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This Edition: What drew you to belly dance?

 How did you start belly dancing?

“Dance when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.” - Rumi

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question: Why belly dance? What drew you to this art form and how did you get started?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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Who's Who?: Umm Kalthoum

Jun 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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It's time again for another Who's Who Challenge! Members: if you answer our questions in the DO blog AND cite your sources, you'll get $5 off your next month of membership!

The Rules:

1. We give you a historical figure or event to research and you have a few questions to answer about the historical figure or event in order to complete your challenge.

2. You can use the internet, books, DVDs, magazines and journals, etc. to do your research. In order to win the challenge and get $5 off your membership, you must already have a membership to Datura Online and you MUST cite your sources using MLA citations (Brush up on your citation skills here: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ or use this handy dandy tool: http://www.easybib.com/). To participate in this challenge we must refrain from embedded opinion: supported and cited facts only, fellow scholars!

3. You don’t have to write a paper (unless you are super nerdy like we are and enjoy that sort of thing), just answer the questions we give you in at least three sentences per question. Of course, you are more than welcome to share any fascinating tidbits you find in your quest for knowledge. If others share the same information as you, that’s ok! But let’s do our best to share different resources and knowledge so we can all grow together.

4. We’ll compile several of the juiciest Who's Who? challenge winners’ answers in a separate blog post, along with all the resources you find so they’re all ea...

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Friday with Friends - June Round Up

Jun 30, 2017 7:13:00 AM

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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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This Edition: Who Inspires you to dance?

 It's time to inspire

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.” - Helen Keller

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question has two parts: Who ispires you to dance? And do you have favorite dancers and dance videos that you like to watch for inspiration?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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This Edition: Music that gets you up and dancing...

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“The songs and rhythms make my body move before I know what is going on.” - Colette

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Q: What music is inspiring you to dance right now?


Tamalyn:
 The latest CD by Ilahun, a young band from Salta, Argentina is gorgeous! Unfortunately, they aren't on itunes, Spotify, etc. Instead, they sell the CDs at their shows around South America, as does one of the band members sister, Lujan. Somehow, this CD is making the rounds in China, copy by copy and many people don't know where it is from nor who created it. The Lakhdar Hanou Ensemble has an amazing Andalusian- Arabic music CD with a Chinese instrumentalist. Really great. It's called "Ne Fut-ce Qu'en Chine".


Colette:
 I have found myself returning to the music I was introduced to when I began belly dancing. Specifically, Aisha Ali's field recording of The Music of the Fellahin, and the Music of the Oulid Nail. The Music of the Fellahin has songs I routinely use in class and this album gave me some of my first tastes of Middle Eastern instruments (argul, mizmar, and doumbec) and rhythms. One song that always mesmerized me when I watched FatChanceBellyDance perform to it was Saidi Dance. I have also been listening to Music of the Oulid Nail for inspiration. The songs and rhythms make my body move before I know what is going on. After taking Journey Through Egypt, I was able to place the music to a specific location, and being able to visualize who was creating the music has re...

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Who's Who?: Badia Masabni History Buffs

May 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Congratulations to our history buffs in May: Laura, Kennedey, Milica, and Nicole! They did research into the life of Badia Masabni and investigated how she impacted our dance form. We'll include their research and their sources below so you can learn more about Badia as well! And if you didn't participate this month, join us for the next Who's Who challenge and you might get $5 off your next month of membership to Datura Online!

Find out more about Badia Masabni!

1. Who was Badia Masabni? (Milica) "Badia Masabni (born Wadiha Masabni) was an actress and a dancer. She is one of the most important figures in history of belly dance. She is often cited as the matron or the godmother of modern day belly dance. Badia was the owner of several influential night clubs in Egypt in 1920s. She was also working at theaters and a movie cinema which was part of her nightclub."

2. What did she do to impact our dance? (Laura) "In 1926 she opened her first dance hall “Sala Badia”, often referred to as “Casino Badia” where 'casino' at the time meant a music hall with entertainment provided by actors, singers and musicians. 

Casino Badia was very successful. The performances appealed to the local audience as well as to the many Europeans who lived in Cairo. Madame Masabny – as she was known at the time – added some new elements to the traditional Egyptian-style dance in order to make it more palatable to a foreign audience as well. She was inspired by European classical dance an...

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The Community: Scheduling your practice

May 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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This Edition: Scheduling your practice

 Schedule your practice

Target and celebrate small wins. Amid the clumsiness of the start, there are moments of figuring out fundamentals, of making small improvements. Find them, name them, and highlight them.” - Daniel Coyle

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question is: How do you schedule your practice?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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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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Who's Who?: Badia Masabni

Apr 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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We love love love to learn here at DO! And we know you do too. That’s why we’re introducing this brand new series where we all take a look at some important figures and events in belly dance history and share our resources to find out more. And, check it out members: if you do the research, follow our guidelines, and share it on our Facebook page or the DO blog, you get $5 off your membership! Think of it as a research challenge to supplement your dance practice. Knowledge is power!

Here’s how it works:

1. We’ll give you a historical figure or event to research and you have five questions to answer about the historical figure or event in order to complete your challenge.

2. You can use the internet, books, DVDs, magazines and journals, etc. to do your research. In order to win the challenge and get $5 off your membership, you must already have a membership to Datura Online and you MUST cite your sources using MLA citations (Brush up on your citation skills here: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ or use this handy dandy tool: http://www.easybib.com/). To participate in this challenge we must refrain from embedded opinion: supported and cited facts only, fellow scholars!

3. You don’t have to write a paper (unless you are super nerdy like we are and enjoy that sort of thing), just answer the five questions we give you in at least three sentences per question. Of course, you are more than welcome to share any fascinating tidbits you find in yo...

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Do you ever wonder why some dancers have a natural propensity for fast, powerful locks while others can bend time with the slowest, and juiciest figure 8s?  The answer may lie in the composition of their muscle fibers.

The human body contains over 215 pairs of skeletal muscles and each muscle is comprised of a combination of fast and slow twitch muscle fibers.  Slow twitch muscle fibers (Type I) contract with little force and contain a higher density of capillaries which allow the muscles to carry more oxygen to the muscles for aerobic activities and sustain those activities for a longer period of time (10 minute shimmy drill, anyone?).  

Fast twitch muscle fibers can be divided into two types, type IIa and IIb.  Type IIa are the “hybrid” muscle fibers, and they retain properties of both fast and slow twitch.  Type IIb are the true fast twitch muscles.  With a twitch rate of up to 70/sec, these muscles contract quickly and powerfully.  Your Type IIb muscle fibers allow you to strike like a cobra and unearth your most vigorous pops and locks.

In order to remember the speed and force qualities of each type, it may be helpful to think of them in
terms of lighting.  Slow twitch muscles are like a lava lamp, the light being given off is relatively dim (displaying little force), but the lamp can remain on for extended periods of time.  Fast twitch muscles on the other hand, are like a strobe light, they’re quick to turn on and quick to turn off. They’re not going to provide a sustaine...

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This Edition: Facing challenge in dance

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“It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.” -Abigail Adams

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question is: What challenges have you experienced in dance and how did you face them?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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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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This Edition: What music inspires you to dance and where do you go to search for new music?

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“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” -Victor Hugo

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question has two parts: 1) What music is inspiring you to dance right now? And 2) where do you go to search for new music?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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The Process: Book Worms Part 1

Feb 22, 2017 7:05:00 AM

Insights from Our Teachers about Dance and Dance Making

Something we really love about our D.O. instructors is their endless quest for knowledge. Reading provides endless inspiration and helps balance active bodies with active minds! Here are a few recent "favorite reads" from some of our teachers.

The Process: Book Worms Part 1 -

Q: What is the most influental book you've read recently?

Rachel Brice: "The Talent Code" and "The Little Book Of Talent" by Daniel Coyle. The Little Book Of Talent has revolutionized the way that I not only approach practice for myself, but has completely changed the way I teach. I have never gotten so much positive feedback about teaching in my life as I have since I have been using the techniques in the Little Book Of Talent.

Colette Todorov: The book "The Talent Code" by Daniel Coyle has been at my side since I purchased it last spring. It has influenced me as a dancer and also as a dance instructor, expanding my knowledge of how the brain and our bodies work to increase skill level and optimize performance. We all have busy lives and the time in the studio needs to be productive and not a place to spin your wheels or go through the motions – it needs to be productive and show results. Specifically, Daniel Coyle's idea of “deep practice”, or working in the “uncomfortable terrain located just beyond our current abilities, where our reach exceeds our grasp” hit home for me. After reading this book I made significant, and valuable, changes to my persona...

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This Edition: How do you do your makeup for stage?

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“Makeup is no different than clothes and accessories - it's embellishments for your face. And it also gives you creative freedom. You get to have that moment in front the mirror every morning and give yourself self-love. You're making yourself up beautiful, which is essentially self-love.” -Michelle Phan

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question has two parts: 1) What are your favorite makeup looks for dance? And 2) how do you do your makeup look for stage??

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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