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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".
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!
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!
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.
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 short practice is designed to energize you, awakening the mind and warming up the body with a particular focus on the spine. You will be taken through a short centering and pranayama practice and then through a series of flowing yoga postures. This breath-centric practice includes hip openers, hamstring stretches, gentle strengthening and some cross body movements to challenge coordination and balance. In this brief but efficient class you will move the body through all planes and will incorporate all movements of the spine: forward bends, twists, side bends and backward bends. This practice is for all levels, though beginners may find it a fun challenge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
This short cool down is perfect for the end of a belly dance practice. Designed to lengthen and stretch the low back and hips after vigorous hipwork, Rachel will lead you through forward folds, twists, and several hip opening postures. The practice ends with a well deserved savasana. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
This short yoga practice was created to increase flexibility and strength in the muscles that flex and extend the spine. Use before a class that includes any kind of spinal extension (backbends, body waves, and undulations), or in-between belly dance days to create a stable base for challenging movement. A relaxing and simple class for all levels. Filmed in Nosara, Costa Rica at the annual Heart of Belly Dance Retreat.
In this workshop Sedona gives you a great challenge to amp up your belly dance practice: stringing together different isolated movements into complex patterns. Sedona will drill various belly dance isolations, using these movements to build three complex patterns that will increase your body's agility and ability to transition between movements with grace and strength. These three complex isolation patterns will be strung together into one longer drill combination that will give you the chance to showcase the isolated movements you have learned throughout the workshop. This workshop begins with a short dance based warm up.
Complex isolation patterns with perfect posture can be one of the most dynamic parts of your belly dance routine. In this workshop, Sedona will lead you through isolated belly dance movements, emphasizing posture and alignment, to add a strong accent to your belly dance repertoire. This workshop begins with a short warm up focusing on posture to prepare your body to dance, followed by a drill of basic internal isolated movement in various postures. Sedona will then slowly build two intricate and isolated combinations that use interior hip circles, chest and hip layers, and belly locks that will be drilled at various tempos. These two combinations will then be combined with a traveling foot pattern to create a long drill combination.
This is a hatha and Viniyoga-inspired flow practice to prepare for, build up to, and compensate for a goal pose, Natarajasana. This is a beautiful posture that requires flexibility, strength, and good balance. Many modifications will be offered for various levels of abilities. Enjoy this beautiful practice by taking the modifications that are right for you, and use any props that you need. This is a great routine to strengthen, stretch and focus the mind, whether or not you practice the full expression of our goal pose.
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.
Ashley will take you through a brief cool down designed to stretch out the body after a dance practice. This cool down focuses on stretching the legs and moving the spine. This spotlight is from Ashley's "Raq It! Belly Dance Fitness Class".
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.
Colette will take you through this short cool down to help you stretch the muscles and relax after a vigorous dance practice. This belly dance spotlight is from Colette's "Intermediate ATS® : Class # 4".
This is a very slow-paced, gentle, restorative yoga practice. In this class, each pose is supported by various props and is held for several minutes. An emphasis is placed on breath work, a sense of calm and relaxation and a meditation-mindset. This class is designed to deeply stretch the muscles and break up the fascia so while the poses are supported and are taught slowly, they can still be quite intense. Students are encouraged to take each pose at their own pace, use props which make them comfortable, and listen to their bodies.
This is a high-energy, cardio-infused belly dance workout. This video is designed to challenge the dancer physically and technically. High-impact plyometric and aerobic intervals are interwoven into an intermediate-level belly dance drill and combo session. All exercises and drills may be modified to be low-impact and basic if needed, to accommodate dancers of various physical conditioning and technical proficiency.
This dynamic belly dance phrase features a beautiful deep layback, quick turn, and a slow, dramatic finishing pose. This segment is taken from Rachel's Tribal Fusion workshop: "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers & Floorwork".
This challenging Tribal Fusion Belly Dance choreography is built for a soloist or any size group, would make a great opener or closer for a longer set, or could stand on its own as a single piece in a larger show. It demands a lot of strength and flexibility, and includes laybacks, drops, zippers, torso rotations, level changes, some layering and a lot of hipwork. This is a contemporary take on a style of music that is usually reserved for a traditional Turkish man's dance.
Proper compensation, a "cool down", is essential for any dance practice but even more highly encouraged for a practice heavy in backward bending. Rachel will lead you through a yoga practice to re-stabilize your muscles, release built up tension, and bring oxygen and circulation back to the muscles used in backward bending. This spotlight is from Rachel's Tribal Fusion Belly Dance workshop: "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers, & Floorwork".
The belly dance segment features a break down and drill of the infamous Turkish front-back Shimmy. You will drill the shimmy at various speeds as well as learn a floor exercise that will assist in identifying, isolating, and strengthening the muscles involved in the Turkish front-back Shimmy. This spotlight is from Sedona's American Cabaret Style "Shimmy Quartet Workshop".
This cool down will work on focus and awareness. It stabilizes the low back and lengthens the spine with some gentle forward bending and centers you to prepare for practice with some yoga inspired balance-oriented poses. This practice can also be used for a warm up. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Serpentine Scales: Pinball + Sugar Workshop".
This standing warm up gets your whole body ready to dance in under 10 minutes. It focuses on warming up the abs and legs, stretching the sides, opening the chest, stabilizing the spine for back bending, and includes some yoga-based exercises to improve your balance. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's "Serpentine Scales: Pinball + Sugar Workshop".
The Slow Burn Combo is an advanced belly dance combination for dancers already familiar with laybacks and drops. It includes the Cobra Basket turn, zippers, berber walks, a layback and drop, a fusion style Camel Walk Plunge, and a torso rotation. Get warmed up and give it a try! This spotlight is from Rachel's full Tribal Fusion workshop - "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers & Floorwork".
Say hello to your quads in this concentrated Zipper practice. Rachel will briefly describe the Zipper and give hints for knee support. As this movement can be challenging for the knees, please proceed with caution. This spotlight is from Rachel's Tribal Fusion Belly Dance workshop: "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers, & Floorwork".
Grab a friend for this approach to the layback and drop. You’ll learn a technique for transitioning from a deep standing backbend to the floor with assistance. Please do not attempt this class without having your back and knees properly warmed up. If you have any challenges with your knees or back, or any other physical limitations, we recommend speaking with your physician before attempting this movement. This spotlight is from Rachel's Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Workshop: "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers & Floorwork".
This belly dance tutorial will cover the basics for practicing the beautiful and challenging backbend known as "The Layback". This Tribal Fusion spotlight is from Rachel's "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers & Floorwork" workshop.
This challenging yoga practice focuses on developing strength and flexibility in the muscles on either side of the spine, and will, over time, contribute to a healthier standing backward bend, known as the Layback. This spotlight is from Rachel's Tribal Fusion Belly Dance workshop: "Laybacks, Drops, Zippers & Floorwork".
This intermediate to advanced level workshop will help those already proficient in deep bodywaves to achieve the coveted layback-drop-zipper combination. We begin with a yoga practice to strengthen the large muscles of the back, and to lengthen the hip flexors. Rachel then breaks down The Layback, The Cobra Basket turn, and drills The Zipper. Then you’ll move on to learning a challenging Tribal Fusion combination that includes laybacks, drops, berber walks, the Zipper, the Cobra Basket Turn, the Camel Walk Plunge and others. The belly dance combo can be used for group improvisation or choreography. Please proceed carefully, as this workshop is filled with movements that take time to master.
This short but effective yoga practice relaxes the deep and superficial muscles on either side of the spine, and supports and hips and low back. This sequence can be used for your belly dance practice or on it's own. This yoga sequence is part of Rachel's "Up-Tempo Locks and Isolations Class".
Tribal Style belly dance is known for its uplifted posture, which supports and carries the body and results in a strong, confident presentation. These pointers breakdown the specifics of posture and explain how great posture can improve dance technique and presentation. This spotlight is from Colette's "Flamenco Inspired Movements for Group Improvisation" workshop.
Slovenia Slam! This is a fun Tribal Fusion Belly Dance "scale" or isolation pattern, that involves chest locks, undulations, and a slight level change. Please be warmed up before doing this video. Enjoy!
Get your daily dose! The daily dose is a short, concise practice that has what you need to keep you strong, even if you have a crazy schedule: yoga, drills, a short phrase combination, a focus, and a cool down. This daily dose video is part of the "Arabic Shimmy" series.
Learn the 5 sections of a balancing routine in this short and simple Tribal Fusion Belly Dance choreography. This includes level changes, touches briefly on floorwork, gives a few turns to play with, and has a combination or two while balancing your item of choice. Make sure you're warmed up for this one, especially in the legs. Enjoy!
A short but fairly intense lateral bending practice for flexibility which includes the rib cage and sides of the body. This yoga practice is especially useful for dancers working on Sidewinder, Side to Side Undulations, or any Tribal Fusion Belly Dance movements that work with the side ribs.
This yoga cool down will bring you from a sweaty, heart-pounding state to a relaxed, loose, open and focused presence. You can practice this after a dance practice, or a long day of work. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's Tribal Fusion workshop: "Sinuous and Smoky Phrases".
The infamous Sidewinder! A classic figure 8 movement in the rib cage with a lateral focus; a fundamental belly dance movement for any Tribal 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.
Side-to-side undulations-up-to-down and down-to-up take a bit of coordination and flexibility in the rib cage and lateral muscles. Here, the undulations are paired with foot patterns to make a movement that's great for drilling, improvisation, or choreography. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's Tribal Fusion workshop: "Sinuous and Smoky Phrases".
This belly dance workshop will teach you some of the gooeyest fundamental movements in Tribal Fusion vocabulary, and, when done regularly, will increase the strength and flexibility in the upper back and lateral muscles. It includes a warm up, three phrases: Bodywave, Side to Side Undulation, Sidewinder, an improvisation section including those phrases, and a cool down for flexibility. Enjoy!
Here's a brief yoga cool down to stretch out the hips, legs, sides, and back. Have a yoga mat handy. This spotlight is from Ashley's Tribal Fusion Belly Dance class: "The 3/4 Shimmy with Ashley Lopez".
In this belly dance spotlight, we practice the Pilates sideline series; designed to strengthen the side abs, hips, glutes, and inner and outer thighs. This sequence is a great exercise for strengthening the muscles that are responsible for up/down hip movement, chest slides, hip slides, and lateral (side to side) figure 8’s in the upper and lower body. This spotlight is from Ashley's Tribal Fusion workshop: "The 3/4 Shimmy with Ashley Lopez".
This belly dance spotlight provides tips and techniques for working on drilling your undulations for greater clarity and ease of execution. This spotlight is from Sedona's American Cabaret style workshop: "Interesting and Innovative Isolations".
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