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DO Swag Giveaway!

Dec 29, 2017 7:00:00 AM

 DO Swag Giveaway! 

DO Swag!

Share your love for Datura with the world!

We are super excited for the brand new designs available on Rachel Brice's Somewhat International Online Bazaar! Ready to rock zils in 2018? We've got Datura Dervishes for you! Want some comfy workout clothes with kickass Datura designs on them? We've got beanies, jackets, tanks, and tees for you! Need a really cute bag to take to workshops or the gym? Check out the new Datura Online bags!

And here's the best part: do you want some DO swag for free?! Well, get ready for a chance to win and share your love for Datura with the world <3!

Here's how it works:

We'll be posting pictures of our DO swag on Instagram and Facebook throughout January.

1. Repost our pictures on your Instagram, Facebook, or both with the hashtags #daturaonline and #DOswag

2. Tag @thedaturaonline and a friend in your post

3. Follow us on Instagram and/or Facebook

The DO Swag Giveaway ends on January 31st. On February 1st we'll be giving three lucky winners:

1. A DO tank

2. OR a DO long sleeve T-shirt

3. OR a DO bag

Contest Terms & Conditions:

Contest ends January 31st, 2018 at 11:59 pm PST. Winners are randomly selected and announced on February 1st, 2018. Prizes are awarded by Datura Online. No purchase necessary to enter. May repost daily. No age or residency restrictions apply. Datura Online will comply with applicable rules and regulations governing the promotion/giveaway and all prizes offered. Participants cannot inaccurately tag content or have peop...

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Drop Dead Gorgeous Giveaway Winners

Nov 2, 2017 11:00:00 AM

 Drop Dead Gorgeous Giveaway Winners! 

Drop Dead Gorgeous Giveaway Winners

Photo of April Rose by Anna Harff. 

Makeup skills on point!

We have winners for our Drop Dead Gorgeous Giveaway! You all SLAYED us with your looks! We want to keep seeing your creative skills, both in dance AND makeup. Congratulations to @sarahreneesmith, @elizabeth_medina_dance, and @alchemymakeupartistry, you've won some presents from us. Check out everyone's stellar makeup skills on Facebook and Instagram by typing in #daturaonline and let us know if you want more giveaways in the future!

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New Feature Film - Ethiopia Dances for Joy: 9/27/17

We are very excited to share a brand new feature film for our members filmed, produced, and directed by our dear friend and master teacher Tamalyn Dallal: Ethiopia Dances for Joy!

Ethiopia Dances for Joy

 

Ethiopia Dances for Joy!Ethiopia Dances for Joy!

"Ethiopia Dances for Joy" is a fascinating look at Ethiopian dance and culture. The full documentary is available for members on Datura Online. In this film, renown dancer Tamalyn Dallal goes to Ethiopia. With help from a circus school, she explores life in Ethiopia during Orthodox Easter. She winds up on the same flight as the Pope of the Ethiopian Orthodox church, and sees fabulous processions of priests, bearing colorful umbrellas and huge, ancient crosses. In other towns, she films 17 dances, has an encounter with hippos at the base of the Blue Nile, and travels to a holy Muslim city with ancient dances and customs all their own. "Ethiopia Dances for Joy" was filmed, produced, and directed by Tamalyn Dallal, and edited by George Achi.

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Drop Dead Gorgeous Giveaway

Oct 23, 2017 7:00:00 AM

 Drop Dead Gorgeous Giveaway! 

Drop Dead Gorgeous Giveaway

 

Get your makeup skills on!

It's one of our favorite times of the year and we want to see your makeup skills...go scary, beautiful, artistic, haunting...whatever you want to do as long as its BOLD and EXCITING for you! Impress us with your look and you may just win a fancy prize!

Here's how it works:

1. Come up with an exciting makeup look! It doesn't have to be belly dance; it can be whatever you want! We want you to explore your creativity.

2. Post a picture or video or yourself with your finished makeup look on instagram and/or Facebook with the hashtag #dropdeadgorgeous and #daturaonline.

3. Follow @thedaturaonline on instagram or Datura Online on Facebook.

4. Tag a friend to join in and get fancy with you!

 

The Drop Dead Gorgeous Giveaway ends on November 1st. On November 2nd we'll be granting three lucky winners a few prizes:

1. A gift certificiate to Sephora

2. OR a 6 month membership to Datura Online

3. OR a 3 month membership to Datura Online

Contest Terms & Conditions:

Contest ends November 1st, 2017 at 12 am PST. Winners are randomly selected and announced on November 2nd, 2017. Prizes are awarded by Datura Online. Winners do not get to choose their prizes. No purchase necessary to enter. May repost daily. No age or residency restrictions apply. Datura Online will comply with applicable rules and regulations governing the promotion/giveaway and all prizes offered. If a customer already has a Datura Online membership, Datura Online will give them a...

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New Feature Film & Members Only Specials: 9/27/17

Sharing knowledge and history of our dance form is important to us here at Datura Online. We also are continually seeking ways to support the members of our community who are working hard to create projects of their own and give you, our members, a little something to make your membership extra special.

The Fez Documentary

With that in mind, we are beyond excited to be partnering with Roxxanne Shelaby to bring to the members of Datura Online The Fez Documentary.

The Fez DocumentaryThe Fez Documentary

Director Producer, Roxxanne Shelaby, a world renowned belly dancer, brings us into the heart of the Golden Era of Hollywood with “The Fez”- the first Restaurant and Nightclub dedicated to the Arab culture on the West Coast. Opened in 1959 in Hollywood, the legendary Fez not only became a center for the Arabic community in Southern California, but a catalyst for Arab music and dance going on to inspire generations of musicians and dancers well beyond Los Angeles. This project intends to document a piece of Arab Music and Dance history, the cultural center that The Fez became for the Arab community and those drawn to the beauty and richness of the Arab culture AND the nostalgia of old Hollywood! The Fez Documentary showcases the insiders view of the first Middle Eastern club in Hollywood where all the classic stars were seen and introduced to Middle Eastern Arts and Culture. Featuring Arabic Music, Belly Dancers, and the best Middle Eastern food in town, The Fez had the hott...

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Congratulations to the winners of our Inspiration Challenge!

DO Instagram Contest

Every day this past week, we gave a different prompt on Instagram to see you all create a short dance phrase / combo / improvisation and name the person(s) that inspired you for a chance to win a prize.

Our winners won a variety of prizes: a free month of membership or goodie bags filled with Datura Online merch, notebooks, stickers, magnets, patches, and a little something shiny! And their inspirations won a prize as well! Check out our winners below and be sure to type in #bellydanceinspiration into instagram to see ALL the entries for the Inspiration contest. Everyone did an absolutely fabulous job and we can't wait to see you all dance again!

1. Monday's Challenge: Slow & Slinky

Winner: @touchedbyhell

Inspiration: Raven Wilkinson

slow and slinky challenge winner 

 

2. Tuesday's Challenge: Pop & Lock It!

Winner: @anjaliayala

Inspirations: Rachel Brice, Michelle Sorenson, Zoe Jakes, April Rose, and Sadie

pop and lock it challenge winner 

 

3. Wednesday's Challenge: Earthy Hipwork

Winner: @amandanou

Inspirations: Jamila Salimpour and Rachel Brice

earthy hipwork challenge winner 

 

4. Thursday's Challenge: Luscious Arms

Winner: @likote_chk

Inspirations: Kami Liddle and Olga Meos

luscious arms challenge winner 

 

5. Friday's Challenge: Inspiring Presentation

Winner: @mme_mimicoelho

Inspirations: Bevin Victoria, Tabra Bay, Rachel Brice, Mardi Love, Ashley Lopez, and Zoe Jakes

inspiring presentation challenge winner 

 

6. Saturday's Challenge: Technical Mastery

Winner: @celinevautourartndance

Inspiration: Rachel Brice 

technical mastery challenge winner 

 

7. Sunday's Challenge: Shimmy Bombshell

Winner: @kamrahdancer

Inspirations: Abigail Keyes (A...

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We want to see you express yourself through dance!

DO Instagram Contest

Now is a wonderful time to share the love we have for each other and this dance form that we do. We are constantly inspired by the art that you make and we want to see who inspires you to dance.

Every day this week we want to see you post a video on your instagram. Use the 7 prompts below to find the person that inspires you and create a different short dance phrase / combo / improvisation based on that inspiration and prompt every day for a week.

Tag the person that inspired you and @thedaturaonline and include #bellydanceinspiration in your post. We'll pick a random winner EVERY DAY! Both you and the person that inspired you could get a prize. Prizes include a free month of membership to Datura Online, a free rental from your favorite Datura Online teachers, DO swag, and other Datura goodies!

 7 Days of Inspiration Challenge

 

Contest Terms & Conditions:

Contest ends August 20th, 2017 at 12 am PST. Winners are randomly selected and announced at 12 pm PST the following day after submission. No purchase necessary to enter. May repost daily. No age or residency restrictions apply. Datura Online will comply with applicable rules and regulations governing the promotion/giveaway and all prizes offered. If a customer already has a Datura Online membership, Datura Online will give them a credit worth $25 or 30 days of free membership to Datura Online. Participants cannot inaccurately tag content or have people inaccurately tag their photos or videos or they will be dis...

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Friday with Friends - June Round Up

Jun 30, 2017 7:13:00 AM

Friday with Friends

Friday with Friends - Our featured Friends in June!

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!

@draconis.dances

Draconis Dances

@lisova.mavka

 Lisova Mavka

@mayafelipe

Maya Felipe

@jenniferlynnwarren

 Jennifer Lynn Warren

@davinakelm

Davina Kelm

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Participant compilations

DO Belly Dance Challenge #5 Participant Compilations

We are so impressed by what a wonderful job everyone did this year. So many of you worked hard to learn one (or more!) choreographies and it clearly shows in your presentation and technique! 

The videos below are compilations of all entries (that we could find) by Datura Online members. We are overjoyed to see so many people all over the world learning these dances with us, to see each of their unique takes on the choreographies, and we just had to share them all dancing together in one video. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

The challenge: To learn a choreography taught on our website, perform it however you like, and post it to youtube.

The goal: To share the love of learning belly dance all over the world.

"Chomper" by Zoe Jakes

"Raqs Assaya" by Henna

 

"Spirit of the Drum" by Sedona Soulfire

"Viaje" by Ashley Lopez

All of these submissions gave us the biggest smiles on our faces and we are so happy to see that Datura Online is working for you - in so many different places. Nothing could be more satisfying, thank you all so much! Looking forward to the next one...

If you're looking for the entries we picked for this challenge, check out the post here.

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Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #5 Results!

DATURA ONLINE BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #5 - The Results!

Phew, you all certainly made it difficult for us to pick prize recipients this year - clearly everyone worked hard and had a great time expressing each choreography and getting creative with their videos! 

Woo!

Before we announce the recipients of the official prizes for this challenge we want to first acknowledge everyone who participated as an absolute *winner* in this challenge. Give yourself a hearty pat on the back and a round of applause! We saw so many of you pushing yourself, overcoming challenges, and learning. And what a supportive community surrounding this event! You can see for yourself by visiting the event page with numerous theads of participants in this challenge supporting each other and check out the youtube playlist with all the participant submissions!

Recall, the primary purposes of this challenge were:

First: We wanted you, who come from so many different places in the world, to see each other dance so that you could have the opportunity to be inspired by, and to inspire, your fellow members of our DO community.

Second: Growth. Goals are important tools to help you to push and achieve something that is perhaps a little out of your comfort zone. (We heard this from a lot of you and are so glad you decided to take this challenge on.)

Third: Selfishly, we love seeing you dance!

Fourth: To have fun!

Prizes!

And now, the prizewinners. Many of these choreographies were too close to call, so we decided to award not o...

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Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #5!

Mar 31, 2017 3:41:00 AM

Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #5!

DATURA ONLINE BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #5!

You know what time it is...it's Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge time! You have the chance to learn awesome choreographies from your favorite teachers, connect with your dance friends all over the world, show off your amazing dance skills, and maybe win a PRIZE...

Here's how it works:

1. Learn one of the four selected choreographies from Datura Online (see below).

2. Video yourself dancing it. Dance in costume or not, in your living room, on the street, on stage, on a boat in the middle of the ocean - wherever is the most fun for you!

3. Upload the video to your YouTube channel with DO Belly Dance Challenge #5 in the title by April 30th, 2017. Make sure to add your name and where you are from in the description of your video.

4. Have a great time watching your fellow dancers all over the world and cheer them on. (You can search for other dancers' videos by typing in DO BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #5 on YouTube). Join our Facebook event and cheer each other on!

5. We'll pick our favorite video(s) by May 7th to share on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Our favorite video for each choreography will receive the following GRAND PRIZE!
  • A Free Year's Unlimited Access Membership to Datura Online - a $260 value!
You can rent any one video for the challenge or activate an unlimited access membership to try all of these videos and hundreds more on Datura Online.


The following choreographies included in this challenge are (choose one or more to enter):

   Henna:...

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Our Mission & Shimmy Bliss Gifts!

Nov 23, 2016 9:45:00 AM

Gift Membership Special

 

"Datura Online was born out of a radical idea: To make dance classes accessible anywhere while supporting a global dance culture that nurtures inclusivity, sustainability, and excellence. We are a group of self-determining dancers, with no investors or advertisers, who are pioneering the website we want to use." - Rachel Brice & The Datura Online Team

Give the Gift of Shimmy Bliss!- 

We are so proud of our all belly dance owned, small business here at Datura Online! (Did you know we have a staff of only 5 women here at Datura HQ, alongside all of our excellent DO teachers?)

And our success is all because of you, the awesome people that dance with us every day on Datura Online!

We want to celebrate you this weekend by offering a $5 discount off of the monthly recurring membership for non-members starting on Small Business Saturday (November 26th, 2016) and lasting throughout Cyber Monday (November 28th, 2016). Offer ends November 29th, 2016. Just use the code smallbizdo16 to get your $5 discount: http://daturaonline.com/subscribe

And for our current Datura Online members, don't forget about our Hi-Five program: http://daturaonline.com/hifive/! Invite your friends to join Datura Online and both you and they get a $5 discount off of your memberships!

We are also offering a $5 discount off of our gift memberships! Looking for the perfect gift to give to your belly dance friends? Check out our gift memberships and use the code SHIMMYBLISSGM16 to get $5 off. Offer ends November 29th, 20...

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Datura Online Instagram

Aug 29, 2016 9:13:00 AM

Datura Online is now on Instagram!

DO Instagram Contest

Check out DO's Instagram! Follow us @thedaturaonline to see behind the scenes photos, quotes from our DO teachers, giveaways and all kinds of awesome stuff!

And speaking of giveaways...

Enter for a chance to win one free month of membership to Datura Online!

 Intermediate Flexibility with Ashley LopezHow to Enter

1) Follow @thedaturaonline on Instagram

2) Upload a pic of yourself using Datura Online with the hashtag #mydaturaonline OR repost the Instagram giveaway pic of Zoe

3) Tag someone that loves bellydance!

Prize!

One winner will win 30 consecutive days of free access to all the videos on Datura Online!

Contest Terms & Conditions

Contest ends September 30th, 2016. Winner will randomly be selected and announced on October 1st, 2016. No purchase necessary to enter. May repost daily. No age or residency restrictions apply. Datura Online will comply with applicable rules and regulations governing the promotion/giveaway and all prizes offered. If a customer already has a Datura Online membership, Datura Online will give them a credit worth $25 or 30 days of free membership to Datura Online. Participants cannot inaccurately tag content or have people inaccurately tag their photos or they will be disqualified. By entering this contest, participants agree to a complete release of Instagram from any or all liability in connection with this contest. Datura Online acknowledges that the Datura Online "My Practice" Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Insta...

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DO Belly Dance Challenge #4 : Participant Compilations

DO Belly Dance Challenge #4 Participant Compilations

We're excited to report that we received 90+ submissions from over 22 countries for the recent DO Belly Dance Challenge #4. Pretty stellar, right!? In honor and appreciation of all the hard work and play that went into these performances we created compilations of all the submissions. 

The videos below are compilations of all entries (that we could find) by Datura Online members. We are overjoyed to see so many people all over the world learning these dances with us, to see each of their unique takes on the choreographies, and we just had to share them all dancing together in one video. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

The challenge: To learn a choreography taught on our website, perform it however you like, and post it to youtube.

The goal: To share the love of learning belly dance all over the world.

"Casino Badia" by April Rose

"Heer Ranjha" by Colleena Shakti

 

"Dazzling Drum Solo" by Sadie Marquardt

"Jemilleh" by Sedona Soulfire

All of these submissions brought the biggest smiles to our faces and even made us a little misty eyed. Most of all, they proved that Datura Online is really working for you - in so many different places. Nothing could be more satisfying, thank you all so much! Looking forward to the next one...

If you're looking for the entries we picked for this challenge, check out the post here.

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Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #4 Results!

DATURA ONLINE BELLY DANCE CHALLENGE #4 - The Results!

This year we're proud to announce that we had the most submissions to date - 90 - for this Challenge. 

Woo! Whew!

Before we announce the recipients of the official prizes for this challenge we want to first acknowledge everyone who participated as an absolute *winner* in this challenge. You all get gold stars! You can see for yourself, and put a smile on your face by visiting the event page with numerous theads of participants in this challenge supporting each other and check out the youtube playlist with all 90 submissions!

Recall, the primary purposes of this challenge were:

First: We wanted you, who come from so many different places in the world, to see each other dance so that you could have the opportunity to be inspired by, and to inspire, your fellow members of our Datura Online community.

Second: Growth. Goals are important tools to help you to push and achieve something that is perhaps a little out of your comfort zone. (We heard this from a lot of you and are so glad you decided to take this challenge on.)

Third: Selfishly, we love seeing you dance!

Fourth: To have fun!

Prizes!

And now, the prizewinners. Many of these choreographies were too close to call, so we decided to award not only a prize for our first pick, a year's membership to Datura Online, but for some choreographies (with 30+ submissions) we choose runner-up prizes, a free month's membership. We also created a special prize (3 month membership) for a partici...

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