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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 2

Session 1

Playlist (31:03)

Quick Aerobic Warm Up - Beginning Rajasthani Folk Spins - Seated Cool Down

Session 2

Playlist (31:59)

Warm Up for the Low Back and Balance - Turns & Spins (Calibrated Turns and Spotting) - Turns & Spins (Cross Over and Hook Turns) - Chaîné/Traveling Turn - Rajasthani Spinning Drill - Cool Down for the Lower Body and Spine

Alright, let’s learn some Rajasthani Folk spins, one of the highlights of Rajasthani Dance! Ashley’s going to kick off things this week with a quick aerobic warm up, then Colleena will lead us through Rajasthani spins. We’ll end with a seated cool down. In Session 2 we’ll do a bit of review, working with calibrated spins, as well as cross over and hook turns. Then we’ll dive into more Rajasthani spins. Ashley will lead us through a cool down to end the week.



Week 2, Session 1 : Playlist (31:03)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Quick Aerobic Warm Up

Ashley will take you through a brief warm up designed to get the body ready for dance - focusing particularly on warming up the legs through squats and leg lifts, and the arms, through a simple arm pattern and hand floreos. This spotlight is from Ashley's "Raq It! Belly Dance Fitness Class".

Online Belly Dance Class

Beginning Rajasthani Folk Spins

Learn the basic breakdown of Rajasthani spinning technique and three of Colleena's favorite turns: The Sopari Spin, the Chedi Arms Spin, and the Half Barrel Turn. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Intermediate Rajasthani Dance" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Class

Seated Cool Down

Sedona will lead you through a short but sweet, post-dance, seated cool down. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Goldmine: Bold Vintage Cabaret Movements, Class #1".

Week 2, Session 2 : Playlist (31:59)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

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: Pinball + Sugar Workshop".

Online Belly Dance Class

Turns & Spins: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals   (Calibrated Turns + Spotting: 00:05:54 - 00:06:53)

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 mini spotlight is from Zoe's "Turns & Spins: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals" Workshop.

Online Belly Dance Class

Turns & Spins: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals   (Cross Over + Hook Turns: 00:06:53 - 00:09:35)

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 mini spotlight is from Zoe's "Turns & Spins: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals" Workshop.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Chaíné/Traveling Turn

In this spotlight from "Indian Fusion Arm Patterns + Spins", Colleena will breakdown and drill the chaîné, a beautiful traveling turn. You will learn several variations on the chaîné and these variations will be drilled at various tempos.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Rajasthani Spinning Drill

In this spotlight you will be drilling basic Rajasthani turns including the Sopari Spin, Chedi Arms Spin, the Half Barrel Turn to build your stamina in order to repeat multiple turns over a long period of time. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Intermediate Rajasthani Dance" workshop.

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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