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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 3

Session 1

Playlist (32:23)

Standing Warm Up - The Dervish Turn - The Pivot Turn - Yoga Cool Down

Session 2

Playlist (38:34)

Ab Warm Up + Conditioning: # 1 - Turns & Spins (Chasing Tail Turns) - Turns & Spins (Non-Spotted) - Kathak Spins - Endurance Spinning Drill - Finishing Practice for Flexibility and Relaxation

Week 3! You’re over halfway done with this program! We’re going to kick things up a notch in the second half of this program, building on the spinning skills we've learned in the previous two weeks. This week we're going to focus on non-spotted turns. In session 1 Colleena will be teaching us the Dervish turn, alongside pivot turns with arm layers. In session 2 Colette will lead us through an abdominal practice to prep the body for spinning. We’ll review the chasing tail and non-spotted spins, and we’ll also become spinning champs by practicing our spin endurance! We’ll cool things down with a yoga practice from Rachel.



Week 3, Session 1 : Playlist (32:23)

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 Lesson

The Dervish Turn

In this spotlight from "Indian Fusion Arm Patterns + Spins", Colleena will breakdown and drill the Dervish Turn, also known as the paddle turn. Colleena will drill the Dervish spin with Hamsasya mudra.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

The Pivot Turn

In this spotlight from "Indian Fusion Arm Patterns + Spins", Colleena will breakdown the simple yet elegant pivot turn, along with two variations of arm patterns..

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Yoga Cool Down

Yoga cool down focuses on the low back and lateral muscles. Be sure to use some sort of cool down every time you dance, to stabilize the low back and stretch the sides of the body. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's Tribal Fusion class: "Daily Dose: Arabic Shimmy #2".

Week 3, Session 2 : Playlist (38:34)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Ab Warm Up + Conditioning: # 1

Increasing muscular control, core stabilization, and strength is the goal of this spotlight. We prepare the body to move with quick aerobic steps, then link exercises targeting the abdominal muscles, including the obliques or the the diagonal muscles of the waist and trunk. These exercises are excellent for increasing endurance while developing a strong core to support gestures with the arms and legs, resulting in abdominal definition. This spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class #5".

Online Belly Dance Class

Turns & Spins: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals (Chasing Tail Turns: 00:09:35 - 00:11:18)

In this mini spotlight, Zoe reviews the chasing tail turn. This mini spotlight is from Zoe's "Turns & Spins: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals" Workshop.

Online Belly Dance Class

Turns & Spins: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals (Non-Spotted: 00:00:44 - 00:02:23)

In this mini spotlight, Zoe reviews the mechanics of the non-spotted spin. This mini spotlight is from Zoe's "Turns & Spins: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals" Workshop.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Kathak Spins Detail and Drill

Learn the basics of typical North Indian Classical style spinning. This style of Kathak spins uses a unique technique based in posture and footwork that creates speed and precision while turning. These spins will be drilled at different tempos and with a variety of Kathak arm patterns. This spotlight is from Colleena's "North Indian Classical Spins and Arms" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Endurance Spinning Drill

Taking the basic North Indian Classical Style spin and practicing it holding a strong posture and keeping perfect rhythm, we spin together for sixteen rounds, and then stop on a dime! A wonderful practice for any level. This spotlight is from Colleena's "North Indian Classical Spins and Arms" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Finishing Practice for Flexibility and Relaxation

This practice will bring you from a sweaty, heart-pounding state to a relaxed, loose, open and focused presence. You can practice this after a dance practice, or a long day of work. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Sinuous and Smoky Phrases" workshop.

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