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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 8

Session 1

Playlist (1:37:49)

Intermediate Pilates for Belly Dancers - Layercake: Advanced Layers - The Choo Choo Shimmy - Bounce Choreography with Ashley Lopez: Full Run Through - Cool Down and Stretch 2

Session 2

Playlist (1:09:58)

Standing Warm Up - Side to Side Undulation - The Choo Choo Shimmy - Shimmy Quartet Drill Combination - Preparation: Tune in and Ground Out - Bounce Choreography with Ashley Lopez: Performance - Cool Down

Yes! You’ve made it to week 8. You should be proud of yourself! This week is just as power packed and exciting as the rest, so get ready. One more session of Pilates, a class to relish advanced layering technique, get sweaty with the choo choo shimmy, and put all the shimmies together into a combo! You’ll go over one of Rachel’s classic moves, the side to side undulation. Finally, you have the same suggestion as with the Drum Solo choreography: find a worthy audience and a video camera for your Bounce performance!



Week 8, Session 1 : Playlist (1:37:49)

Online Belly Dance Class

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: Advanced Layers

This advanced class combines five upper body isolations with a few lower body isolations in yet even more challenging variations. Here we will start to venture in to poly-rhythms as well. This spotlight is a segment of Ashley's "Layercake: Crazy Delicious Layering" class.

Learn Belly Dance

The Choo Choo Shimmy

This rigorous spotlight breaks down and drills the choo choo shimmy, a challenging, fun, and dynamic traveling shimmy. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Shimmy Quartet" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Class

Bounce Choreography with Ashley Lopez: Run Though (start at 53:09)

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

Cool Down and Stretch 2

A brief yoga cool down to stretch out the hips, legs, sides, and back. Have a yoga mat handy. This spotlight is from Ashley's "The 3/4 Shimmy with Ashley Lopez" workshop.

Week 8, Session 2 : Playlist (1:09:58)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

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".

Learn Belly Dance

Side to Side Undulation

Side-to-side undulations-up-to-down and down-to-up take a bit of coordination and flexibility in the rib cage and lateral muscles. Here, the undulations are paired with foot patterns to make a movement that's great for drilling, improvisation, or choreography. This spotlight is from Rachel's workshop, "Sinuous and Smoky Phrases".

Online Belly Dance Class

The Choo Choo Shimmy

This rigorous spotlight breaks down and drills the choo choo shimmy, a challenging, fun, and dynamic traveling shimmy. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Shimmy Quartet" workshop

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Shimmy Quartet Drill Combination

This extended combination features the Waggle Shimmy, The Turkish front back shimmy, The Choo Choo and the Freeze. It serves as a wonderful way to drill and dance and transition in and out of various shimmies. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Shimmy Quartet" workshop.

Learn Belly Dance

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

Bounce Choreography with Ashley Lopez : Performance Level

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Look at you, learning this awesome fusion piece and playing with some locking isolation combinations, layers, funky belly-dance based traveling steps and turns as well as a few Polynesian-inspired moves. This choreography is presented as a solo piece but with a few simple modifications, it can be done as a duet. Either way, have fun making it yours to present how you like! Just don’t forget to video for personal review later!

Learn Belly Dance

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".


Now, time to celebrate! Well done! One fun way to do this is to watch other Datura Online members performing Ashley's Bounce and Sedona's Drum Solo Choreography here, or make your own video of your progress and post it on our Facebook page. We love to see you grow!

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