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The Process: Makeup!

Jan 24, 2018 11:00:00 AM

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This Edition: Makeup for the stage...

Makeup

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Q: What makeup are you using now and what are your favorite makeup resources?

April Rose:  I'm not a makeup expert and I can barely keep up with cleaning my brushes. I learned what I do know by imitating the look of Mila Kunis on the cover of a 2010 Cosmo magazine, by getting lots of tips from the dancers around me, and by trying a new product each time until one worked. Here is a list of what I keep in my makeup bag: Tarteist Lip Paint, Too-faced Liquified Matte Lipstick, Urban Decay eyeshadow primer and Blackout eyeshadow, NYX gel liner paint pot, NYX light brown and dark purple eye shadows, Dermablend liquid foundation, Bare Minerals Mineral Veil for blending, & Cultured Pearl for highlight, Maybelline Define-a-lash mascara, and Duo dark-tone eyelash glue with fake eyelashes - and that's about all I need! 

Colette: Makeup is so much fun! Before dancing and performing I never wore much make up. But it is such an important part of the whole costume that I've had to educate myself on products and techniques. When brainstorming makeup ideas, I'll search for images, usually based on color palettes, casting the net wide as I view everything from vintage looks to makeup art, collecting ideas and noting techniques. For the troupe, I usually describe the look and let the dancers pick the specific colors or products that work best for them as we all have different coloring and skin types.

Some of my current favorite products are:

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The Community: Goals for 2018

Jan 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM

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This Edition: Goals for 2018...

 Dance Goals for 2018

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success” - Pablo Picasso

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question is: what are your personal goals for dance in 2018?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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This Edition: Prioritizing your practice...

 Prioritizing your practice

“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect” - Vince Lombardi

The Community -


Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question is how do your prioritize what you want to work on in your practice?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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Friday with Friends - November Round Up

Nov 29, 2017 7:13:00 AM

Friday with Friends - Our featured Friends in November!

Every Friday we share video/photos of our dance friends on our instagram page who are using DO in their dance journey! We are so proud of all of you and it warms our heart to see you all expressing your individuality and personality in this dance form we all love. 

Check out our featured friends below! And if you ever want to show us what you've been working on, just tag #daturaonline in your videos and pictures on instagram and you might be featured on our page!

@meggan007

meggan007

@bellydance_okinawa

 bellydance_okinawa

@kindlecimmerian

kindlecimmerian

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The Community: Gratitude

Nov 29, 2017 7:00:00 AM

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This Edition: Gratitude...

 Thankful

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” - Henry David Thoreau

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question is what are you most thankful for in your dance?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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Music Theory 101: Instruments of the Takht Ensemble - The Oud

Now that we’ve covered some very basic music terminology (there will always be more terms to learn of course), let’s dive deeper into our music lessons and learn about some of the instruments you might commonly hear in your favorite classic belly dance tunes!

We’ll start by learning about the instruments of the Takht (or Takhat), which is the musical ensemble or orchestra in Middle Eastern music. Some of the instruments you might find in the Takht ensemble are the Oud, Qanun, Violin, Ney, Riq, and Darbuka. (“Takht (Music)”)


(Oud - Photo by Frank Kovalchek)

          

                     (Qanun)                                                                                  (Riq - Photo by Catrin)

                     (Ney)                                                                                                     (Darbuka)

That’s a lot of different instruments, and it’s only the beginning! Every country and region has its own special instruments and you might find that instruments have different names depending on where you travel.

So let’s tackle one instrument at a time, beginning with the Oud.

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(Syrian musicians in Aleppo with an Oud, 1915)

The Oud (ud) is derived from the Arabic word for wood: al-ud (العود). It has a pear shaped wooden frame and a short neck with 11 to 13 strings and no frets, which gives it a very distinct sound. (Parfitt) You can find the Oud used in “Persian, Greek, Turkish, Byzantine, Arabia...

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Friday with Friends - October Round Up

Oct 30, 2017 7:13:00 AM

Friday with Friends - Our featured Friends in October!

Every Friday we share video/photos of our dance friends on our instagram page who are using DO in their dance journey! We are so proud of all of you and it warms our heart to see you all expressing your individuality and personality in this dance form we all love. 

Check out our featured friends below! And if you ever want to show us what you've been working on, just tag #daturaonline in your videos and pictures on instagram and you might be featured on our page!

@ritacarolinaap

ritacarolinaap

@megancaros

 megancaros

@jska__

jska

@sultanschoice

sultanschoice

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Datura Online Practice Group!

Oct 30, 2017 7:00:00 AM

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We've created a Datura Online Practice Group!

Want to find practice accountability buddies, share dance tips, and talk about belly dance? We've created a Datura Online Practice Group on Facebook for you!

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Office Hours with Rachel

Throughout October our Datura Online teachers were available to answer all your belly dance questions on the Datura Online Facebook page!

This week Rachel answered your questions on Facebook Live. Check out her livestream here.

That's it for office hours for 2017! If you'd like more office hours and chances to chat with your Datura Online teachers let us know. We love hearing your questions and insights about dance!

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The Community: Stage Fright

Oct 18, 2017 7:00:00 AM

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This Edition: Stage Fright...

 Performance nerves

“If you have stage fright, it never goes away. But then I wonder: is the key to that magical performance because of the fear?” - Stevie Nicks

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question has two parts: 1) Do you get stage fright? 2) If so, what do you do to combat it?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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Datura Online Office Hours with Henna

Oct 3, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Office Hours with Henna

Throughout October our Datura Online teachers are available to answer all your belly dance questions on the Datura Online Facebook page!

This week Henna answered your questions on Facebook Live. Check out her livestream here.

 

 

Our next office hour will be with Rachel on Friday October 27th from 2 - 3 PM PST!

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Friday with Friends - Our featured Friends in September!

Every Friday we share video/photos of our dance friends on our instagram page who are using DO in their dance journey! We are so proud of all of you and it warms our heart to see you all expressing your individuality and personality in this dance form we all love. 

Check out our featured friends below! And if you ever want to show us what you've been working on, just tag #daturaonline in your videos and pictures on instagram and you might be featured on our page!

@kae_montgomery

kae montgomery

@alexandra_bellydance

 alexandra bellydance

@justice_cast

antonellasciahina

@hipporacle

hipporacle

@melissaartdance

melissaartdance

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Datura Online Office Hours with Ashley

Sep 26, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Office Hours with Ashley

Throughout September and October our Datura Online teachers are available to answer all your belly dance questions on the Datura Online Facebook page!

This week Ashley answered your questions on Facebook Live. Check out her livestream here.

Our next office hour will be with Henna on Tuesday October 3rd from 1 - 2 PM PDT!

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Datura Online Office Hours with Colette

Sep 18, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Office Hours with Colette

Throughout September and October our Datura Online teachers are available to answer all your belly dance questions on the Datura Online Facebook page!

This week Colette answered your questions on Facebook Live. Check out her livestream here.

 

Our next office hour will be with Ashley on Tuesday September 26th from 3 - 4 PM PST!

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Datura Online Office Hours with Sedona

Sep 13, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Office Hours with Sedona

Throughout September and October our Datura Online teachers are available to answer all your belly dance questions on the Datura Online Facebook page!

This week Sedona answered your questions on Facebook Live. Check out her livestream here.

 

Our next office hour will be with Colette on Monday September 18th from 3 - 4 PM PST!

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