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Sophisticated Spins

4 Weeks | 2 Sessions per week | 31 Videos | Int/Adv


Let's go for a spin!

This is a challenging 4 week program for the intermediate or advanced dancer that focuses on spinning and turning technique and endurance.

Sophisticated Spins features two sessions of mix and match Datura Online classes per week. Feel free to shift it around to whichever two days work best for your schedule. Each of these D.O. sessions will run between 30-45 minutes.

The program is designed to train you to spin with grace and ease, without getting too dizzy to keep dancing. Overtime you will notice that you are able to spin longer, faster, and with greater precision the more you practice. The program gradually builds in intensity and is kept short and sweet so that it can fit within your normal dance practice or be done in 45 minutes or less.

You’ll be practicing spotting, calibrated spins, cross over turns, hook turns, chasing tail turns, clock turns, barrel turns, non-spotted turns, as well as several North Indian Classical spins.

Each week you will be treated to a focused spin practice, either solely targeting spins and turns, or working on a combination featuring more complex spins and turns. You will be able to hone in on your spinning skills, learning essential spins used throughout belly dance, as well as specialty spins found in other dance forms. Every session will begin with a warm up and end with a cool down, as it is important to take care of the body before and after spinning.

Because this program can be quite intense, we encourage you to take breaks as often as you need during the videos and between videos. Drink lots of water throughout the program and on your days off, and remember that spinning takes a lot of practice. Your brain will get used to it after a while, but it does take some time to feel comfortable spinning. That’s why we made this program!

Bonus! Traditionally, most of the spins and turns in this program will be down counterclockwise. We encourage you to try spinning clockwise as well to promote balance in your body.

Sophisticated Spins

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.

Sophisticated Spins : Week 1

Session 1

Playlist (28:59)

Warm Up with Circles and Spirals - Turns & Spins: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals  - Short Full Body Cool Down 1

Session 2

Playlist (39:50)

Standing Warm Up - Turns & Spins (Spotting Focus) - Turns & Spins (Calibrated Spins) - Chaîné Turns with Arm Layers - Cool Down for the Lower Body and Spine

Welcome to week 1 of your spin intensive program! We’ll start off the first session focusing on balance and spinning technique. We begin with a warm up from Colleena, a great way to prepare you for Zoe’s Turns + Spins! Colette will lead you through a cool down for whole body. In session 2 of this week we turn our attention to specific spins. We begin with a warm up from Ashley, focused on balance and leg strength, then we work on spotting and calibrated spins, fundamental for dance. April Rose will break down the basics of the chaîne turn, and you’ll wrap up this session with a short cool down.

Week 1, Session 1 : Playlist (28:57)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Warm up with Circles and Spirals

A gentle, yet effective way to wake up nearly all the muscles of the body in a short amount of time. Every muscle in the body crosses a joint, so by focusing on slow gentle stretching of all major joints, the entire body will feel relaxed and awakened. By focusing on steady, deep, complete breaths, you will drastically increase the benefits of this practice. Joints of the body hold excess wind element so you may hear gentle cracking or popping as you start to move the joints. This is a good sign that excess wind is releasing from the body, so long as the movements are not painful. This is an ideal practice for the beginning or end of your dance training sessions.This spotlight is from Colleena's "Masala: Indian Fusion Shakti Style" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Class

Turns & Spins: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals

Zoe breaks down six of her most commonly used turns: the cross-over turn, the hook, the clock, the non-spotted, the calibrated, the barrel, and the chasing tail turn. This class is excellent for any dancer looking to practice clean spin execution. This spotlight is from Zoe's "Spins, Flutters, and Belly Rolls: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals" Workshop.

Online Belly Dance Class

Short Full Body Cool Down 1

Colette will help you stretch and relax your arms, shoulders, chest, back, hips, and legs in this very short cool down. A cool down practice, no matter how short or long, is important to lengthen and release any stress in the muscles, quiet your mind, and helps you solidify all the work you just did. This spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class # 8".

Week 1, Session 2 : Playlist (39:50)

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 "3/4 Shimmy Variations & Layers" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Class

Turns & Spins: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals   (Focus on Spotting: 00:03:57 - 00:05:54)

In this mini segment, Zoe breaks down the fundamentals of spotting, an essential part of spinning technique. This mini spotlight is from Zoe's "Turns & Spins: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals" Workshop.

Online Belly Dance Class

Turns & Spins: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals   (Focus on Calibrated Spins: 00:02:23 - 00:03:57)

In this mini segment Zoe breaks down the calibrated spin, a very common spin in Tribal Fusion belly dance. This mini spotlight is from Zoe's "Turns & Spins: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals" Workshop.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Chaîné Turns with Arm Layers

In this segment from April Rose's "Effortless Elegance: Classically Inspired Fusion Technique", we'll practice spotting with a paddle turn then work our way up to rapid chainé turns with arm patterns.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Cool Down for the Lower Body and Spine

Ashley will take you through a brief cool down designed to stretch out the body after a dance practice. This cool down focuses on stretching the legs and moving the spine. This spotlight is from Ashley's "Raq It! Belly Dance Fitness Class".

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