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The Process: Detours and Taking Breaks

Nov 9, 2016 11:13:00 AM

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This Edition: Diversions and side roads, rest stops and refueling...

 

"All of it is applicable to your dance, whether or not you are dancing.” - Henna

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Q:  Do you feel there is value in taking breaks or detours from one's chosen dance path? Have you ever taken a break from belly dance? Why, how did you feel, and how did you know it was "time to come back”?


Henna:
  There are no detours. All of it is applicable to your dance, whether or not you are dancing. I took a break from dancing after I had my son, but only for a few months. I missed it terribly, and the studio became my sanctuary in a way that it hadn't been before. Dancing with a slightly different body was hard at first, but I felt like my dance was much more meaningful after that break. I suppose you just know if and when it's time to come back - and in what capacity.

Colette There is tremendous value in taking breaks or detours in your dance path! Stepping back to gain perspective on your situation and re-evaluate your goals and desires is completely worthwhile. Things change, people change, interests change and there is SO much good stuff out there to study or be involved with. I've been consistently involved with belly dance for 18 years but the amount of time and effort has fluctuated over the years. When something, or someone, sparks a fire in me, I know it's time to ramp things up and get back in the studio.

Ashley:  For every dancer, of course, this is going to be personal...

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New Workshop: 11/02/16

Hip Up Study - Datura Style™ Technique

We are so excited to present the second of Rachel's Datura Style™ Studies: the Hip Up Study!

 Hip Up Study - Datura Style™ TechniqueHip Up Study: Datura Style™ Technique

Learning new movement takes lots of repetition, but keeping what you've earned in your body also takes frequent check ins. Datura's technique "studies" are a way to effectively practice a lot of material in a short amount of time to keep your technique clean, strong, and at your fingertips. This workshop covers all the component parts of the Hip Up study so you can learn at your own pace and review as necessary. Rachel will detail Datura Style™ fundamental hip work including hip lifts, hip bumps, swings, and more. You will learn all of these hip movements alongside essential foot patterns and arm pathways. Everything will be combined into a 10 minute Hip Up study practice to create an efficient and strong technique drill.

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You’ve heard it time and again: Practice makes perfect.  The adage has withstood the test of time and throughout the years many of us have experienced first hand the improved performance of an action after consistent practice, but have you ever wondered what exactly is happening at the super-cellular level?  What chemical changes are occurring in your biological make up that enable you to be faster, stronger, and sharper?   

Every action you perform can be biomechanically observed as a minute electrical impulse.  The action begins in the brain, which sends electrical commands down the spinal cord and through the vast network of nerves, located throughout your entire body.  When the neural unit is fired, the surrounding muscle fibers contract.  Myelin is a fatty tissue that wraps around the wires of our brain like electrical tape, forming an insulating sheath.  

 bellydance, practice, myelin,

We have learned a great deal about myelin and how it can benefit your dance practice from Daniel Coyle (avid researcher of skill building and author of “The Talent Code” & “The Little Book of Talent”).  It goes like this:  Each time we complete an action, a new layer of myelin is created, making the electrical command stronger and faster.  There are a few ground rules, but with this knowledge, one can harness the powerful potential of myelin and apply it to his/her dance practice to learn faster and build stronger, more efficient neurological pathways.

So we’ve established that with each repetition of an action, myelin w...

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New Workshop: 10/19/16

Viaje - An Original Choreography with Ashley Lopez

Proudly presenting a new original double veil choreography with Ashley Lopez: "Viaje".

 Viaje - An Original Choreography by Ashley Lopez"Viaje" - An Original Choreography by Ashley Lopez

In this workshop Ashley will teach a sweeping, spinning, expressive choreography set to the beautiful song "Viaje" by Ivan Tucakov and Tambura Rasa. This choreography includes double veil work, a short floorwork section with modification options, and many different types of spins. Offering challenges for all levels, you may choose to perform this piece with either a double or single veil, or modify the choreography to be for duets or larger groups. Have a great time making it your own!

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Datura Online Office Hours with Sedona

Oct 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Office Hours with Sedona

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

This week Sedona answered your questions on Facebook Live. Check out her livestream below.

That's it for Datura Online Office hours for 2016!

It was great to hear everyone's questions and come together as a community! Let us know if you'd like more office hours with your teachers in the future and in the meantime, happy dancing!

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The Process: Well Rounded Dancers

Oct 12, 2016 11:26:00 AM

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This Edition: Notes on versatility and a wholistic approach to dance...

 

“A well rounded dancer would have great body awareness, to self correct technique and self monitor for health and injury.” -Colette Todorov

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Q: In your opinion, what are some of the ideal characteristics of a well rounded dancer?


Henna:
 Unique voice / style. Technique and physical stamina and strength. Musical understanding. Cultural understanding (for bellydance).

ColetteA well rounded dancer would have great body awareness, to self correct technique and self monitor for health and injury. They would understand musicality to know a song's structure, rhythm, and emotion in order to add movement that strengthens and supports the music. This dancer would be knowledgeable about costuming and makeup, and have a clear understanding of the time and effort required for quality costuming. They would know the strengths and weaknesses of the stage and be able to modify and adjust their performance to suit the performance space at hand.

Ashley: Solid technique - a plethora of movements that have been mastered along with good posture. Physical fitness - of course their body needs to meet the demands of the dance. Stage presence - we are not just our technique. An eye for aesthetics - bellydancing is so much about the costume! Charisma - the ability to command an audience, to electrify the room. Kindness - because we should be well-rounded humans too.

Rachel: I'm not sure about we...

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Office Hours with Rachel Brice

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

This week Colette answered your questions on Facebook Live, along with her dance friends Traci and Tabra. Check out the livestream below.

We'll be back with office hours on October 18th from 1 - 2 pm PDT on Facebook, this time with Sedona Soulfire!

Get your questions ready and we'll see you then!

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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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The Process: Community Building

Sep 28, 2016 9:45:00 AM

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This Edition: Building and maintaining community...

 

"Cultivate happiness for others’ successes.” - Rachel

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Q: 3-5 tips for creating/fostering a healthy belly dance community...


Henna:
  1) Be in the community. Go to shows, watch the dancers and be supportive of their place in their journey. 2) Tell you students and friends about great workshops or programs coming to town. 3) If you’re teaching, identify your student’s interests and encourage your students to follow their own path. Recommend other teachers for them to study with. 4) Be the type of student you want to see in your class.

Colette Go to other's performances and events: This is number one for me, as a community requires participation and interaction to thrive. Most everyone is busy, busy, busy, but when you're able, get out and watch a show - the producer and other performers will love to see you in the audience. Get to know other dancers/instructors: Find out what special training or experience another instructor has and get to know what other dancers do. This creates the links and strengthens the connectedness of the community while allowing you to accurately represent what the community has to offer. Cultivate respect for others: In students, cultivate an environment of respect and esteem for other dancers, instructors and styles. With your troupe-mates or dance partners: foster positive interactions and honest, open communication.

Ashley:  1) Be social. Get to know your st...

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Datura Online Office Hours with Henna

Sep 21, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Office Hours with Henna

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 Henna answered your questions on Facebook Live. Check out the livestream below.

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New Workshop: 9/21/16

Drum Solo Expressions 1 with Sedona Soulfire

Learn key techniques and theory for creatively interpreting drum solos with the first class in a series with Sedona, “Drum Solo Expressions”!

 Drum Solo Expressions 1 with Sedona SoulfireDrum Solo Expressions # 1 : Baladi

In the first workshop in Sedona's "Drum Solo Expressions" series we will begin to cultivate our musicality, understanding Sedona's particular 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 explore several fundamental sounds that comprise a well executed drum solo, drilling movements and combinations to familiarize us with the sounds of the drum, with a focus on the upbeat and popular Baladi rhythm. Make sure to be properly warmed up before attempting this class.

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Datura Online Office Hours with Ashley

Sep 14, 2016 4:18:56 PM

Datura Online Office Hours are back!

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School is back in session here at Datura Online! Ready to jump back in to practice? Do you have any questions about technique, choreography, or anything belly dance? Our teachers are here to answer your questions!

Throughout September and October, our Datura Online teachers will be available for "Office Hours" on our facebook page. Post a question about a class and get an answer straight from the source. All times are PDT.

Ashley Lopez: Wednesday 9/14, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Henna: Tuesday 9/20, 12pm - 1pm

Rachel: Thursday 9/29, 2pm - 3pm

Colette: Wednesday 10/5, 1pm - 2pm

Sedona: Tuesday 10/18, 12pm - 1pm

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

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New Workshop: 9/7/16

Rib Up Study with Rachel Brice

Proudly presenting the next workshop in Rachel's Datura Style Technique Series, the "Rib Up Study"!

 Rib Up Study with Rachel BriceRib Up Study: Datura Style Technique

We all know that learning new movements takes lots of repetition, but keeping what you've learned in your body also takes frequent check ins, albeit with less repetition. Datura's Technique "studies" are a way to effectively practice a lot of material in a short amount of time to keep your technique clean, strong and at your fingertips. The Rib Cage Up study is only 10 minutes long but packs a punch with all the material it contains. This workshop covers all the components of the Rib Cage Up study so you can learn at your own pace and review as necessary.

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New Workshop: 8/31/16

Egyptian Finger Cymbal Fundamentals with Henna

Learn foundational concepts and techniques for playing Egyptian style finger cymbals with Henna's new workshop: "Egyptian Finger Cymbal Fundamentals"!

 Egyptian Finger Cymbal Fundamentals with HennaEgyptian Finger Cymbal Fundamentals

This workshop introduces a way of playing finger cymbals using three different sounds: open, closed, and tic. Through a breakdown and drills we aim for clarity of tone and timing before moving the body. Henna will begin by introducing some basic musical concepts and you will work on playing the different sounds of the finger cymbals at several tempos, all while increasing the number of notes you can play in a measure. Henna will also breakdown the gallop pattern and the basic run: the building blocks for more intricate finger cymbal compositions and playing. After learning a few of the sounds the finger cymbals can make, Henna will begin to pair the sounds with basic foot patterns and arms. The workshop culminates in a combination that combines all three of the finger cymbal sounds with a basic foot pattern and some elegant Raqs Sharki arm frames.

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Datura Online Instagram

Aug 29, 2016 9:13:00 AM

Datura Online is now on Instagram!

DO Instagram Contest

Check out DO's Instagram! Follow us @thedaturaonline to see behind the scenes photos, quotes from our DO teachers, giveaways and all kinds of awesome stuff!

And speaking of giveaways...

Enter for a chance to win one free month of membership to Datura Online!

 Intermediate Flexibility with Ashley LopezHow to Enter

1) Follow @thedaturaonline on Instagram

2) Upload a pic of yourself using Datura Online with the hashtag #mydaturaonline OR repost the Instagram giveaway pic of Zoe

3) Tag someone that loves bellydance!

Prize!

One winner will win 30 consecutive days of free access to all the videos on Datura Online!

Contest Terms & Conditions

Contest ends September 30th, 2016. Winner will randomly be selected and announced on October 1st, 2016. No purchase necessary to enter. May repost daily. No age or residency restrictions apply. Datura Online will comply with applicable rules and regulations governing the promotion/giveaway and all prizes offered. If a customer already has a Datura Online membership, Datura Online will give them a credit worth $25 or 30 days of free membership to Datura Online. Participants cannot inaccurately tag content or have people inaccurately tag their photos or they will be disqualified. By entering this contest, participants agree to a complete release of Instagram from any or all liability in connection with this contest. Datura Online acknowledges that the Datura Online "My Practice" Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Insta...

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