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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 4

Session 1

Playlist (31:10)

Warm Up for the Upper Body - Turns & Spins (Clock Turns) - Turns & Spins (Barrel Turns) - Traveling Two Spins Combo - Int/Adv Rajasthani Spins - Cool Down for the Lower Body and Spine

Session 2

Playlist (44:12)

Standing Warm Up - Balkan Spins Combo - Cool Down for the Lower Body and Spine

You’ve made it! You’re a spinning champ! We’re gonna go out with a bang this week. In the first session we’ll start out with a warm up for the upper body to prepare for clock turns and barrel turns. Colleena will take us through a few combos using Rajasthani spins and Ashley will lead us through a cool down. In session two we’re going to put all our hard work to use! We’ll start with a standing warm up from Ashley to get those legs strong, then Zoe will take you through her Balkan Spins Combo, complete with calibrated spins, clock turns, and chasing tail turns. Ashley will wrap up session 2 with a cool down. Great job!



Week 4, Session 1 : Playlist (31:10)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Warm Up for the Upper Body

Sedona will lead you through a short warm up focused on preparing the shoulders, arms, upper back, and wrists for dance. This belly dance spotlight is from Sedona's "Goldmine #3 : Vintage American Cabaret Arms, Embellishments, Turns, and Transitions" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Class

Turns & Spins: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals (Clock Turns 00:11:18 - 00:12:24)

In this mini spotlight Zoe will review the clock 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 (Barrel Turns 00:12:24 - 00:14:28)

In this mini spotlight Zoe will review the beautiful barrel turn. This mini spotlight is from Zoe's "Turns & Spins: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals" Workshop.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Traveling Two Spins Combo

On the Hindusthani eleven count rhythm (Chartal Ki Sawari), this combination uses typical Kathak gestures and two quick traveling spins to practice integrating drishti, rhythm sense, and a traveling variation of North Indian Classical Spins. This spotlight is from Colleena's "North Indian Classical Spins and Arms" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Intermediate and Advanced Rajasthani Spins

Learn two more advanced spins from Rajasthani dance: The Rekha Turn (spotting the sky) and the "Gypsy" Palta, along with a mudra and foot pattern. 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".

Week 4, Session 2 : Playlist (44:12)

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

Balkan Spins Combination

A spinning-intensive combo featuring clock turns, calibrated turns, and chasing tail turns, set to some fun balkan inspired tunes. The combo will be broken down, then drilled at increasing tempos and then run through at performance speed.

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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