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New Workshop: 1/4/17

Steady Shimmies!

Let's shimmy in the new year! Build strength, flexibility, and stamina for Egyptian shimmies in this new workshop from Sedona.

 Steady Shimmies!Steady Shimmies!

In this workshop we will be focusing on getting a strong and vivacious shimmy! Sedona will be sharing exercises and drills designed to strengthen, stretch and open the muscles around the knee joints in order to support the Egyptian Knee Shimmy. You will be shimmying through different timing manipulations and traveling movements that will help you to increase the stamina and mobility of your shimmy.

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New Workshop: 11/16/16

Egyptian Finger Cymbals - Raqs Sharki Stylization

Ready to up your finger cymbal game? Practice multiple sounds and work on musical interpretation with Henna's brand new workshop!

 Egyptian Finger Cymbals - Raqs Sharki StylizationEgyptian Finger Cymbals: Raqs Sharki Stylization

This workshop is an exercise in playing multiple sounds on the finger cymbals as well as listening closely to the music. Henna will teach several Raqs Sharki style combinations, each using a different sound or basic pattern to compliment the character of the music. Basic foot patterns lay a foundation for movement in the body that can be changed to accommodate different levels of dancers, or different sounds in the music. We build each combination from the ground up so that dancers can layer on complexity as his/her ability improves.

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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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Musician Spotlight: David Reihs

Apr 28, 2015 11:19:00 AM

David Reihs dhavir productions and Ritim Egzotik

David Reihs by Pheobus PhotoMusician, Composer, and Multi-Instrumentalist David Reihs’ music is featured in many Datura Online classes with Henna. Here are some of this talented artist's insights into his work, and why he loves playing music for dancers.

Photo : Phoebus-Foto

7 Q's with David Reihs:

DO: When/how did you get started playing music and what was your first instrument and style?

DRI started playing around on my parents' Hammond home organ and learning popular songs by ear from about 8 years old. I really liked percussion, but didn't like the bell set they gave me, that's not what KISS used, ya know? Then the school band director told my parents he needed trombone players, and I guess I was agreeable, so I did that through a year of college and some odd gigs after that before retiring and moving on back to keyboards and some guitar. So I formally learned trombone and played classical, jazz and American symphonic and marching band music. I also was lucky enough to work all through high school as the assistant to the local music store owner and learned all about instruments, got to fix them and consequently try them all out - it was a blast!

DO: So, when and why did you start playing Middle Eastern Music?

DR: When I was about 1 year old, my mom took bellydance lessons. I don't remember it of course, but I must have heard the songs she practised to from the one album she had. Fast forward 30 years to the year 2000 and I started overhearing my bellydance...

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New Workshop: 9/20/13

Sep 20, 2013 10:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 9/20/13

Classic Egyptian Belly Dance Technique #3 with Henna

We're excited to share this new Egyptian belly dance technique workshop with Henna. It's the third in her series and features four new moves, interesting and challenging variations, and a combination. Enjoy!

This workshop is a great complement to her recent choreography class: http://daturaonline.com/egyptian-style-choreography. Enjoy!

 

Classic Egyptian Belly Dance Technique #3 with HennaClassic Egyptian #3: Technique Workshop

This Egyptian technique workshop introduces four more of the fundamental movements of classic Egyptian bellydance: Camel, Arabesque, the inside out turn, and the back-n-back step. A few variations will accompany each break-down and we will cycle through some drills to get them into your muscle memory. Finally, the movements will also be danced together in a short combination. This workshop includes a short warm up to get you ready to dance.

 

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New Workshop: 7/31/13

Jul 31, 2013 11:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 7/31/13

Classic Egyptian Belly Dance Technique with Henna

New Workshop from guest teacher Henna Belly Dancer! This online class is the second in her Classic Egyptian Technique Series. Fundamental technique and concepts with detailed movement breakdown and a combination to dance it out.

This workshop is a great complement to her recent choreography class: http://daturaonline.com/egyptian-style-choreography. Enjoy!

 

Classic Egyptian Belly Dance Technique with HennaClassic Egyptian #2: Technique Workshop

This Egyptian technique workshop introduces four more of the fundamental movements of classic Egyptian belly dance: Camel, The Jewel, Hip Circles, and Arabesque. A few variations will accompany each break-down including drills and combinations to get them into your muscle memory. Henna will also detail key techniques to achieve the unique quality of movement for Egyptian stylization. A warm up is recommended before taking this class.

 

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New Guest Teacher... Henna!

May 31, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Introducing...Henna!

Egyptian Cabaret Choreography and Technique Workshops with Henna

Please join us in welcoming our newest guest teacher to Datura Online, Henna. We're very excited to be debuting two workshops: her Egyptian inspired Cabaret Choreography and a Classic Egyptian Technique Workshop. We think you will love it too! In the spirit of introductions, we've asked Henna a few questions so she can share a little bit about herself. Enjoy!

Henna

5 Q's with Henna:

DO: Where are you from, and when did you start dancing?

HHI was born in Hawaii but moved to Portland as a child.  Portland is my hometown.  I started dancing while I was a student at Portland State, in 2002.

DO: We heard that you first started performing belly dance when you were living in Japan. Can you tell us a little bit about that experience for you?

HHI consider my time in Tokyo to be like my belly dance apprenticeship.  It sounds funny, especially in Japan of all places, but Tokyo afforded me a lot of gigs, a lot of workshops with visiting dancers, and a great mentor.  I am really lucky to have met Mishaal, another American dancer there, who kind of took me under her wing and coached me both in the art of performing as well as the business side of things.  She came from a very different belly dance background than me, but we were kindred spirits in that we were world travelers, expats - outsiders in a way.  She offered me a lot of performance opportunities through shows that she produced as well as referring me to restaurants and other gigs.  She emphasized the spiritual and pe...

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