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In this spotlight from "Datura Style™ Technique: Fundamental Positions & Combinations", Rachel explains why she created the arm, foot, and leg positions for the Datura Style™ format.
This is the full Rib Up Study, a condensed practice that details many of the isolations that start in the rib cage for Datura's Vocabulary. This practice will help you develop (and then keep) clean and sharp technique for improvisation and choreography. Be sure you've learned or reviewed these movements carefully to get the most out of this practice and go at your own pace. If you need more information about a movement please visit the full "Rib Up Study: Datura Style™ Technique" workshop or fundamental videos that detail the movements featured in this study.
We all know that learning new movements takes lots of repetition, but keeping what you've learned in your body also takes frequent check ins, albeit with less repetition. Datura's Technique "studies" are a way to effectively practice a lot of material in a short amount of time to keep your technique clean, strong and at your fingertips. The Rib Cage Up study is only 10 minutes long but packs a punch with all the material it contains. This workshop covers all the components of the Rib Cage Up study so you can learn at your own pace and review as necessary.
This drill from Rachel includes hip isolations on the up, bumps, swings, and sit toe toe combos with a mini-stretch between each drill. This is from her "Hip Up Study: Datura Style™ Technique" workshop.
Learning new movement takes lots of repetition, but keeping what you've earned in your body also takes frequent check ins. Datura's technique "studies" are a way to effectively practice a lot of material in a short amount of time to keep your technique clean, strong, and at your fingertips. This workshop covers all the component parts of the Hip Up study so you can learn at your own pace and review as necessary. Rachel will detail Datura Style™ fundamental hip work including hip lifts, hip bumps, swings, and more. You will learn all of these hip movements alongside essential foot patterns and arm pathways. Everything will be combined into a 10 minute Hip Up study practice to create an efficient and strong technique drill.
This segment will teach you the names of the most commonly referenced Datura Style™ foot, leg, and arm positions. Learning the names of these positions will make it much easier to learn and teach movement in this style and will give you a specific checkpoint to be sure you, me, and your dance community are on the same page with Datura Style™ steps and movements. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Datura Style™ Technique: Fundamental Positions & Combinations" workshop.
This unusual workshop is actually two classes in one: A fundamentals practice and demonstration, followed by a challenging dance portion. 1) In the first half of this workshop Rachel will detail and practice Datura's fundamental placement for the arms, legs, feet, and full body for Tribal and Tribal Fusion dancers. Next you’ll learn a short sequence that integrates these fundamentals so when practiced regularly they’ll become second nature. This detailed work was created as a reference that you can return to again and again for detail about the fundamentals. 2) In the second half of the workshop, you’ll learn 2 new challenging combinations from Datura’s emerging vocabulary, Arabic Hip Twist variation and Cherry Moon, that include many of these foot and arm positions. And for the finale!: You and Rachel will play with some lead-and-follow improvisation to get a sense of how to use these combinations in a group improvisation. To find a visual reference for the arm, leg, and foot positions, click here.
In this workshop we will begin with a warm up for back and belly strength, as well as a balance challenge in relevé. We'll really turn the heat up with a detailed breakdown and drill of the choo choo shimmy. We'll add upper and lower undulations, layered with shoulder and 3/4 hip shimmy, to a ball change stepping pattern and then play with horizontal and vertical variations of the figure eight in our chest and hips, throwing in a skate turn and the syncopated hip 8 called the jewel. In the cool down we'll do some circular forward folds to bring down the heart rate.
This drill combines the movements taught in Rachel's 3/4 shimmy workshop, and includes several variations of 3/4 on the up and down: Ghawazee, Overshimmy, Hagallah and Samiha. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
The challenging Choo Choo, when mastered, gives the impression of floating or gliding in space while the hips express a very percussive and striking shimmy. It's a favorite everywhere, and always brings a huge response from the audience. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
The Samiha is a variation of the Hagallah, performed with one foot flat, and the other in a forced arch. One of our favorites. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
The Hagallah was named for a type of hip work found in celebratory social dances of Western Egypt and parts of Libya. It is a fusion of 3/4 on the down and an emphatic twist. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
The Overshimmy is a fusion of the 3/4 down shimmy and the Maya, and it is an easy choice for traveling and up-tempo music. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
The Ghawazee or Ghawazi shimmy is named after dancers of Egypt who specialize in this approach to a gorgeous walking-shimmy. This variation of 3/4 shimmy on the up is characterized by a big, swinging movement in the hips. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
The 3/4 shimmy is used by belly dancers everywhere. In this spotlight, Rachel will teach how to approach your 3/4 shimmy on the down, clarifies the simple rhythmic pattern that the shimmy expresses, and teaches a few 3/4 down variations. Some experience with belly dance is useful before taking this class, and advanced dancers may find this clarification helps their shimmies become bigger and cleaner. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
The 3/4 shimmy is used by belly dancers everywhere. In this spotlight, Rachel teaches the basic approach, using hip work up, clarifies the simple rhythmic pattern that the shimmy expresses, and teaches 3/4 up variations through extended drill sessions with arm patterns and footwork. Some experience with belly dance is useful before taking this class, and advanced dancers may find this clarification helps their shimmies become bigger and cleaner. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
Learn, clarify or refine your physical understanding of several variations of the 3/4 shimmy and their different musical timing. Rachel starts from the beginning, with a clear lesson and practice for 3/4 work on the up and on the down, and then teaches variations for each. You'll finish with a technique combination (with some challenging choo choo shimmies thrown in) that includes all the variations and some complimentary arm movements.
In this drill session, Sedona will take you through basic belly dance isolations, strongly emphasizing posture and alignment. Using various arm postures and facing changes, you will practice perfect isolations and build endurance. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Practice Perfect" workshop.
This combination includes traveling steps, spins, syncopated hip work, and fluid arm movements that highlight an old school aesthetic. Zoe will breakdown the combination and then drill it at both a slow and fast tempo. This belly dance spotlight is from Zoe's "Vintage Inspired Combinations and Finger Cymbal Compositions" workshop.
This combination includes traveling steps, ooey gooey undulations, and an Unmata inspired foot pattern. Zoe will breakdown the combination and then drill it at both a slow and fast tempo. This belly dance spotlight is from Zoe's "Vintage Inspired Combinations and Finger Cymbal Compositions" workshop.
In this spotlight Zoe will drill a complex zil composition that includes longa, alternating singles, the 3-5-3 pattern and the 3-3-7 pattern. The composition will be broken down into sections by pattern, strokes, and musical counts, and Zoe will bring everything together and drill the composition to a 4/4 rhythm. This belly dance spotlight is from Zoe's "Vintage Inspired Combinations and Finger Cymbal Compositions" workshop.
In this spotlight Zoe will drill a complex zil composition that includes longa, Running 7s, and the 3-5-1-3 pattern. The composition will be broken down into sections by pattern, strokes, and musical counts, and Zoe will bring everything together and drill the composition to a 4/4 rhythm. This belly dance spotlight is from Zoe's "Vintage Inspired Combinations and Finger Cymbal Compositions" workshop.
In this spotlight Zoe will drill a complex zil composition that includes longa, alternating singles, and the 5-5-3 pattern. The composition will be broken down into sections by pattern, strokes, and musical counts, and Zoe will bring everything together and drill the composition to a 4/4 rhythm. This belly dance spotlight is from Zoe's "Vintage Inspired Combinations and Finger Cymbal Compositions" workshop.
In this spotlight Zoe will drill a complex zil composition that includes longa, Running 4s, and Running 7s. The composition will be broken down into sections by pattern, strokes, and musical counts, and Zoe will bring everything together and drill the composition to a 4/4 rhythm. This belly dance spotlight is from Zoe's "Vintage Inspired Combinations and Finger Cymbal Compositions" workshop.
In this high energy workshop Sadie will share with you some of the basic movements of Samba, based on her many years of experience with this beautiful and fast-paced Brazilian dance. She will breakdown the basic technique of the samba step and other samba movements, putting them into some exciting combinations that will be drilled at various speeds. Get ready to sweat!
Hours of instruction from April Rose available now at Datura Online! http://daturaonline.com/teachers/guest-teachers/april-rose With a dance background that includes over fourteen years of belly dance training in both Classic American Cabaret and Unmata style tribal belly dance, as well as both a bachelors and masters degree in dance from UCLA, April Rose shares four new workshops that highlight her studies in Classical Indian dance and more here at Datura Online. Workshops include two Indian Fusion technique classes that explain the basic principles of Bharatanatyam and Odissi dance, an Indian Fusion choreography that combines elements of Indian dance with hip-hop, belly dance, and contemporary elements, and a conditioning class that strengthens the glutes, abdominals, upper body, and legs using traditional ballet exercises.
Inspired by dance poses found in Indian sculpture, paintings, and Classical Dance, this choreography features strong languid postures, precise hand gestures and uniquely Indian movement principles. Drawing from Colleena's dense training background in Classical and folk dances of India, she brings challenging spins, arm patterns, and distinct gaze to the choreography. Interweaving soft transitions that carry the elegance of the Classical Indian aesthetic with punctuated earthy belly dance movement, a balance is found through layering these different movement qualities in this unique Indian Fusion belly dance choreography. Please be sure that you are dancing on a safe surface for fast, flat footed turns.
In this workshop, fundamental principles and technique of shakti style Indian fusion will be explored through complex layered movement phrases that will be broken down and drilled, so that dancers at any level can reap the benefits of carefully refining and strengthening these details. Hip movements, arm patterns, foot patterns and gaze will be combined in 3 sections: Twists & 8s, Pyramids, and Lucknow Maya, then finally strung together to create an ornate dance phrase. Movement concepts from Indian dance, as well as belly dance movements are a part of this Indian fusion dance workshop.
This workshop covers Classical Indian dance inspired movements, embellishments, and nuances, offering a minute breakdown of movement layers found in Indian Classical dance. The richly ornate Indian embellishments that Colleena uses in Indian fusion are carefully selected from her years of experience training in both Odissi and Kathak dance. Subtle concepts that lie within the movements are explained, so as to carry over the charming air of Indian aesthetics to your Fusion Belly Dance. Remember, precision in even the smallest of details is what creates the impactful presence of this Indian Fusion style.
In this workshop, Colleena will begin with a breakdown of six beautiful arm patterns and variations, a great way to begin to warm up the body and clear the space around you, honing your concentration. Reviewing the most important basic spin from North Indian dance, Colleena will jump from there into traveling, unspotted, and stationary spins. They will be broken down and drilled with arm patterns. Finally, we will drill a dance phrase that features arm patterns and spinning techniques at two speeds. Before beginning, be sure your dancing space has a safe surface for fast flat footed turns.
Drishti is a sanskrit word that means gaze or vision. In this short segment Colleena will take you through several eye movement drills, detailing how drishti is used in Kathak dance, following arm and hand movements with the gaze, as well as how drishti is used in Classical Odissi dance, drilling side to side eye movements. She will also combine drishti with griva, head or neck movements. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Indian Fusion Nuances : Mudras, Drishti, Griva".
In this spotlight Rachel will lead you through four fundamental finger cymbal patterns, each paired with a simple belly dance phrase. This is part of Rachel's "Zil-ionaire : An Introduction to Finger Cymbal Technique" workshop.
Hours of master instruction from Colleena Shakti available now at Datura Online! With over 10 years living, studying, and teaching in India, Colleena shares workshops with shining examples of Indian dance that also complement belly dance styles beautifully. Workshop topics include including Classical North Indian Turns and Spins, Indian Fusion Nuances, Indian Fusion Phrases, a fusion choreography to the Stellamara song "Lado" and, for the first time ever on video, Kalbelia Gypsy dance.
This is an original belly dance choreography by Zoe Jakes to the Beats Antique song "Veil of Tears", created for intermediate to advanced dancers. It includes traveling foot patterns, spins, layering sections, Fusion locking patterns, and some vintage stylization.
This workshop is a companion to Zoe's Belly Dance Flow Drill series, focusing on zil or finger cymbal patterns inspired by Jamila Salimpour. The purpose of this workshop is to move beyond mid tempo triplets and challenge dancers with unusual syncopation, fast speeds, and various zil patterns such as longa (or triplets), 337, 3513, running 7s and singles with accents. To increase the challenge and fun, dancers will do this while attempting to layer isolations and travel with different moves. A warm up is recommended before taking this class, or this class may be used in conjunction with Zoe's Belly Dance Flow Drills.
In this video, you will learn a belly dance phrase combined with an accompanying zil composition which includes the patterns "3-7-3", "3-5-5", "7-7", and alternating singles. This dance phrase is inspired by a phrase in the finger cymbal dance by Hahbi'Ru, used with permission from Rita to adapt it for this segment. Rita was sure to point out that this pattern is Jamila's, and to give credit where credit is due. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's "Zil-ionaire #2: Challenging Finger Cymbals + Combinations" workshop.
This is a movement phrase from Datura's vocabulary that piggy-backs off of Fat Chance Belly Dance's cued fast step, "The Arabic". This phrase is accompanied by a particular zil composition that combines "The Gallop", "3-5-5", and "3-1-3-1-3". It can be used for solo or group improvisation, or choreography. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's "Zil-ionaire #2: Challenging Finger Cybals + Combinations" workshop.
This is class two in a multi-class series on finger cymbals. We'll combine many of the patterns we learned in "Zil-ionaire : An Introduction to Finger Cymbal Technique", learn some new patterns, and combine them into two combinations, the Arabic Fakeout and the Compton Shuffle. The finger cymbal patterns covered in this belly dance workshop are: "3-7-3", "7s", and alternating singles, with a review of "3-5-5".
3-1-3-1-3 is one of Rachel's favorite patterns, as it beautifully compliments the arabic rhythms saidi, baladi, and maksoum. The strokes of the zils land on the same accented beat as all three of those rhythms. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Zil-ionaire : An Introduction to Finger Cymbal Technique" Workshop.
In this segment, Rachel teaches the finger cymbal pattern 3-5-5, a pattern with a unit of three and two units of 5. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's "Zil-ionaire : An Introduction to Finger Cymbal Technique" Workshop.
In this segment Rachel teaches a common finger cymbal pattern, similar to the gallop, but with a connector stroke. FatChanceBellyDance® calls this the Military pattern. The pattern will be broken down and drilled, then combined with a simple isolation and movement combination. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's "Zil-ionaire : An Introduction to Finger Cymbal Technique" Workshop.
In this belly dance spotlight we'll learn the most common of the ﬁnger cymbal patterns, the three pattern, which has the nickname "Gallop." This unit of odd numbers, like all that we'll be learning in this class, begins and ends with the stroke on the dominant hand. If you're right handed, you'll play RLR, if you're left handed, you'll play LRL. For visual simplicity, the written reference in this class will refer to right-hand dominance. This Fusion spotlight is from Rachel's "Zil-ionaire : An Introduction to Finger Cymbal Technique" Workshop.
This comprehensive ﬁnger cymbal workshop will start at the very beginning with four fundamental patterns, and will get you moving with your ﬁnger cymbals right away. You'll learn about the building blocks of pattern construction, and we'll dance each pattern with a simple belly dance phrase, so you'll be playing and dancing in your first session.
We will begin by warming up the body using basic Bharatanatyam Principles: Ardhamandala posture, hand mudras and adavus (or footwork). Then we will use Bharatanatyam's Natta Adavu and KudittaMetta Adavu as the base for a detailed fusion combo. With these footwork patterns we will add chest isolations, Polynesian-style avehi knee pops, arm patterns, and hand mudras. This one is a doozy! This class is from April Rose's "Infusion #2: Indian Fusion Technique Class".
We will begin by warming up the body using basic Odissi principles: tribhangi posture, lasya and thandava dynamics, and basic footwork. We will then layer chest contractions on top of the tribhangi posture while using Classical Indian arm movements and Mayura Mudra. With both the tribhangi posture and arm movements we will drill two modified adavu footwork movements: a percussive traveling adavu and a buoyant stationary adavu. This class is from April Rose's "Indian Fusion Technique Class # 1".
We will layer belly dance chest circles onto the percussive Bharatanatyam footwork Jaati Adavu and add arm carriage detail. This spotlight is from April Rose's "Infusion #2: Indian Fusion Technique Class".
In this spotlight, we will learn Kalbelia Rajasthani folk dance style traveling hip drops and arm movements. We will also be learning a 3/4 syncopated back hip 8 known as the "Jewel" in American Cabaret. Then we'll put these two movements together with some arm patterns and spatial formations. This belly dance spotlight is from April Rose's "Infusion #2: Indian Fusion Technique Class".
In this class April Rose presents three belly dance and indian fusion phrases. The basic principles of the Classical Indian dance Bharatanatyam are introduced: ardhamandala posture, several footwork patterns, or adavus, arm carriage, and hand mudras. Using these principles as a base core belly dance movements, Polynesian details, and Kalbelia Rajasthani traveling steps will be combined to create the fusion phrases which are detailed and drilled with music. The class concludes with a cool down.
In this spotlight 3/4 hip twists will be drilled, hips will be added to a modified Egyptian step, and then a flourish is added to the movement with Kathak-style hand flips. We will also drill 3/4 hip lifts, add the hips to a Sharki Step, then flourish with Hot Pot-style Windshield Wiper arms. Lastly, we connect the Modified Egyptian and Sharki Step movements with traveling Chasé Hip Twists in Suchi mudra. This fusion belly dance spotlight is from April Rose's "Infusion: Indian Fusion Technique Class # 1".
We will drill lower undulations with and without a hip shimmy layer, adding arm patterns, and traveling footwork. This belly dance spotlight is from April Rose's "Indian Fusion Technique Class # 1".
In this workshop April Rose explores the intersection of belly dance with Classical Indian dance through 4 fusion phrases. The Classical Indian Odissi posture tribhangi is introduced as well as some footwork, or adavus, that extends from tribhangi. We will also drill modified versions of fundamental Tribal Fusion and belly dance techniques like the Egyptian, Arabic, ASWAT, Sharki Step, lower undulations, and 3/4 hip shimmies, embellishing these movements with Classical Indian arm carriage and hand mudras. We will use these core movements with traveling footwork to create spatial patterns on the dance floor. Lastly, we will cool down with a classical suranamaskar.
This is the first class in a 4-class intermediate Tribal Fusion belly dance series. In this class, dancers begin with a leg-strengthening warm up, followed by drills which include layers over hip shimmies and hip locks, a few simple turns, traveling with hip locks, the Arabic step, and the Sidewinder.
This is a high-energy, cardio-infused belly dance workout. This video is designed to challenge the dancer physically and technically. High-impact plyometric and aerobic intervals are interwoven into an intermediate-level belly dance drill and combo session. All exercises and drills may be modified to be low-impact and basic if needed, to accommodate dancers of various physical conditioning and technical proficiency.
In this segment, students are introduced to the 6 movements of the shoulder blades (or scapulae) and how they apply to shoulder movement in belly dance. Students are then taken through some isolation drills to condition the muscles and build coordination. The isolations are then combined to create a few shapes for the shoulders, and are layers on top of some simple traveling steps for an extra challenge! We conclude with a few gentle stretches to open and relax the shoulders. This is a spotlight from Ashley's H.A.S.H. Tag: Head, Arms, Shoulders, and Hands workshop.
In this belly dance segment, we work on how to isolate each joint in the arms and hands: shoulders, elbows, wrists, and fingers. Students then learn how to execute hand rolls and reverse hand rolls, hand floreos (in both directions) and snake arms! This is a spotlight from Ashley's H.A.S.H. Tag: Head, Arms, Shoulders, and Hands workshop.
This belly dance segment reviews the basic movements of the head, including rotation, side bending, forward flexion and backward extension. Students are then introduced to some slow isolated exercises for head slides and head circles. This segment concludes with a few basic poses to practice head placement in terms of the entire dance “line.” This is a spotlight from Ashley's H.A.S.H. Tag: Head, Arms, Shoulders, and Hands workshop.
This workshop focuses on some fundamentals of head, shoulder, arm, and hand movement for belly dance. Basic technique is broken down slowly including poses, isolations, shapes, hand gestures, and head slides and circles. Movements are repeated so that students have a chance to practice and drill to perfection. Ashley will describe what is happening anatomically in the bones, joints and muscles and demonstrate the movements, describing exactly where students should feel the origin of movement and how the body is powering the exercise so that students understand the mechanics behind these techniques and are able to physically execute them as well.
This is a combination that fuses Indian dance and belly dance called "Mohgali Pashto", on a seven count Hindusthani rhythm called "Pashto". In this combination, complicated movements will be broken down and then drilled separately. It features elements from Indian dance including mudras, eye gazes, and arm patterns from classic north Indian dance fused with belly dance vocabulary and strong, accented hip work. Finally the movements will be strung together and repeated on both a slow and fast tempo. Be sure you are warmed up before beginning.
In this workshop students will learn a fusion choreography that draws movement inspiration from Classical Indian, Persian, Central Asian, and Contemporary dance. This choreography includes expansive movements and traveling spins, as well as balancing postures and subtle nuances, making it an engaging composition for the experienced dancer and the new student alike. Suggested attire is a skirt and dancing barefoot is ideal for the North Indian style spins in this choreography. (Be sure the floor surface you are dancing on is appropriate for fast spins, so as not to risk injury.)
Learn several basic mudras used in Classical Indian Dance and drill the movements for strength training purposes, as well as inspiration for diversifying your dance with detailed hands. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Indian Fusion Nuances" workshop.
Drawing inspiration from several classical Indian forms, this workshop highlights detailed movements in the eyes, head and hands that help create the rich Indian aesthetic. Carefully chosen hand movements (mudras), eye movements (drishti), and head movements (griva) will be broken down and drilled. Focusing on detailed and graceful movements, this workshop can be done seated in any attire.
The Slow Burn Combo is an advanced belly dance combination for dancers already familiar with laybacks and drops. It includes the Cobra Basket turn, zippers, berber walks, a layback and drop, a fusion style Camel Walk Plunge, and a torso rotation. Get warmed up and give it a try! This spotlight is from Rachel's full Fusion workshop - "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers & Floorwork".
Say hello to your quads in this concentrated Zipper practice. Rachel will briefly describe the Zipper and give hints for knee support. As this movement can be challenging for the knees, please proceed with caution. This spotlight is from Rachel's Fusion Belly Dance workshop: "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers, & Floorwork".
Grab a friend for this approach to the layback and drop. You’ll learn a technique for transitioning from a deep standing backbend to the floor with assistance. Please do not attempt this class without having your back and knees properly warmed up. If you have any challenges with your knees or back, or any other physical limitations, we recommend speaking with your physician before attempting this movement. This spotlight is from Rachel's Fusion Belly Dance Workshop: "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers & Floorwork".
This belly dance tutorial will cover the basics for practicing the beautiful and challenging backbend known as "The Layback". This Fusion spotlight is from Rachel's "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers & Floorwork" workshop.
This intermediate to advanced level workshop will help those already proficient in deep bodywaves to achieve the coveted layback-drop-zipper combination. We begin with a yoga practice to strengthen the large muscles of the back, and to lengthen the hip flexors. Rachel then breaks down The Layback, The Cobra Basket turn, and drills The Zipper. Then you’ll move on to learning a challenging Fusion combination that includes laybacks, drops, berber walks, the Zipper, the Cobra Basket Turn, the Camel Walk Plunge and others. The belly dance combo can be used for group improvisation or choreography. Please proceed carefully, as this workshop is filled with movements that take time to master.
This belly dance flow drills class will focus on layering muscular hip work with arm patterns and footwork. Zoe Jakes has created a format that teaches complex layering in a concise and clear way, and that is geared towards intermediate and advanced dancers of all styles. A yoga warm-up is strongly recommended before taking this class.
The elusive flutter! This impressive belly dance isolation can be mystifying for both the audience and the performer. It requires breath-work, isolation, and a unique awareness of your core muscles. Learn from a pro as Zoe shares her tips and tools to finding your flutter. This spotlight is from Zoe's Fusion workshop: "Spins, Flutters, and Belly Rolls: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals".
This three part workshop will focus on spins, flutters, and belly rolls that are used in Zoe's belly dance flow series and are applicable for Fusion belly dance technique. Each of these dance components will be broken down and explained clearly, allowing for dancers of all levels to gain a greater understanding of these elusive concepts.
Belly Dance Flow Drills have been created for the dedicated dancer as a means to drill almost all dance movements for a well-rounded daily practice. In this workshop Zoe will encourage a balance of strength, flexibility, and Fusion technique, utilizing sun salutations, Pilates, and good old fashioned belly dance. This practice will make you sweat, so drink lots of water, and you'll need a yoga mat and a towel.
This belly dance workshop will introduce the intermediate student to two technique phrases called “scales.” These phrases can be used for improvisation or choreography, as well as being strong technique drills. They are introduced individually, then practiced together in a combination. You will drill undulations, rib cage circles, maya, side to side undulations, a simple lock pattern, and a more complex isolation pattern. This Fusion class begins and ends with a brief warm up and cool down.
Get your daily dose! These concise belly dance practices include what you need to keep your Fusion technique strong when you’re short on time: yoga, conditioning, technique drills, a short belly dance phrase called "Pinball", and a cool down. Pinball #2 has a more gentle yoga practice and focus on arms. Daily doses are made in pairs so you can alternate practices for an all-over conditioning over the course of several days. This practice highlights the beautiful and complex phrase: Pinball.
Get your daily dose! These concise belly dance practices include what you need to keep your Fusion technique strong when you’re short on time: yoga, conditioning, technique drills, a short belly dance phrase called Pinball, and a cool down. Pinball #1 offers a stronger yoga practice and focus on leg strengthening and level changes.
This combination includes a simple isolation pattern, hip work, a traveling step, and a slightly theatrical ending. It was created to be used over and over for several months: it begins simply and increases tempo three times so you can work at your current speed. It's suggested that you warm up a bit before trying this combination. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Up-Tempo Locks and Isolations Class".
This belly dance class presents a combination that includes a simple Fusion isolation pattern, hip work, a traveling step, and a bit of a theatrical ending. It was created to be used over and over for several months, so it begins simply and increases tempo three times so you can work at your current speed and level. We begin with a yoga-based conditioning sequence for the upper back, and end with support for your hips.
This short combination focuses primarily on hip work on the up and on the down. This belly dance video is meant to be used multiple times, so it starts slowly, with attention to detail, and is then drilled with quicker and quicker pacing to challenge the beginner through intermediate dancer over the course of one to six months. This combination is taken from Rachel's full Fusion class: "Hip Work and Level Changes".
This simple yet challenging belly dance class uses a Fusion technique combination that focuses primarily on hip work on the up and on the down. This video is meant to be used multiple times, so it starts slowly, with attention to detail, and is then drilled with quicker and quicker pacing to challenge the beginning through intermediate dancer over the course of one to six months. It begins with a brief conditioning section to warm up your spine and joints, and ends with a relaxing yoga practice.
Slovenia Slam! This is a fun Fusion Belly Dance "scale" or isolation pattern, that involves chest locks, undulations, and a slight level change. Please be warmed up before doing this video. Enjoy!
A strong little Fusion Belly Dance phrase to keep your down-hip work nice and clean. Also includes hip circles and an undulation from the lowest-low belly to keep those abdominal isolations articulated and easy.
This shimmy drill warm-up will get you ready for belly dancing in a hurry, while still being carefully sequenced. First we'll warm up the spine, then the joints, then move to hip work before our shimmy drill. Good to practice with other dance videos or just to keep your shimmies big and relaxed. Enjoy!
Get your daily dose! The daily dose is a short, concise practice that has what you need to keep you strong, even if you have a crazy schedule: yoga, drills, a short phrase combination, a focus, and a cool down. This daily dose video is part of the "Arabic Shimmy" series.
Get your daily dose! The daily dose is a short, efficient practice that has what you need to keep your belly dance technique strong, even if you have a crazy schedule: yoga, drills, a short phrase combination, a focus, and a cool down. This daily dose is part of the Rachel's Fusion "Arabic Shimmy" Series.
Learn the 5 sections of a balancing routine in this short and simple Fusion Belly Dance choreography. This includes level changes, touches briefly on floorwork, gives a few turns to play with, and has a combination or two while balancing your item of choice. Make sure you're warmed up for this one, especially in the legs. Enjoy!
This Fusion fundamentals video pairs hip-work on the up and down with a very simple foot and arm pattern, and offers important information for the safe repetition of these movements. If you want to learn to belly dance, this is a great place to start after your warm up!
A short lead and follow improvisation-drill to help you integrate side-to-side undulations, sidewinder, and bodywaves. Get warmed up for this one and jump in! If you need more information about these belly dance movements individually, they are explained in detail in Rachel's Fusion workshop: "Sinuous and Smoky Phrases".
The infamous Sidewinder! A classic figure 8 movement in the rib cage with a lateral focus; a fundamental belly dance movement for any Fusion dancer. To do this one well takes lots of practice, and continued practice at that, so get warmed up and work with this one often. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Sinuous and Smoky Phrases" workshop.
Side-to-side undulations-up-to-down and down-to-up take a bit of coordination and flexibility in the rib cage and lateral muscles. Here, the undulations are paired with foot patterns to make a movement that's great for drilling, improvisation, or choreography. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's Fusion workshop: "Sinuous and Smoky Phrases".
This belly dance workshop will teach you some of the gooey-est fundamental movements in Fusion vocabulary, and, when done regularly, will increase the strength and flexibility in the upper back and lateral muscles. It includes a warm up, three phrases: Bodywave, Side to Side Undulation, Sidewinder, an improvisation section including those phrases, and a cool down for flexibility. Enjoy!
The strange and beautiful bodywave is performed differently according to your belly dance style. Here, we'll focus on the Fusion approach, drilling it as a spinal roll in the back of the body. Rachel pairs this movement with a hip circle and an undulation down to up to give it a very sinuous and smoky feel. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's "Sinuous and Smoky Phrases" workshop.
This belly dance spotlight breaks down three different 3/4 shimmy variations. The first includes a hip "up” accent, the second is the “over-shimmy” (using a figure 8 in the hips), and the third is a twist and drop variation...offering the experienced dancer three distinct flavors to play with! This Fusion spotlight is from Ashley's "3/4 Shimmy Variations & Layers" workshop.
In this belly dance spotlight we will combine the 3/4 shimmy with chest slides, chest circles, the up-to-down body roll, and the down-to-up body roll. This spotlight is from Ashley's Fusion workshop: "3/4 Shimmy Variations & Layers".
This Fusion workshop offers some upper body layering over the 3/4 shimmy as well as three different 3/4 shimmy variations in the lower body. Upper body layers include chest circles, up to down body rolls, and down to up body rolls. Each belly dance movement will be broken down into isolations and then practiced on top of the 3/4 traveling shimmy. Each of the 3/4 shimmy variations combine an accent or shape in the hips: including hip locks up, hip locks down, twists, and slides. We’ll explore three specific variations that include these isolations. This workshop is designed for the experienced dancer who is already comfortable with the basic 3/4 shimmy and is ready to layer and travel!
This Fusion Belly Dance spotlight breaks down the 3/4 shimmy on the "up" and "down", and includes a traveling combo with a 3/4 shimmy, at three increasing speeds! This spotlight is from "The 3/4 Shimmy with Ashley Lopez".
In this Fusion Belly Dance spotlight, Ashley will break down the basic 3/4 shimmy slowly, then speed it up. A simple traveling combination is included to practice going forward, back, right and left with the 3/4 shimmy. This spotlight is from "The 3/4 Shimmy with Ashley Lopez"
This Fusion Belly Dance spotlight focuses on hip isolations (locks up and locks down), calf strengthening drills, and exercises to challenge balance. This video is designed to prepare the dancer for graceful traveling with hip movement. This spotlight is from "The 3/4 Shimmy with Ashley Lopez".
This Fusion Belly Dance workshop is designed to give the beginning or intermediate belly dancer a foundation for traveling with 3/4 shimmies. In this workshop, we’ll break down the basic 3/4 shimmy, focusing on an even pacing and smooth execution. Pilates mat work, isolation drills, and balance exercise will help to prepare the dancer for the movement. This video includes a basic traveling combination to exercise traveling forward, back, and to the sides. Great for beginning to experienced dancers looking to drill the 3/4 shimmy.
In this Tribal Fusion Belly Dance basics class, we'll take basic isolations and string them together to create patterns and shapes! We’ll explore chest and hip circles, figure 8s, and an isolation combination. Additionally, we’ll drill shimmies, snake arms, and a traveling combination with arm and hip layers. For our warm-up and cool-down, be ready for a little yoga and Pilates at the beginning and end of class.
This is a belly dance basics class, which will include a traveling combination and an isolation combination. For the traveling combo, we will break down the footwork and then add arm movement and hip locks. Next, isolations of the hips, shoulders, and chest will be drilled separately then put together in a combination toward the end. We’ll also practice walking with hip locks and speeding up the feet for a movement called the “choo choo.” Get ready for a fun shimmy drill, too! Have a mat ready for a pilates warm-up and yoga cool-down.
In this Tribal Fusion class, we explore a simple traveling combination and then add arm movements on top. Basic hip and chest movement will also be drilled, with a focus on clean, strong, muscular articulation. A nice, long arm and shoulder drill is included to build strength and stamina for beautiful and graceful arms. We will warm-up and cool-down with a bit of yoga and Pilates so grab your yoga mat as well!
This Tribal Fusion class is designed for the beginning belly dancer or anyone looking to revisit and practice some basic belly dance essentials. In this video, we will start by breaking down belly dance posture. Then we’ll work with some basic footwork and traveling hip locks, upper body isolations, and snake arms. Have a mat ready as we’ll begin with a short yoga and Pilates conditioning sequence.
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