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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.
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.
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 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.
In this workshop we will be focusing on getting a strong and vivacious shimmy! Sedona will be sharing exercises and drills designed to strengthen, stretch and open the muscles around the knee joints in order to support the Egyptian Knee Shimmy. You will be shimmying through different timing manipulations and traveling movements that will help you to increase the stamina and mobility of your shimmy.
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.
In this workshop Sedona will cover three contemporary cabaret stylized combinations. These combinations will include some of the most luscious cabaret style movements: vertical hip circles, undulations and large hip bumps. Sedona will add some spice and sizzle to these combos by incorporating frames, dramatic poses, traveling foot patterns, turns, and weight shifts. Make sure you are properly warmed up before taking this class.
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.
We all know that learning new movements takes lots of repetition, but keeping what you've learned in your body also takes frequent check ins, albeit with less repetition. 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. The Rib Cage Up study is only 10 minutes long but packs a punch with all the material it contains. This workshop covers all the components of the Rib Cage Up study so you can learn at your own pace and review as necessary.
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.
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.
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 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 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 the third workshop in Sedona's "Drum Solo Expressions" series we will continue to cultivate our musicality, understanding Sedona's particular Drum Solo techniques and identifying Arabic rhythms. Sedona 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 slow and slinky Chiftitelli 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.
This workshop details several playful raqs assaya combinations inspired by folkloric movements and made for the raqs sharki stage. Using fast cane work, beautiful frames, juicy hipwork and more, Henna will break down and drill two combinations at several different speeds to get your cane work precise, fast, and fun! This workshop begins with a warm up to prepare the body for dance.
This workshop introduces several movements for Raqs Assaya: Egyptian Cane Dance. Starting with it's folkloric roots, each combination moves a little closer to raqs sharki assaya in order to give you background for the movements and builds in complexity as we move along. We will discuss the martial art of Tahteeb, the predecessor to our modern raqs assaya, as well as several cane movements and postures that go with the lovely and earthy Saidi rhythm. This workshop begins with a warm up to prepare the body for dance. This introduction to raqs assaya will get the feeling of this fun, earthy dance into your body and get that cane swinging!
In this spotlight Sedona will give you an in depth look at the two most basic sounds the tabla makes - Dum and Tek. She will also cover common ending phrases such as Dum Dum Tek, Dum Ka Tek, and Rek Rek. Sedona will teach and drill combos for each of these drum licks. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Drum Solo Expressions # 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.
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.
The Khaleegi rhythm is a fun, driving rhythm that is featured in belly dance compositions and performances. In this spotlight Henna will teach you movements and a combination inspired by the Cairo belly dance interpretation of the traditional Khaleegi dance, including a basic hair toss and step. This is from Henna's "Rhythmic Intelligence, Class 5: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations (Baladi, Masmoudi Kabir, Khaleegi, & Bolero)".
The Baladi is a well known, up-beat rhythm featured in many belly dance compositions and performances. In this spotlight Henna will break down the Baladi rhythm and give you several movements and a combination that highlights this rhythm. This is from Henna's "Rhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations V (Baladi, Masmoudi Kabir, Khaleegi, & Bolero)".
The Masmoudi Kabir is an earthy, slow rhythm, similar to the popular Baladi rhythm. In this spotlight Henna will break down the masmoudi kabir rhythm and detail several movements and a combination that highlights this rhythm. This is from Henna's "Rhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations V (Baladi, Masmoudi Kabir, Khaleegi, & Bolero)".
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)".
The chiftetelli is a beautiful rhythm featured prominently in belly dance, lending an earthy feeling to the music. It is a common backing rhythm for taksims, similar to the wahda wa nous rhythm. In this spotlight Henna will break down the chiftetelli rhythm and give you several movements and a combination that highlight the rhythm. This is from Henna's "Rhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations #3 (Wahda Kabira, Wahda Wanus, & Chiftetelli)".
The Wahda Wa Nous is a popular arabic rhythm that is used to provide space for other instruments to perform taqsims, or instrumental solos. In this spotlight Henna will break down the wahda wa nous rhythm and give you several movements and a combination that go well with this rhythm. This is from Henna's "Rhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations #3 (Wahda Kabira, Wahda Wanus, & Chiftetelli)".
The Wahda Kabira, a half time malfuf, is perhaps the most prominent rhythm in the belly dance repertoire, as it is part of many other rhythms. In this spotlight Henna details the Wahda Kabira rhythm and gives you several wonderful movements and a combination that goes with this rhythm. This is from Henna's "Rhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations #3 (Wahda Kabira, Wahda Wanus, & Chiftetelli)".
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 high energy workshop Sadie will share with you some of the basic movements of Samba, based on her many years of experience with this beautiful and fast-paced Brazilian dance. She will breakdown the basic technique of the samba step and other samba movements, putting them into some exciting combinations that will be drilled at various speeds. Get ready to sweat!
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 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 segment Sedona will teach you how to gracefully descend to the floor to prepare for belly dance floor work. Make sure the surface you are practicing on is safe for floor work and that your knees are comfortable, either using kneepads or a yoga mat for extra padding if you need it. This spotlight is from Sedona's American Cabaret "Fantastic Floorwork" workshop.
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 workshop will cover the fundamentals of Cabaret style floorwork. We will explore the 3 main building blocks of a well-rounded floor work routine: working postures, embellishment postures, and traveling and transitional movements, as well as descents and ascents. Basic belly dance isolations and hip work will be layered and drilled on top of various floorwork postures. We will then link movements and postures to create seamless floorwork sequences. Make sure the surface you are practicing on is safe for floor work and that your knees are comfortable, either using kneepads or a yoga mat for extra padding if you need it.
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.
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".
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.
In this spotlight, Sedona will lead you through a breakdown and dance based drill of transitions inspired by American Belly Dancers of the 1960's, 70's, and 80's - The Saidi Hop, Cross Ball Change, and Sway. This belly dance spotlight is from Sedona's "Goldmine #3 : Vintage American Cabaret Arms, Embellishments, Turns, and Transitions" workshop.
In this video, you will learn a belly dance phrase combined with an accompanying zil composition which includes the patterns "3-7-3", "3-5-5", "7-7", and alternating singles. This dance phrase is inspired by a phrase in the finger cymbal dance by Hahbi'Ru, used with permission from Rita to adapt it for this segment. Rita was sure to point out that this pattern is Jamila's, and to give credit where credit is due. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's "Zil-ionaire #2: Challenging Finger Cymbals + Combinations" workshop.
This is a movement phrase from Datura's vocabulary that piggy-backs off of Fat Chance Belly Dance's cued fast step, "The Arabic". This phrase is accompanied by a particular zil composition that combines "The Gallop", "3-5-5", and "3-1-3-1-3". It can be used for solo or group improvisation, or choreography. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's "Zil-ionaire #2: Challenging Finger Cybals + Combinations" workshop.
Lesson 4 Work of Unmata's Level 1 Fast ITS Vocabulary includes a detailed breakdown of the Shoulder Shimmy, Shoulder Shimmy with a Hip Drop, Mid 3/4 Shimmy, Mid 3/4 Shimmy with 1/4 and 1/2 Turns, and the Arabic Shimmy. This "work" section includes hard and soft transitions, ground zero body posture, and movement classifications. Vocabulary from Lessons 1, 2, and 3 of Level 1 Fast ITS Vocabulary will be included. This belly dance spotlight is from Amy's "Full Lesson 4: Unmata's Level 1 Fast ITS - Shoulder Shimmy, Mid 3/4 Shimmy, and the Arabic Shimmy".
Lesson 3 Work of Unmata's Level 1 Fast ITS Vocabulary includes a detailed breakdown of the Modified Double Bump, Single Bump, and Single Bump Turn. This "work" section includes hard and soft transitions, ground zero body posture, and movement classifications. Vocabulary from Lessons 1 and 2 of Level 1 Fast ITS Vocabulary will be included. This belly dance spotlight is from Amy's "Full Lesson 3: Unmata's Level 1 Fast ITS - Modified Double Bump, Single Bump, and Single Bump Turn".
Lesson 2 Work of Unmata's Level 1 Fast ITS Vocabulary includes a detailed breakdown of the Egyptian Twistback, Arabic with a Twist, Arabic with a Twist 1/4 and 1/2 turns, and fadebacks. This work section includes hard and soft transitions, ground zero body postures, and movement classifications, as well as vocabulary from Lesson 1. This spotlight is from Amy's "Full Lesson 2: Unmata's Level 1 Fast ITS - Egyptian Twistback, Arabic with a Twist, and Fadebacks".
Lesson 1 Work of Unmata's Level 1 Fast ITS Vocabulary includes a detailed breakdown of the Egyptian, Egyptian 1/2 Turn, Arabic, Arabic Turn Clockwise/Counterclockwise, Choo Choo, Choo Choo with second arm, and the Choo Choo Turn. This work section includes hard and soft transitions, ground zero body posture, and movement classifications. This belly dance spotlight is from Amy's "Full Lesson 1: Unmata's Level 1 Fast ITS - Egyptian, Egyptian 1/2 Turn, Arabic, Arabic Turn, Choo Choo, Choo Choo Turn" Class.
This workshop focuses on fun and dynamic vintage American Cabaret belly dance movements. Inspired by dancers of the 60's, 70's, and 80's, these movements and techniques have a distinctive flair. We will cover 8 movements including, the Back and Back, Big Loop Little Loop, Wild 8's, Samihah, Heel Drop, Double Drop, Bumps, the Twist, and the 3/4 Twist. Each movement is broken down and then drilled in a dance based combination. This workshop also has a brief warm up and cool down.
We will begin by warming up the body using basic Odissi principles: tribhangi posture, lasya and thandava dynamics, and basic footwork. We will then layer chest contractions on top of the tribhangi posture while using Classical Indian arm movements and Mayura Mudra. With both the tribhangi posture and arm movements we will drill two modified adavu footwork movements: a percussive traveling adavu and a buoyant stationary adavu. This class is from April Rose's "Indian Fusion Technique Class # 1".
In this class April Rose presents three belly dance and indian fusion phrases. The basic principles of the Classical Indian dance Bharatanatyam are introduced: ardhamandala posture, several footwork patterns, or adavus, arm carriage, and hand mudras. Using these principles as a base core belly dance movements, Polynesian details, and Kalbelia Rajasthani traveling steps will be combined to create the fusion phrases which are detailed and drilled with music. The class concludes with a cool down.
In this workshop April Rose explores the intersection of belly dance with Classical Indian dance through 4 fusion phrases. The Classical Indian Odissi posture tribhangi is introduced as well as some footwork, or adavus, that extends from tribhangi. We will also drill modified versions of fundamental Tribal Fusion and belly dance techniques like the Egyptian, Arabic, ASWAT, Sharki Step, lower undulations, and 3/4 hip shimmies, embellishing these movements with Classical Indian arm carriage and hand mudras. We will use these core movements with traveling footwork to create spatial patterns on the dance floor. Lastly, we will cool down with a classical suranamaskar.
This Intermediate level class introduces a slow Flamenco inspired move called the Barrel Turn, a variation on Turkish Shimmy which adds arms and a ½ turn, and a fun undulation with accented chest drops called Arabic 1-2-3. Each movement will be broken down and the cues for group improvisation explained, then they will be drilled with ATS® basic moves to demonstrate and practice transitions. Zils will be used with the fast moves.
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.
In this segment, students are introduced to the 6 movements of the shoulder blades (or scapulae) and how they apply to shoulder movement in belly dance. Students are then taken through some isolation drills to condition the muscles and build coordination. The isolations are then combined to create a few shapes for the shoulders, and are layers on top of some simple traveling steps for an extra challenge! We conclude with a few gentle stretches to open and relax the shoulders. This is a spotlight from Ashley's H.A.S.H. Tag: Head, Arms, Shoulders, and Hands workshop.
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 segment reviews the basic movements of the head, including rotation, side bending, forward flexion and backward extension. Students are then introduced to some slow isolated exercises for head slides and head circles. This segment concludes with a few basic poses to practice head placement in terms of the entire dance “line.” This is a spotlight from Ashley's H.A.S.H. Tag: Head, Arms, Shoulders, and Hands 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tamalyn will guide you through three tempos of shimmies with straight and bent knees and weight changes. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Relaxed and Layered Shimmies" workshop.
This belly dance workshop explores the art of relaxed and controlled shimmies and dramatic shimmy layering. During part one, Tamalyn will teach how to shimmy at different speeds, how to slow down and control shimmies, and how changing the distribution of your weight can prepare you for shimmy layers. During the second part shimmies are layered onto slow movements including hip slides, circles, undulations, and figure 8s.
This belly dance workshop teaches some of Tamalyn Dallal's signature complex and brain teasing hip movements. Included in this workshop are one hip movements focusing on combinations of crescents, circles, drops and one hip figure eights. "7 Leagues Under the Sea", is a signature dynamic movement that Tamalyn developed that is deceptively simple. She shares the secrets to accessing her "Crazy Shimmies" and finishes the workshop with a twisting shimmy undulation that also doubles as a wonderful internal massage.
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".
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.
The rigorous belly dance spotlight breaks down and drills the choo choo shimmy, a challenging, fun, and dynamic traveling shimmy. This spotlight is from Sedona's American Cabaret Style "Shimmy Quartet Workshop".
This belly dance spotlight will break down and drill a wonderful Egyptian shimmy variation, the freeze. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Shimmy Quartet Workshop".
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 belly dance segment breaks down and drills the Waggle Shimmy, a large and lovely rocking style hip shimmy. This spotlight is from Sedona's American Cabaret Style "Shimmy Quartet Workshop".
Zils add a wonderful dimension to any belly dance performance, providing excitement and a celebratory feel while highlighting the rhythms in the music. As with any musical instrument, it takes time to develop a level of proficiency and technique to allow you to play while dancing. This belly dance spotlight reviews the basic Longa pattern, then introduces two zil patterns that may be used while dancing or while riffing with the music: the 3-1-3-1-3, which matches perfectly with Saidi or Baladi rhythms and the 3-3-7. They are drilled individually then played together in a fun and challenging zil drill. This spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class 7".
After a quick warm up, we'll introduce Turning Torso Twist and Head Slides then review 3 slow turns in this ATS® basic class. Double-bump and Single Bump are introduced and we'll add 1⁄2 turns to Arabic Hip-Twist. The Diagonal formation is introduced and transitions between formations are broken down and drilled with both slow and fast movements. Class ends with a cool down.
This beginning level ATS® class starts with a warm up then arm position review. Circle Step is introduced and basic slow movements are layered with traveling steps. We review Egyptian Basic and introduce Up-Up-Down-Down-Down (Up2-Down3). Zil patterns used in ATS® but applicable to all styles of belly dance are reviewed and paired with movements. Class finishes with a fast drill and a cool down.
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 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 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 belly dance spotlight will introduce the intermediate student to a technique concept called “scales”, through breaking down and drilling the Sugar scale. Scales are phrases that can be used for improvisation or choreography, as well as being strong technique drills. The Sugar scale combines a series of locks and undulations that travel up and down the body. This Fusion spotlight is taken from Rachel's "Serpentine Scales: Pinball + Sugar 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.
The elusive flutter! This impressive belly dance isolation can be mystifying for both the audience and the performer. It requires breath-work, isolation, and a unique awareness of your core muscles. Learn from a pro as Zoe shares her tips and tools to finding your flutter. This spotlight is from Zoe's Fusion workshop: "Spins, Flutters, and Belly Rolls: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals".
Zoe's unique approach to belly rolls: "The 4 Part Roll" breaks down this classic move for any style of belly dance, emphasizing each muscle group, and moving the abdomen independent of the spine. This Tribal Fusion spotlight is from Zoe's "Spins, Flutters, and Belly Rolls: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals" Workshop.
This three part workshop will focus on spins, flutters, and belly rolls that are used in Zoe's belly dance flow series and are applicable for Fusion belly dance technique. Each of these dance components will be broken down and explained clearly, allowing for dancers of all levels to gain a greater understanding of these elusive concepts.
Belly Dance Flow Drills have been created for the dedicated dancer as a means to drill almost all dance movements for a well-rounded daily practice. In this workshop Zoe will encourage a balance of strength, flexibility, and Fusion technique, utilizing sun salutations, Pilates, and good old fashioned belly dance. This practice will make you sweat, so drink lots of water, and you'll need a yoga mat and a towel.
This Intermediate level workshop starts with a warm up and conditioning focusing on arm strength and flexibility. We then cover a quick overview of Swords used in belly dance and specific concepts for group improvisation using swords. Starting with the dancers handling the sword, variations of slow and then fast ATS® and Scarlet Thistle moves are presented as well as dramatic poses and flourishes that showcase this “dangerous” prop. Sword balancing, both on the hand and on the head is discussed with Tribal Style movements utilized for hand balancing and the ATS® vocabulary is explored for balancing on the head. For the fast work, zils will also be used. Class finishes with an improvised drill that strings together multiple movements to create combinations appropriate for choreography or for improvisation.
After a quick belly dance warm up, the beautiful Sahra Turn is introduced and Reverse Taxim is layered with Arm Undulations in this ATS® basic class. We review fast foot positions then breakdown Arc-Arm Turn and Shoulder Shimmy. Ghawazee Shimmy and Arabic Hip-twist are introduced and put into combos to drill with zils. Transitions specifically suited for trios and quartets are broken down and drilled, then class finishes with a cool down.
This beginning level ATS® class starts with a warm up then reviews posture. Wrap-around Turn is introduced and slow movements are layered onto level changes. We review Turkish Shimmy then add a 1⁄2 Turn and introduce Reach & Sit. Class finishes with a call and response zil drill which rotates through the common zil pattern used in ATS® belly dance and a cool down.
Lesson 3 includes the technical breakdown and stylization of the floreo taxim, rib circles, and the arm dip. This belly dance spotlight is from Amy's "Full Lesson 3, Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS: Floreo Turn, Rib Circles, and Arm Dip" class.
Lesson 2 work includes the technical breakdown and stylizations of upper undulations with all 4 arm positions, floreo poses, and reverse turn. This belly dance segment is taken from Amy's "Full Lesson 2: Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS - Undulations, Floreos, and Reverse Turn" class.
Taxim work is fundamental to horizontal figure 8s paired with snake arms, an ABC of ITS. This belly dance class breaks down the taxim, illustrates the "how to" in executing seamless transitions of your low, mid, and high taxims, concepts and rules of turning with the taxim, moving with your taxims, and last we will cover the stagger formation and rotation. The material in this spotlight is from Amy's "Full Lesson 1: Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS - Taxims" 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.
In this belly dance basics class we will be focusing on muscular hip work. We will be working the hips on various planes to create strong lifts, drops and bumps. We will also drill interior hip circles as well as side circles. In addition to a warm up, cool down, break down and drill section, the class also includes an American Cabaret Style combination of all movements covered.
In this belly dance basics class the focus will be on very muscular internal body movements and external traveling moves. After a short full body warm-up you will learn up-to-down and down-to-up-undulations as well as down-to-up hip figure 8’s. Basic hip bumps and twists will also be layered on different foot patterns. All the movements will be combined at the end of class and drilled in an American Cabaret style combination. The class concludes with a short cool down. An excellent class for a beginning student or advanced dancer looking to keep their basics strong.
This belly dance workshop will introduce the intermediate student to two technique phrases called “scales.” These phrases can be used for improvisation or choreography, as well as being strong technique drills. They are introduced individually, then practiced together in a combination. You will drill undulations, rib cage circles, maya, side to side undulations, a simple lock pattern, and a more complex isolation pattern. This Fusion class begins and ends with a brief warm up and cool down.
After a quick warm up, Corkscrew Turn, Ribcage Rotation and layering Arm Undulations and Taxim are presented in this ATS® basic belly dance class. Ghawazee Shimmy and Arabic Hip-twist are introduced and put into combos to drill with zils. Transitions and lead changes appropriate for duets and trios are broken down and drilled, then class finishes with a cool down. This is the fourth class in Colette's Beginning ATS® series.
Get your daily dose! These concise belly dance practices include what you need to keep your Fusion technique strong when you’re short on time: yoga, conditioning, technique drills, a short belly dance phrase called "Pinball", and a cool down. Pinball #2 has a more gentle yoga practice and focus on arms. Daily doses are made in pairs so you can alternate practices for an all-over conditioning over the course of several days. This practice highlights the beautiful and complex phrase: Pinball.
This Fusion spotlight focuses on to a technique concept called “scales". In this belly dance video, Rachel will break down and drill the scale called "Pinball". The Pinball scale combines undulations, rib cage circles, maya, side to side undulations, a simple lock pattern, and a more complex isolation pattern. These phrases can be used for improvisation or choreography, as well as being strong technique drills. This spotlight is taken from Rachel's "Serpentine Scales: Pinball + Sugar Workshop".
Get your daily dose! These concise belly dance practices include what you need to keep your Fusion technique strong when you’re short on time: yoga, conditioning, technique drills, a short belly dance phrase called Pinball, and a cool down. Pinball #1 offers a stronger yoga practice and focus on leg strengthening and level changes.
This beginning level ATS® belly dance class starts with a warm up, then introduces basic slow moves including Camel Walk, Torso Twist, and the Propeller Turn. Fast movements will include Shimmy Step, and Turkish Shimmy, and adding a 1/4 turn to the Turkish Shimmy. Class finishes with a zil drill that rotates through the common drill patterns used in ATS® followed by a cool down.
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 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.
After a quick warm up, slow arm undulations, arm flourishes, and Bodywave are presented in this ATS® basic belly dance class. Fast variations, including Egyptian 1⁄2 Turn and Arabic Arm Flourishes are introduced and drilled with zils. We break down and drill duet and trio formations, then finish with a cool down.
This beginning level ATS® class introduces basic slow belly dance moves including posture, taxim, hand floreo and reverse turn, and presents four fast moves: Arabic, Shimmy Step, Egyptian and Choo-choo. A zil pattern is paired with the fast moves and drilled. We start with a warm up and end with a cool down.
This belly dance class presents fast Tribal Style movements that incorporate classic foot patterns and traditional hip work which look stunning when performed by a group. We will introduce the movements and flourishes, string them together into combos to drill, then drill them in formation with zils. This workshop is appropriate for dancers of all levels and the moves are ATS® and/or ITS friendly.
Basic movements provide a strong foundation for any belly dance practice and are the starting point for variations and complex layering. This spotlight focuses on proper technique for three fundamental slow movements in tribal style belly dance, Taxim, Reverse Taxim and Bodywave, to ensure a dramatic presentation and prepare for advanced variations. This spotlight is from Colette's "Flamenco Inspired Movements for Group Improvisation" workshop.
This belly dance class presents slow Tribal Style movements, each with a strong Flamenco flavor. Starting with a short warm-up, we will introduce three movements and their cues, then string them together into a dramatic combo to drill. This workshop is appropriate for dancers of all levels and the moves are ATS® and/or ITS friendly.
Slovenia Slam! This is a fun 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!
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.
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.
Get your daily dose! The daily dose is a short, efficient practice that has what you need to keep your belly dance technique strong, even if you have a crazy schedule: yoga, drills, a short phrase combination, a focus, and a cool down. This daily dose is part of the Rachel's Fusion "Arabic Shimmy" Series.
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!
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.
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 Fusion workshop: "Sinuous and Smoky Phrases".
This belly dance workshop will teach you some of the gooey-est fundamental movements in 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!
The strange and beautiful bodywave is performed differently according to your belly dance style. Here, we'll focus on the Fusion approach, drilling it as a spinal roll in the back of the body. Rachel pairs this movement with a hip circle and an undulation down to up to give it a very sinuous and smoky feel. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's "Sinuous and Smoky Phrases" workshop.
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 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.
In this Tribal Fusion Belly Dance basics class, we'll take basic isolations and string them together to create patterns and shapes! We’ll explore chest and hip circles, figure 8s, and an isolation combination. Additionally, we’ll drill shimmies, snake arms, and a traveling combination with arm and hip layers. For our warm-up and cool-down, be ready for a little yoga and Pilates at the beginning and end of class.
This is a belly dance basics class, which will include a traveling combination and an isolation combination. For the traveling combo, we will break down the footwork and then add arm movement and hip locks. Next, isolations of the hips, shoulders, and chest will be drilled separately then put together in a combination toward the end. We’ll also practice walking with hip locks and speeding up the feet for a movement called the “choo choo.” Get ready for a fun shimmy drill, too! Have a mat ready for a pilates warm-up and yoga cool-down.
In this Tribal Fusion class, we explore a simple traveling combination and then add arm movements on top. Basic hip and chest movement will also be drilled, with a focus on clean, strong, muscular articulation. A nice, long arm and shoulder drill is included to build strength and stamina for beautiful and graceful arms. We will warm-up and cool-down with a bit of yoga and Pilates so grab your yoga mat as well!
This Tribal Fusion class is designed for the beginning belly dancer or anyone looking to revisit and practice some basic belly dance essentials. In this video, we will start by breaking down belly dance posture. Then we’ll work with some basic footwork and traveling hip locks, upper body isolations, and snake arms. Have a mat ready as we’ll begin with a short yoga and Pilates conditioning sequence.
In this belly dance class, Sedona will break down and drill the technique for lovely, loose shoulder shimmies standard to American Cabaret style belly dance. Once we have a nice, strong shoulder shimmy, we will begin to layer them with different step patterns, level changes, and chest isolations. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Super Shimmies & Shimmy Layers" workshop.
Shimmies are one of the most impressive yet challenging movements in a belly dance repertoire. In this workshop we will go through a clear and concise break down of the Egyptian style hip shimmy and shoulder shimmy. We will dance through an extended shimmy session to help increase the endurance and velocity of your shimmy. Finally, we will begin to add exciting and challenging shimmy layers and level changes. The workshops begins with a full-body, classical dance based conditioning workout; designed to create a long and strong dancers body.
In this belly dance spotlight we will mix and match many of the basic isolations to create complex and interesting patterns. This spotlight is part of Sedona's American Cabaret style workshop: "Interesting and Innovative Isolations".
In this belly dance spotlight we will break down and drill all of the basic, head, chest, hip, and shoulder isolations. This is wonderful for belly dance beginners or the more advanced dancer looking to keep their isolation technique sharp and strong. This spotlight is a part of Sedona's American Cabaret style workshop: "Interesting and Innovative Isolations".
This American Cabaret style belly dance workshop will start with grounding breath work to help you tune in and connect. We will then go head to toe, breaking down and drilling basic belly dance Isolations. Finally, we will mix and match the basic isolations to create interesting and innovative isolation patterns. Learning these challenging isolation combinations will enhance your ability to accent musical cues and expand your drum solo repertoire.
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".
In this belly dance class we will be focusing on large, exaggerated hip movements. Big Hip Movements are one of the most exciting components in a belly dance repertoire, not only are they fun and dramatic but they also serve as the perfect contrast to intricate interior hip work and tight shimmies. We will break down and drill various favorite “Big Hip Movements”, then put them together to create an American Cabaret style combination. The class will also include an extended warm up designed to increase hip flexibility and mobility as well as a hip opening cool down.
The gorgeous feminine expression of American Cabaret Style can range from light and airy to earthy and powerful. In this belly dance class we will focus on seven “classic” cabaret style movements. This class is perfect for someone just beginning to build their belly dance repertoire or for the dancer looking to fuse some authentic Arabic style into their dance. Each movement will be broken down, drilled, then put together into a combination. We will start with warm-up based on Kundalini Yoga and Qi Gong, designed to free up energy in the physical and energetic body, and we will conclude with a short cool down.
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.
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