances with us, to see each of their unique takes on the choreographies, and we just had to share them all dancing together in one video. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

The challenge: To learn a choreography taught on our website, perform it however you like, and post it to youtube.

The goal: To share the love of learning belly dance all over the world.

"Casino Badia" by April Rose

"Heer Ranjha" by Colleena Shakti

 

"Dazzling Drum Solo" by Sadie Marquardt

"Jemilleh" by Sedona Soulfire

All of these submissions brought the biggest smiles to our faces and even made us a little misty eyed. Most of all, they proved that Datura Online is really working for you - in so many different places. Nothing could be more satisfying, thank you all so much! Looking forward to the next one...

If you're looking for the entries we picked for this challenge, check out the post here.

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Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #4 Results!

DATURA ONLINE BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #4 - The Results!

This year we're proud to announce that we had the most submissions to date - 90 - for this Challenge. 

Woo! Whew!

Before we announce the recipients of the official prizes for this challenge we want to first acknowledge everyone who participated as an absolute *winner* in this challenge. You all get gold stars! You can see for yourself, and put a smile on your face by visiting the event page with numerous theads of participants in this challenge supporting each other and check out the youtube playlist with all 90 submissions!

Recall, the primary purposes of this challenge were:

First: We wanted you, who come from so many different places in the world, to see each other dance so that you could have the opportunity to be inspired by, and to inspire, your fellow members of our Datura Online community.

Second: Growth. Goals are important tools to help you to push and achieve something that is perhaps a little out of your comfort zone. (We heard this from a lot of you and are so glad you decided to take this challenge on.)

Third: Selfishly, we love seeing you dance!

Fourth: To have fun!

Prizes!

And now, the prizewinners. Many of these choreographies were too close to call, so we decided to award not only a prize for our first pick, a year's membership to Datura Online, but for some choreographies (with 30+ submissions) we choose runner-up prizes, a free month's membership. We also created a special prize (3 month membership) for a partici...

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Schedule Your Practice

Apr 12, 2016 11:47:00 AM

New Feature: Schedule your practice with "Add To Calendar"!

We're happy to share a neat and new free tool to help you keep your practice on point, the Add To Calendar button. This free feature lives in the upper right of any video page and in just a few clicks you can schedule any video on the site into one of the many popular calendar apps. BAM - dance practice scheduled!

Add To Calendar

This free feature is compatible with popular free calendar apps including, Google Calendar, iCal, Outlook, and Yahoo calendar. Add any video to your calendar and customize your settings to create reminders to keep your practice on track. Enjoy!

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Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #4!

DATURA ONLINE BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #4!

It's one of our favorite times of the year - the time for the Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will help you pick a goal and stick to it, connect you with dancers all over the world, give you a chance to show off your new amazing chops, AND put you in the running to win an awesome p-r-i-z-e!

Here's the challenge:

1. Learn one of the four selected choreographies from Datura Online (see below).

2. Video yourself dancing it. Dance in costume or not, in your living room, on the street, on stage or on that the Great Pyramids - whatever is the most fun for you.

3. Upload the video to your YouTube with DO BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #4 in the title by April 30th*. Make sure to put your name and where you are from in the video description!

4. Have fun watching your fellow dancers from all over the world. (Search for other dancers' videos by typing in DO BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #4 on YouTube)

5. We'll pick our favorite video(s) by May 7th to share on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Our favorite video(s) will receive the following GRAND PRIZE!

• A Free Year's Unlimited Access Membership to Datura Online - a $260 value!

You can rent any one video for the challenge or activate an unlimited access membership to try all of these videos and 100s more on the site.


The following choreographies included in this challenge are (choose one or more to enter):

   April Rose: "Casino Badia"

   Sadie Marquardt: "Dazzling Drum Sol...

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New Belly Dance Program: Fusion Fit #2

Mar 1, 2016 10:58:00 AM

It's the start of a new month, which is a great time to kick off new goals. In just 4 weeks you could get Fusion Fit! Check out this second belly dance program, "Fusion Fit #2" geared towards keeping your dancing machine in tip top condition.

Featuring sessions less than 1 hour each with yoga, Pilates, and dance classes from 7 of our Datura Online instructors, this program will help you reach your goals smarter and faster! Get it!

Pro tip: Add this program to a personal playlist in just a few clicks - look for the add to playlist button!

Fusion Fit part 2: Belly Dance ProgramFusion Fit: Part 2

The continuation of the Fusion Fit program will delve into our full collection of Yoga, Pilates, strength training, and cardio classes to keep you strong and flexible, no matter what your ultimate fitness goals may be! Made with tight schedules in mind, we'll give you everything you need in an hour or less per session, for just three days a week. We've created these three day practices as our personal recommendation for just one example of a healthy lifestyle practice, but feel free to use the shorter sessions on their own if you only have time for one short tune up per week. It's designed to be repeated, so if you love how you feel after four weeks, keep on trucking! We're here for ya!

Program image designed by Michaella Manning.

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Two New Belly Dance Programs

Jan 19, 2016 10:58:00 AM

Two new belly dance training programs, "Fusion Fit" and "Strong and Stable Spins", have been added to Datura Online! If you're new to programs, Datura Online Belly Dance programs are designed by our teachers and staff, to provide you with a curated dance practice to meet training goals. Programs range from one week to 30 days to 8 weeks of training. The classes in each program are available to rent individually or, if you're an unlimited access member, you have access to all of the videos while your membership is active.

Fusion Fit part 1: Basic Training Belly Dance ProgramFusion Fit: Part 1

This yoga, Pilates, and fusion fitness program was designed especially for dancers by dancers.

A good challenge or convenient maintenance practice, it's also packed with F-U-N! Made with tight schedules in mind, you'll get a work out in an hour or less per session, for just three days a week.

It's designed to be repeated, so if you love how you feel after four weeks, keep on trucking. We'll be here for ya!

 

 

 

 

Strong and Stable Spins Belly Dance ProgramStrong and Stable Spins

Learn a variety of spins and gain confidence turning with this immersive program.

Spinning requires time, technique, and determination. This practice will guide you through the fundamentals of all kinds of spins and turns from classical Indian style spins to fusion spins. It also includes additional spinning spotlights and combinations that highlight turns, as well as complimentary stabilizing and grounding warm ups and cool downs.

 As a reminder, these programs can be added to your custom playlists. Just sign in and c...

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safety pin, belly dance costuming, costume hacks

As performers, there’s no doubt that safety pins have saved our gravy time and again. Many belly dancers insist on having a handful of these in their gig bag to address any last minute costume shifts prior to a performance and in my first troupe it was tradition to gift newly initiated members with a box of these helpful gems. Yes, there’s no question that safety pins have helped us out in a pinch, but there have also been many instances when they have not been as reliable as one would have hoped or even ended up giving a pinch of their own! Oftentimes, we try to pin too much fabric or too heavy of items with these feeble pins with disastrous consequences. Anxiety about the staying power of your costume can also distract your mind from it’s main objective: entertaining your audience and pulling off a stellar performance. 

There are many reliable alternatives to safety pins. It just takes a little proactive planning to secure those loose ends before gig day, and it’s absolutely worth it to put your misgivings at ease so you can bliss out during your performance. Here are five elegant alternatives to safety pins along with some pro tips for how we’ve found them useful for our belly dance costumes.

Needle & Threadbelly dance, sewing, diy costuming

This may sound a bit obvious, however if you find yourself pinning the same piece of fabric in place over and over again, you may save yourself the repeated hassle with 10 minutes and a needle and thread. If the costume can be sewn to fit better, why not optimize the desi...

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