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An internationally sought-after performer, April Rose has been invited to teach dance in over 20 countries where she shares movement and research highlighting the timeless beauty and modern versatility of bellydance. April holds a Masters degree in Dance Studies from UCLA, where she investigated bellydance history and was trained in choreographic method. Over the course of her 17 years of study in classical and fusion bellydance, she has been a principal dancer with UNMATA and Bellydance Superstars, and was the first ever certified teacher of Amy Sigil’s I.T.S. A dynamic and encouraging teacher, April takes a thoughtful, rigorous, and playful approach to teaching dance. You may study with April Rose at her studio in Austin Texas, Rose Movement Studio (www.rosemovement.com), or online at Rachel Brice’s DaturaOnline.com
For more information on April please visit: www.aprilrosedance.com.
April Rose shares three new workshops that promote growth and mastery through complex layering and artistic interpretation exclusively here at Datura Online. Workshops include a choreography to the song "Cynthia's Tears" by Atlas Maior which explores expansion, musical interpretation, and contemporary elements fused with belly dance technique, and two workshops that breakdown interesting isolation patterns and layers that will challenge both the mind and body. Classes coming soon!
In this performance from the workshop "Marigold Garden: An Original Indian Fusion Choreography", April Rose performs an original choreography to the song "From India" by ElitrickKids.
In this performance from the workshop "Casino Badia: An Original Choreography", April Rose reimagines dance in the Casino Badia era or 1920s Cairo. This historically inspired dance is set to a Sama'i rhythm performed on the qanun by George Sawa and The Traditional Arabic Music Ensemble.
In this spotlight from "Casino Badia: An Original Choreography", April Rose breaks down the sama'i, a 10 beat rhythm.
In this spotlight from "Casino Badia: An Original Choreography", April Rose discusses the history of the Casino Badia, famous dancers in Egypt in the early 1920s - 1940s, and her modern day reinterpretation of what the dance may have looked like during this time period.
April Rose shares four new workshops that highlight her studies in Tribal Fusion belly dance, Classic Egyptian belly dance, and belly dance history exclusively here at Datura Online. Workshops include Casino Badia and Raqs Hawanem inspired choreography alongside historical information about the pre-Golden Era of belly dance, two technique workshops that breakdown ballet inspired spinning technique, relaxed and layered shimmies, grounded hipwork, fusion technique and beautiful arm frames, and a full body conditioning workshop that will strengthen, stretch and prepare the body for dance.
Strength, flexibility, and body awareness are vital to being a well rounded dancer. This 45 minute fusion fitness routine can be used to warm up the body before dancing or as a regular workout. Each of the eight exercises builds strength flexibility and understanding in specific parts of the body that are directly applicable to your dance practice. By repeating these exercises a few times per week you will become a stronger dancer quickly. Before beginning, gather your props: you'll need a chair or some other surface to balance on, and if you are practicing on a hard floor you may want to use a mat or blanket for a few of the exercises in this class. Let's work it out!
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.
In this spotlight from April Rose's "Effortless Elegance: Classically Inspired Fusion Technique" workshop, we learn the relaxed skeletal technique behind the powerful and seemingly effortless knee shimmy that is a signature of Egyptian style belly dance.
In this workshop the effortless and earthy Egyptian style shimmy of classic belly dance is fused with crisp and elegant turns and movements from western dance. We begin with a warm up to activate our brain and bodies. We then learn chainé turns with spotting and arm layers, followed by a detailed breakdown of the Egyptian knee shimmy. Finally we learn a traveling flip turn forward and back with hip locks and upper body layers. These movements are then combined into a drill-able dance combination, ending with a cool down for the hamstrings and quads.
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!
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.
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.
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".
This 30 minute routine can be used to warm up the body before dancing or as a regular fitness routine. Each of the five exercises build strength, flexibility, and understanding in specific parts of the body that are directly applicable to your dance practice. By repeating these exercises a few times per week, you will become a stronger dancer quickly.
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 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".
We will warm up the body by exploring basic Odissi principles: tribhangi posture, lasya and thandava dynamics, and basic footwork. This spotlight is from April Rose's "Infusion: Indian Fusion Technique".
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.
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