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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 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".
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 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 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".
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 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.
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.
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!
This four phase combination includes many of Datura's fundamental foot, leg and arm positions. It's a mid-tempo combo used in Datura's improvisational vocabulary, but is great for choreographies as well. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Datura Style Technique: Fundamental Positions & Combinations" workshop.
In addition to the Arabic Hip Twist, this movement includes a huge dose of inspiration from the movements in Egyptian style belly dance. This step is best featured at a medium tempo, but if you can do it fast and keep the details, more power to you! This spotlight is from Rachel's "Datura Style Technique: Fundamental Positions & Combinations" workshop.
This unusual workshop is actually two classes in one: A fundamentals practice and demonstration, followed by a challenging dance portion. 1) In the first half of this workshop Rachel will detail and practice Datura's fundamental placement for the arms, legs, feet, and full body for Tribal and Tribal Fusion dancers. Next you’ll learn a short sequence that integrates these fundamentals so when practiced regularly they’ll become second nature. This detailed work was created as a reference that you can return to again and again for detail about the fundamentals. 2) In the second half of the workshop, you’ll learn 2 new challenging combinations from Datura’s emerging vocabulary, Arabic Hip Twist variation and Cherry Moon, that include many of these foot and arm positions. And for the finale!: You and Rachel will play with some lead-and-follow improvisation to get a sense of how to use these combinations in a group improvisation. To find a visual reference for the arm, leg, and foot positions, click here.
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 second workshop in Sedona's "Drum Solo Expressions" series we will continue to nourish our musicality skills, working on Drum Solo techniques and identifying Arabic rhythms. Sedona will explain her basic drum solo theory, the main goal in dancing a drum solo, and her process in preparing a drum solo. She will also explore fundamental sounds that comprise a well executed drum solo. Sedona will drill several movements and combinations to familiarize us with the sounds of the drum, with a focus on the energetic and earthy Saidi rhythm. Make sure to be properly warmed up before attempting this class.
In this segment we will explore the Baladi rhythm. Sedona will breakdown the Baladi rhythm, explaining the musical counts, and detail and drill two combinations to this rhythm: a large and external combination, as well as an internally focused one. This segment is from Sedona's "Drum Solo Expresssions #1 : Baladi" class.
In the first workshop in Sedona's "Drum Solo Expressions" series we will begin to cultivate our musicality, understanding Sedona's particular Drum Solo techniques and identifying Arabic rhythms. Sedona will explain her basic drum solo theory, the main goal in dancing a drum solo, and her process in preparing a drum solo. She will explore several fundamental sounds that comprise a well executed drum solo, drilling movements and combinations to familiarize us with the sounds of the drum, with a focus on the upbeat and popular Baladi rhythm. Make sure to be properly warmed up before attempting this class.
This drill combines the movements taught in Rachel's 3/4 shimmy workshop, and includes several variations of 3/4 on the up and down: Ghawazee, Overshimmy, Hagallah and Samiha. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
The challenging Choo Choo, when mastered, gives the impression of floating or gliding in space while the hips express a very percussive and striking shimmy. It's a favorite everywhere, and always brings a huge response from the audience. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
The Samiha is a variation of the Hagallah, performed with one foot flat, and the other in a forced arch. One of our favorites. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
The Hagallah was named for a type of hip work found in celebratory social dances of Western Egypt and parts of Libya. It is a fusion of 3/4 on the down and an emphatic twist. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
The Overshimmy is a fusion of the 3/4 down shimmy and the Maya, and it is an easy choice for traveling and up-tempo music. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
The Ghawazee or Ghawazi shimmy is named after dancers of Egypt who specialize in this approach to a gorgeous walking-shimmy. This variation of 3/4 shimmy on the up is characterized by a big, swinging movement in the hips. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
The 3/4 shimmy is used by belly dancers everywhere. In this spotlight, Rachel will teach how to approach your 3/4 shimmy on the down, clarifies the simple rhythmic pattern that the shimmy expresses, and teaches a few 3/4 down variations. Some experience with belly dance is useful before taking this class, and advanced dancers may find this clarification helps their shimmies become bigger and cleaner. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
The 3/4 shimmy is used by belly dancers everywhere. In this spotlight, Rachel teaches the basic approach, using hip work up, clarifies the simple rhythmic pattern that the shimmy expresses, and teaches 3/4 up variations through extended drill sessions with arm patterns and footwork. Some experience with belly dance is useful before taking this class, and advanced dancers may find this clarification helps their shimmies become bigger and cleaner. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
Learn, clarify or refine your physical understanding of several variations of the 3/4 shimmy and their different musical timing. Rachel starts from the beginning, with a clear lesson and practice for 3/4 work on the up and on the down, and then teaches variations for each. You'll finish with a technique combination (with some challenging choo choo shimmies thrown in) that includes all the variations and some complimentary arm movements.
In this drill session, Sedona will take you through basic belly dance isolations, strongly emphasizing posture and alignment. Using various arm postures and facing changes, you will practice perfect isolations and build endurance. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Practice Perfect" workshop.
In this spotlight Sedona breaks down a combination, using drills to focus on isolation patterns that include hip lifts, head slides, omis, undulations, and shoulder shimmies. This drill based combination will be practiced at two different speeds. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Practice Perfect 1" workshop.
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.
In this 30 minute danceable drill session, Ashley will get you moving and sweating by focusing on up hip locks and bumps. You will practice hip up locks and hip bumps, with traveling steps, turns, and Fusion layers. Please make sure you warm up and cool down before and after this belly dance practice.
In this 30 minute danceable drill and combination session, Ashley will lead you through a practice focused on twists. You will work on twists as Fusion isolations, locks, with traveling steps, turns, and layers. Please make sure you warm up and cool down before and after this practice.
In this 30 minute danceable drill and combination session, Ashley will get you moving by focusing on shimmies! You will practice shimmies as isolations, in the shoulders, hips, as flutters, 3/4 shimmies, and also with traveling steps, turns, and Fusion layers. Please make sure you warm up and cool down before and after this belly dance practice.
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.
In this spotlight, we will learn Kalbelia Rajasthani folk dance style traveling hip drops and arm movements. We will also be learning a 3/4 syncopated back hip 8 known as the "Jewel" in American Cabaret. Then we'll put these two movements together with some arm patterns and spatial formations. This belly dance spotlight is from April Rose's "Infusion #2: Indian Fusion Technique Class".
In this spotlight 3/4 hip twists will be drilled, hips will be added to a modified Egyptian step, and then a flourish is added to the movement with Kathak-style hand flips. We will also drill 3/4 hip lifts, add the hips to a Sharki Step, then flourish with Hot Pot-style Windshield Wiper arms. Lastly, we connect the Modified Egyptian and Sharki Step movements with traveling Chasé Hip Twists in Suchi mudra. This fusion belly dance spotlight is from April Rose's "Infusion: Indian Fusion Technique Class # 1".
We will drill lower undulations with and without a hip shimmy layer, adding arm patterns, and traveling footwork. This belly dance spotlight is from April Rose's "Indian Fusion Technique Class # 1".
Learn Colleena's stylized Rajasthani style movement: The Pull Through. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Intermediate Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
Learn Colleena's stylized Rajasthani style movement: The Hip Toss. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Intermediate Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
This belly dance flow drills class will focus on layering muscular hip work with arm patterns and footwork. Zoe Jakes has created a format that teaches complex layering in a concise and clear way, and that is geared towards intermediate and advanced dancers of all styles. A yoga warm-up is strongly recommended before taking this class.
This advanced belly dance class combines five upper body isolations with a few lower body isolations in yet even more challenging variations. Here we will start to venture in to poly-rhythms as well. This Fusion spotlight is a segment of Ashley's "Layercake: Crazy Delicious Layering" class.
Ten upper body isolations will be drilled with a few lower body isolations at varying speeds and combinations, culminating in a short Fusion combo. This belly dance spotlight is a segment of Ashley's "Layercake: Crazy Delicious Layering" class.
This belly dance workshop is a study in combining basic movements together to create clear, distinct layers of simultaneous movement. We will address layering a variety of basic upper body movements with a variety of basic lower body movements. This class is targeted toward the dancer who is beyond beginner and is ready to move into more complex multi-tasking territory.
This segment will include belly dance drills and a Fusion combo which focuses on the legs and hips. This spotlight is part two of three from Ashley's "Built: Lower Body Conditioning Workshop".
This workshop is from the "Built for Belly Dance Conditioning Series", which are fitness-based classes for belly dancers that build strength, flexibility, and technique. This workshop is a 3-part-power-packed belly dance, yoga, and fitness workout focusing on the lower body. Class will begin with a yoga and fitness routine for strengthening, then we will proceed to belly dance drills and a Fusion combo that focus on the legs and hips. The workshop will conclude with a yoga and stretching segment to increase flexibility and range of motion in the lower body. The "Built for Belly Dance Series" also includes workshops on conditioning and drills for the arms and torso.
This combination includes a simple isolation pattern, hip work, a traveling step, and a slightly theatrical ending. It was created to be used over and over for several months: it begins simply and increases tempo three times so you can work at your current speed. It's suggested that you warm up a bit before trying this combination. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Up-Tempo Locks and Isolations Class".
This belly dance class presents a combination that includes a simple Fusion isolation pattern, hip work, a traveling step, and a bit of a theatrical ending. It was created to be used over and over for several months, so it begins simply and increases tempo three times so you can work at your current speed and level. We begin with a yoga-based conditioning sequence for the upper back, and end with support for your hips.
This short combination focuses primarily on hip work on the up and on the down. This belly dance video is meant to be used multiple times, so it starts slowly, with attention to detail, and is then drilled with quicker and quicker pacing to challenge the beginner through intermediate dancer over the course of one to six months. This combination is taken from Rachel's full Fusion class: "Hip Work and Level Changes".
This simple yet challenging belly dance class uses a Fusion technique combination that focuses primarily on hip work on the up and on the down. This video is meant to be used multiple times, so it starts slowly, with attention to detail, and is then drilled with quicker and quicker pacing to challenge the beginning through intermediate dancer over the course of one to six months. It begins with a brief conditioning section to warm up your spine and joints, and ends with a relaxing yoga practice.
A strong little Fusion Belly Dance phrase to keep your down-hip work nice and clean. Also includes hip circles and an undulation from the lowest-low belly to keep those abdominal isolations articulated and easy.
This shimmy drill warm-up will get you ready for belly dancing in a hurry, while still being carefully sequenced. First we'll warm up the spine, then the joints, then move to hip work before our shimmy drill. Good to practice with other dance videos or just to keep your shimmies big and relaxed. Enjoy!
This Fusion fundamentals video pairs hip-work on the up and down with a very simple foot and arm pattern, and offers important information for the safe repetition of these movements. If you want to learn to belly dance, this is a great place to start after your warm up!
An up-tempo Fusion belly dance combination with a lot of changes, the Hagallah combo gives both your brain and body a bit of work. In addition to the hagallah, enjoy the Arabic Shimmy, optional level changes, and a few surprising transitions.
This belly dance spotlight breaks down three different 3/4 shimmy variations. The first includes a hip "up” accent, the second is the “over-shimmy” (using a figure 8 in the hips), and the third is a twist and drop variation...offering the experienced dancer three distinct flavors to play with! This Fusion spotlight is from Ashley's "3/4 Shimmy Variations & Layers" workshop.
In this belly dance spotlight we will combine the 3/4 shimmy with chest slides, chest circles, the up-to-down body roll, and the down-to-up body roll. This spotlight is from Ashley's Fusion workshop: "3/4 Shimmy Variations & Layers".
This Fusion workshop offers some upper body layering over the 3/4 shimmy as well as three different 3/4 shimmy variations in the lower body. Upper body layers include chest circles, up to down body rolls, and down to up body rolls. Each belly dance movement will be broken down into isolations and then practiced on top of the 3/4 traveling shimmy. Each of the 3/4 shimmy variations combine an accent or shape in the hips: including hip locks up, hip locks down, twists, and slides. We’ll explore three specific variations that include these isolations. This workshop is designed for the experienced dancer who is already comfortable with the basic 3/4 shimmy and is ready to layer and travel!
This Fusion Belly Dance spotlight breaks down the 3/4 shimmy on the "up" and "down", and includes a traveling combo with a 3/4 shimmy, at three increasing speeds! This spotlight is from "The 3/4 Shimmy with Ashley Lopez".
In this Fusion Belly Dance spotlight, Ashley will break down the basic 3/4 shimmy slowly, then speed it up. A simple traveling combination is included to practice going forward, back, right and left with the 3/4 shimmy. This spotlight is from "The 3/4 Shimmy with Ashley Lopez"
This Fusion Belly Dance spotlight focuses on hip isolations (locks up and locks down), calf strengthening drills, and exercises to challenge balance. This video is designed to prepare the dancer for graceful traveling with hip movement. This spotlight is from "The 3/4 Shimmy with Ashley Lopez".
This Fusion Belly Dance workshop is designed to give the beginning or intermediate belly dancer a foundation for traveling with 3/4 shimmies. In this workshop, we’ll break down the basic 3/4 shimmy, focusing on an even pacing and smooth execution. Pilates mat work, isolation drills, and balance exercise will help to prepare the dancer for the movement. This video includes a basic traveling combination to exercise traveling forward, back, and to the sides. Great for beginning to experienced dancers looking to drill the 3/4 shimmy.
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