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New Workshop: 7/26/17

HH Brand New to Belly Dance Class 1

Begin at the beginning with Henna, practicing belly dance movements in the hips, learning directions of movement, and putting everything together in a sassy combo!

HH Brand New to Belly Dance Class 1

Brand New to Belly Dance Class # 1: Hip Focus

In the first class in Henna's Brand New to Belly Dance series, you will learn the foundation for beautiful belly dancing. Henna will breakdown basic dance posture, introduce musical terminology, and show you how to work with the natural movement of your body. You will learn the different direction of movements in the hips, the walking bump, shimmy, external hip circles, and a fun combination to get you moving.

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New Workshop: 4/26/17

Progressive Shimmies

Let's get our shimmy on! We're excited to present this brand new workshop from Henna to get you in touch with your best personal shimmy.

 Knee Love!Progressive Shimmies

This concise shimmy practice trains the body to have impeccable timing and balance in the body. Henna will take you through several kinds of shimmies to help you find your optimal shimmy speed. All the shimmies will be put together into a condensed drill to a song that gradually speeds up in tempo, training your body to shimmy intelligently with the music and gain strong and relaxed shimmies in the upper and lower body. This class begins with a warm up and ends with a cool down.

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New Workshop: 2/15/17

Playful Technique & Combinations for Raqs Assaya

Here is another fantastic Raqs Assaya class with Henna: “Playful Technique & Combinations for Raqs Assaya”!

 Playful Technique & Combinations for Raqs AssayaPlayful Technique & Combinations for Raqs Assaya!

This workshop details several playful raqs assaya combinations inspired by folkloric movements and made for the raqs sharki stage. Using fast cane work, beautiful frames, juicy hipwork and more, Henna will break down and drill two combinations at several different speeds to get your cane work precise, fast, and fun! This workshop begins with a warm up to prepare the body for dance.

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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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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: 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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New Workshop with Henna: 7/6/16

Jul 6, 2016 9:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 7/6/16

Raqs Assaya: Folkloric Technique

Enjoy assaya technique combinations and postures with Henna to get your cane swinging in this fun and earthy dance!

 Raqs Assaya: Folkloric TechniqueRaqs Assaya: Folkloric Technique

This workshop introduces several movements for Raqs Assaya: Egyptian Cane Dance. Starting with it's folkloric roots, each combination moves a little closer to raqs sharki assaya in order to give you background for the movements and builds in complexity as we move along. We will discuss the martial art of Tahteeb, the predecessor to our modern raqs assaya, as well as several cane movements and postures that go with the lovely and earthy Saidi rhythm. This workshop begins with a warm up to prepare the body for dance. This introduction to raqs assaya will get the feeling of this fun, earthy dance into your body and get that cane swinging!

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New Workshop with Henna: 5/25/16

May 25, 2016 6:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 5/25/16

Ornament and Express

Proudly presenting "Raqs Assaya" an original Egyptian style cane choreography with Henna!

The DO Belly Dance Challenge is over but here's a new super fun and playful choreography for you to grab your cane or stick and learn right now. Enjoy!

This choreography is to the original song, "Saidi Daudi" by David Reihs.

 

Ornament and Express"Raqs Assaya" : An Original Choreography

This raqs assaya choreography combines elements of Egyptian raqs sharki, American Cabaret, and Saidi into a dynamic and fun dance. Basic assaya technique will be used to frame or accompany earthy hips and Saidi footwork. Since we are adding a prop to belly dance movement, this choreography is best suited for dancers with a solid foundation in basic belly dance. Please be sure to warm up before starting this choreography.

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New Workshop with Henna: 4/27/16

Apr 27, 2016 6:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 4/27/16

Ornament and Express

Presenting "Ornament & Express" a new workshop with Henna that explores arm, hands, and upper body belly dance technique for nuanced and communicative movement.

From basic technique to more refined expressions, this workshop will add more options and finishing touches to your repertoire. Enjoy!

 

Ornament and ExpressOrnament and Express: Arms, Hands, and Upper Body Techniques

Beautiful, meaningful hands and arms are powerful assets for belly dance. So many emotions can be expressed through the ornamentation and expression of the hands and arms. In this workshop we will practice everything from basic techniques of hand and arm movements to polished expression. Starting with ornamentation, then moving onto expression and finally into communication, we will explore the purposes for arm and hand movement in the belly dance repertoire.

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New Workshop with Henna: 8/20/15

Aug 20, 2015 6:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 8/20/15

Rhythmic Intelligence #5: Arabic Rhythms and Combinations

Presenting the fifth class in Henna's popular "Rhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms and Combinations" series.

Improve your musicality with drills, combinations, and rhythmic breakdowns of 4 arabic rhythms including Baladi, Masmoudi Kabir, Saudi/Khaleegi, and Bolero! Enjoy!

 

Rhythmic Intelligence #5 with HennaRhythmic Intelligence #5: Arabic Rhythms and Combinations - Baladi, Masmoudi Kabir, Khaleegi, & Bolero

Henna introduces and breaks down four common rhythms for belly dance: Masmoudi/Baladi, Masmoudi Kabir, Saudi/Khaleegi, and the Bolero. Movements from Egyptian and American cabaret style belly dance will be drilled to each rhythm to create muscle memory and refine musicality.

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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: 4/16/15

Apr 16, 2015 6:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 4/16/15

Rhythmic Intelligence #4: Arabic Rhythms and Combinations

Presenting the fourth class in Henna's popular "Rhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms and Combinations" series.

In this class you'll deepen your musicality through drills and belly dance combinations with 7 movements to the Turkish Chiftetelli and Karachi rhythms. Enjoy!

 

Rhythmic Intelligence #4 with HennaRhythmic Intelligence #4: Arabic Rhythms and Combinations - Turkish Chiftetelli / Karachi

A solid understanding of Middle Eastern rhythms is an essential part of any dancer's repertoire. This workshop introduces two rhythms, the Turkish Chiftetelli and the Karachi, and drills movements to highlight the prominent sounds in the rhythm. Drilling these moves will get the rhythms into your body and evoke classic musicality in your dancing. Movements from the american cabaret vocabulary are introduced for each rhythm including a box step with shoulder accents, the basic bouncy walk, barrel turn, camel with shimmy for the Turkish Chiftetelli and the karachi 5, an omi spin, and a traveling step for the Karachi rhythm. The class begins with a brief standing warm up.

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New Workshop: 2/12/15

Feb 12, 2015 10:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 2/12/15

Rhythmic Intelligence #3: Arabic Rhythms and Combinations

We're proud to release class #3 in Henna's popular "Rhythmic Intelligence" series!

This class breaks down 3 Arabic rhythms, Wahda Khabira, Whada Wanus, Chiftetelli, and presents them in connection with belly dance drills and combinations in order to assist you in improving your musicality and appreciation for these rhythms. Enjoy!

 

Rhythmic Intelligence #3 with HennaRhythmic Intelligence #3: Arbic Rhythms and Combinations - Wahda Khabira, Whada Wanus, Chiftetelli

A solid understanding of Middle Eastern rhythms is an essential part of any dancer's repertoire. This workshop is a continuation of Henna's Arabic Rhythms & Combinations series and introduces and breaks down three common rhythms for belly dance: Wahda Kabira, Wahda Wa Nous, and the Chiftetelli. Movements from Egyptian and American cabaret style belly dance will be drilled to each rhythm to create muscle memory and refine musicality.

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New Workshop: 11/20/14

Nov 20, 2014 10:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 11/20/14

Rhythmic Intelligence #2: The Saidi with Henna

Presenting "The Saidi: Rhythmic Intelligence #2" with Henna.

This second class in Henna's popular arabic rhythms and combinations series explores one of them most beloved rhythms, the Saidi, and a selection of original movements, drills, and combinations inspired by belly dancers that embodied this classic rhythm. Enjoy!

 

Rhythmic Intelligence #2 with HennaThe Saidi: Rhythmic Intelligence #2

Saidi is a fun and earthy folkloric dance from Upper Egypt. The saidi rhythm is one of the most popular rhythms and many raqs sharki sets include a saidi section. In this workshop Henna will breakdown the components of the Saidi rhythm and teach three distinct belly dance combinations inspired by influential belly dancers. The movements and combinations will be drilled and practiced at varying speeds with the saidi rhythm.

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New Workshop: 7/10/14

Jul 10, 2014 10:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 7/10/14

Rhythmic Intelligence with Henna

Excited to share this new workshop with Henna: "Rhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms and Combinations".

Learn to identify and embody 5 Arabic rhythms through drills and belly dance combinations. Watch your musicality blossom!

 

Rhythmic Intelligence with HennaRhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms and Combinations

A solid understanding of Middle Eastern rhythms is an essential part of any dancer's repertoire. This workshop introduces five rhythms and drills movements to highlight the prominent sounds in the rhythm. The rhythms featured in this workshop are: Hagallah, Malfouf, Maqsoum, Maqsoum Sareea, and Ayoub. Drilling these moves will get the rhythms into your body and evoke classic musicality in your dancing.

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