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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 5

Session 1

Playlist (1:42:49)

Intermediate Pilates for Belly Dancers - Layercake: Intermediate Layers - The Waggle Shimmy - Bounce Choreography with Ashley Lopez: Section 1 - Cool Down and Stretch 2

Session 2

Playlist (1:37:42)

Hip Work & Level Changes - Zil Drill Spotlight # 3 - The Waggle Shimmy - Bounce Choreography with Ashley Lopez: Section 2 - Basic Short Yoga Sequence

Congratulations! You’re on to the second half of this 8 week series. Now you’ll delve into some layering with Ashley Lopez and learn her “Bounce” choreography. You will also keep up on the yoga, Pilates, and zils, mixing in some of Rachel’s great belly dance scales and combos. In week 5 you’ll take a great hipwork and levels class and get ready for a serious boost for your shimmy technique with Sedona!



Week 5, Session 1 : Playlist (1:42:49)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Intermediate Pilates for Belly Dancers

This is a challenging beyond-beginner Pilates class designed just for belly dancers. In this workshop, we will practice exercises that target key muscle groups that are essential for belly dance technique as well as offer variations that help to balance the avid belly dancer’s body—addressing healthy spinal movement, range of motion, and offering pointers for injury prevention.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Layercake: Intermediate Layers

Ten upper body isolations will be drilled with a few lower body isolations at varying speeds and combinations, culminating in a short combo. This spotlight is a segment of Ashley's "Layercake: Crazy Delicious Layering" class.

Learn Belly Dance

The Waggle Shimmy

This segment breaks down and drills the Waggle Shimmy, a large and lovely rocking style hip shimmy. This spotlight is from Sedona's full 4-shimmy workshop: "Shimmy Quartet".

Online Belly Dance Class

Bounce Choreography with Ashley Lopez: section 1 (start at 00:00 end at 12:00)

This is a fun, challenging, intermediate-level belly dance choreography to "Bounce" by Solace. In this fusion piece we'll play with some locking isolation combinations, layers, funky belly-dance based traveling steps and turns as well as a few Polynesian-inspired moves.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Cool Down and Stretch 2

A simple cool down, which includes spinal twists, hip openers, and hamstring stretch. It's advisable to have padding for the knees. This spotlight is from Ashley's "3/4 Shimmy Variations & Layers" workshop.

Week 5, Session 2 : Playlist (1:37:42)

Learn Belly Dance

Hip Work and Level Changes

This simple yet challenging class uses a technique combination that focuses primarily on hip work on the up and on the down. This video is meant to be used multiple times, so it starts slowly, with attention to detail, and is then drilled with quicker and quicker pacing to challenge the beginning through intermediate dancer over the course of one to six months.

Learn Belly Dance

Zil Drill Spotlight # 3

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 spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class 7".

Online Belly Dance Class

The Waggle Shimmy

This segment breaks down and drills the Waggle Shimmy, a large and lovely rocking style hip shimmy. This spotlight is from Sedona's full 4-shimmy workshop: "Shimmy Quartet".

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Bounce Choreography with Ashley Lopez: section 2 (start at 12:20 end at 27:00)

This is a fun, challenging, intermediate-level belly dance choreography to "Bounce" by Solace. In this fusion piece we'll play with some locking isolation combinations, layers, funky belly-dance based traveling steps and turns as well as a few Polynesian-inspired moves.

Learn Belly Dance

Basic Short Yoga Sequence

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. This sequence can be used for your belly dance practice or on it's own. This yoga sequence is part of Rachel's class, "Up Tempo Locks and Isolations".

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