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In this belly dance class we will be focusing on gorgeous hand, wrist, and arm embellishments; particularly layering them with gooey, serpentine movements. We will break down and drill various wrist, hand, and arm techniques, then lay them on top of a body movement. Finally, they will all be put together to create a lovely and dynamic American Cabaret combination.
The infamous Sidewinder! A classic figure 8 movement in the rib cage with a lateral focus; a fundamental belly dance movement for any Fusion dancer. To do this one well takes lots of practice, and continued practice at that, so get warmed up and work with this one often. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Sinuous and Smoky Phrases" workshop.
Sedona Soulfire covers classic belly dance veil movements including toga, flag, arabian princess, hourglass, untuck, hip frame, and front to back toss. This is section part of Sedona's American Cabaret workshop "Sublime Veil Technique and Choreography".
In this belly dance spotlight, Sedona Soulfire covers classic American Cabaret Style veil movements including scoops, flourishes, back to front toss, sillouette, and the necklace. This is section two of her 20 part veil workshop: "Sublime Veil Technique and Choreography".
In this belly dance spotlight, Sedona Soulfire covers classic veil movements including butterfly, frame 1, frame 2, tulip, barrel, helicopter, back butterfly, up and over, and the superstar. This is section three of her 20 part American Cabaret Style veil workshop: "Sublime Veil Technique and Choreography".
In this belly dance spotlight, Sedona Soulfire covers classic veil movements including turns, delilah swish, chase, single wing, tidal wave, and the claudia. All moves demonstrated will strung together to create a pleasing short sequence. This is section four of her 20 part American Cabaret Style veil workshop: "Sublime Veil Technique and Choreography".
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.
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.
Tone and strengthen your arms and upper body with this challenging belly dance warm up in which we will work with weights, Pilates, and a little yoga. Get ready to sweat! This spotlight is part one of three of Ashley's "Built: Upper Body Conditioning Workshop".
In this spotlight Ashley presents a collection of drills to strengthen and condition the arms and upper body for belly dance. She presents belly dance drills with snake arms, chest lifts, plus a short Fusion combination. This spotlight is part two of Ashley's "Built: Upper Body Conditioning Workshop".
Develop greater flexibility in the upper body through yoga and Pilates based stretching. In this concise spotlight Ashley will take you through exercises that you can fit into your daily belly dance practice. This is part three of three of Ashley's "Built: Upper Body Conditioning Workshop".
In this ATS® spotlight, Colette covers three slow moves: taxim, hand floreo, and reverse turn. This belly dance spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class 1".
In this ATS® spotlight, Colette covers three slow moves: arm undulations, arm flourishes, and Bodywave. This belly dance spotlight is from Colette's "Beginnning ATS®: Class 2".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this belly dance segment, we work on how to isolate each joint in the arms and hands: shoulders, elbows, wrists, and fingers. Students then learn how to execute hand rolls and reverse hand rolls, hand floreos (in both directions) and snake arms! This is a spotlight from Ashley's H.A.S.H. Tag: Head, Arms, Shoulders, and Hands workshop.
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.
Sedona will lead you through a short warm up focused on preparing the shoulders, arms, upper back, and wrists for dance. This belly dance spotlight is from Sedona's "Goldmine #3 : Vintage American Cabaret Arms, Embellishments, Turns, and Transitions" workshop.
In this spotlight, Sedona will lead you through a breakdown and dance based drill of stylized arm movements inspired by American Cabaret dancers of the 1960's, 70's, and 80's- The Wave, Arabian Princess, Swim, Wrist Circles, Party Arms, and Snake Arm variations. This belly dance spotlight is from Sedona's "Goldmine #3 : Vintage American Cabaret Arms, Embellishments, Turns, and Transitions" workshop.
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.
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.
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.
In this short warm up, Henna will take you through several movements of the wrists, arms, and shoulders to prepare your body for dance. She will also give you a few movements to warm up the low back and hips. This spotlight is from Henna's "Raqs Assaya : Folkloric Technique" workshop.
This segment will teach you the names of the most commonly referenced Datura Style™ foot, leg, and arm positions. Learning the names of these positions will make it much easier to learn and teach movement in this style and will give you a specific checkpoint to be sure you, me, and your dance community are on the same page with Datura Style™ steps and movements. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Datura Style™ Technique: Fundamental Positions & Combinations" workshop.
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!
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.
This drill from Rachel includes hip isolations on the up, bumps, swings, and sit toe toe combos with a mini-stretch between each drill. This is from her "Hip Up Study: Datura Style™ Technique" workshop.
This is the full Rib Up Study, a condensed practice that details many of the isolations that start in the rib cage for Datura's Vocabulary. This practice will help you develop (and then keep) clean and sharp technique for improvisation and choreography. Be sure you've learned or reviewed these movements carefully to get the most out of this practice and go at your own pace. If you need more information about a movement please visit the full "Rib Up Study: Datura Style™ Technique" workshop or fundamental videos that detail the movements featured in this study.
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.
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.
In this spotlight from Henna's "Egyptian Finger Cymbal Fundamentals", Henna will introduce three different sounds you can make with your finger cymbals: open, closed and tic. Each sound is played to achieve the desired tone. Henna will then add an arm pattern that moves through classic raqs sharki frames while also playing the finger cymbals. Each sound will be played at a slow and fast tempo, working with the number of notes you can play in a measure at each tempo.
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.
In this warm up from Henna's "Egyptian Finger Cymbals: Raqs Sharki Stylization" workshop, you will prepare the fingers, wrists and arms for an extended finger cymbal practice.
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.
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 is a brief 10 minute cardio warm up to get all major muscles warm and ready to work. You will be taken through a few higher impact exercises to bring up the heart rate and through a few strengthening exercises to warm up the legs, abs, back and upper back. This spotlight is from Ashley's "Intermediate Flexibility" workshop.
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, 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!
In this short sequence Rachel will run through the foot, arm and leg positions fundamental to the Datura Style™ format to keep your technique clean and strong. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Datura Style™ Technique: Fundamental Positions & Combinations" workshop.
In section 1 of Rachel's "Radioglue" choreography you'll practice mayas, levels, turns, and an adapted form of the "Queen of the Damned" combination. This spotlight is from "Radioglue: An Original Choreography".
In section 2 of Rachel's "Radioglue" choreography you will work on a layering segment with rib and hip circles moving at different times. This spotlight is from "Radioglue: An Original Choreography".
In section 3 of Rachel's "Radioglue" choreography, we have the crowning jewels of the piece- the laybacks, drops, and zippers during a beautiful and hypnotic zurna taxim. This spotlight is from "Radioglue: An Original Choreography".
In the final section of Rachel's "Radioglue" choreography you will use the Hagallah combination adapted for 18, to give a big, powerful finish. Kathak inspired turns complete the choreography. This spotlight is from "Radioglue: An Original Choreography".
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!
In this workshop from April Rose you will learn two combinations that challenge both the brain and body. You will begin with a focus on elemental belly dance movement and move into compound layers that focus on stacking torso isolations and hipwork. You will carve space with luscious arm patterns and learn new ways to segment the body with punctuated isolations. This workshop begins with a warm up and ends with a cool down.
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