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This workshop from April Rose is a chronological breakdown of an intermediate/advanced level choreography that features belly dance roots and contemporary embellishments. Set to the Arabic Jazz song, "Cynthia's Tears" the movement in this dance interprets the melody and inspired by the idea of growth. Techniques include rounded hipwork, spiraling arm pathways, leg extensions, choo choo shimmies, chaîné turns, and a complex layering sequence.
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 "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.
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 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 part two of Sadie's "Dazzling Drum Solo", we will continue to learn a choreography to an original song by percussionist Ossama Farouk, building on what we have learned in part one. This half of the choreography features some spicy Samba movements, spins, traveling footwork, shimmies, and even more intricate and complex layers and isolation patterns. This is an advanced level choreography and you are invited to try this at your own pace and have lots of fun with it. Please be sure to warm up before this class and give yourself a nice cool down afterwards. Part 1 of the choreography can be learned here.
In part one of Sadie's "Dazzling Drum Solo", we will begin to learn the first half of a fun and fast drum solo choreography. This is an intermediate to advanced level choreography and you are invited to try this at your own pace and have lots of fun with it. This half of the choreography features dramatic poses, intricate layers and combinations including pelvic boxes and torso triangles, isolated movements and the "Sadie Special". Stay tuned for part 2, which completes the full choreography. Please be sure to warm up before trying this class and give yourself a nice cool down afterwards.
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 spotlight Sadie will teach you the torso triangle and pelvic box, to create beautiful shapes and patterns in the body. She will breakdown the individual movements and then combine them, adding directional changes, tempo changes, and layers to challenge your brain and body! This spotlight is from "Sadie's Technique Toolkit: Layers + Isolations" workshop.
In this spotlight Sadie will breakdown one of her signature layers, combining hip and chest movements to create a spectacular combination. She will drill basic hip movements, adding chest accents at various tempos, and adding level changes on top for an extra challenge. This spotlight is from "Sadie's Technique Toolkit" workshop.
In this workshop Sadie will share with you the keys to creating clean and relaxed isolations and layers. This workshop includes several challenging combinations focusing on layering movements of the chest and hips, exploration of dynamic patterns and shapes with the pelvis, hips, and chest, and creating crisp and dazzling pops and locks with accented hipwork. Sadie will breakdown the technique details and drill movements and combinations at various speeds providing opportunities for dancers of all levels to stock up on tools for their technique tool kit! Please make sure you are warmed up before beginning and cool down once the workshop has finished.
In this spotlight Sadie will breakdown the basics of the hip circle, explaining the movement and creating a circle combination complete with directional changes, sliding layers, and the Egyptian traveling step. This spotlight is from Sadie's "Hip Star: Hip and Pelvic Technique Workshop".
In this spotlight Sadie will highlight pelvic roll technique, breaking down and explaining the pelvic roll in detail, then creating a combination complete with tempo changes, directional changes, layers, and foot patterns. This spotlight is from Sadie's "Hip Star: Hip and Pelvic Technique Workshop".
In this workshop Sadie will help you master soft and fluid isolations of the hips and pelvis, essential to creating gorgeous belly dance technique. Focusing on pelvic rolls and circles, Sadie will breakdown the individual movements and create flowing combinations complete with directional changes and layers, drilling them at various speeds so you can truly sink in and develop your technique. Please be sure to warm up properly before beginning the workshop and cool down afterwards.
In this fun and fast paced choreography, Sadie will share with you a professional level drum solo featuring challenging combinations, dramatic poses, intricate layers and dynamic hipwork, complex isolations, spins and turns and some of signature Sadie style moves. This choreography also features Egyptian technique and a little Samba to spice things up a bit, inspired by Sadie's extensive training in the beautiful Brazilian dance. This is an advanced level choreography and you are invited to try this at your own pace and have lots of fun with it. Please be sure to warm up before trying this class and cool down afterwards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This combination explores fundamental Egyptian style belly dance technique and concepts. It features four moves: The reverse arabesque, the camel, the inside out turn, and variations on the sharki step. 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 reverse arabesque combines the suspension of the classic arabesque with an undulation to create a cascading illusion. Simple variations can tailor this step to many kinds of music and moods. 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.
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.
We'll put together some classic Egyptian belly dance moves including The Cairo 8, some bouncy Beladi Hip Drops, Traveling Hip Work, and The Sharki Step, for a fun combo with Henna! This combo is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian: Technique Workshop".
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".
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!
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