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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 "Heer Ranjha": Original Choreography, Colleena performs an original Indian fusion choreography to the song "Vishnu Groove" by Solace.
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.
Six new classes with Colleena Shakti on Datura Online! Take your training to the next level with hours of new instruction including, "Shakti Style Technique", "Indian Fusion 'Dadra Kirvani' Combinations", "Indian Fusion Arm Patterns & Spins Workshop", "Indian Fusion Nuances: Class 2", "Strength Training: Plank Workshop" and a new original choreography, "Heer Ranjha". Only on Datura Online!
In part two of Colleena's "Heer Ranjha Choreography", you will continue to learn a choreography to the song "Vishnu Groove" by Solace, building on what you have learned in part one. In the second half of this choreography, Colleena will draw from her extensive training background in Classical and folk dances of India to bring you challenging spins, complex foot and arm patterns inspired by Indian dance, and concepts from various Indian dances including "Chamak", "Drishti", and "Griva". Belly dance movements such as hip drops and lifts, figure 8's, and soft, fluid transitions will be interwoven throughout this second half of the choreography. Please be sure that you are dancing on a safe surface for fast, flat footed turns, and make sure to warm up and cool down before and after taking this class.
In part one of Colleena's "Heer Ranjha", you will begin to learn the first half of a choreography to the song "Vishnu Groove" by Solace. Inspired by dance poses found in Indian sculpture, paintings, and Classical Dance, this part of the choreography features strong languid postures, precise hand gestures, belly dance movements including undulations and mayas, as well as intricate arm patterns. Interweaving soft transitions that carry the elegance of the Classical Indian aesthetic with punctuated earthy belly dance movement, a balance is found through layering these different movement qualities in this unique Indian Fusion Belly Dance choreography. Please be sure that you are dancing on a safe surface for fast, flat footed turns, and make sure to warm up and cool down before and after taking this class. The name of the class comes from a translation of the lyrics, which are part of the epic love tragedy Heer Ranjha written by Waris Shah in 1766.
Inspired by dance poses found in Indian sculpture, paintings, and Classical Dance, this choreography features strong languid postures, precise hand gestures and uniquely Indian movement principles. Drawing from Colleena's dense training background in Classical and folk dances of India, she brings challenging spins, arm patterns, and distinct gaze to the choreography. Interweaving soft transitions that carry the elegance of the Classical Indian aesthetic with punctuated earthy belly dance movement, a balance is found through layering these different movement qualities in this unique Indian Fusion belly dance choreography. Please be sure that you are dancing on a safe surface for fast, flat footed turns.
This 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 Indian fusion belly dance combination is set on a Hindusthani (North Indian) 6 count rhythm called Dadra. It features layers of detail inspired by Classical Indian dance such as mudras, gaze and arm patterns. Concepts from Indian dance bring added layers to already beautiful fusion belly dance isolations and combinations. Find the unique quality of this 6 count rhythm and enjoy the subtle personality shift when familiar movements find a new expression to new music.
In this workshop, fundamental principles and technique of shakti style Indian fusion will be explored through complex layered movement phrases that will be broken down and drilled, so that dancers at any level can reap the benefits of carefully refining and strengthening these details. Hip movements, arm patterns, foot patterns and gaze will be combined in 3 sections: Twists & 8s, Pyramids, and Lucknow Maya, then finally strung together to create an ornate dance phrase. Movement concepts from Indian dance, as well as belly dance movements are a part of this Indian fusion dance workshop.
This workshop covers Classical Indian dance inspired movements, embellishments, and nuances, offering a minute breakdown of movement layers found in Indian Classical dance. The richly ornate Indian embellishments that Colleena uses in Indian fusion are carefully selected from her years of experience training in both Odissi and Kathak dance. Subtle concepts that lie within the movements are explained, so as to carry over the charming air of Indian aesthetics to your Fusion Belly Dance. Remember, precision in even the smallest of details is what creates the impactful presence of this Indian Fusion style.
In this workshop, Colleena will begin with a breakdown of six beautiful arm patterns and variations, a great way to begin to warm up the body and clear the space around you, honing your concentration. Reviewing the most important basic spin from North Indian dance, Colleena will jump from there into traveling, unspotted, and stationary spins. They will be broken down and drilled with arm patterns. Finally, we will drill a dance phrase that features arm patterns and spinning techniques at two speeds. Before beginning, be sure your dancing space has a safe surface for fast flat footed turns.
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".
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 is a combination that fuses Indian dance and belly dance called "Mohgali Pashto", on a seven count Hindusthani rhythm called "Pashto". In this combination, complicated movements will be broken down and then drilled separately. It features elements from Indian dance including mudras, eye gazes, and arm patterns from classic north Indian dance fused with belly dance vocabulary and strong, accented hip work. Finally the movements will be strung together and repeated on both a slow and fast tempo. Be sure you are warmed up before beginning.
In this workshop students will learn a fusion choreography that draws movement inspiration from Classical Indian, Persian, Central Asian, and Contemporary dance. This choreography includes expansive movements and traveling spins, as well as balancing postures and subtle nuances, making it an engaging composition for the experienced dancer and the new student alike. Suggested attire is a skirt and dancing barefoot is ideal for the North Indian style spins in this choreography. (Be sure the floor surface you are dancing on is appropriate for fast spins, so as not to risk injury.)
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.
On the Hindusthani eleven count rhythm (Chartal Ki Sawari), this combination uses typical Kathak gestures and two quick traveling spins to practice integrating drishti, rhythm sense, and a traveling variation of North Indian Classical Spins. This spotlight is from Colleena's "North Indian Classical Spins and Arms" workshop.
On the Hindusthani eleven count rhythm (Chartal Ki Sawari), this combination uses four spins on two counts each, while the last two speed up to a spin on each 1.5 beats! This is an exciting tool to develop your sense of rhythm, precision, and spinning capacity. This spotlight is from Colleena's "North Indian Classical Spins and Arms" 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.
Controlled, precise spins are the goal of this workshop and relevant for the beginner, as well as the advanced dancer. We will begin with a grounding Vinyasa Krama Yoga routine and establish arm patterns with a Kathak classical dance inspired drill. Spinning techniques from North Indian classical dance will lead the way into short spin combinations on an eleven count Hindustani rhythm. An endurance spinning drill is also included to practice spinning for greater durations. Be ready to push through to the next level no matter where you are with your dance. Suggested attire is a large spinning skirt and dancing barefoot is ideal for this class. Be sure the floor surface you are dancing on is appropriate for fast spins so as not to risk injury.
This is a combination composed of tribal fusion belly dance movements combined with various Rajasthani steps and spins danced together with a Rajasthani folk song. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Intermediate Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
Learn two more advanced spins from Rajasthani dance: The Rekha Turn (spotting the sky) and the "Gypsy" Palta, along with a mudra and foot pattern. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Intermediate Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
Learn the basic breakdown of Rajasthani spinning technique and three of Colleena's favorite turns: The Sopari Spin, the Chedi Arms Spin, and the Half Barrel Turn. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Intermediate Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
Learn Colleena's stylized Rajasthani style movement: The Pull Through. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Intermediate Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
Learn Colleena's stylized version of the Rajasthani "Wind Up" and the "Rajasthani Basic Step". This spotlight is from Colleena's "Intermediate Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
This workshop builds on the basic steps of Rajasthani dance and develops a more stylized direction based on Colleena's experience and interpretation of the music. Stylistic movements, four basic spins, and two advanced spins will be broken down and drilled. Finally, all the movements will come together in a fun, fast-paced fusion combination set to Rajasthani music. Suggested attire is a large spinning skirt and dancing barefoot is ideal for stomping out the foot pattern. (Be sure the floor surface you are dancing on is appropriate for fast spins so as not to risk injury.)
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.
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