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Get ready to work it out! This quick 30 minute cardiovascular interval training routine will give you the fantastic work out you need, without any equipment, without needing to get out and run a million miles. All exercises are body-weight based, so you can make them high or low-impact and you can go as easy or difficult as you like. Feeling tired? Slow it down. Want to get into a higher heart rate zone? Push faster and jump higher! Be sure you are thoroughly warmed up before beginning this workout so your joints and muscles are ready to fly!
Step right into an ATS® improvisation with a virtual experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from classes 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Colette's Intermediate ATS® series, including levels, slow turns, Arabic Shimmy with Arms and Turns (ASWAT), Spins and more. You'll get a chance to take the lead and practice some basic transitions with your fellow dancers. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!
Step right into an ATS® improvisation with a virtual experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from classes 1, 2 and 3 of Colette's Intermediate ATS® series, including Reverse Taxeem, Torso Twist 1/2 Turn, Single Bump 1/2 Turns, Ghawazee Combo and more. You'll get a chance to take the lead and practice some basic transitions with your fellow dancers. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!
Step right into an ATS® improvisation with a virtual experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from classes 1 and 2 of Colette's Intermediate ATS® series, including Circle Step, Ribcage Rotation, Chico Four Corners, Arabic Hip Twist and more. You'll get a chance to take the lead and practice some basic transitions with your fellow dancers. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game! (This is a first person ATS® Drill Game with some quick camera movements so please take care if you are prone to motion sickness.)
Healthy flexibility is a combination of range of motion in the joints, length of the muscles and connective tissues as well as strength, stability, balance, and proprioception. This workshop is designed to help you safely and effectively increase flexibility through a variety of fitness, yoga, Pilates and circus training techniques. We will work on getting into front splits, side splits and a few different back bending poses. At the end of class we will learn a short movement combination that will breakdown how to transition from one pose to the other. A final abdominal strengthening sequence will be practiced to leave you feeling strong and energized!
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 short practice is designed to energize you, awakening the mind and warming up the body with a particular focus on the spine. You will be taken through a short centering and pranayama practice and then through a series of flowing yoga postures. This breath-centric practice includes hip openers, hamstring stretches, gentle strengthening and some cross body movements to challenge coordination and balance. In this brief but efficient class you will move the body through all planes and will incorporate all movements of the spine: forward bends, twists, side bends and backward bends. This practice is for all levels, though beginners may find it a fun challenge.
Beautiful, meaningful hands and arms are powerful assets for belly dance. So many emotions can be expressed through the ornamentation and expression of the hands and arms. In this workshop we will practice everything from basic techniques of hand and arm movements to polished expression. Starting with ornamentation, then moving onto expression and finally into communication, we will explore the purposes for arm and hand movement in the belly dance repertoire.
This workshop is an exercise in playing multiple sounds on the finger cymbals as well as listening closely to the music. Henna will teach several Raqs Sharki style combinations, each using a different sound or basic pattern to compliment the character of the music. Basic foot patterns lay a foundation for movement in the body that can be changed to accommodate different levels of dancers, or different sounds in the music. We build each combination from the ground up so that dancers can layer on complexity as his/her ability improves.
This workshop introduces a way of playing finger cymbals using three different sounds: open, closed, and tic. Through a breakdown and drills we aim for clarity of tone and timing before moving the body. Henna will begin by introducing some basic musical concepts and you will work on playing the different sounds of the finger cymbals at several tempos, all while increasing the number of notes you can play in a measure. Henna will also breakdown the gallop pattern and the basic run: the building blocks for more intricate finger cymbal compositions and playing. After learning a few of the sounds the finger cymbals can make, Henna will begin to pair the sounds with basic foot patterns and arms. The workshop culminates in a combination that combines all three of the finger cymbal sounds with a basic foot pattern and some elegant Raqs Sharki arm frames.
This workshop covers more techniques of the luscious Veil Dance. Sedona will detail various veil wraps as well as tips and nuances for a flawless veil performance. You will drill and dance many different transitions, spins, frames, and crescendos. All of the veil movements will then be put into combinations and lovely show ready veil sequences.
In this workshop Sedona will cover three contemporary cabaret stylized combinations. These combinations will include some of the most luscious cabaret style movements: vertical hip circles, undulations and large hip bumps. Sedona will add some spice and sizzle to these combos by incorporating frames, dramatic poses, traveling foot patterns, turns, and weight shifts. Make sure you are properly warmed up before taking this class.
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.
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.
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!
This is a brief, efficient and intense workout that will take your body through all planes of movement and will work every major muscle group. Moving swiftly, you'll be taken through a brief warm up and then proceed to some body-weight training inspired by yoga, Pilates and classic fitness exercises. You'll need just enough space to lie down on the floor, no props or extra equipment needed. You can perform this anywhere! And when you're done, you'll be able to take a run, drill some choreography, or take a nap...you'll be ready for anything!
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 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 the third workshop in Sedona's "Drum Solo Expressions" series we will continue to cultivate our musicality, understanding Sedona's particular Drum Solo techniques and identifying Arabic rhythms. Sedona 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 slow and slinky Chiftitelli rhythm. Make sure to be properly warmed up before attempting this class.
This raqs assaya choreography combines elements of Egyptian raqs sharki, American Cabaret, and Saidi into a dynamic and fun dance. Basic assaya technique will be used to frame or accompany earthy hips and Saidi footwork. Since we are adding a prop to belly dance movement, this choreography is best suited for dancers with a solid foundation in basic belly dance. Please be sure to warm up before starting this choreography.
This workshop details several playful raqs assaya combinations inspired by folkloric movements and made for the raqs sharki stage. Using fast cane work, beautiful frames, juicy hipwork and more, Henna will break down and drill two combinations at several different speeds to get your cane work precise, fast, and fun! This workshop begins with a warm up to prepare the body for dance.
This workshop introduces several movements for Raqs Assaya: Egyptian Cane Dance. Starting with it's folkloric roots, each combination moves a little closer to raqs sharki assaya in order to give you background for the movements and builds in complexity as we move along. We will discuss the martial art of Tahteeb, the predecessor to our modern raqs assaya, as well as several cane movements and postures that go with the lovely and earthy Saidi rhythm. This workshop begins with a warm up to prepare the body for dance. This introduction to raqs assaya will get the feeling of this fun, earthy dance into your body and get that cane swinging!
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 workshop you will be learning one of Sedona's original drum solo choreographies to a song created by Jason Ramirez. This choreography is fast, fun, and full of diverse belly dance techniques. It features tight pops and locks, various shimmies and shimmy layers, interesting hand, arm and head movements, plus dramatic rhythmic breakdowns. Be sure to warm up before starting this choreography and cool down afterwards.
This short yoga practice was created to increase flexibility and strength in the muscles that flex and extend the spine. Use before a class that includes any kind of spinal extension (backbends, body waves, and undulations), or in-between belly dance days to create a stable base for challenging movement. A relaxing and simple class for all levels. Filmed in Nosara, Costa Rica at the annual Heart of Belly Dance Retreat.
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 ATS® workshop you get to step right into an ATS® improvisation, a virtual reality experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet and trio. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from class 1 of Colette's Intermediate ATS® series, including the Barrel Turn, Arabic 1-2-3, Turkish Shimmy Variations, and more. You'll get to practice taking the lead and work on transitions with your fellow dancers. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!
Step right into an ATS® improvisation with a virtual experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from classes 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Colette's Beginning ATS® series, including taxeem, arm undulations, bodywaves, Ghawazee Shimmy, Arabic Hip Twist, and more. You'll get a chance to take the lead and practice some basic transitions with your fellow dancers. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!
In this ATS® workshop you get to step right into an ATS® improvisation, a first-person virtual experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from classes 1 and 2 of Colette's Beginning ATS® series, including taxeem, arm undulations, bodywaves, Egyptian, Arabic, and more. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!
Henna introduces and breaks down four common rhythms for belly dance: Masmoudi/Baladi, Masmoudi Kabir, Saudi/Khaleegi, and the Bolero. Movements from Egyptian and American cabaret style belly dance will be drilled to each rhythm to create muscle memory and refine musicality.
A solid understanding of Middle Eastern rhythms is an essential part of any dancer's repertoire. This workshop introduces two rhythms, the Turkish Chiftetelli and the Karachi, and drills movements to highlight the prominent sounds in the rhythm. Drilling these moves will get the rhythms into your body and evoke classic musicality in your dancing. Movements from the american cabaret vocabulary are introduced for each rhythm including a box step with shoulder accents, the basic bouncy walk, barrel turn, camel with shimmy for the Turkish Chiftetelli and the karachi 5, an omi spin, and a traveling step for the Karachi rhythm. The class begins with a brief standing warm up.
A solid understanding of Middle Eastern rhythms is an essential part of any dancer's repertoire. This workshop is a continuation of Henna's Arabic Rhythms & Combinations series and introduces and breaks down three common rhythms for belly dance: Wahda Kabira, Wahda Wa Nous, and the Chiftetelli. Movements from Egyptian and American cabaret style belly dance will be drilled to each rhythm to create muscle memory and refine musicality.
In this workshop Sedona gives you a great challenge to amp up your belly dance practice: stringing together different isolated movements into complex patterns. Sedona will drill various belly dance isolations, using these movements to build three complex patterns that will increase your body's agility and ability to transition between movements with grace and strength. These three complex isolation patterns will be strung together into one longer drill combination that will give you the chance to showcase the isolated movements you have learned throughout the workshop. This workshop begins with a short dance based warm up.
Complex isolation patterns with perfect posture can be one of the most dynamic parts of your belly dance routine. In this workshop, Sedona will lead you through isolated belly dance movements, emphasizing posture and alignment, to add a strong accent to your belly dance repertoire. This workshop begins with a short warm up focusing on posture to prepare your body to dance, followed by a drill of basic internal isolated movement in various postures. Sedona will then slowly build two intricate and isolated combinations that use interior hip circles, chest and hip layers, and belly locks that will be drilled at various tempos. These two combinations will then be combined with a traveling foot pattern to create a long drill combination.
This workshop will cover the fundamentals of Cabaret style floorwork. We will explore the 3 main building blocks of a well-rounded floor work routine: working postures, embellishment postures, and traveling and transitional movements, as well as descents and ascents. Basic belly dance isolations and hip work will be layered and drilled on top of various floorwork postures. We will then link movements and postures to create seamless floorwork sequences. Make sure the surface you are practicing on is safe for floor work and that your knees are comfortable, either using kneepads or a yoga mat for extra padding if you need it.
This is a full body conditioning routine designed to prepare the body to perform strong, flexible, and agile floorwork. Make sure the surface you are practicing on is safe for floor work and that your knees are comfortable, either using kneepads or a yoga mat for extra padding if you need it.
This is a hatha and Viniyoga-inspired flow practice to prepare for, build up to, and compensate for a goal pose, Natarajasana. This is a beautiful posture that requires flexibility, strength, and good balance. Many modifications will be offered for various levels of abilities. Enjoy this beautiful practice by taking the modifications that are right for you, and use any props that you need. This is a great routine to strengthen, stretch and focus the mind, whether or not you practice the full expression of our goal pose.
This is a hip focused Pilates and yoga routine designed to strengthen the glutes, deep hip rotators, abdominals and back for maximum health and range of motion. This is both a conditioning and therapeutic approach to hip flexibility, stabilization, and strengthening.
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!
A solid understanding of Middle Eastern rhythms is an essential part of any belly dancer's repertoire. This workshop introduces five rhythms and drills movements to highlight the prominent sounds in the rhythm. The rhythms featured in this workshop are: Hagallah, Malfouf, Maqsoum, Maqsoum Sareea, and Ayoub. Drilling these moves will get the rhythms into your body and evoke classic musicality in your dancing.
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".
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 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.
A classic American Cabaret Floorwork Choreography to John Bilezikjian's "Jemilleh", this choreography showcases some of American Cabaret's most popular floorwork movements, such as the layered side layout, seated turn, and knee sit, as well as standing movements and classic Belly Dance poses and postures.
This belly dance workshop covers a variety of vintage American Cabaret Arm movements, turns, hops, and transitions inspired by American Belly Dancers of the 1960's, 70's, and 80's - The Wave, Arabian Princess, Swim, Wrist Circles, Party Arms, Snake Arm Variations, the Karshlima turn, Tambourine Turn, Saidi Hop, Cross Ball Change, and Sway. Each movement is broken down and then drilled in a dance based combination.
This workshop is inspired by the bold and beautiful movements of American Belly Dancers of the 1960's, 70's, and 80's. We will breakdown and drill the Camel with a twist, Lee Ali Hip lifts, Toe Toe Sit, Step Shift Pose, Forward Wheel, Yin Yang, Cyclone, and Body 8's with Level Changes. This American Cabaret style class includes a short warm up and brief cool down.
This workshop focuses on fun and dynamic vintage American Cabaret belly dance movements. Inspired by dancers of the 60's, 70's, and 80's, these movements and techniques have a distinctive flair. We will cover 8 movements including, the Back and Back, Big Loop Little Loop, Wild 8's, Samihah, Heel Drop, Double Drop, Bumps, the Twist, and the 3/4 Twist. Each movement is broken down and then drilled in a dance based combination. This workshop also has a brief warm up and cool down.
In ATS®, there are specialized movement variations that were developed particularly for duets. These include passing and crossing moves that work best, and are most effective, when executed by a pair of dancers. This Intermediate class celebrates Duets and movements developed for two dancers, including Camel Walk Crossing, Wrap-Around Turn Crossing, Arm Flourish Crossing. Each variation will be paired with slow or fast basic ATS® moves so grab a partner and get your zils ready!
This class includes favorite fast ATS® movements with a focus on exciting spins and turns. The Arabic Shimmy with Arms and Turn (ASWAT) will be introduced, including a complete breakdown on how to cue this advanced move. Calibrated Spins will be explained and tips for practicing spinning will be given. Finally, Egyptian Full Turn will be added to the mix and we'll drill all these moves with other basic ATS® movements and our Zils. This belly dance class ends with a well deserved cool down.
The theme for this Intermediate level class is ½ Turns! We begin with a ½ Turn variation of the classic ATS® Torso Twist, then introduce Single Bump ½ Turn and Ghawazee ½ Turn along with the Ghawazee ¼ Turn. Each movement will be broken down and the cues for group improvisation explained then they will be drilled with ATS® basic moves to demonstrate and practice transitions. Zils will be used with the fast moves.
Circle Step with third Turns, Chico Four Corners and Arabic Hip-Twist with Flourish are the stars of this Intermediate level American Tribal Style belly dance class. Beginning with slow ATS® movements, we'll review the elegant Circle Step, explain the best transition out of this move, then add a third turn. Put your Zils on as we introduce Chico Four Corners and Arabic Hip-Twist with Flourish and drill these movements facing the front and also facing your partner. Each new movement will be matched with basic ATS® vocabulary to practice transitions and flow.
This Intermediate level class introduces a slow Flamenco inspired move called the Barrel Turn, a variation on Turkish Shimmy which adds arms and a ½ turn, and a fun undulation with accented chest drops called Arabic 1-2-3. Each movement will be broken down and the cues for group improvisation explained, then they will be drilled with ATS® basic moves to demonstrate and practice transitions. Zils will be used with the fast moves.
Saidi is a fun and earthy folkloric dance from Upper Egypt. The saidi rhythm is one of the most popular rhythms and many raqs sharki sets include a saidi section. In this workshop Henna will breakdown the components of the Saidi rhythm and teach three distinct belly dance combinations inspired by influential belly dancers. The movements and combinations will be drilled and practiced at varying speeds with the saidi rhythm.
This is a very slow-paced, gentle, restorative yoga practice. In this class, each pose is supported by various props and is held for several minutes. An emphasis is placed on breath work, a sense of calm and relaxation and a meditation-mindset. This class is designed to deeply stretch the muscles and break up the fascia so while the poses are supported and are taught slowly, they can still be quite intense. Students are encouraged to take each pose at their own pace, use props which make them comfortable, and listen to their bodies.
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 Egyptian technique workshop introduces three more movements from Egyptian style belly dance: the camel, the reverse arabesque, and the inside out turn. We revisit the sharki step to add some advanced layers. A few variations will accompany each break-down and we will cycle through some drills to get them into your muscle memory. Finally, the movements will also be danced together in a short combination. This workshop includes a short warm up to get you ready to dance.
This Egyptian technique workshop introduces four more of the fundamental movements of classic Egyptian belly dance: Camel, The Jewel, Hip Circles, and Arabesque. A few variations will accompany each break-down including drills and combinations to get them into your muscle memory. Henna will also detail key techniques to achieve the unique quality of movement for Egyptian stylization. A warm up is recommended before taking this class.
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 challenging shimmy class features multiple shimmy variations, layers and traveling movements. You will start off with a long and strong power shimmy session designed to build the endurance and power of your shimmy. Various belly dance shimmies are then worked into drill based combinations. You will need 2-5 pound hand or wrist weights. This class is great for someone who has a solid understanding of the Basic Egyptian and ¾ shimmies and is looking to cultivate more advanced shimmy techniques.
This Egyptian technique workshop introduces four of the fundamental movements of classic Egyptian belly dance. You will drill some isolations and concepts unique to Egyptian style as well as some universal foot patterns and quintessentially gooey movement. At the end of the workshop, all four movements are put into a combo that can be used for practice or performance. We start with a brief warm-up before moving into the workshop.
This Egyptian inspired American Cabaret Choreography showcases some of Henna's favorite Raks Sharki movement: fluid traveling steps, juicy hip work, musical combinations, and dramatic accents. Beginners will build a vocabulary of footwork and musical phrasing while more advanced dancers will sink into the nuances of that Egyptian belly dance feeling. This piece moves through a few different rhythm changes, so listen close!
This American Cabaret Style workshop covers 4 different types of shimmies: the choo choo, the waggle shimmy, the Turkish front back shimmy, and the freeze. It includes a warm up with a very unique seated shimmy drill that will help you gain the muscle memory needed to execute stellar shimmies. Each shimmy is broken down, drilled and then finally put into one extended drill based combination.
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 is a gentle, beginner's yoga class designed to get dancers familiar with the most common poses in yoga. These poses create a foundation for belly dance training which will increase flexibility, strength, and balance. In this gentle and slower paced practice, we will focus on good alignment, breath, and body awareness.
After a quick warm up, we'll introduce Turning Torso Twist and Head Slides then review 3 slow turns in this ATS® basic class. Double-bump and Single Bump are introduced and we'll add 1⁄2 turns to Arabic Hip-Twist. The Diagonal formation is introduced and transitions between formations are broken down and drilled with both slow and fast movements. Class ends with a cool down.
This is an intermediate yoga and Pilates combination class designed with the belly dancer’s needs in mind. A full-body workout includes lots of leg and abdominal strengthening, as well as many hip and shoulder openers and some special work for the hamstrings. We highly recommend that you have some prior experience with yoga and Pilates before taking this class, and that you practice with mindfulness of your boundaries and take and necessary modifications. You will need a yoga strap, a yoga block, and a mat for this session.
This is an intermediate yoga and Pilates flow class designed for students who have some prior experience with yoga and Pilates. This well-balanced practice was designed with the dancer in mind, so you’ll be getting a full-body stretch and strengthen class which also focuses on backward bending and balance, as well as several twists and side bends to improve your figure 8’s, chest circles, and sidewinder. Grab a yoga block, a mat, a towel, and some water.
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 Intermediate level workshop starts with a warm up and conditioning focusing on arm strength and flexibility. We then cover a quick overview of Swords used in belly dance and specific concepts for group improvisation using swords. Starting with the dancers handling the sword, variations of slow and then fast ATS® and Scarlet Thistle moves are presented as well as dramatic poses and flourishes that showcase this “dangerous” prop. Sword balancing, both on the hand and on the head is discussed with Tribal Style movements utilized for hand balancing and the ATS® vocabulary is explored for balancing on the head. For the fast work, zils will also be used. Class finishes with an improvised drill that strings together multiple movements to create combinations appropriate for choreography or for improvisation.
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.
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.
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.
This workshop is from the "Built for Belly Dance Conditioning Series", which are fitness-based classes for belly dancers that build strength, flexibility, and technique. This workshop is a 3-part-power-packed belly dance, yoga, and fitness workout focusing on the lower body. Class will begin with a yoga and fitness routine for strengthening, then we will proceed to belly dance drills and a Fusion combo that focus on the legs and hips. The workshop will conclude with a yoga and stretching segment to increase flexibility and range of motion in the lower body. The "Built for Belly Dance Series" also includes workshops on conditioning and drills for the arms and torso.
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.
In this belly dance workshop you will learn a Classic Cabaret entrance choreography. The piece starts with a veil dance, then moves on to showcase some classic oriental stylization. Learning this choreography will help to improve your musicality and transitions as well as introduce you to some beautiful yet innovative American Cabaret Style movements and combos.
Learn a dynamic drum solo choreography. This high-energy piece features belly dance isolations, pop and lock patterns, shimmies, shimmy layers and various traveling movements. A fun and well rounded choreo to practice or perform!
In this workshop we will focus on belly dance’s most classic prop, the veil. You will get clear and concise breakdowns of veil posture, technique, and 20 unique movements and variations. All of the movements can stand on their or own or seam together to create a lovely 20 part veil choreography. This American Cabaret Style workshop includes a warm-up specifically targeting arms, hands, wrists, upper back, shoulders and ribcage as well as commentary on using your veil as a theatrical prop and recovering from veil snafus.
In this Intermediate level class, a belly dance choreography featuring the Sword is presented to MWE's song, "Los Biblicos"*. Beginning with an entrance, the piece starts with the presentation of the Sword and dramatic Sword handling. The tension increases as the Sword is balanced and Tribal Style movements and variations are executed. This choreography is applicable to all styles of belly dance and may be utilized by ATS® or ITS groups. To brush up on Tribal Style Sword Fundamentals, check out Colette's Slow and Fast Tribal Style Sword Classes. *Note: This choreography uses an edited version of the MWE song, "Los Biblicos". The choreography is from 00:47 to 4:06 of the track.
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.
This is a challenging beyond-beginner Pilates class designed just for belly dancers. In this workshop, we will practice exercises that target key muscle groups that are essential for belly dance technique as well as offer variations that help to balance the avid belly dancer’s body—addressing healthy spinal movement, range of motion, and offering pointers for injury prevention.
After a quick warm up, Corkscrew Turn, Ribcage Rotation and layering Arm Undulations and Taxim are presented in this ATS® basic belly dance class. Ghawazee Shimmy and Arabic Hip-twist are introduced and put into combos to drill with zils. Transitions and lead changes appropriate for duets and trios are broken down and drilled, then class finishes with a cool down. This is the fourth class in Colette's Beginning ATS® series.
This beginning level ATS® belly dance class starts with a warm up, then introduces basic slow moves including Camel Walk, Torso Twist, and the Propeller Turn. Fast movements will include Shimmy Step, and Turkish Shimmy, and adding a 1/4 turn to the Turkish Shimmy. Class finishes with a zil drill that rotates through the common drill patterns used in ATS® followed by a cool down.
This belly dance class presents fast Tribal Style movements that incorporate classic foot patterns and traditional hip work which look stunning when performed by a group. We will introduce the movements and flourishes, string them together into combos to drill, then drill them in formation with zils. This workshop is appropriate for dancers of all levels and the moves are ATS® and/or ITS friendly.
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.
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 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!
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 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.
Shimmies are one of the most impressive yet challenging movements in a belly dance repertoire. In this workshop we will go through a clear and concise break down of the Egyptian style hip shimmy and shoulder shimmy. We will dance through an extended shimmy session to help increase the endurance and velocity of your shimmy. Finally, we will begin to add exciting and challenging shimmy layers and level changes. The workshops begins with a full-body, classical dance based conditioning workout; designed to create a long and strong dancers body.
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