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In this short sequence Rachel will run through the foot, arm and leg positions fundamental to the Datura Style™ format to keep your technique clean and strong. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Datura Style™ Technique: Fundamental Positions & Combinations" workshop.
In 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.
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.
This segment will teach you the names of the most commonly referenced Datura Style™ foot, leg, and arm positions. Learning the names of these positions will make it much easier to learn and teach movement in this style and will give you a specific checkpoint to be sure you, me, and your dance community are on the same page with Datura Style™ steps and movements. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Datura Style™ Technique: Fundamental Positions & Combinations" workshop.
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!
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 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 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.
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.
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.
In this spotlight, Sedona will lead you through a breakdown and dance based drill of turns inspired by American Belly Dancers of the 1960's, 70's, and 80's - The Karshlima Turn and the Tambourine Turn. This belly dance spotlight is from Sedona's "Goldmine #3 : Vintage American Cabaret Arms, Embellishments, Turns, and Transitions" workshop.
This belly dance workshop covers a variety of vintage American Cabaret Arm movements, turns, hops, and transitions inspired by American Belly Dancers of the 1960's, 70's, and 80's - The Wave, Arabian Princess, Swim, Wrist Circles, Party Arms, Snake Arm Variations, the Karshlima turn, Tambourine Turn, Saidi Hop, Cross Ball Change, and Sway. Each movement is broken down and then drilled in a dance based combination.
This workshop is inspired by the bold and beautiful movements of American Belly Dancers of the 1960's, 70's, and 80's. We will breakdown and drill the Camel with a twist, Lee Ali Hip lifts, Toe Toe Sit, Step Shift Pose, Forward Wheel, Yin Yang, Cyclone, and Body 8's with Level Changes. This American Cabaret style class includes a short warm up and brief cool down.
In this spotlight, Sedona will lead you through 4 vintage belly dance traveling movements inspired by dancers from the 60's, 70's, and 80's: the Back and Back, Big Loop Little Loop, Wild 8's, and the Samihah. The movements will be broken down then drilled in combinations. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Goldmine #2" workshop.
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.
In this ATS® spotlight, Colette covers two intermediate/advanced fast movements - Turkish Shimmy Passing and Chico Four Corners Crossing. This belly dance spotlight is from Colette's "Intermediate ATS® : Class # 5".
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.
Learn the basics of typical North Indian Classical style spinning. This style of Kathak spins uses a unique technique based in posture and footwork that creates speed and precision while turning. These spins will be drilled at different tempos and with a variety of Kathak arm patterns. This spotlight is from Colleena's "North Indian Classical Spins and Arms" workshop.
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.
Learn two more advanced spins from Rajasthani dance: The Rekha Turn (spotting the sky) and the "Gypsy" Palta, along with a mudra and foot pattern. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Intermediate Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
Learn the basic breakdown of Rajasthani spinning technique and three of Colleena's favorite turns: The Sopari Spin, the Chedi Arms Spin, and the Half Barrel Turn. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Intermediate Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
Learn Colleena's stylized Rajasthani style movement: The Pull Through. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Intermediate Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
Learn Colleena's stylized version of the Rajasthani "Wind Up" and the "Rajasthani Basic Step". This spotlight is from Colleena's "Intermediate Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
This workshop builds on the basic steps of Rajasthani dance and develops a more stylized direction based on Colleena's experience and interpretation of the music. Stylistic movements, four basic spins, and two advanced spins will be broken down and drilled. Finally, all the movements will come together in a fun, fast-paced fusion combination set to Rajasthani music. Suggested attire is a large spinning skirt and dancing barefoot is ideal for stomping out the foot pattern. (Be sure the floor surface you are dancing on is appropriate for fast spins so as not to risk injury.)
In this spotlight we will practice "Ghoomar Arms" over a particular foot pattern and spin. This is from Colleena's "Introduction to Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
The Ghoomar arm pattern comes from a folk dance called "Ghoomar Dance" and is a very typical and old arm pattern found in many Rajasthani folk dances, particularly those done by women. Learn this arm variation that can be used in several ways over the "Rajasthani Basic Step". This spotlight is from Colleena's "Introduction to Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
The Chedi arm pattern comes from a style of Rajasthani folk dance called "Chedi Dance", where dancers balance a chedi pot on their head as they dance. Learn this arm variation that can be used in several ways over the "Rajasthani Basic Step". This spotlight is from Colleena's "Introduction to Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
This is a detailed breakdown of the most common traveling step in Rajasthani folk dance. Learn two arm positions (with variations) and how to travel with this step in a typical floor pattern. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Introduction to Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
Prepare for a graceful first step in Rajasthani folk dance by learning about the posture, mudras, rhythm, and foot pattern. This spotlight is from Colleena's "Introduction to Rajasthani Dance" workshop.
This workshop will introduce the basic components of Rajasthani folk dance such as: Posture, mudras (hand positions) and the basic foot pattern. We will take four dance movements, the "Basic Step", "Chedi Arm Variation", "Ghoomar Arm Variation", and the "Ghoomar Spin", that will introduce the student to movements of several folk styles from within Rajasthan. This workshop is perfect as a first introduction to Rajasthani dance, as well as for a dancer who wants to brush up on fundamental movements in this style. Suggested movement attire is a large spinning skirt and dancing barefoot is ideal for stomping out the foot pattern.
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 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.
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 is a new concept, which makes chest movements easier, more fluid, and flexible. Tamalyn will make a belly dance combination of chest movements, from the ground up. This spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Gravitational Pull of the Earth" workshop.
Tamalyn will teach how to get big, juicy movements and complete them by allowing the hips to follow the feet and the feet to become rooted into the earth. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Gravitational Pull of the Earth" workshop.
This belly dance workshop will show how to get big, juicy, relaxed movements by focusing on the energy of the earth and working through your feet. We begin by allowing our basic hip and chest moves to spill over our feet, which drive the movement. Those movements will become a combination.
We'll put together some classic Egyptian belly dance moves including The Cairo 8, some bouncy Beladi Hip Drops, Traveling Hip Work, and The Sharki Step, for a fun combo with Henna! This combo is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian: Technique Workshop".
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".
The sharki step is a simple foot pattern perfect for layering endless variations of movement. We begin with hips on the up, then add a 3/4 shimmy layer, and finally a pelvic lock to the back. The hip work and isolation are drilled separately before we put it all together in a series of drills. This belly dance 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.
Zoe breaks down six of her most commonly used turns: the cross-over turn, the hook, the clock, the non-spotted, the calibrated, the barrel, and the chasing tail turn. This Tribal Fusion Belly Dance class is excellent for any dancer looking to practice clean spin execution. This 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.
In this workshop we will focus on belly dance’s most classic prop, the veil. You will get clear and concise breakdowns of veil posture, technique, and 20 unique movements and variations. All of the movements can stand on their or own or seam together to create a lovely 20 part veil choreography. This American Cabaret Style workshop includes a warm-up specifically targeting arms, hands, wrists, upper back, shoulders and ribcage as well as commentary on using your veil as a theatrical prop and recovering from veil snafus.
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.
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 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.
Sedona Soulfire covers classic belly dance veil movements including toga, flag, arabian princess, hourglass, untuck, hip frame, and front to back toss. This is section part of Sedona's American Cabaret workshop "Sublime Veil Technique and Choreography".
This workshop will be focusing on some of the most fundamental belly dance movements. This is the perfect intro class for someone new to belly dance or a more advanced dancer looking to fine-tune the basics. In this class you will learn the Egyptian Basic, various hip circles, and hip twists. We will do all movements in place and then travel with them as well. Each movement is broken down, drilled, and then finally combined with complimentary movements and danced!
This class serves as a wonderful introduction to the beautiful art of belly dance. We will cover some of the most fundamental movements in a belly dance repertoire. You will learn various styles of hip figure 8’s as well as many gorgeous traveling movements. Each movement will be broken down, drilled and then put together and drilled in an American Cabaret style combination.
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.
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.
Learn the 5 sections of a balancing routine in this short and simple 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!
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!
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!
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.
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".
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.
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!
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 you will learn Sedona’s signature “Serpent Moon” combination. The combo has a theatrical style and is an interesting fusion of American Cabaret Style Belly Dance, Tribal Fusion, and Modern Dance. In learning this combo you will come away with many innovative new movements and hopefully be inspired to create your own unique fusions. We will open with a special warm up designed to increase spinal strength and flexibility as well as help to improve your balance. We will end with a brief cool down.
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