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DO Belly Dance Challenge #5 Participant Compilations

We are so impressed by what a wonderful job everyone did this year. So many of you worked hard to learn one (or more!) choreographies and it clearly shows in your presentation and technique! 

The videos below are compilations of all entries (that we could find) by Datura Online members. We are overjoyed to see so many people all over the world learning these dances with us, to see each of their unique takes on the choreographies, and we just had to share them all dancing together in one video. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

The challenge: To learn a choreography taught on our website, perform it however you like, and post it to youtube.

The goal: To share the love of learning belly dance all over the world.

"Chomper" by Zoe Jakes

"Raqs Assaya" by Henna

 

"Spirit of the Drum" by Sedona Soulfire

"Viaje" by Ashley Lopez

All of these submissions gave us the biggest smiles on our faces and we are so happy to see that Datura Online is working for you - in so many different places. Nothing could be more satisfying, thank you all so much! Looking forward to the next one...

If you're looking for the entries we picked for this challenge, check out the post here.

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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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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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The Process: Challenges of Teaching

Aug 24, 2016 9:52:00 AM

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This Edition: Giving guidance... 

 

It is a delicate art to know how to push people to their edge, but not over it, and how to nurture through every stage and stand firm.” -Colleena

The Process -

Q: What do you think are the most challenging aspects of teaching?


April:
  Teaching dance is my favorite activity in the whole world! In my opinion teaching advanced material to advanced students is simple: teaching beginners is much more challenging. Teaching touring workshops is straight-forward: new student faces, new material for them, short bursts of dedication required. Teaching students in a home-based studio is much more complex! As a home-based studio teacher I have dealt with many challenges, but I think thoughtfully dealing with those challenges is what makes someone a good teacher. These are the questions I am constantly asking myself and crafting new strategies for: -How can I present the history and cultural significance of bellydance to students in a digestible way that doesn’t take too much time from the physical practice? -How can I make each student feel cared for and encouraged? -How can I craft classes where students are at a similar skill level to one another? -How do I encourage self-awareness in students who want to take classes beyond their current skill level? -How can I offer a balance of positive and constructive feedback? -How do I increase the technical proficiency of students overall and simultaneously be working on a choreograph...

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DO Belly Dance Challenge #4 : Participant Compilations

DO Belly Dance Challenge #4 Participant Compilations

We're excited to report that we received 90+ submissions from over 22 countries for the recent DO Belly Dance Challenge #4. Pretty stellar, right!? In honor and appreciation of all the hard work and play that went into these performances we created compilations of all the submissions. 

The videos below are compilations of all entries (that we could find) by Datura Online members. We are overjoyed to see so many people all over the world learning these dances with us, to see each of their unique takes on the choreographies, and we just had to share them all dancing together in one video. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

The challenge: To learn a choreography taught on our website, perform it however you like, and post it to youtube.

The goal: To share the love of learning belly dance all over the world.

"Casino Badia" by April Rose

"Heer Ranjha" by Colleena Shakti

 

"Dazzling Drum Solo" by Sadie Marquardt

"Jemilleh" by Sedona Soulfire

All of these submissions brought the biggest smiles to our faces and even made us a little misty eyed. Most of all, they proved that Datura Online is really working for you - in so many different places. Nothing could be more satisfying, thank you all so much! Looking forward to the next one...

If you're looking for the entries we picked for this challenge, check out the post here.

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Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #4 Results!

DATURA ONLINE BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #4 - The Results!

This year we're proud to announce that we had the most submissions to date - 90 - for this Challenge. 

Woo! Whew!

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. You all get gold stars! You can see for yourself, and put a smile on your face by visiting the event page with numerous theads of participants in this challenge supporting each other and check out the youtube playlist with all 90 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 Datura Online 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 only a prize for our first pick, a year's membership to Datura Online, but for some choreographies (with 30+ submissions) we choose runner-up prizes, a free month's membership. We also created a special prize (3 month membership) for a partici...

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Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #4!

DATURA ONLINE BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #4!

It's one of our favorite times of the year - the time for the Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will help you pick a goal and stick to it, connect you with dancers all over the world, give you a chance to show off your new amazing chops, AND put you in the running to win an awesome p-r-i-z-e!

Here's the challenge:

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 or on that the Great Pyramids - whatever is the most fun for you.

3. Upload the video to your YouTube with DO BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #4 in the title by April 30th*. Make sure to put your name and where you are from in the video description!

4. Have fun watching your fellow dancers from all over the world. (Search for other dancers' videos by typing in DO BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #4 on YouTube)

5. We'll pick our favorite video(s) by May 7th to share on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Our favorite video(s) 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 100s more on the site.


The following choreographies included in this challenge are (choose one or more to enter):

   April Rose: "Casino Badia"

   Sadie Marquardt: "Dazzling Drum Sol...

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DO Belly Dance Challenge #3 : Participant Compilations

DO Belly Dance Challenge #3 Participant Compilations

We're excited to report that we received 70 submissions from over 26 countries for the recent DO Belly Dance Challenge #3. Pretty stellar, right!? In honor and appreciation of all the hard work and play that went into these performances we decided to create compilations of all the submissions. 

The videos below are compilations of all entries (that we could find) by Datura Online members. We are overjoyed to see so many people all over the world learning these dances with us, to see each of their unique takes on the choreographies, and we just had to share them all dancing together in one video. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

The challenge: To learn a choreography taught on our website, perform it however you like, and post it to youtube.

The goal: To share the love of learning belly dance all over the world.

"Veil of Tears" - Choreography by Zoe Jakes


"Marigold Garden" - Choreography by April Rose

 


"Lado"- Choreography by Colleena Shakti

"Cybele" - Choreography by Sedona Soulfire

As with the first challege, all of these submissions brought the biggest smiles to our faces and even made us a little misty eyed. Most of all, they proved that Datura Online is really working for you - in so many different places. Nothing could be more satisfying, thank you all so much! Looking forward to the next one...

If you're looking for the entries we picked for this challenge, check out the post here.

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Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #3 Results!

DATURA ONLINE BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #3 - The Results!

Are you ready...get set....and our picks for the third DO Belly Dance Challenge are..

HOLD ON A SECOND!

We can't announce the recipients of the official prizes for this challenge without first acknowledging everyone who participated as an absolute *winner* in this challenge. If you don't believe us we'd like to direct your attention to Exibit A) one of the longest and sweetest facebook threads we have ever seen, populated by participants in this challenge supporting each other and Exibit B) the youtube playlist that has over 70 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 Datura Online 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. Each of these choreographies were too close to call, so we decided to award not only a prize for our first pick, a year's membership to Datura Online, but also a prize for a runner up for each choreography, a free month's membership.

And now presenting... the prizewinners!

Veil of Tears by Zoe Jakes:
Grand Pr...

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Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #3!

Mar 11, 2015 3:41:00 AM

Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #3!

DATURA ONLINE BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #3!

We look forward to this moment every year: announcing our next Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will help you pick a goal and stick to it, connect you with dancers all over the world, give you a chance to show off your new amazing chops, AND put you in the running to win an awesome p-r-i-z-e!

Here's the challenge:

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 or on the Eiffel Tower - whatever is the most fun for you.

3. Upload the video to your YouTube with DO BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #3 in the title by April 10th.

4. Have fun watching your fellow dancers from all over the world. (Search for other dancers' videos by typing in DO BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #3 on YouTube)

5. We'll pick our favorite video(s) by April 16th to share on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Our favorite video(s) will receive the following GRAND PRIZE!

• A Free Year's Subscription to Datura Online - a $300 value!

You can rent any one video for the challenge or activate an unlimited access membership to try all of these videos and 100s more on the site.


The following choreographies included in this challenge are (choose one or more to enter):

   Zoe Jakes : Veil of Tears

   Colleena Shakti: Lado

   April Rose: Marigold Garden

   Sedona Soulfire: Cybele

Join the challenge by posting on the facebook event!

Ha...

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DO Belly Dance Challenge #2 : Results

DO Belly Dance Challenge #2 Student Compilations

We're excited to report that we received submissions from over 20 countries for the recent DO Belly Dance Challenge #2. Cool, huh!? In honor and appreciation of all the hard work and play that went into these performances we decided to create compilations of all the submissions. 

The videos below are compilations of all entries (that we could find) by Datura Online members. We are overjoyed to see so many people all over the world learning these dances with us, to see each of their unique takes on the choreographies, and we just had to share them all dancing together in one video. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

The challenge: To learn a choreography taught on our website, perform it however you like, and post it to youtube.

The goal: To share the love of learning belly dance all over the world.

"Twilight on The Nile" - Choreography by Ashley Lopez:


"Radioglue" - Choreography by Rachel Brice:

 


"Raqs Henna" - Choreography by Henna:

 "Tribal Style Sword" - Choreography by Colette Todorov:

As with the first challege, all of these submissions brought the biggest smiles to our faces and even made us a little misty eyed. Most of all, they proved that Datura Online is really working for you - in so many different places. Nothing could be more satisfying, thank you all so much! Looking forward to the next one...

If you're looking for the entries we picked for this challenge, check out the post here.

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Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #2!

DATURA ONLINE BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #2 - The Results!

Drumroll…the results for the second Do Belly Dance Challenge are…

WAIT!

Before we announce the recipients of the official PRIZES, we want to remind everyone who uploaded a video that you won just for participating! In our minds, the primary purposes of this challenge were:

First: The first purpose of this challenge was a bit selfish: we really wanted to see you guys dancing!

Second: 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 Datura Online community.

Third: 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.)

Four: To have fun!

And now... the prizewinners!

Raqs Henna:
Kavya Viswanathan - India

Radioglue:
Carla Michelle Coelho - Brazil

Twilight on The Nile:
Elena Faye - USA

Tribal Sword:
Carla Aguíñiga - Mexico

It was incredible, once again, to see all of your wonderful entries. We can't help but get a little teary and proud of all of your hard work that obviously went into learning these dances. Not to mention your courage in sharing them with the world. We learn more from every challenge, and it reaffirms our commitment to keep making the best classes possible so we can all share in the joy of this dance form together. Thank you all and we ...

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Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #2!

Mar 10, 2014 12:41:57 PM

Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #2!

DATURA ONLINE BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #2!

We're thrilled to support you in achieving your dance and fitness goals for 2014, and we love to see you dance! We're happy to announce our second Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will help you choose a goal and stick to it, connect you with dancers all over the world, give you a chance to show off your new amazing chops, AND put you in the running to win some stuff!  

Here's the challenge:



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 or the Great Wall of China - whatever is the most fun for you.



3. Upload the video to your YouTube with DO BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #2 in the title by April 11th.



4. Have fun watching your fellow dancers from all over the world. (Search for other dancers' videos by typing in DO BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #2 on YouTube)



5. We'll pick our favorite video(s) by April 18th to share on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Our favorite video will receive the following PRIZES!
 

• A $100 Gift Certificate to Rachel Brice's Online Store
• A Free Month's Subscription to Datura Online


The following choreographies included in this challenge are (choose one or more to enter):

   Rachel : Radioglue

   Ashley : Twilight on The Nile

   Henna : Raqs Henna

   Colette : Tribal Sword

Have a great time learning, getting stronger, and we look forward to seeing al...

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DO Belly Dance Challenge

DO Belly Dance Challenge Student Compilations

We were over the moon with the many January submissions for the DO Belly Dance Challenge, so we had to go one step further...

These videos are compilations of all entries (that we could find) by Datura Online members. We are overjoyed to see so many people all over the world learning these dances with us, and we just had to share them all dancing together in one video. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

The challenge: To learn a choreography taught on our website, perform it however you like, and post it to youtube.

The goal: To share the love of learning belly dance all over the world.

Bounce:


Dynamic Drum Solo:


The Balancing Act:

 

All of the DO Belly Dance Challenge videos made us laugh, cry, and jump up and down with joy. Most of all, they proved that Datura Online is really working for you. Nothing could be more satisfying, thank you all so much! Can't wait for the next one...

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DO Belly Dance Challenge - The Winners!

Feb 8, 2013 10:13:00 AM

DO Belly Dance Challenge

Drumroll…the results for the Do Belly Dance Challenge are…

WAIT!

Before we announce the recipients of the official PRIZES, we want to remind everyone who uploaded a video that you won just for participating! In our minds, the primary purposes of this challenge were:

First: The first purpose of this challenge was a bit selfish: we sit around this office all day working away, and we really wanted to see you guys dancing! 

Second: We wanted you all to see each other, from so many different countries around the world, so you could have the opportunity to be inspired by, and to inspire, your fellow members of our Datura Online community.

Third: Goals can help push you to acquire skills that you might not have gained otherwise, so we hope this challenged pushed you a little bit.

And now... the prizewinners!

Bounce:
RinAjna - USA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CORHznFbPoY (Bounce begins at 5:20)

Dynamic Drum Solo:
mirendanza - SPAIN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8zaF7Hxc84

The Balancing Act:
Kahitaify - RUSSIA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GnIbye_hpU

All of the DO Belly Dance Challenge videos made us laugh, cry, and jump up and down with joy. Most of all, they proved that Datura Online is really working for you. Nothing could be more satisfying, thank you all so much! Can't wait for the next one...

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