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Sophisticated Spins

4 Weeks | 2 Sessions per week | 31 Videos | Int/Adv


Let's go for a spin!

This is a challenging 4 week program for the intermediate or advanced dancer that focuses on spinning and turning technique and endurance.

Sophisticated Spins features two sessions of mix and match Datura Online classes per week. Feel free to shift it around to whichever two days work best for your schedule. Each of these D.O. sessions will run between 30-45 minutes.

The program is designed to train you to spin with grace and ease, without getting too dizzy to keep dancing. Overtime you will notice that you are able to spin longer, faster, and with greater precision the more you practice. The program gradually builds in intensity and is kept short and sweet so that it can fit within your normal dance practice or be done in 45 minutes or less.

You’ll be practicing spotting, calibrated spins, cross over turns, hook turns, chasing tail turns, clock turns, barrel turns, non-spotted turns, as well as several North Indian Classical spins.

Each week you will be treated to a focused spin practice, either solely targeting spins and turns, or working on a combination featuring more complex spins and turns. You will be able to hone in on your spinning skills, learning essential spins used throughout belly dance, as well as specialty spins found in other dance forms. Every session will begin with a warm up and end with a cool down, as it is important to take care of the body before and after spinning.

Because this program can be quite intense, we encourage you to take breaks as often as you need during the videos and between videos. Drink lots of water throughout the program and on your days off, and remember that spinning takes a lot of practice. Your brain will get used to it after a while, but it does take some time to feel comfortable spinning. That’s why we made this program!

Bonus! Traditionally, most of the spins and turns in this program will be down counterclockwise. We encourage you to try spinning clockwise as well to promote balance in your body.

Sophisticated Spins

How to Begin

You can rent classes individually, rent a session playlist, or activate an unlimited access membership to access all classes in this program for one low price.

To get started, click on any of class titles below.

To browse class descriptions, click on the week and you can read more about each class. For a printable version of this program click here to download and print a copy for your practice space. You also can bookmark this page for easy access later.

Practice Tip

For each mix and match session, all videos are in one playlist - one continual class. Click on the playlist link to start your session playlist, OR click on each week in the program navigation bar below for an expanded view, and watch the videos one at a time.

Sophisticated Spins : Week 1

Session 1

Playlist (28:59)

Warm Up with Circles and Spirals - Turns & Spins: Belly Dance Flow Fundamentals  - Short Full Body Cool Down 1

Session 2

Playlist (39:50)

Standing Warm Up - Turns & Spins (Spotting Focus) - Turns & Spins (Calibrated Spins) - Chaîné Turns with Arm Layers - Cool Down for the Lower Body and Spine

Sophisticated Spins : Week 2

Session 1

Playlist (31:03)

Quick Aerobic Warm Up - Beginning Rajasthani Folk Spins - Seated Cool Down

Session 2

Playlist (31:59)

Warm Up for the Low Back and Balance - Turns & Spins (Calibrated Turns and Spotting) - Turns & Spins (Cross Over and Hook Turns) - Chaîné/Traveling Turn - Rajasthani Spinning Drill - Cool Down for the Lower Body and Spine

Sophisticated Spins : Week 3

Session 1

Playlist (32:23)

Standing Warm Up - The Dervish Turn - The Pivot Turn - Yoga Cool Down

Session 2

Playlist (38:34)

Ab Warm Up + Conditioning: # 1 - Turns & Spins (Chasing Tail Turns) - Turns & Spins (Non-Spotted) - Kathak Spins - Endurance Spinning Drill - Finishing Practice for Flexibility and Relaxation

Sophisticated Spins : Week 4

Session 1

Playlist (31:10)

Warm Up for the Upper Body - Turns & Spins (Clock Turns) - Turns & Spins (Barrel Turns) - Traveling Two Spins Combo - Int/Adv Rajasthani Spins - Cool Down for the Lower Body and Spine

Session 2

Playlist (44:12)

Standing Warm Up - Balkan Spins Combo - Cool Down for the Lower Body and Spine

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