1:04 Soft Precision - Autumn Ward. Assemble and dance four 16-count combinations into a long flow with a nice mix of crisp and elastic elements. Once we have the sequence of steps down, we'll map the combos onto several different pieces of music, working on transforming technique into expressive dance movement by making our movements differently responsive to different musical accompaniment.
0:45 Circles and Steps - Circular hipwork trajectories layered on steps in belly dance combinations with Neon. Warmup, step-by-step combinations breakdown + 30 min of practice with music. Also available: 30-min. version: combinations practice only, non-stop, with voice cues.
0:31 Circles and Steps - Circular hipwork trajectories layered on steps in belly dance combinations with Neon. 30-min. version: combinations practice only, non-stop, with voice cues. Also available: Full version - Warmup, step-by-step combinations breakdown + 30 min of practice with music.
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0:47 Infinity Loops and Steps - Infinity Loops hipwork trajectories layered on steps in belly dance combinations with Neon. Step-by-step combinations breakdown + 30 min of practice with music. Also available: 30-min. version: combinations practice only, non-stop. Level: intermediate
"Typically we think of belly dance moves as static - done in place, even though most of them came from Arabic folk dance steps where they were elements layered on walking or rocking steps. So we do what we call ‘layering’ - taking these elements and turning them into steps again, but they have much bigger amplitude this time, and a different feel than they had in folk dances - these are belly dance / Oriental dance display moves, not just trajectory components of traveling steps."
0:18 Infinity Loops and Steps - Infinity loops hipwork trajectories layered on steps in belly dance combinations with Neon. Practice-only version: non-stop. Also available: Full version - Step-by-step combinations breakdown + practice with music.
"All bellydance movements used in this class are flowing and gentle, and I am not including a warmup for this specific class, but we don’t want to risk, so look for a belly dance warmup in the Athenaeum, or use the warmup included with the Circles and Steps class,"- Neon
0:50 Dramatic Dance and Body Language Accents with Neon - Adding head turns, hair tosses, arm and hand gestures and other accents to your belly dance vocabulary: Technique aqnd Combinations; Level: Beginner-Intermediate
"We’ll work on dramatic accents used in belly dance - elements that add emtional charge to your dance, such as arms paths and hand gestures, head turns and tosses and dramatic turns and tilts of the upper body, as well as accent cascades - a few accents performed in a row. These elements help highlight accents in the music and also break the monotony of movement if you’ve been dancing at a more or less even pace."
0:50 Bellydance Footwork Patterns and Combinations step-by-step breakdown and practice with Neon; Level - Beginner-Intermediate
"A lot of modern Oriental dance is footwork and floor patterns with hip accents here and there - what we call nowadays step combinations. Since the Western image of a dancer is that of fast gliding motion, turns and busy footwork, belly dance adopted the footwork of various folk dances of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as ballroom dance and jazz to create the image of whirling, gliding, ethereal dancer."
0:51 Orientalist Arms - Gestures, Patterns, Combinations with Neon: Evocative, lyrical arm patterns and gestures for belly dance - step-by-step plus practice in mini-combinations.
"Let us admit : we are not here to learn the historically acurate versions of the village dances of the Middle East and North Africa. We’ll leave this to dance historians. The reason we are here studying and performing bellydance is because we want to feel amazing and feminine, and to get that edge of creative accomplishment that belly dance offers us. With this admission, we will embark on a short class on Orientalist-flavor arm frames and paths from the realm of classic bellydance. Yes, it’s all about that Odalisqaue fantasy sensual flavor that generations of dancers before us cultivated both here in the West and over there in the East!"
0:43 Belly dance hipwork and arms coordination practice with Neon: 30-min movement flow featuring coordination practice for bellydance hipwork and arm paths/frames. Level beginner-intermediate
"When you dance, especially when you improvise, it may be challenging to keep clean arm trajectories - nothing fancy, just clean - and that’s why we do this practice - to have options for arms patterns and frames that will be comitted to our muscle memory, so your arms are on autopilot even if you focus mostly on your hips during your performance. I will intentionally use the arm patterns of classic bellydance - the tried and true stuff - some of them are neutral, others may look a bit retro to a modern eye, but they are what bellydancers for generations have learned before they come into their own and develop their own idiosyncratic dance vocabulary."
1:06 Belly dance travel step patterns for improvisational dance with Neon - 2-count steps - strategy, step-by-step, and practice
"One method I used to speed up my learning to perform improvisational belly dance, was coming up with patterns I could easily remember and fill with different types of dance vocabulary. This way I could repeat the same pattern multiple times during the show, but it looked different every time. This trick is easy to do with bellydance travel steps. First of all, any piece of belly dance hipwork can be layered on practically any travel step pattern. So, to start, we’ll take one movement pattern and fill it with different types of hipwork."
NEW 1:08 Belly dance travel step patterns for improvisational dance - triplets and 3/4 shimmy steps with Neon - combinations and practice with music; Level - beginner-intermediate
"Today we’ll practice triplet steps and ¾ bellydance travel steps at the angle of getting more out of our technique practice by creating patterns and mini-combinations to serve as easy-to-recall units in our improvisational dance. Even though belly dance core vocabulary can be all performed standing in place, our Western audiences identify dance with active movement around the stage or the dance floor - the swirling, gliding motion. To a typical Western eye, dancing while stanging in one place does not signal confidence or freedom of movement, so it’s a must to include travel steps in your improvisational practice."