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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 "Lado: Original Indian Fusion Choreography", Colleena performs an original choreography to the song "Lado" by Stellamara.
In this performance from the workshop "Veil of Tears: An Original Choreography", Zoe performs an original choreography to the song "Veil of Tears" by Beats Antique.
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 "Heer Ranjha": Original Choreography, Colleena performs an original Indian fusion choreography to the song "Vishnu Groove" by Solace.
In this performance from the workshop "Dazzling Drum Solo", Sadie performs an original choreography to a drum solo by percussionist Ossama Farouk.
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 the "Introduction to Rajasthani Dance" workshop, Colleena discusses the folk dances of Rajasthan, gives some history into her studies in the dance form, and talks about the spirit of the Rajasthani people.
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.
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!
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.
Hours of content with internationally renowned belly dancer, Sadie Marquardt, coming soon to Datura Online! Sadie will share a collection of classes packed with her signature style and unique approaches to achieving complex and dynamic belly dance technique. Offerings include one of the subjects Sadie is best know for: Drum Solo Choreography. She'll also share classes designed to support Drum Solo Technique including workshops on Shimmy Techniques, Pelvic Techniques, her Technique Toolkit for Isolations and Layering, and even a Samba Technique Workshop. All coming very soon, only on Datura Online.
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 from Sadie's "Sambarama: Samba Technique" workshop, Sadie will break down the basic samba step, the ball change, the samba samiha, and a passe step. She will combine all these movements into a fun and high energy combination.
Four new classes with Zoe Jakes on Datura Online! Take your training to the next level with hours of new instruction including, "Flow Zils", "Flow Drills #2", "Vintage Inspired Combinations and Zils", and a new original choreography, "Veil of Tears". Only on Datura Online!
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.
The Karachi is a challenging two count rhythm that is upbeat and fun! Henna will break down the Karachi rhythm and give you several movements and a combination that highlights this rhythm. This is from Henna's "Rhythmic Intelligence #4: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations (Turkish Chiftetelli & Karachi)".
The Turkish Chiftetelli is an upbeat rhythm that gives the music a rolling and fast paced quality. In this spotlight Henna will break down the turkish chiftetelli rhythm and give you several movements and a combination that highlights this rhythm. This is from Henna's "Rhythmic Intelligence #4: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations (Turkish Chiftetelli & Karachi)".
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 high energy workshop Sadie will share with you some of the basic movements of Samba, based on her many years of experience with this beautiful and fast-paced Brazilian dance. She will breakdown the basic technique of the samba step and other samba movements, putting them into some exciting combinations that will be drilled at various speeds. Get ready to sweat!
In this workshop Sadie will breakdown one of the most quintessential belly dance movements, the shimmy, and explore many different variations of the shimmy in different parts of the body. She will cover the basic hip shimmy and Egyptian style shimmy, pelvic shimmies, circle shimmies, twist shimmies, and the flutter, or shimmy of the belly. You will learn how to power all these shimmies with not only the legs, but also the glutes, hips, and abdomen. Sadie will teach you the basic technique of these shimmies, then add layers and traveling movements for an added challenge. With this in-depth and focused practice, Sadie will help you to further develop your very own signature shimmy. Please be sure to warm up before taking this workshop and cool down afterwards.
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.
This short strength training workout elaborates on one of the most effective workout postures, the Plank. It is called plank because the body is long, extended straight and solid as a plank of wood. This exercise is particularly effective because, if done correctly, nearly every muscle in the body is engaged. Listen carefully to the posture set up and keep strong engagement of your muscles, even past your challenge point, as correct, aligned posture will be key to unlocking your strength and growth.
From the profound tradition of Krishnamacharya through one of Colleena's Yoga teachers, Shrivatsa Ramaswami, Colleena will share with you a short variation on an opening sequence - Tadasana Vinyasa Krama. The movements are simply layered on top of the breath, while the mind stays in constant observation of a smooth, steady, deep Ujjayi breath. The movements are arranged in such a way that each major joint and corresponding muscles are stretched and toned. By practicing a deep Ujjayi breath, we invite vital energy (prana) and oxygen into the body and brain. While being a great way to warm up or cool down the body for dance, this practice is also a wonderful opportunity to set your intention, slow down and harness concentration. This yoga practice is part of Colleena's "Indian Fusion Arm Patterns + Spins" workshop.
Focusing on long, deep breaths and slow movement connected to the breath, this short practice spotlights some of Colleena's favorite stretches to do before or after dancing Indian Fusion Belly Dance. The goal is to breathe deep to relax and focus on the mind, as well as release any tension created through repetitive movements in your dance training. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Masala: Indian Fusion Shakti Style" workshop.
A gentle, yet effective way to wake up nearly all the muscles of the body in a short amount of time. Every muscle in the body crosses a joint, so by focusing on slow gentle stretching of all major joints, the entire body will feel relaxed and awakened. By focusing on steady, deep, complete breaths, you will drastically increase the benefits of this practice. Joints of the body hold excess wind element so you may hear gentle cracking or popping as you start to move the joints. This is a good sign that excess wind is releasing from the body, so long as the movements are not painful. This is an ideal practice for the beginning or end of your dance training sessions. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Masala: Indian Fusion Shakti Style" workshop.
This workshop covers Classical Indian dance inspired movements, embellishments, and nuances, offering a minute breakdown of movement layers found in Indian Classical dance. The richly ornate Indian embellishments that Colleena uses in Indian fusion are carefully selected from her years of experience training in both Odissi and Kathak dance. Subtle concepts that lie within the movements are explained, so as to carry over the charming air of Indian aesthetics to your Fusion Belly Dance. Remember, precision in even the smallest of details is what creates the impactful presence of this Indian Fusion style.
In this spotlight Colleena will lead you through a short Pranam, a practice before beginning your dance. Pranam is a sanskrit word for a reverential salutation or greeting. It is a gesture that all Indian dancers perform, regardless of their style of dance. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Indian Fusion Combination: Mohgali Pashtu" workshop.
Drishti is a sanskrit word that means gaze or vision. In this short segment Colleena will take you through several eye movement drills, detailing how drishti is used in Kathak dance, following arm and hand movements with the gaze, as well as how drishti is used in Classical Odissi dance, drilling side to side eye movements. She will also combine drishti with griva, head or neck movements. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Indian Fusion Nuances : Mudras, Drishti, Griva".
In this short lesson, Henna details the origin story and history of the Hagallah movement and dance. This spotlight is from Henna's Egyptian belly dance Workshop: "Rhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations".
The Hagallah is a common variation of the Malfuf that comes from the Egyptian folkloric dance of the bedouin of the Western desert, specifically of the Awled Ali Tribe. Steps for the Hagallah will be broken down, followed by a short combination with a few layering possibilities, as well as a short discussion of the origins and history of the Hagallah movement. This belly dance spotlight is from Henna's Egyptian Cabaret Workshop: "Rhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations".
Malfuf is one of the most widely used rhythms in the Middle East. In Arabic "malfuf" means "roll" which is indicative of the feeling of this rhythm. Steps for the Malfuf will be broken down, including the taxim tap-tap, chasses, and a turn for malfuf, followed by a short combination with endless layering possibilities. This belly dance spotlight is from Henna's Egyptian Cabaret Workshop: "Rhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations".
Perhaps the most common rhythm in classic belly dance, maqsoum can be played in many ways. This segment trains your ear to hear and feel the difference between the 4/4 and 2/4 maqsoum. Classic Egyptian and American Cabaret movements are drilled and put together in a combination that captures the feel of each rhythm. This belly dance spotlight is from Henna's "Rhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations" Workshop.
The ayoub rhythm has a distinct, driving feel to it that has been used in classic Egyptian music and pop songs alike. This segment breaks down the rhythm into its base components and drills movements that highlight the nature of the ayoub rhythm. This belly dance spotlight is from Henna's "Rhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations" Workshop.
Dance with Sigil! Test your Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4 Fast ITS Vocabulary with a challenge in true improvisation using lead and follow positions, musicality, and a stagger rotation. This drill challenge is part of "Unmata's Level 1 Fast ITS Vocabulary: Lesson 4" class.
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.
Dance with Sigil! Test your Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Fast ITS Vocabulary with a challenge in true improvisation using lead and follow positions, musicality, and a stagger rotation. This drill challenge is part of "Unmata's Level 1 Fast ITS Vocabulary: Lesson 3" class.
In this unique immersive drill experience you get to dance with Amy Sigil and Kari from Unmata! Test your lesson 1 and lesson 2 Fast ITS Vocabulary with a challenge in true improvisation using lead and follow positions, musicality, and a stagger rotation in both a duet and trio formation. This drill challenge is part of "Unmata's Level 1 Fast ITS Vocabulary: Lesson 2" class.
Hours of master instruction from Colleena Shakti available now at Datura Online! With over 10 years living, studying, and teaching in India, Colleena shares workshops with shining examples of Indian dance that also complement belly dance styles beautifully. Workshop topics include including Classical North Indian Turns and Spins, Indian Fusion Nuances, Indian Fusion Phrases, a fusion choreography to the Stellamara song "Lado" and, for the first time ever on video, Kalbelia Gypsy dance.
This 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 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.
The Randa combination combines elements of modern raqs sharki and saidi for a more contained, Cairo style saiidi. Inspired by the Egyptian dancer, Randa Kamel. This belly dance spotlight is from Henna's "The Saidi: Rhythmic Intelligence #2".
The Magidah combo adds a dash of sass to the energetic saidi rhythm. Inspired by Henna's teacher Magidah, it blends the Cairo style with some of the drama of American Cabaret. It includes shoulder taps, heel taps, foot brushes, and big sweeping movements to give the combination drama and flair. This belly dance spotlight is from Henna's full workshop "The Saidi: Rhythmic Intelligence #2".
The Reda combination captures the lively saiidi style of Mahmoud Reda. This is a spotlight from Henna's "The Saidi: Rhythmic Intelligence #2".
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.
Datura Online is proud to present online belly dance instruction with master teacher Tamalyn Dallal. Join Tamalyn for hours of instruction including her sought after approach to achieving elegant hands and arm movements, secrets to relaxed, strong, and grounded shimmies, tools to unlock complex hip movements with layers, and her signature combinations like "7 Leagues Under the Sea". This material will only be available online, so watch for her classes, coming soon
Learn several basic mudras used in Classical Indian Dance and drill the movements for strength training purposes, as well as inspiration for diversifying your dance with detailed hands. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Indian Fusion Nuances" workshop.
Taking the basic North Indian Classical Style spin and practicing it holding a strong posture and keeping perfect rhythm, we spin together for sixteen rounds, and then stop on a dime! A wonderful practice for any level. This spotlight is from Colleena's "North Indian Classical Spins and Arms" workshop.
Learn the basics of typical North Indian Classical style spinning. This style of Kathak spins uses a unique technique based in posture and footwork that creates speed and precision while turning. These spins will be drilled at different tempos and with a variety of Kathak arm patterns. This spotlight is from Colleena's "North Indian Classical Spins and Arms" workshop.
Inspired by Kathak Classical Indian dance arm movements, this arm pattern drill is something dancers in India practice for the life of their dance. Always seeking out more fine tuned subtlety, this is a perfect practice for all levels to develop graceful arms and hands, as well as clear your dance space and calm your mind. This spotlight is from Colleena's "North Indian Classical Spins and Arms" workshop.
We will prepare the body with a "Vinyasa Krama Yoga" practice, including vinyasas of "Tadasana", one-legged balancing postures, and "Trikonasana". This practice is designed to center one's mind with breath work and to cultivate balance and connection to the core. This spotlight is from Colleena's "North Indian Classical Spins and Arms" workshop.
Drawing inspiration from several classical Indian forms, this workshop highlights detailed movements in the eyes, head and hands that help create the rich Indian aesthetic. Carefully chosen hand movements (mudras), eye movements (drishti), and head movements (griva) will be broken down and drilled. Focusing on detailed and graceful movements, this workshop can be done seated in any attire.
In this spotlight we will practice "Ghoomar Arms" over a particular foot pattern and spin. This is from Colleena's "Introduction to Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
The Ghoomar arm pattern comes from a folk dance called "Ghoomar Dance" and is a very typical and old arm pattern found in many Rajasthani folk dances, particularly those done by women. Learn this arm variation that can be used in several ways over the "Rajasthani Basic Step". This spotlight is from Colleena's "Introduction to Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
The Chedi arm pattern comes from a style of Rajasthani folk dance called "Chedi Dance", where dancers balance a chedi pot on their head as they dance. Learn this arm variation that can be used in several ways over the "Rajasthani Basic Step". This spotlight is from Colleena's "Introduction to Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
This is a detailed breakdown of the most common traveling step in Rajasthani folk dance. Learn two arm positions (with variations) and how to travel with this step in a typical floor pattern. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Introduction to Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
Prepare for a graceful first step in Rajasthani folk dance by learning about the posture, mudras, rhythm, and foot pattern. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Introduction to Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
This workshop will introduce the basic components of Rajasthani folk dance such as: Posture, mudras (hand positions) and the basic foot pattern. We will take four dance movements, the "Basic Step", "Chedi Arm Variation", "Ghoomar Arm Variation", and the "Ghoomar Spin", that will introduce the student to movements of several folk styles from within Rajasthan. This workshop is perfect as a first introduction to Rajasthani dance, as well as for a dancer who wants to brush up on fundamental movements in this style. Suggested movement attire is a large spinning skirt and dancing barefoot is ideal for stomping out the foot pattern.
This short warm up will prepare the body for dance and is perfect for all levels. This belly dance spotlight is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian #3: Technique Workshop".
A review of the sharki step is presented here with three advanced layers: A maya, a vertical circle, and horizontal circle with a shimmy layer. This belly dance spotlight is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian #3: Technique Workshop".
The inside out turn combines the classic pivot turn with a big Egyptian hip circle to create an optical illusion of turning in on yourself. It can be beautiful and slow or a quick transitional move. This segment will also go over the components of the big hip circle. This belly dance spotlight is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian #3: Technique Workshop".
The Egyptian style camel is all about the pelvis and belly. We'll drill the components of the movement and then layer it on to four classic foot patterns: the half sharki, the bobbing half sharki, and the three-quarter step traveling forward and back. This spotlight if from Henna's "Classic Egyptian #3: Technique Workshop".
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.
Fundamental Egyptian Belly Dance technique and concepts are combined into a short combination. This combination features moves from Henna’s Egyptian Workshops I & II - the arabesque, sharki step, sliding hip drop, and gooey moves set to music. This spotlight is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian #2: Technique Workshop".
In this class we add texture to three classic belly dance moves by incorporating the psoas muscle. Break downs of the hip circle, the jewel, and the camel are demonstrated with and without the psoas, then drilled individually. We put them all together in a short sequence to hone in on that feeling of internal fluidity often seen in Egyptian style belly dance. This spotlight is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian #2: Technique Workshop".
The arabesque combines a pivot on one foot with an extended leg for the quintessential belly dance silhouette. The basic arabesque is presented here with two variations for the masmoudi kabir rhythm. This Egyptian spotlight is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian #2: Technique Workshop".
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.
In this spotlight Tamalyn demonstrates how to layer shimmies onto slow movements using weight change, bent and straight legs, and one leg at a time. She'll also demonstrate how to add shimmy layers to hip slides, figure eights, circles, and undulations. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Relaxed and Layered Shimmies" workshop.
Tamalyn will guide you through three tempos of shimmies with straight and bent knees and weight changes. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Relaxed and Layered Shimmies" workshop.
This belly dance workshop explores the art of relaxed and controlled shimmies and dramatic shimmy layering. During part one, Tamalyn will teach how to shimmy at different speeds, how to slow down and control shimmies, and how changing the distribution of your weight can prepare you for shimmy layers. During the second part shimmies are layered onto slow movements including hip slides, circles, undulations, and figure 8s.
In this section, we will do a variety of isolated movements, layered atop one another. Then we will do them in isolation, and progress the isolated moves to integrated moves. This way, we better understand the difference between all three and how we can use them to enhance and vary our dance. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Isolation, Integration, and Layering" workshop.
We will pinpoint and perfect the basic slow movements that comprise Oriental dance: Slides, circles, undulations, and figure 8's. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Isolation, Integration, and Layering" workshop.
Belly Dance is an art with many nuances and complexities. In this workshop, Tamalyn explores three fundamental concepts: isolations, integration and layering that are keys to elegant and expressive belly dancing. Tamalyn breaks down fundamental isolations and demonstrates how to integrate isolated movements to allow them to radiate throughout the body. Basic layering is explored and used to demonstrate how layers can be used in isolation and integration to vary your dance. You will also learn the difference between these three concepts, which is fundamental in understanding Arabic vs. American or western styles.
This is a new concept, which makes chest movements easier, more fluid, and flexible. Tamalyn will make a belly dance combination of chest movements, from the ground up. This spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Gravitational Pull of the Earth" workshop.
Tamalyn will teach how to get big, juicy movements and complete them by allowing the hips to follow the feet and the feet to become rooted into the earth. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Gravitational Pull of the Earth" workshop.
This belly dance workshop will show how to get big, juicy, relaxed movements by focusing on the energy of the earth and working through your feet. We begin by allowing our basic hip and chest moves to spill over our feet, which drive the movement. Those movements will become a combination.
Tamalyn shares arm and hand movements influenced by movements from Turkey, Persia, India, and Xinjiang. These 6 movements, which include, "Candle Arms", "Lotus Hands", "Curtain", "Braid" and others will enhance your expression to slow music. Tamalyn will detail these movements and drill them together to practice variations and transitions. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's workshop, "Elegant and Expressive Hands and Arms".
With combinations of each hand basic movement: circles, waves and 8's with different arm moves, Tamalyn will show how to make many subtle variations. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "Elegant and Expressive Hands and Arms" workshop.
We will explore variations on snake arms, arm circles, and face framing. By changing size and direction, as well as your gaze, you can get tremendous variety. To this variety, Tamalyn will add combinations of snake arms and arm circles. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "Elegant and Expressive Hands and Arms" workshop.
Tamalyn will add more details to her hand movements by adding embellishments, such as the "Squid" and "feeling silk". She will lead hand combos that move in and out of incorporating these embellishments. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "Elegant and Expressive Hands and Arms" Workshop.
Tamalyn will lead you through many stretches focusing on increasing the flexibility of your hands. Then she explore wrist circles, hand circles inside and outside, small hand waves, large hand waves, and figure eights with the hands. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "Elegant and Expressive Hands and Arms" workshop.
This workshop focuses on Tamalyn Dallal's signature hand and arm technique. In 6 parts, she will guide you through a multitude of elegant and expressive hand and arm techniques and combinations. This belly dance class features a short warm up, basic shapes and embellishments, variations on basic arm movements with layers, and hand and arms technique and movements from the silk road.
This is a classic Egyptian move straight out of the Golden Era of Egyptian belly dance. A figure eight that combines a small chest slide, a belly undulation, a hip circle, and that moves all the way down to the floor. The Cairo 8 is one of the most feel good moves in all of belly dance. This spotlight is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian: Technique Workshop".
This move is a play on the classic American Cabaret hip drop. It is built for the beladi rhythm and highlights the character of the beladi with a playful bounce in the hip. Three options are presented for differing levels of dancer and we drill this move from slow to fast. This belly dance spotlight is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian: Technique Workshop".
A variation on the classic hips on the down, these traveling hips on the down have a uniquely Egyptian flavor. We add a slide, a diagonal isolation in the hips, as well as pelvic locks to the back and front. Henna explains the character of these belly dance isolations during drills and then puts them over the foot pattern to drill the complete movement. This spotlight is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian: Technique Workshop".
The sharki step is a simple foot pattern perfect for layering endless variations of movement. We begin with hips on the up, then add a 3/4 shimmy layer, and finally a pelvic lock to the back. The hip work and isolation are drilled separately before we put it all together in a series of drills. This belly dance spotlight is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian: Technique Workshop".
Feeling like you don't have the "free time" you need? Amy Sigil takes you through a different way of looking at "fitting in" those things you "don't have time for" in this 1 minute Sigil style peptalk. This spotlight is from Amy's "Full Lesson 4, Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS - Camel Step and Spin Set Up 1 and 2" class.
If you put in the work, the words of the critics don't have to hurt. Amy Sigil gives a short peptalk to keep you focused on doing your best and knowing what your best is for the moment. This segment is taken from "Full Lesson 3, Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS: Floreo Turn, Rib Circles, and Arm Dip".
Amy Sigil keeps your head in the game and your imagination open with another short "peptalk" about the meaning expressed by movement, the body speaks without making a sound. This belly dance spotlight is from "Full Lesson 2: Unmata's Level 1 Fast ITS - Egyptian Twistback, Arabic with a Twist, and Fadebacks".
PepTalk: Sigil's way of keeping you thinking and imagining, this short "peptalk" is not only meant to help get your head in the game, its also a great way to start the day. Let's talk about improvisation as a language. This belly dance spotlight is from Amy's "Full Lesson 1: Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS - Taxims" class.
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