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New Workshop: 6/28/17

Colette Int ATS Class #6

You asked for more ATS® classes and we listened! In this new Intermediate class, Colette will delve deeper into the world of duets, sharing moves and combinations perfect for two!

CT Intermediate ATS Class 6

Intermediate ATS® : Class # 6 - Power Duets

The strong connection between dancers is evident in ATS® Power Duets. Dancers seem to become one, read each other's mind, and do moves that other formations can't! This intermediate ATS® class follows up on the previous duet focus class with more fast movements and variations including Arabic Orbit, Arabic Crossing, Wet Dog, Egyptian Fake Out, and a versatile Turkish Shimmy Crossing/Circling Combo. Let's face our partners, dance fast, and pull out our power duet moves!

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New Workshop: 12/7/16

Intermediate ATS Drill Game 1 - 4

Want to practice your ATS® skills right at home with some friends? Colette is here to dance with you!

 Intermediate ATS Drill Game 1 - 4Intermediate ATS® Drill Game: Classes 1 - 4

Step right into an ATS® improvisation with a virtual experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from classes 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Colette's Intermediate ATS® series, including levels, slow turns, Arabic Shimmy with Arms and Turns (ASWAT), Spins and more. You'll get a chance to take the lead and practice some basic transitions with your fellow dancers. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!

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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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New Workshop with Colette: 8/17/16

Aug 17, 2016 9:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 8/17/16

Intermediate ATS® Drill Game: Classes 1 - 2 with Colette

Keep your ATS® skills sharp and even practice taking the lead, all from wherever you are with the new Intermediate ATS® Drill Games class with Colette!

 Intermediate ATS® Drill Game: Classes 1 - 2 with ColetteIntermediate ATS® Drill Game: Classes 1 - 2

Step right into an ATS® improvisation with a virtual experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from classes 1 and 2 of Colette's Intermediate ATS® series, including Circle Step, Ribcage Rotation, Chico Four Corners, Arabic Hip Twist and more. You'll get a chance to take the lead and practice some basic transitions with your fellow dancers. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!

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New Class: 10/14/15

Oct 14, 2015 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 10/14/15

ATS® Intermediate Improv Drill Game: Classes 1

Colette's exiting first person ATS® Drill games continue with this class, where you'll get to practice intermediate ATS® movements and formations, and get to practice taking the lead.

Jump right in and get the closest experience to being there. Yip! This class draws from materials in her beginner's series and class 1 of her Intermediate ATS® series.

American Tribal Style Intermediate Imrpov Drill GameATS® Intermediate Improv Drill Game: Class 1

In this ATS® workshop you get to step right into an ATS® improvisation, a virtual reality experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet and trio. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from class 1 of Colette's Intermediate ATS® series, including the Barrel Turn, Arabic 1-2-3, Turkish Shimmy Variations, and more. You'll get to practice taking the lead and work on transitions with your fellow dancers. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!

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New Class: 8/12/15

Aug 12, 2015 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 8/12/15

ATS® Improv Drill Game: Beginning Classes 1-4

Photo: Casey Campbell Photography

Strap on your zils and jump right into formation with Colette in her newest ATS® Improv Drill Game Class.

Shot like a first person video game experience, you'll get to dance and drill ATS® movements in duets, trios, and quartets with zils! So. Much. Fun!

Practice the slow and fast movements from classes 1-3 of her beginner's series and gain experience with basic cues and formations.

American Tribal Style Imrpov Drill GameATS® Improv Drill Game: Beginning Classes 1-4

Step right into an ATS® improvisation with a virtual experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from classes 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Colette's Beginning ATS® series, including taxeem, arm undulations, bodywaves, Ghawazee Shimmy, Arabic Hip Twist, and more. You'll get a chance to take the lead and practice some basic transitions with your fellow dancers. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!

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New Class: 5/7/15

May 7, 2015 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 5/7/15

ATS® Improv Drill Game: Beginning Classes 1-3

ATS® + first person video game experience = awesome! Colette invites you into formation with her dancers for this exciting first-person style ATS® Improv Drill Game!

Practice the slow and fast movements from classes 1-3 of her beginner's series and gain experience with basic cues and formations.

American Tribal Style Imrpov Drill ClassATS® Improv Drill Game: Beginning Classes 1-3

In this ATS® workshop you get to step right into an ATS® improvisation, a virtual reality experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from classes 1, 2 and 3 of Colette's Beginning ATS® series, including camel walk, torso twist, propeller turn, Turkish Shimmy, Shimmy Step, and more. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!

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New Class: 3/19/15

Mar 19, 2015 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 3/19/15

ATS® Improv Drill Game: Beginning Classes 1-2

ATS® + first person video game experience = awesome! Colette invites you into formation with her dancers for this exciting first-person style ATS® Improv Drill Game!

Practice the slow and fast movements from classes 1-2 of her beginner's series and gain experience with basic cues and formations.

American Tribal Style Imrpov Drill ClassATS® Improv Drill Game: Beginning Classes 1-2

In this ATS® workshop you get to step right into an ATS® improvisation, a first-person virtual experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from classes 1 and 2 of Colette's Beginning ATS® series, including taxeem, arm undulations, bodywaves, Egyptian, Arabic, and more. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!

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New Class: 9/4/14

Sep 4, 2014 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 9/4/14

ATS® Intermediate Class #5 with Colette

We're so pleased to release class #5 in Colette's intermediate ATS Series!

This workshop is all about the beauty of ATS duets with formations, transitions, and movements that works especially well in duets. Drills and zils are icing on the cake. Enjoy!

If you're new to ATS®, you can get started with her beginner's series here. Or you can begin the Intermediate Series with class #1 here.

American Tribal Style Intermediate Class #4ATS® Intermediate Series: Class #5 - Duets

In ATS®, there are specialized movement variations that were developed particularly for duets. These include passing and crossing moves that work best, and are most effective, when executed by a pair of dancers. This Intermediate class celebrates Duets and movements developed for two dancers, including Camel Walk Crossing, Wrap-Around Turn Crossing, Arm Flourish Crossing. Each variation will be paired with slow or fast basic ATS® moves so grab a partner and get your zils ready!

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New Class: 6/18/14

Jun 18, 2014 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 6/18/14

ATS® Intermediate Class #4 with Colette

Presenting class #4 in Colette's intermediate / advanced ATS® series. This class is all about exciting and challenging spins and turns plus drills in formation with zils.

If you're new to ATS®, you can get started with her beginner's series here. Or you can begin the Intermediate Series with class #1 here.

American Tribal Style Intermediate Class #4ATS® Intermediate Series: Class #4 - Spins and Turns

This class includes favorite fast ATS® movements with a focus on exciting spins and turns. The Arabic Shimmy with Arms and Turn (ASWAT) will be introduced, including a complete breakdown on how to cue this advanced move. Calibrated Spins will be explained and tips for practicing spinning will be given. Finally, Egyptian Full Turn will be added to the mix and we'll drill all these moves with other basic ATS® movements and our Zils. Class ends with a well deserved cool down.

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New Class: 4/11/14

Apr 11, 2014 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 4/11/14

ATS® Intermediate Class #3 with Colette

A big zaghareet for the newest addition to Colette Todorov's Intermediate and Advanced ATS® Series, Class #3: Half Turns and Variations.

If you're new to ATS®, you can get started with her beginner's series here. Or you can begin the Intermediate Series with class #1 here.

American Tribal Style Intermediate Class #3ATS® Intermediate Series: Class #3

This Intermediate level class introduces a slow Flamenco inspired move called the Barrel Turn, a variation on Turkish Shimmy which adds arms and a ½ turn, and a fun undulation with accented chest drops called Arabic 1-2-3. Each movement will be broken down and the cues for group improvisation explained, then they will be drilled with ATS® basic moves to demonstrate and practice transitions. Zils will be used with the fast moves.

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New Class: 1/17/14

Jan 17, 2014 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 1/17/14

ATS® Intermediate Class #2 with Colette

Announcing the second class in Colette's new Intermediate ATS Series! She presents new slow and fast moves with variations, drills and zils. You will also be invited into formation to drill the moves and transitions. Enjoy!

 If you're new to ATS®, you can get started with her beginner's series here.

American Tribal Style Intermediate Class #2ATS® Intermediate Series: Class #2

Circle Step with third Turns, Chico Four Corners and Arabic Hip-Twist with Flourish are the stars of this Intermediate level American Tribal Style class. Beginning with slow ATS® movements, we'll review the elegant Circle Step, explain the best transition out of this move, then add a third turn. Put your Zils on as we introduce Chico Four Corners and Arabic Hip-Twist with Flourish and drill these movements facing the front and also facing your partner. Each new movement will be matched with basic ATS® vocabulary to practice transitions and flow.

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New Class: 11/6/13

Nov 6, 2013 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 11/6/13

ATS® Intermediate Class #1 with Colette

We're thrilled to release the first class in Colette's new Intermediate ATS Series! She presents new slow and fast moves with variations, drills and zils. You will also be invited into formation to drill the moves and transitions. Enjoy!

 If you're new to ATS®, you can get started with her beginner's series here.

American Tribal Style Intermediate Class #1ATS® Intermediate Series: Class #1

This Intermediate level class introduces a slow Flamenco inspired move called the Barrel Turn, a variation on Turkish Shimmy which adds arms and a ½ turn, and a fun undulation with accented chest drops called Arabic 1-2-3. Each movement will be broken down and the cues for group improvisation explained, then they will be drilled with ATS® basic moves to demonstrate and practice transitions. Zils will be used with the fast moves.

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Warm-Up Wednesday

Aug 6, 2013 11:17:00 AM

Get your practice started right!  Doing warm-ups before dance practice or working out are a key way to get the most out of your practice, increase focus and flexibility, and avoid injury.

Go deep with a full yoga practice, or just do a quick shimmy drill to get your heart pumping and your muscles engaged. With different styles and durations, there's a warm up for you before class or anytime you need a boost.

Browse our warm-up page for some fun ideas, or check out four great warm-ups, including a newly released spotlight from Rachel Brice:

Rachel Warm Up for Low Back and BalanceThis standing warm up gets your whole body read to dance in under 10 minutes. It focuses on warming up the abs and legs, stretching the sides, opening the chest, stabalizing the spine for back bending, and includes some yoga-based exercizes to improve your balance. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Serpentine Scales" workshop.

 

Classic Dance Warm Up SedonaThis 20 min full-body warm up and workout is based on Odissi Classical Dance and Ballet. Designed to create, flexibly, strength, and grace in the body; it is a wonderful supplement to any dance practice. Working with this conditioning routine on a regular basis will help improve posture, Increase core strength, and sculpt a long and strong dancers body. This spotlight is part of Sedona's "Super Shimmies and Shimmy Layers" Workshop".

 

Dancing Tree Warm Up with Amy SigilThe Dancing Tree warm up is a yoga based sport flow designed to bring your heart rate up and add flexibility to your practice.This segment is taken from "Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS Full Lesson ...

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New Workshop: 4/19/13

Apr 19, 2013 11:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 4/19/13

Tribal Style Sword Choreography with Colette

New meditative and powerful Tribal Style Sword Choreography from Colette Todorov to a song by SF bay area band, MWE's. Enjoy! 

 

Tribal Style Sword ChoreographyTribal Style Sword Choreography

In this Intermediate level class, a 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. You can find the track here: http://mwemusic.bandcamp.com/

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