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Beginning ATS®: Class 1

Teacher: Colette Todorov

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2018-03-19 18:12:13 2018-03-19 19:12:13 America/Los_Angeles Beginning ATS®: Class 1 Beginning ATS®: Class 1 https://daturaonline.com/beginning-ats-class-1 https://daturaonline.com/beginning-ats-class-1

Video Description: 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.

American Tribal Style® Technique Fundamentals Improvisation Hips Vocabulary Body Region Movement Technique Tools Elements Zils 00:44:34

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Query by Saumya on 11/19/17

Is that shimmy a 3/4 shimmy?

Taqsims and feet by Julia on 3/1/17

Hi Colette! Thank you for a great class -- it's not only getting me back into belly dance, it's also introducing me to ATS. I have a question about the taqsims: I originally learned to do them lifting my heel up to push up the hip (like a Hawaiian "ka'o"). I see, though, that you are keeping the whole foot solidly on the floor as you lift the hip. Is lifting the heel bad form in the ATS taqsim? Maybe the hip movement is meant to be subtler; I can appreciate that, but I will need to get rid of my heel-lifting habit. I can't believe how difficult I found it to lift my hip without using the heel action to push it up...practice, practice, practice.

Colette Todorov:

Hi Julia, Welcome to ATS®! Yes, you are correct, the heels stay on the floor during Taxeem. We use the obliques to "pull" the hips up, instead of lifting the heel and pushing against the floor to lift the hips. The bending and straightening of the legs does help drive the movement, but keeping the feet flat on the floor helps you stay grounded. Try lifting your heels less and less, as you tap into your obliques more and more. Isn't if funny how slight changes to something you already know can make it seem so difficult! Good luck! Colette

Count on the Slow turn by valkyrie on 8/28/16

Hi! This is a great and my first ATS class. I'm mostly self taught so being new to datura is a great resource! For the fast movements its seems like everything is repeated in two 8 counts and the new cue comes in near the end of the second 8 count. How does this work for transitions from fast to slow, and what do the counts on the slow turn. Is it four for the cue, four for the turn and 8 to finish?

Colette Todorov:

Hi Valkyrie, So glad you are enjoying the ATS class and DaturaOnline. In ATS, we deal with the fast and slow movements differently. The fast movements have a specific count, for example, Egyptian Basic is a 4 ct movement as it takes 4 cts to complete one Egyptian Basic. In the fast drill, we repeated each move for 2 cts of 8, but you could transition between the moves at any pace you like. The slow movements, including the turns, are arrhythmic and have no specific count. This allows you to play with the tempo of the movement to match the music. For example, a Bodywave could take 2 cts or it could take 8 cts. The lead dancer sets the pace and the following dancers match the speed of the lead. Enjoy! Colette

Arabic by Arielle on 5/19/16

Hello Colette! After not dancing for almost a year (my background is in cabaret and tribal fusion) I decided to take the plunge into ATS (which I've always wanted to learn). In this video when you break down the Arabic you say there's a chest lift. Later in the video it looks like an undulation and not just a simple chest lift. Should I be doing a lift or an undulation? Thanks for the clarification! :)

Colette Todorov:

Hi Arielle, Welcome to ATS! The emphasis in Arabic is the lift in the chest. This releases into an undulation that gets you back to the starting posture, so you really get to do both a lift and undulation. I stress the chest lift and stability in the hips to beginners as those are the core ideas that give Arabic it's look, as well as protect the back. Thanks for the question! Colette

Carol Ramsey by Calenthia on 8/18/15

I loved the class! Thank you! :) Just one question: Coming from a cabaret background, I am confused about the shimmy step. In the video it is explained as just stepping right and left but when I do this it doesn't create the shimmy I see in the video. Is this just the basic step and later on the actual shimmy will be broken down? It looks like a 3/4 shimmy but I don't want to start practicing that and then find out it's another movement. Thanks again! Looking forward to learning more of this style. :)

Colette Todorov:

Hi Calenthia! So glad you enjoyed the class - your Cabaret background is serving you well as you already know the 3/4 shimmy!. You are correct in that Class #1 only explains the foot position. I break down the hip movement in greater detail in Class #3. I start with the feet in order to introduce and drill the transitions between the 4 fast moves. If you already know a 3/4 shimmy on the up go right ahead and start practicing - you'll be ahead of the game as the classes progress. - colette

Taxeem by Marilia Lins - Brazil on 4/28/15

I really enjoy this class! I wonder what is the meaning of the word taxeem, and why this step receives this name. I also would like to know the name of the rhythm of the zills, I'd understand zangha, but I'm not sure... Thank you so much Colette! i'll look forward to do more of your classes!

Colette Todorov:

Hello Marilia, I'm so glad you enjoy this class! Great questions about movement names and terminology....I get these a lot in class and workshops as ATS® has a very specific vocabulary. In ATS®, Taxeem refers to the slow, figure 8 movement of the hips. This same word, usually spelled taqsim, or taksim, is a musical term, referring to an improvised solo. Many times this improvised solo is a slow melody that pairs well with undulations and smooth hip work, such as a figure 8 movement of the hips. It is not always clear how dance movements get their names. Jamila Salimpour uses the term taqsim to refer to movements and this may have been passed on to Masha Archer and then Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman, with the spelling and movement it describes changing somewhere along the line. One thing is certain, a Taxeem is a perfect move to do during a taqsim! The zil pattern we play is usually called Longa or triplets or 3s – these all refer to the R-L-R pattern with the 2nd R landing on the down beat of the music. Thanks for the questions! Colette

Fabulous! by maryancilla on 6/19/14

Fantastic instruction! I'm getting back into bellydance after many years and this class was great :) I will be taking this again and many more of your online courses. Thanks!

Fantastic! by Alysen on 5/12/13

I just joined the website today and this was my first class. I absolutely loved it. I take a basic belly class here in town, but am looking for a more serious, daily practice. This was my first real work with zills and I loved the arm/hand movement explanations throughout. I have saved this video as a favorite and am looking forward to more. Thanks! :)

Instructor by Colette on 4/4/13

So glad you are enjoying the class! This series continues adding zil patterns and matching zils with movement - Lyza, check out the zil spotlights, they are GREAT for drilling. Colette

Brilliant by Lyza Chthonia on 2/12/13

It's been great to revise moves I learnt in workshops with Carolena @ Majma, UK 2012. Fab instruction, lovely pace and really enjoyed the Zilling at the end. Will be working my way through the rest of your videos Colette! Thank you :-)

Estou amando as aulas!!! by Daisy Gaia on 10/7/12

Todas as professoras estão de Parabéns!!!

More Zils by Ruthie on 8/30/12

Great class, indeed! It would be wonderful to have more expansion on zils for beginner zillers.

mom/wife/student/instructor by Angelina on 8/1/12

Excellent and clear instruction. Simply lovely - thank you Colette!
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