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New Workshop: 6/14/17

Ashley Drill Bits: Pop It!

Who's got half an hour and wants to get some good upper body drills in? Then Ashley's got the perfect class for you!

Drill Bits: Pop It!

Get ready to move your upper body! This quick 30 minute drill class is fully focused on the chest and ribcage movement. We'll explore chest lifts, drops, slides, shapes and experiment with speed, size, and layering arms and footwork!

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New Workshop: 4/12/17

Knee Love!

Treat yourself to a new Pilates and yoga routine from Ashley Lopez that focuses on strength and functionality of the knee joint!

 Knee Love!Knee Love

This workshop focuses on the health and functionality of one of our most precious assets...our knees! This workshop includes two concise practices: a mat practice which focuses on activating and strengthening the quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes as well as practicing larger range of motion exercises using a chair. As with any exercise routine, be sure you consult with your physician before beginning, especially if you have had any past injuries or surgeries. Take care of your knees and they will be the bee's knees!

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New Workshop: 2/1/17

Cardio Blast: Work It Out!

Get ready to work it out in this power packed, super fast cardio workshop with Ashley Lopez!

 Cardio Blast: Work It Out!Cardio Blast: Work It Out!

Get ready to work it out! This quick 30 minute cardiovascular interval training routine will give you the fantastic work out you need, without any equipment, without needing to get out and run a million miles. All exercises are body-weight based, so you can make them high or low-impact and you can go as easy or difficult as you like. Feeling tired? Slow it down. Want to get into a higher heart rate zone? Push faster and jump higher! Be sure you are thoroughly warmed up before beginning this workout so your joints and muscles are ready to fly!.

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New Workshop: 12/21/16

Clever Combinations

Ready for some awesome combinations designed to challenge both mind and body? Ashley is here to train with you!

 Clever CombinationsClever Combinations

Ready for a challenge? In this class we will practice combinations designed for the advanced dancer, layering isolations and shapes, sequencing movements, learning tricky footwork and drilling different kinds of spins. You will work on increasing your endurance through long drills and learning combos quickly. At the end of class you will learn one long master combination to be practiced on both sides, first slowly and then super fast! Remember to have fun with this; the video is meant to be repeatable so we hope you find it challenging enough to return to over and over again.

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New Workshop: 10/19/16

Viaje - An Original Choreography with Ashley Lopez

Proudly presenting a new original double veil choreography with Ashley Lopez: "Viaje".

 Viaje - An Original Choreography by Ashley Lopez"Viaje" - An Original Choreography by Ashley Lopez

In this workshop Ashley will teach a sweeping, spinning, expressive choreography set to the beautiful song "Viaje" by Ivan Tucakov and Tambura Rasa. This choreography includes double veil work, a short floorwork section with modification options, and many different types of spins. Offering challenges for all levels, you may choose to perform this piece with either a double or single veil, or modify the choreography to be for duets or larger groups. Have a great time making it your own!

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Datura Online Office Hours with Ashley

Sep 14, 2016 4:18:56 PM

Datura Online Office Hours are back!

Datura Online Office Hours

School is back in session here at Datura Online! Ready to jump back in to practice? Do you have any questions about technique, choreography, or anything belly dance? Our teachers are here to answer your questions!

Throughout September and October, our Datura Online teachers will be available for "Office Hours" on our facebook page. Post a question about a class and get an answer straight from the source. All times are PDT.

Ashley Lopez: Wednesday 9/14, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Henna: Tuesday 9/20, 12pm - 1pm

Rachel: Thursday 9/29, 2pm - 3pm

Colette: Wednesday 10/5, 1pm - 2pm

Sedona: Tuesday 10/18, 12pm - 1pm

This week Ashley answered your questions on Facebook Live. Check out the livestream below.

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Doug Adamz of Light Rain!

Mar 1, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Doug Adamz and Light Rain on Datura Online

Composer Doug Adamz and Light Rain’s music is featured in many classes with Ashley Lopez. Here's more about this accomplished composer with the story of the music of Light Rain.

Light Rain Dream Suite AlbumDoug Adamz of Light Rain has been inspired by, and is inspiring, dancers world-wide for over 20 years with his original compositions of middle eastern style “world beat” music. He’s a guitarist, violinist, and all-around kind and talented guy. His music has been played for budding belly dancers as well as for the Joffrey ballet; in small crowded cafes as well as sold-out opera houses. From street corner busker, to sought-after collaborator around the world... here is a part of his fascinating story.

 

 

5 Q's with Doug Adamz:

DO: What is your musical background and how did it lead you to creating music loved by belly dancers?

DAI was a choirboy.  I grew up in El Paso, Texas; desert land on the Mexican border.  My first musical training and my first performances were with the Trinity Methodist Church Boy’s Choir.  At age ten, I joined the school band and played the trombone; practicing, marching, and occasionally concertizing.  

Three years later, my dad came home from Juárez with a guitar.  After I had learned a few chords, one of my classmates, Ron Evans, invited to me to come over and play guitars.  He knew everything!  We started a rock band which included my brother, Darrell, and drummer, Jack Barrett.  Needless to say, my trombone career ended with the ownersh...

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Solace!

Nov 19, 2012 11:05:00 AM

Solace joins Datura Online

Solace Joins Datura Online

We are pleased to welcome Jeremiah Soto, the artist known as Solace. His music will be featured in classes throughout the site, and will make a debut in a new choreography workshop with Ashley Lopez to his track "Bounce".

Here is a mini-interview with Solace for you to learn more about where the music comes from.

Enjoy Solace!

3 Q's with Solace:

DO: Why do you think your music works well for belly dance?

JSI make my music to tell a story, either personal or impersonal. I try to be as honest as I can and I think dancers can sense that. They can allow themselves to let the music influence their moves. Melody is as important as rhythm, writing with heart and conviction, adding nuances and tension... I think that caters to Tribal Fusion dancers. I enjoy it when a dancer can be musical to something I composed.

DO: Did you have any experience or intention of working with belly dancers before you began recording your music, or was it a surprise?

JS: I started making music on a tiny Casio keyboard when I was 16. I wanted to sound like Depeche Mode and the Cure. Being in a gothic band and a Dead Can Dance inspired band, I never would have thought I would be where I am. On a personal note: I was a shy and introverted kid who felt insecure and awkward around women. Now I am surrounded by some of the most talented and beautiful women in the world which is another thing I would have never imagined all those years ago.

DOHow many albums have you made? What keeps the c...

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New Classes: 9/12/12

Sep 12, 2012 12:13:00 PM

New Classes: 9/12/12

This week we continue to keep your heart rate up with a few new classes!

 

Cute Cardio Combo B with AshleyCute Cardio Combo "B" with Ashley

The second class from Ashley Lopez's  conditioning "mini-series". It is designed to get the dancer moving & sweating with a few combinations that contain a variety of belly dance moves fused with steps from other styles of dance, including hula and jazz. Combo "B" works with cross over turns, level changes, and traveling hip movements for an energetic and fun workout. This video also features a short Pilates-based warm up and cool down.

 

 

Up Tempo Locks and Isolations Combo with Rachel BriceUp Tempo Locks and Isolations Combination with Rachel

This combination is from Rachel's full class. It's just the combination without the warm up or cool down, presented here for those who are short on time or want to sequence it with other classes of your choice. The combination includes a simple isolation pattern, hip work, a traveling step, and a slightly theatrical ending. It was created to be used over and over for several months: it begins simply and increases tempo three times so you can work at your current speed. It's suggested that you warm up a bit before trying this combination.

 

 

 

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New Classes: 8/29/12

Aug 29, 2012 12:13:00 PM

New Classes: 8/29/12

This week we're happy to add new classes that run the spectrum from basic belly dance to fitness belly dance fusion to yoga.

 

Cute Cardio Combo A with AshleyCute Cardio Combo "A" with Ashley

This class is the first of a "mini-series" from our resident fitness / belly dance ninja, Ashley Lopez. It is designed to get the dancer moving & sweating with a few combinations that contain a variety of belly dance moves fused with steps from other styles of dance, including hula and jazz. Combo "A" works with basic belly dance moves, travelling steps, and some arm movements for a energetic and fun workout. This video also features a short Pilates-based warm up and cool down.

 

 

Belly Dance Basics with SedonaBelly Dance Basics: Figure 8's and Traveling Hip Lifts

We're excited about the second, most recent, basics of belly dance class from Sedona Soulfire. This class serves as a wonderful intro into the beautiful art of Belly Dance. Sedona details some of the most fundamental movements in a Belly Dance repertoire including various styles of hip figure 8’s as well as many gorgeous traveling movements. Each movement will be broken down, drilled and then put together in a drill style combination. It's always a good time for the basics!

 

 

 

Basic Yoga Sequence with Rachel BriceBasic Yoga Sequence with Rachel Brice

Another great reason to do yoga as part of your practice or just because it feels great. This short but effective yoga practice relaxes the deep and superficial muscles on either side of the spine, and supports and hips and low back. It can be used before or after y...

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