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Ooey Gooey

4 Weeks | 4 Sessions per week | 49 Videos | Int/Adv

 

Takin' it slow ain’t always easy. Slow movement in Belly Dance comes off best when paired with strong technique, a confident gaze, and impeccable muscle control. This program will guide you to mastering slow movements that are big and fluid; ones that can truly cast a spell on the crowd, and will also help your fast technique become stronger as well!

This program features four sessions of mix and match Datura Online classes per week. Feel free to shift it around to whichever four days work best for your schedule. Each of these D.O. sessions will run between 1.5 and 2 hours.

We will begin the program with a key workshop from one of the Queens of ooey gooey movement, Rachel Brice, and then break the workshop down into segments, adding other dance and yoga classes that compliment the technique in each segment.

The key to impressive slow movement is to be strong, yet relaxed. So don’t forget to breathe deep, and cultivate some moments of calm throughout the week!

Have a water bottle, yoga mat, yoga blocks, yoga strap, a pair of small weights nearby and something to balance (ex. a cane, sword, craft dowel, book, bean-bag, small child -just kidding!)

How to Begin

You can rent classes individually, rent a session playlist, or activate an unlimited access membership to access all classes in this program for one low price.

To get started, click on any of class titles below.

To browse class descriptions, click on the week and you can read more about each class. For a printable version of this program click here to download and print a copy for your practice space. You also can bookmark this page for easy access later.

Practice Tip

For each mix and match session, all videos are in one playlist - one continual class. Click on the playlist link to start your session playlist, OR click on each week in the program navigation bar below for an expanded view, and watch the videos one at a time.

Ooey Gooey : Week 3

Session 1 Laybacks, Drops, Zippers & Floorwork (1:32:18)
Session 2

Playlist (1:29:21)

Standing Warm Up - Yoga for Backward Bending: Back Strength Emphasis - Lesson 3 Work: Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS Vocabulary - Layback Fundamentals - Compensation Yoga for Backward Bending

Session 3

Playlist (1:02:04)

Ab Warm Up + Conditioning: # 2 - Built: Lower Body Strengthening Spotlight - Cobra Basket Turn - Layback & Drop - Built: Flexibility for the Lower Body Spotlight

Session 4

Playlist (1:52:25)

Ab Warm Up + Conditioning: # 1 - Yoga for Backward Bending: Back Strength Emphasis - Lesson 4 Work: Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS Vocabulary - "Radioglue": Section 3 - Compensation Yoga for Backward Bending

This week is focused on another very popular set of movements in tribal fusion great for dancing to slow tempos: backward bending combinations. This practice is not for a beginner dancer, as practicing backbends with improper technique can be very dangerous for your low back and spine. So please be sure you have the proper experience and preparation, go slow, promise to warm-up and cool down, be confident in your amount of low back and leg strength before you start, and don’t push too far. This concept of deep back bending may be new even for advanced dancers, so be patient, and don't be afraid ask a friend to help spot you if you need it. But not to worry, this week's practice will guide you in safe and fun ways to achieving beautiful back bends! You will use laybacks, drops, zippers, and floorwork in Rachel's "Radioglue" choreography.



Week 3, Session 1 : (1:32:18)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Laybacks, Drops, Zippers & Floorwork

This intermediate to advanced level workshop will help those already proficient in deep bodywaves to achieve the coveted layback-drop-zipper combination. We begin with a yoga practice to strengthen the large muscles of the back, and to lengthen the hip flexors. Rachel then breaks down The Layback, The Cobra Basket turn, and drills The Zipper. Then you’ll move on to learning a challenging combination that includes laybacks, drops, berber walks, the Zipper, the Cobra Basket Turn, the Camel Walk Plunge and others. The combo can be used for group improvisation or choreography. Please proceed carefully, as this workshop is filled with movements that take time to master.

Week 3, Session 2 : Playlist (1:29:21)

Learn Belly Dance

Standing Warm Up

This brief, simple dance warm up requires no mat, and is designed to warm up the legs, arms, abdominals, and back. This spotlight is from Ashley's workshop, "3/4 Shimmy Variations & Layers".

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Yoga for Backward Bending: Back Strength Emphasis

This challenging yoga practice focuses on developing strength and flexibility in the muscles on either side of the spine, and will, over time, contribute to a healthier standing backward bend, known as the Layback. This spotlight is from Rachel's Tribal Fusion Belly Dance workshop: "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers & Floorwork".

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Lesson 3 Work: Unmata’s Level 1 Slow ITS Vocabulary

Lesson 3 includes the technical breakdown and stylization of the floreo taxim, rib circles, and the arm dip. This belly dance spotlight is from Amy's "Full Lesson 3, Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS: Floreo Turn, Rib Circles, and Arm Dip" class.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Layback Fundamentals

This tutorial will cover the basics for practicing the beautiful and challenging backbend known as "The Layback". This spotlight is from Rachel's full workshop, "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers & Floorwork".

Learn Belly Dance

Compensation Yoga for Backward Bending

Proper compensation, a "cool down", is essential for any dance practice but even more highly encouraged for a practice heavy in backward bending. Rachel will lead you through a yoga practice to re-stabalize your muscles, release built up tension, and bring oxygen and circulation back to the muscles used in backward bending. This spotlight is from Rachel's full workshop "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers, & Floorwork".

Week 3, Session 3 : Playlist (1:02:04)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Ab Warm Up + Conditioning: #2

This belly dance warm up emphasizes oppositional movement to increase muscular control and core stabilization. The body is prepared to move with quick aerobic steps then transitions into exercises that target the abdominal muscles, challenging endurance and increasing strength. This sequence is great for developing core strength, useful for all types of belly dance movement, and results in abdominal awareness and definition. This spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class #6".

Learn Belly Dance

Built: Lower Body Strengthening Spotlight

This spotlight is part one of three from Ashley's "Built for Belly Dance: Lower Body Conditioning Workshop". This class features 20 minutes of a strengthening warm up flow, focusing on the lower body

Online Belly Dance Class

Cobra Basket Turn 

This dynamic phrase features a beautiful deep layback, quick turn, and a slow, dramatic finishing pose. This segment is taken from Rachel's "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers & Floorwork" workshop.

Learn Belly Dance

Layback & Drop Tutorial

Grab a friend and dive into one approach to the layback and drop. You’ll learn a technique for transitioning from a deep standing backbend to the floor with assistance. This spotlight is from Rachel's workshop, "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers, & Floorwork".

Online Belly Dance Class

Built: Flexibility for the Lower Body Spotlight

This belly dance spotlight focuses on developing greater lower body flexibility through yoga and Pilates based stretching. This is taken from Ashley's "Built: Lower Body Conditioning Workshop".

Week 3, Session 4 : Playlist (1:52:25)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Ab Warm Up + Conditioning: #1

Increasing muscular control, core stabilization, and strength is the goal of this spotlight. We prepare the body to move with quick aerobic steps, then link exercises targeting the abdominal muscles, including the obliques or the the diagonal muscles of the waist and trunk. These exercises are excellent for increasing endurance while developing a strong core to support gestures with the arms and legs, resulting in abdominal definition. This belly dance spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class #5".

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Yoga for Backward Bending: Back Strength Emphasis

This challenging yoga practice focuses on developing strength and flexibility in the muscles on either side of the spine, and will, over time, contribute to a healthier standing backward bend, known as the Layback. This spotlight is from Rachel's Tribal Fusion Belly Dance workshop: "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers & Floorwork".

Learn Belly Dance

Lesson 4 Work: Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS Vocabulary

Lesson 4 of Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS Vocabulary includes the technical breakdown and stylization of the camel step and the spin set up 1 and 2. This belly dance spotlight is from Amy's "Full Lesson 4, Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS - Camel Step and Spin Set Up 1 and 2" class.

Online Belly Dance Class

"Radioglue": An Original Choreography: Section 3 (Start at 29:14 and End at 42:10)

This challenging choreography is built for a soloist or any size group, would make a great opener or closer for a longer set, or could stand on its own as a single piece in a larger show. It demands a lot of strength and flexibility, and includes laybacks, drops, zippers, torso rotations, level changes, some layering and a lot of hipwork. This is a contemporary take on a style of music that is usually reserved for a traditional Turkish man's dance.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Compensation Yoga for Backward Bending

Proper compensation, a "cool down", is essential for any dance practice but even more highly encouraged for a practice heavy in backward bending. Rachel will lead you through a yoga practice to re-stabalize your muscles, release built up tension, and bring oxygen and circulation back to the muscles used in backward bending. This spotlight is from Rachel's full workshop "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers, & Floorwork".

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