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Raq Steady

8 Weeks | 2 Sessions per week | 45 Videos | Int

 

This 8 week series provides you with a well-rounded practice geared toward setting you fully into solid intermediate belly dance technique. Whether you're a beginner feeling ready to move forward, or you're already an intermediate dancer who is looking to get back in the saddle of a regular practice schedule, after these 8 weeks of Raq Steady, you'll definitely see changes.

Your program includes yoga and Pilates warm ups and cool downs to increase strength & flexibility, technique classes with all 4 of our Datura teachers, review of essential fundamentals, and two full choreographies.

The weeks are broken into two sessions, which means two days/nights of practice per week. You pick the time that works best for you.

Each session includes a warm up, drills, technique, a combo, and a section of a choreography. Each session is 1 1/2 to 2 hours in length.

For this program, you'll need a yoga mat, water bottle and zils.

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.

Raq Steady : Week 4

Session 1

Playlist (1:13:29)

Pilates Conditioning and Warm Up - Daily Dose: Pinball # 2 - Undulation Spotlight - Dynamic Drum Solo Choreography: Section 5 - Cool Down

Session 2

Playlist (1:13:40)

Daily Dose: Pinball # 2 - Zil Drill Spotlight # 2 - Shimmy Layers - Preparation: Tune In and Ground Out - Dynamic Drum Solo Choreography: Performance - Cool Down

Congratulations! You’re about to finish the first half of this 8 week series. This week you'll keep up on the Yoga, Pilates, and Zils. You'll practice undulations and shimmy layers with Sedona, and get ready to perform Sedona's Dynamic Drum Solo Choreography.



Week 4, Session 1 : Playlist (1:16:32)

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Pilates Conditioning and Warm Up

In this spotlight, we practice the Pilates sideline series; designed to strengthen the side abs, hips, glutes, and inner and outer thighs. This sequence is especially great for strengthening the muscles that are responsible for up/down hip movement, chest slides, hip slides, and lateral (side to side) figure 8’s in the upper and lower body. This spotlight is from Ashley's "The 3/4 Shimmy with Ashley Lopez" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Daily Dose: Pinball #2

Get your daily dose! These concise belly dance practices include what you need to keep your technique strong when you’re short on time: yoga, conditioning, technique drills, a short belly dance phrase called "Pinball", and a cool down. Pinball #2 has a more gentle yoga practice and focus on arms.

Online Belly Dance Class

Undulation Spotlight

This brief class provides tips and techniques for working on drilling your undulations for greater clarity and ease of execution. This spotlight is from Sedona's American Cabaret style workshop: "Interesting and Innovative Isolations".

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Dynamic Drum Solo Choreography: section 5 (run through starts at 58:05 to the end)

Learn a dynamic drum solo choreography. This high-energy piece features isolations, pop and lock patterns, shimmies, shimmy layers and various traveling movements. A fun and well rounded choreo to practice or perform!

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Cool Down

This brief cool down is wonderful to do after an extended shimmy session or any vigorous belly dance practice. This spotlight is from Sedona's American Cabaret style workshop: "Super Shimmies & Shimmy Layers".

Week 4, Session 2 : Playlist (1:13:32)

Learn Belly Dance

Daily Dose: Pinball #2

Get your daily dose! These concise belly dance practices include what you need to keep your technique strong when you’re short on time: yoga, conditioning, technique drills, a short belly dance phrase called "Pinball", and a cool down. Pinball #2 has a more gentle yoga practice and focus on arms.

Online Belly Dance Class

Zil Drill Spotlight # 2

This spotlight reviews the basic Triplet or Longa pattern, then introduces two zil patterns that may be used while dancing or while riffing with the music: the 3-1-3-1-3, which matches perfectly with Saiidi or Beledi rhythms and the 3-5-5, a fun syncopated rhythm. They are drilled individually then played together in a fun and challenging zil drill. This Tribal Style spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class 5".

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Shimmy Layers

In this challenging short segment we hold a consistent shimmy for 15 minutes while adding dynamic head, arm, chest, shoulder, and hip layers. We will also drill shimmies with weight and level changes. This high-energy drill will be sure to increase your shimmy endurance and guide you in executing many intermediate and advanced layers. This spotlight is part of Sedona's American Cabaret style workshop: "Super Shimmies & Shimmy Layers".

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Preparation: Tune in and Ground Out

In this short spotlight you will be led in some pre-dance breath work and visualization. This is a wonderful practice designed to assist you in becoming calm, centered, and present in your body. By tuning in and tapping into your breath, the energies of your body, and the space around you, you will be ready to shine bright! This is a beautiful way to begin any dance practice or performance. It is also extremely helpful in combating stage-fright and nervous tension. This spotlight is from Sedona's American Cabaret style workshop: "Interesting and Innovative Isolations".

Online Belly Dance Class

Dynamic Drum Solo Choreography: Section 5 (run through starts at 58:05 to the end)

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You’ve now learned a dynamic drum solo choreography! This high-energy piece features isolations, pop and lock patterns, shimmies, shimmy layers and various traveling movements. Now it’s time to perform it! Whether for your pets, plants, pals, parents, partners, and/or your adoring public, celebrate your learning and your dance! Be sure to video your performance and watch it later for personal review. This is a really helpful process. Have fun!

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