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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

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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 4

Session 1

Playlist (1:43:29)

Slow Sword Work with Tribal Stylization - The Balancing Act - Zipper Drills - Yoga Cool Down

Session 2

Playlist (1:39:56)

A Strong Warm Up for Belly Dance - Spins, Flutters, and Belly Rolls: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals - The Balancing Act - Finishing Practice for Flexibility and Relaxation

Session 3

Playlist (2:00:14)

Slow Sword Work with Tribal Stylization - The Balancing Act - Slow Burn Combo - Yoga Cool Down

Session 4

Playlist (1:23:42)

Warm Up for the Low Back and Balance - Belly Rolls: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals - The Cairo 8 - "Radioglue": Section 4 - Compensation Yoga for Backbending

Welcome to week 4: the final round of this program! Week 4 is full of some icing-on-the-cake types of advanced keys to unlocking the ooey-est, gooey-est movements. You focus on Rachel’s choreography “The Balancing Act” where you will balance an object (this could be a book, wooden dowel, or belly dance sword). Balancing something on your head and learning to keep your head still and independent of the rest of your body while dancing is a key part in helping your isolations look big and stellar. You will get a more in-depth breakdown of balancing with Colette’s slow sword work, and you’ll hone in on the details of elusive spins, flutters, and rolls with Zoe Jakes. This practice repeats itself over the week so you can really dig into the lessons and notice the differences in your technique as you progress! Finally, you will finish Rachel's "Radioglue" choreography! Enjoy!



Week 4, Session 1 : Playlist (1:43:29)

Learn Belly Dance

Slow Sword Work with Tribal Stylization

This class starts with a warm up and conditioning segment focusing on arm strength and flexibility. We then cover a quick overview of swords used in belly dance and specific concepts for group improvisation using swords. Starting with the dancers handling the sword, variations of slow ATS® and Scarlet Thistle moves are presented as well as dramatic poses and flourishes that showcase this “dangerous” prop. Sword balancing, both on the hand and on the head is discussed with Tribal Style movements utilized for hand balancing and the ATS® vocabulary is explored for balancing on the head. Class finishes with an improvised drill that strings together multiple movements to create combinations appropriate for choreography or for improvisation.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

The Balancing Act

Learn the 5 sections of a balancing routine in this short and simple choreography. This includes level changes, touches briefly on floorwork, gives a few turns to play with, and has a combination or two while balancing your item of choice. Make sure you're warmed up for this one, especially in the legs. Enjoy!

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Zipper Drills

Say hello to your quads in this concentrated Zipper practice. Rachel will briefly describe the Zipper and give hints for knee support. As this movement can be challenging for the knees, please proceed with caution. This spotlight is from Rachel's Tribal Fusion Belly Dance workshop: "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers, & Floorwork".

Learn Belly Dance

Yoga Cool Down

Yoga cool down for the low back and lateral muscles. Be sure to use some sort of cool down every time you dance, to stabilize the low back and stretch the sides of the body. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's Tribal Fusion class: "Daily Dose: Arabic Shimmy #2".

Week 4, Session 2 : Playlist (1:39:56)

Online Belly Dance Class

A Strong Warm Up for Belly Dance

A strong warm-up to work the muscles on either side of the spine, adding fluidity for undulations and bodywaves, and to strengthen the low back for any movements that include the low back/pelvis relationship for a long life of belly dance This spotlight is from Rachel's "Daily Dose: Arabic Shimmy # 1".

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Spins, Flutters, and Belly Rolls: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals

This three part workshop will focus on spins, flutters, and belly rolls that are used in Zoe's belly dance flow series and are applicable for belly dance technique. Each of these dance components will be broken down and explained clearly, allowing for dancers of all levels to gain a greater understanding of these elusive concepts.

Learn Belly Dance

The Balancing Act

Learn the 5 sections of a balancing routine in this short and simple choreography. This includes level changes, touches briefly on floorwork, gives a few turns to play with, and has a combination or two while balancing your item of choice. Make sure you're warmed up for this one, especially in the legs. Enjoy!

Online Belly Dance Class

Finishing Practice for Flexibility and Relaxation

This practice will bring you from a sweaty, heart-pounding state to a relaxed, loose, open and focused presence. You can practice this after a dance practice, or a long day of work. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's Tribal Fusion workshop: "Sinuous and Smoky Phrases".

Week 4, Session 3 : Playlist (2:00:14)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Slow Sword Work with Tribal Stylization

This class starts with a warm up and conditioning segment focusing on arm strength and flexibility. We then cover a quick overview of swords used in belly dance and specific concepts for group improvisation using swords. Starting with the dancers handling the sword, variations of slow ATS® and Scarlet Thistle moves are presented as well as dramatic poses and flourishes that showcase this “dangerous” prop. Sword balancing, both on the hand and on the head is discussed with Tribal Style movements utilized for hand balancing and the ATS® vocabulary is explored for balancing on the head. Class finished with an improvised drill that strings together multiple movements to create combinations appropriate for choreography or for improvisation.

Learn Belly Dance

The Balancing Act

Learn the 5 sections of a balancing routine in this short and simple choreography. This includes level changes, touches briefly on floorwork, gives a few turns to play with, and has a combination or two while balancing your item of choice. Make sure you're warmed up for this one, especially in the legs. Enjoy!

Online Belly Dance Class

Slow Burn Combo

The Slow Burn Combo is an advanced combination for dancers already familiar with laybacks and drops. It includes the Cobra Basket turn, zippers, berber walks, a layback and drop, a fusion style Camel Walk Plunge, and a torso rotation. Get warmed up and give it a try! This spotlight is from Rachel's full workshop - "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers & Floorwork".

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Yoga Cool Down

Yoga cool down for the low back and lateral muscles. Be sure to use some sort of cool down every time you dance, to stabilize the low back and stretch the sides of the body. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's Tribal Fusion class: "Daily Dose: Arabic Shimmy #2".

Week 4, Session 4 : Playlist (1:23:42)

Learn Belly Dance

Warm Up for the Low Back and Balance

This standing warm up gets your whole body ready to dance in under 10 minutes. It focuses on warming up the abs and legs, stretching the sides, opening the chest, stabilizing the spine for back bending, and includes some yoga-based exercises to improve your balance. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Serpentine Scales" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Belly Rolls: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals

Zoe's unique approach to belly rolls: "The 4 Part Roll" breaks down this classic move for any style of belly dance, emphasizing each muscle group, and moving the abdomen independent of the spine. This spotlight is from Zoe's "Spins, Flutters, and Belly Rolls: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals" Workshop.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

The Cairo 8

This is a classic Egyptian move straight out of the Golden Era of Egyptian belly dance. A figure eight that combines a small chest slide, a belly undulation, a hip circle, and that moves all the way down to the floor. The Cairo 8 is one of the most feel good moves in all of belly dance. This spotlight is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian: Technique Workshop".

Online Belly Dance Class

"Radioglue": An Original Choreography: Section 4 (Start at 42:10 and End at 56:52)

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".


There you have it - 4 weeks of delicious dancing. Congratulations! If you're appetite is not satisfied yet we invite you to make this part of your regular practice or even help yourself to another round. There's more programs to try too. Crazy Train anyone?

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