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In the final section of Rachel's "Radioglue" choreography you will use the Hagallah combination adapted for 18, to give a big, powerful finish. Kathak inspired turns complete the choreography. This spotlight is from "Radioglue: An Original Choreography".
In section 3 of Rachel's "Radioglue" choreography, we have the crowning jewels of the piece- the laybacks, drops, and zippers during a beautiful and hypnotic zurna taxim. This spotlight is from "Radioglue: An Original Choreography".
In section 2 of Rachel's "Radioglue" choreography you will work on a layering segment with rib and hip circles moving at different times. This spotlight is from "Radioglue: An Original Choreography".
In section 1 of Rachel's "Radioglue" choreography you'll practice mayas, levels, turns, and an adapted form of the "Queen of the Damned" combination. This spotlight is from "Radioglue: An Original Choreography".
In this spotlight from Ashley's "Bounce" choreography you will practice all sections of choreography in a run through. This spotlight is from "Bounce Choreography with Ashley Lopez".
Section 4 is the final section of Ashley's "Bounce" choreography. You'll practice hipwork, level changes, and isolations that lead to a dynamic wrap up of this intricate choreography. This spotlight is from "Bounce Choreography with Ashley Lopez".
In section 3 of Ashley's "Bounce" choreography, you will practice traveling movements, spins, shimmies, and isolation patterns. This spotlight is from "Bounce Choreography with Ashley Lopez".
Section 2 of Ashley's "Bounce" choreography contains lots of traveling movements to make use of the stage. This spotlight is from "Bounce Choreography with Ashley Lopez". This spotlight is from "Bounce Choreography with Ashley Lopez".
In section 1 of Ashley's "Bounce" choreography you will work on combinations that are built on isolations that fit into neat and contained counts of eight. This spotlight is from "Bounce Choreography with Ashley Lopez".
Ready for a challenge? In this class we will practice combinations designed for the advanced dancer, layering isolations and shapes, sequencing movements, learning tricky footwork and drilling different kinds of spins. You will work on increasing your endurance through long drills and learning combos quickly. At the end of class you will learn one long master combination to be practiced on both sides, first slowly and then super fast! Remember to have fun with this; the video is meant to be repeatable so we hope you find it challenging enough to return to over and over again.
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.
In this workshop Ashley will teach a sweeping, spinning, expressive choreography set to the beautiful song "Viaje" by Ivan Tucakov and Tambura Rasa. This choreography includes double veil work, a short floorwork section with modification options, and many different types of spins. Offering challenges for all levels, you may choose to perform this piece with either a double or single veil, or modify the choreography to be for duets or larger groups. Have a great time making it your own!
Six new classes with Colleena Shakti on Datura Online! Take your training to the next level with hours of new instruction including, "Shakti Style Technique", "Indian Fusion 'Dadra Kirvani' Combinations", "Indian Fusion Arm Patterns & Spins Workshop", "Indian Fusion Nuances: Class 2", "Strength Training: Plank Workshop" and a new original choreography, "Heer Ranjha". Only on Datura Online!
In this spotlight we'll learn upper undulations, lower undulations, and reverse lower undulations. We'll add each undulation to a ball-change stepping pattern and add shimmy layers in 4/4 time and 3/4 time. This spotlight is from April Rose's "Layered Shimmies & Undulations".
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 workshop is a chronological breakdown of a classic choreography that reimagines dance in the Casino Badia era or 1920s Cairo. This historically inspired dance features skeletal shimmy technique, figure eights, weighted internal hip circles, balletic turns, elevated posture, and traveling undulations, all set to a Sama'i rhythm performed by George Sawa. We will move quickly through this dance so please be sure to warm up before beginning this choreography. For more difficult moves like the knee shimmy and the choo choo shimmy, please refer to April Rose's technique classes that break these down in detail. For a visual reference of the "Casino Badia" era that inspired April Rose's choreography, check out this playlist we've put together on Youtube!
In this second workshop in Sedona's "Drum Solo Expressions" series we will continue to nourish our musicality skills, working on Drum Solo techniques and identifying Arabic rhythms. Sedona will explain her basic drum solo theory, the main goal in dancing a drum solo, and her process in preparing a drum solo. She will also explore fundamental sounds that comprise a well executed drum solo. Sedona will drill several movements and combinations to familiarize us with the sounds of the drum, with a focus on the energetic and earthy Saidi rhythm. Make sure to be properly warmed up before attempting this class.
In this segment we will explore the Baladi rhythm. Sedona will breakdown the Baladi rhythm, explaining the musical counts, and detail and drill two combinations to this rhythm: a large and external combination, as well as an internally focused one. This segment is from Sedona's "Drum Solo Expresssions #1 : Baladi" class.
In part two of Colleena's "Heer Ranjha Choreography", you will continue to learn a choreography to the song "Vishnu Groove" by Solace, building on what you have learned in part one. In the second half of this choreography, Colleena will draw from her extensive training background in Classical and folk dances of India to bring you challenging spins, complex foot and arm patterns inspired by Indian dance, and concepts from various Indian dances including "Chamak", "Drishti", and "Griva". Belly dance movements such as hip drops and lifts, figure 8's, and soft, fluid transitions will be interwoven throughout this second half of the choreography. Please be sure that you are dancing on a safe surface for fast, flat footed turns, and make sure to warm up and cool down before and after taking this class.
In part one of Colleena's "Heer Ranjha", you will begin to learn the first half of a choreography to the song "Vishnu Groove" by Solace. Inspired by dance poses found in Indian sculpture, paintings, and Classical Dance, this part of the choreography features strong languid postures, precise hand gestures, belly dance movements including undulations and mayas, as well as intricate arm patterns. 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, and make sure to warm up and cool down before and after taking this class. The name of the class comes from a translation of the lyrics, which are part of the epic love tragedy Heer Ranjha written by Waris Shah in 1766.
In this spotlight from Sadie's "Sambarama: Samba Technique" workshop, Sadie will break down the side samba step, the kick step, and circles. She will combine all these movements into a fast paced and fun combination.
In this spotlight Sedona will give you an in depth look at the two most basic sounds the tabla makes - Dum and Tek. She will also cover common ending phrases such as Dum Dum Tek, Dum Ka Tek, and Rek Rek. Sedona will teach and drill combos for each of these drum licks. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Drum Solo Expressions # 1 : Baladi" class.
In the first workshop in Sedona's "Drum Solo Expressions" series we will begin to cultivate our musicality, understanding Sedona's particular Drum Solo techniques and identifying Arabic rhythms. Sedona will explain her basic drum solo theory, the main goal in dancing a drum solo, and her process in preparing a drum solo. She will explore several fundamental sounds that comprise a well executed drum solo, drilling movements and combinations to familiarize us with the sounds of the drum, with a focus on the upbeat and popular Baladi rhythm. Make sure to be properly warmed up before attempting this class.
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.
In this spotlight Sedona breaks down a combination, using drills to focus on isolation patterns that include hip lifts, head slides, omis, undulations, and shoulder shimmies. This drill based combination will be practiced at two different speeds. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Practice Perfect 1" workshop.
This combination includes a John Compton tribute movement, Jamila Salimpour format, as well as fast hipwork focused on the 3/4 shimmy. 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, 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.
This combination includes fast spins, tribal fusion inspired locks, and syncopated hipwork. 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 30 minute danceable drill session, Ashley will get you moving and sweating by focusing on up hip locks and bumps. You will practice hip up locks and hip bumps, with traveling steps, turns, and Fusion layers. Please make sure you warm up and cool down before and after this belly dance practice.
In this 30 minute danceable drill and combination session, Ashley will lead you through a practice focused on twists. You will work on twists as Fusion isolations, locks, with traveling steps, turns, and layers. Please make sure you warm up and cool down before and after this practice.
In this 30 minute danceable drill and combination session, Ashley will get you moving by focusing on shimmies! You will practice shimmies as isolations, in the shoulders, hips, as flutters, 3/4 shimmies, and also with traveling steps, turns, and Fusion layers. Please make sure you warm up and cool down before and after this belly dance practice.
This is a 50 minute belly dance fitness fusion routine that gets you moving, sweating, and dancing through your workout. The class is a series of song by song combinations built from belly dance steps and isolations that are fun to learn, easy to follow, and will get your heart racing. Be sure to have your water bottle and sweat towel nearby.
Here is a 50 minute Belly Dance workout routine that'll challenge your mind and body. This intermediate level class is a series of combinations of Belly Dance steps including spins, layering, traveling steps, and floorwork, fused with classic fitness moves that'll get you dancing and sweating. Remember to take it at your own pace, turn up the volume, and have a great time!
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.
This Indian fusion belly dance combination is set on a Hindusthani (North Indian) 6 count rhythm called Dadra. It features layers of detail inspired by Classical Indian dance such as mudras, gaze and arm patterns. Concepts from Indian dance bring added layers to already beautiful fusion belly dance isolations and combinations. Find the unique quality of this 6 count rhythm and enjoy the subtle personality shift when familiar movements find a new expression to new music.
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 part two of April Rose's "Marigold Garden", we will continue to learn a choreography to the song "From India", building on what we have learned in part one. This half of the choreography features elements of Indian dance including rajasthani hip drops, katak hand movements, several mudras, tribungi postures, and foot patterns combined with belly dance vocabulary such as the jewel, taxim, and maya. April Rose will chronologically break down the movements for each section of the dance, drill them to music, and then run through the choreography as it builds. We will move quickly through the dance and a warm up is recommended prior to beginning. Part 1 of the choreography can be learned here.
In part one of April Rose's "Marigold Garden", we will begin to learn the first half of an original choreography to the song "From India". This half of the choreography features movements from Indian dance such as mudras, tribhangi posture and steps, and kathak hands combined with belly dance technique and traveling steps. April Rose will chronologically break down the movements for each section of the dance, drill them to music, and then run through the choreography as it builds. We will move quickly through the dance and a warm up is recommended prior to beginning. Stay tuned for part 2, which completes the full choreography.
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.
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.
This 30 minute class is made for you to jump right in, dance, and get your heart rate up. After a brief warm up, Ashley will quickly break down and drill components of the combo, including hip drops, shoulder shimmies, spins, and snake arms, and then get you dancing! This mini class includes a brief cool and is taken from Ashley's full Fusion workshop: "Raq It".
This unique, fun and challenging choreography is rooted in the gorgeous feminine expression of American Cabaret style belly dance with fusions of Classical Indian, African, and Western Modern dance esthetics. It combines up tempo shimmy variations and layers, beautiful flowing movements, lovely lines, and solid isolations. This original choreography moves between soft and sensual, fast and furious, poised and perfect to strong and sharp. Learning this dynamic choreography will provide a wonderful way to work on innovative techniques, transitions, and musicality.
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".
In April Rose's "Marigold Garden", we will learn an original choreography to the song "From India". This choreography features movements from Indian dance such as mudras, rajasthani hip drops, tribhangi posture, and complex footwork with kathak inspired arm patterns, combined with belly dance technique and traveling steps. April Rose will chronologically break down the movements for each section of the dance, drill them to music, and then run through the choreography as it builds. We will move quickly through the dance and a warm up is recommended prior to beginning.
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 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 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 fourth class in a 4-class Intermediate Tribal Fusion belly dance series. This class alternates between drills and combinations. Students will learn a combination of upper body movements to layer over hip shimmies and hip locks. We'll also drill and learn a combo for belly rolls and flutters, for traveling with hip twist shimmies and for traveling with the ¾ down shimmy.
This is the third class of a 4-class Intermediate Tribal Fusion belly dance series. In this class, we will practice layering chest slides and circles over hip shimmies and locks. Students will learn a short turn combo and will drill the belly flutter. In addition, we'll break down traveling with twist locks and mayas, and will have a drill session to practice the ¾ and learn a little combination with a few different ¾ steps.
This is the second class of a 4-class Intermediate Tribal Fusion belly dance series. Class begins with a brief warm up which focuses on leg strength and balance and then moves into layering and traveling with a hip shimmy. Students will drill the reverse belly roll, reverse Arabic step, chest figure 8s, paddle turns, and a few ways to travel with a taxim.
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 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.)
This challenging Fusion Belly Dance choreography is built for a soloist or any size group, would make a great opener or closer for a longer set, or could stand on its own as a single piece in a larger show. It demands a lot of strength and flexibility, and includes laybacks, drops, zippers, torso rotations, level changes, some layering and a lot of hipwork. This is a contemporary take on a style of music that is usually reserved for a traditional Turkish man's dance.
This is a slow, lyrical belly dance choreography that includes some muscular, sinuous shape shifting, floorwork, traveling, different kinds of turns and a little yoga fusion. The dancer is encouraged to dance musically—listening to the various instruments within the piece. Various modifications are offered for certain phrases, so that dancers of different levels of flexibility can perform the Fusion choreography safely and beautifully. Be prepared with a pair of knee pads and some footwear for the floorwork and turns.
This 30 minute belly dance class is made for you to jump right in, dance, and get your heart rate up. After a brief warm up, Ashley will quickly break down and drill components of the combo, including isolations, steps, and some ATS® moves, and then get you dancing! This is a segment from Ashley's "Raq It: Belly Dance Fitness Class".
This belly dance class is designed for the dancer who is ready to pick up and GO! We begin with a brief warm up and quickly move into a series of drills and short combos that are meant to be danced through fluidly. Here is a class with well rounded movement where you just follow the leader, turn your brain off, and get your heart rate up. We're dancing for the joy of it, rather than breaking down each individual step. A great way to supplement your technique oriented work, here you can apply your knowledge to some fly-by-fringe fun!
This belly dance video features a drill of the scale combinations Pinball and Sugar together. Use this Fusion spotlight to drill the phrases or for a more detailed breakdown of each of these movements, refer to "Serpentine Scales: Pinball + Sugar" Workshop.
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".
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 spotlight will introduce the intermediate student to a technique concept called “scales”, through breaking down and drilling the Sugar scale. Scales are phrases that can be used for improvisation or choreography, as well as being strong technique drills. The Sugar scale combines a series of locks and undulations that travel up and down the body. This Fusion spotlight is taken from Rachel's "Serpentine Scales: Pinball + Sugar Workshop".
This Fusion Belly Dance combination features various muscular isolations and dynamic musical stylization. A great combination for any waltz!
A smooth and flowing belly dance combination focusing on fluid transitions, interior isolations, and a floating stylization.
This is a footwork focused combination with folky inspiration. It features locks, hip work, spins, and traveling all with a playful style. The Fusion combo will be broken down, then drilled at increasing tempos and then run through at performance speed. An overall fast paced and fun belly dance combo!
This is a challenging belly dance choreography for advanced dancers created by Zoe Jakes to an original song, "Chomper". It includes layering sections, lock patterns, and some complex finger cymbal patterns and compositions. Get ready to spin and travel as well!
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 advanced belly dance class combines five upper body isolations with a few lower body isolations in yet even more challenging variations. Here we will start to venture in to poly-rhythms as well. This Fusion spotlight is a segment of Ashley's "Layercake: Crazy Delicious Layering" class.
Ten upper body isolations will be drilled with a few lower body isolations at varying speeds and combinations, culminating in a short Fusion combo. This belly dance spotlight is a segment of Ashley's "Layercake: Crazy Delicious Layering" class.
This belly dance workshop is a study in combining basic movements together to create clear, distinct layers of simultaneous movement. We will address layering a variety of basic upper body movements with a variety of basic lower body movements. This class is targeted toward the dancer who is beyond beginner and is ready to move into more complex multi-tasking territory.
Get ready to get your heart rate up and have some fun in this challenging cardio belly dance class. Class is divided into two parts, beginning to intermediate dance drills with mini Fusion combos, sandwiched between short bursts of more traditional fitness conditioning.
This is a fun, challenging, intermediate-level belly dance choreography to "Bounce" by Solace. In this fusion piece we'll play with some locking isolation combinations, layers, funky belly-dance based traveling steps and turns as well as a few Polynesian-inspired moves. This choreography is presented as a solo piece but with a few simple modifications, it can be done as a duet.
In this spotlight, Ashley leads you through 20 minutes of Fusion belly dance drills focusing on conditioning the core muscles used in belly dance. This spotlight is from Ashley's "Built: Torso Conditioning Workshop".
This workshop is a 3-part workout focusing on the torso. Class will begin with a Pilates and fitness routine designed to strengthen the major muscles of the trunk of the body: the upper and lower back, abdominals, and pectorals. Part two of this class is a 20-minute drill sequence focusing on belly dance movements of the torso. Part three focuses on spinal flexibility, side bends, and twists to increase flexibility and range of motion in the torso.
In this spotlight Ashley presents a collection of drills to strengthen and condition the arms and upper body for belly dance. She presents belly dance drills with snake arms, chest lifts, plus a short Fusion combination. This spotlight is part two of Ashley's "Built: Upper Body Conditioning Workshop".
This belly dance workshop is a 3-part workout focusing on the upper body. Class will begin with a 20-minute segment focusing on upper body strengthening, followed by a 20-minute dance drill segment using upper body isolations and Fusion movements, and ending with a 20-minute upper body flexibility stretching segment.
This belly dance workshop is designed to get you moving & sweating with three Fusion combinations that contain a variety of belly dance moves fused with steps from other styles of dance, including hula and jazz. Do all three combinations for a complete workout or use one at a time to get your heart rate up before a dance class.
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.
This Fusion spotlight focuses on to a technique concept called “scales". In this belly dance video, Rachel will break down and drill the scale called "Pinball". The Pinball scale combines undulations, rib cage circles, maya, side to side undulations, a simple lock pattern, and a more complex isolation pattern. These phrases can be used for improvisation or choreography, as well as being strong technique drills. This spotlight is taken from Rachel's "Serpentine Scales: Pinball + Sugar Workshop".
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 Fusion class is designed to get the dancer moving and sweating with a few combinations that contain a variety of belly dance moves fused with steps from other styles of dance, including hula and jazz. Combo "C" works with big belly dance hips, paddle turns, and undulations for an energetic and fun workout. Each movement of each combination is first broken down through a series of drills that increase in speed. Once all of the steps of the combination are learned, they are quickly put together as a dance combination and are practiced slowly, then with increasing speed. This video also features a short Pilates-based warm up and cool down. This is a spotlight from Ashley's "Cute Cardio Combinations Workshop".
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 belly dance class presents slow Tribal Style movements, each with a strong Flamenco flavor. Starting with a short warm-up, we will introduce three movements and their cues, then string them together into a dramatic combo to drill. This workshop is appropriate for dancers of all levels and the moves are ATS® and/or ITS friendly.
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!
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!
An up-tempo Fusion belly dance combination with a lot of changes, the Hagallah combo gives both your brain and body a bit of work. In addition to the hagallah, enjoy the Arabic Shimmy, optional level changes, and a few surprising transitions.
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.
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!
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.
In this belly dance class you will learn Sedona’s signature “Serpent Moon” combination. The combo has a theatrical style and is an interesting fusion of American Cabaret Style Belly Dance, Tribal Fusion, and Modern Dance. In learning this combo you will come away with many innovative new movements and hopefully be inspired to create your own unique fusions. We will open with a special warm up designed to increase spinal strength and flexibility as well as help to improve your balance. We will end with a brief cool down.
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