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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.
Healthy flexibility is a combination of range of motion in the joints, length of the muscles and connective tissues as well as strength, stability, balance, and proprioception. This workshop is designed to help you safely and effectively increase flexibility through a variety of fitness, yoga, Pilates and circus training techniques. We will work on getting into front splits, side splits and a few different back bending poses. At the end of class we will learn a short movement combination that will breakdown how to transition from one pose to the other. A final abdominal strengthening sequence will be practiced to leave you feeling strong and energized!
Ready for a challenge? In this class we will practice combinations designed for the advanced dancer, layering isolations and shapes, sequencing movements, learning tricky footwork and drilling different kinds of spins. You will work on increasing your endurance through long drills and learning combos quickly. At the end of class you will learn one long master combination to be practiced on both sides, first slowly and then super fast! Remember to have fun with this; the video is meant to be repeatable so we hope you find it challenging enough to return to over and over again.
This 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 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.
This segment will teach you the names of the most commonly referenced Datura Style™ foot, leg, and arm positions. Learning the names of these positions will make it much easier to learn and teach movement in this style and will give you a specific checkpoint to be sure you, me, and your dance community are on the same page with Datura Style™ steps and movements. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Datura Style™ Technique: Fundamental Positions & Combinations" workshop.
In this 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 workshop the effortless and earthy Egyptian style shimmy of classic belly dance is fused with crisp and elegant turns and movements from western dance. We begin with a warm up to activate our brain and bodies. We then learn chainé turns with spotting and arm layers, followed by a detailed breakdown of the Egyptian knee shimmy. Finally we learn a traveling flip turn forward and back with hip locks and upper body layers. These movements are then combined into a drill-able dance combination, ending with a cool down for the hamstrings and quads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
In this section, we will do a variety of isolated movements, layered atop one another. Then we will do them in isolation, and progress the isolated moves to integrated moves. This way, we better understand the difference between all three and how we can use them to enhance and vary our dance. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Isolation, Integration, and Layering" workshop.
Since Tamalyn discovered this movement with dazzling hipwork in 1992, she has developed it into variations with different speeds and uses it extensively in her shows. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "Brain Teasing Complex Hip Movements" workshop.
This is a classic Egyptian move straight out of the Golden Era of Egyptian belly dance. A figure eight that combines a small chest slide, a belly undulation, a hip circle, and that moves all the way down to the floor. The Cairo 8 is one of the most feel good moves in all of belly dance. This spotlight is from Henna's "Classic Egyptian: Technique Workshop".
This challenging power shimmy session will help to build endurance, strength and grace in your shimmy. You will hold a strong Egyptian shimmy while layering upper body work using 2 – 5 pound hand weights. You will then be guided through a few intermediate shimmy layers. This high energy shimmy class will give you a great workout! This spotlight is from Sedona's "Shimmy Queen: Shimmy Layers, Variations & Combinations" 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".
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 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.
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 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 4 of Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS Vocabulary includes the technical breakdown and stylization of the camel step and the spin set up 1 and 2. This belly dance spotlight is from Amy's "Full Lesson 4, Unmata's Level 1 Slow ITS - Camel Step and Spin Set Up 1 and 2" class.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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".
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.
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