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Start it Up

30 Days | 2 Sessions per week | 25 Videos | All Levels


So... You've never belly danced before, or you are a beginner level belly dancer brand new to Datura Online. Welcome!

This 4 Week course is designed to get you acquainted with a) basic movements in the main styles of belly dance and b) many of our fabulous Datura Online Teachers.

You'll finish the series knowing a little bit about a lot of things, and we hope this introduction can guide you to find whatever teacher or style is calling you most!

This program features two sessions per week:

One session will be a full class with one of our teachers. This will be a complete class straight through, with warm up and cool down included. Each full class is from a different dancer.

The other session is our mix & match compilation of a complete practice using various segments on our site from multiple teachers. You will get a warm up, technique segment, and a cool down. Both the classes and the compilations fit into one hour time blocks.

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.

Start It Up : Week 1

Session 1

Belly Dance Basics # 2: Egyptian, Hip Circles and Twists (58:46)

Session 2

Playlist (1:14:20)

Prioritize What You Love - Energetic Warm Up - Basic Isolations - Belly Rolls: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals - Cool Down and Stretch

Begin at the beginning with a classic belly dance class from Sedona Soulfire: our Cabaret style teacher.

In the mix and match session this week you will get a pep talk from Amy Sigil to begin your practice. You will warm up energetically with Sedona to get the body ready for dance. Then you will practice basic head, chest, hip, and shoulder isolations designed specifically for belly dancers, followed by belly roll practice with Zoe Jakes. Ashley will lead you through a cool down to end the session.

Week 1, Session 1 : (58:46)

Online Belly Dance Class

Belly Dance Basics # 2: Egyptian, Hip Circles and Twists

This workshop will be focusing on some of the most fundamental belly dance movements. This is the perfect intro class for someone new to belly dance or a more advanced dancer looking to fine-tune the basics. In this class you will learn the Egyptian Basic, various hip circles, and hip twists. We will do all movements in place and then travel with them as well. Each movement is broken down, drilled, and then finally combined with complimentary movements and danced!

Week 1, Session 2 : Playlist (1:14:20)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Prioritize What You Love

Feeling like you don't have the "free time" you need? Sigil takes you through a different way of looking at "fitting in" those things you "don't have time for" in this 1 minute Sigil style peptalk. This spotlight is from Amy's "Full Lesson 4, Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS - Camel Step and Spin Set Up 1 and 2" class.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Energetic Warm Up

Sedona will lead you through this quick warm up to get the body energized and ready to dance. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Goldmine: Bold Vintage Cabaret Movements, Class #1".

Learn Belly Dance

Basic Isolations

In this spotlight we will break down and drill all of the basic, head, chest, hip, and shoulder isolations. This is wonderful for anyone new to belly dance or the more advanced dancer looking to keep their isolation technique sharp and strong.This spotlight is a part of Sedona's American Cabaret style workshop: "Interesting and Innovative Isolations".

Learn Belly Dance

Belly Rolls: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals

Zoe's unique approach to belly rolls: "The 4 Part Roll" breaks down this classic move for any style of belly dance, emphasizing each muscle group, and moving the abdomen independent of the spine. This spotlight is from Zoe's "Spins, Flutters, and Belly Rolls: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals" Workshop.

Online Belly Dance Class

Cool Down and Stretch

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.

Belly Dance and fitness classes to fit your style, schedule, and budget.  Anytime.  Anywhere.